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Explore the Magothy River!

  We invite you to explore this scenic river for yourself. With many tranquil anchorages, great boating, fishing, and sailing, and a convenient location off the Chesapeake Bay, the Magothy River is a boater’s paradise. Check out our “top-7” list of recommendations!   1. Ferry Point Marina Mill Creek 8’-12’ depth to FPM Docks Lat 39 04’ 06” LONG 76 30’ 44” NOAA_12282_BookletChart,  page 5 Directions from the Chesapeake:  West into the Magothy River to Day […]

There’s no such thing as a FREE (or nearly-free) BOAT!

  Yep, you know her — she’s the one waiting seductively by the side of the road. Like Circe, the enchantress, she calls your name every time you pass. Like the sirens who mesmerized sailors, she summons you to the sea — you can’t resist her. Her name is “FREE BOAT.”  When you first see her, she has an aura and glow, like a full moon rising over the horizon. In your eyes, she has […]

Mr. Kelly’s Chair

  Mark Miller, Ferry Point Marina’s Mechanical Services Manager, was recently commissioned to custom-modify a special lift chair for Mr. Robert Kelly. This is an example of a challenge that Mark delights in – because of the inherent engineering puzzle, but more so because of the hours of enjoyment on the water that it will bring for Mr. Kelly. The crew at Ferry Point Marina & Yachtyard prides itself upon going the extra mile to find […]

Bananas, Boats & Bad Luck?

  Boating has its fair share of quirky superstitions, but none are stranger than the forbidding of bananas on a vessel. It’s a familiar refrain – we even saw it on a customer’s transom this season at Ferry Point Marina and decided that it was high time to dig a little deeper into the origin of the belief. The most comprehensive account, by author, Lee McClellan of Kentucky, explains: Theories abound as to the origin of […]

Shipwrecks, Civil War, Pirates, Ghosts, and More!

Tales of the Chesapeake – 5 topics that you may not know about: Shipwrecks, civil war, pirates, ghosts, and more: for your enjoyment we’ve compiled a list of fun facts that you may not know about the Chesapeake Bay. The bay is not only a boater’s paradise, but it is also rich in history and interesting folklore! 1. Chesapeake Bay facts and figures Name origin: The word Chesepiooc is an Algonquian word referring to a village “at a big river”. The […]

Ferry Point Marina & Yachtyard’s Sock Burning & Open House

Sock Burning – An Annapolis Tradition How did all this sock burning begin? In these parts, local boat and yachtyard workers now tend to don their classic dock shoes sans socks between the vernal equinox and winter. Some allowances are made for those with tender toes on days when temperatures dip below 30℉, where winds top 17 knots (about 20 miles an hour), a.k.a. the official Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE) “wimp-chill factor.” As Maritime Museum Director […]

The Ever-Glorious Perch Run

      “There’s fishing – and then, there’s catching. And there are a few who are lucky enough to know the difference.”        What are your first impressions about fishing and where do they begin? Do you get all warm and fuzzy, remembering the iconic Andy Griffith Show where Opie and his “Pa” head off down the path through the tall timbers, whistling, with their fishin’ poles and lucky tin can full […]

Battery Best Practices

Answering your top 4 battery care questions (5 Minute Read) We had quite a few good questions and animated conversations after our recent post About Batteries, particularly concerning winter storage and the care of your battery. We thought this might be a good opportunity to ask our Mechanical Department Manager, Mark Miller, to explore this topic further. Mark’s procedure for checking a battery (included in our standard Ferry Point Marina Winterization service) is to first […]

Winter “Lay-Up?”

Does your marine insurance provider give you a discount for Winter “Lay-up?” This week, in our Timely Tips column, we’re including a note that our Mechanical Department Manager, Mark Miller received. We think that you’ll find it to be very informative. Q: Hey Mark. Hope you and your family had a great holiday. I was wondering if you had time to take a look at the boat. I am keeping it in the water but […]

About Batteries

  Have you ever wondered why there are so many different sizes or types of batteries? Did you know that every battery serves a specific functionality? This is especially true with marine batteries – and additionally, every boat is unique and has different power requirements. Our knowledgeable mechanical team at Ferry Point Marina & Yachtyard has  assembled some helpful information to help you understand more about keeping your battery in tip-top shape. Let’s dive in, shall we? 12 […]