Very soon, the Maryland waters might see more large yachts under a brand new law passed in Annapolis which is anticipated to be a real boon for the marinas and tourist destinations of the state. This law lets for pleasure boats up to two hundred feet long to sail state waters without an accredited bay pilot. Earlier, the law needed vessels longer than seventy nine feet to hire a pilot.
Believes as an emergency legislation, the new law was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan earlier o Tuesday and it took effect from Wednesday, in time for boating season, said the advocates. Its passage was received well by marina operators from Baltimore and Annapolis, who expect to see more yachts owned as well as chartered by well-heeled make their way into Chesapeake Bay.
Baltimore Marine Centers Jessie Bowling, which deals with 5 marinas in the harbor, told that these vessels spend tens of thousands of dollars alone on one fuel bill, plus money on provisioning, local entertainment, tourism and repairs. (more…)