Sailing Charters

MainSail Charters

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Potomac River Charter aboard the Potomac Belle


MainSail Charters offers sailing aboard DreamCatcher, a Hunter Passage 42, out of Holiday Hill Marina, Mayo Maryland on Weekday and Weekend Charters as well as the late afternoon/evening sunset cruises where you can sit back and enjoy the Chesapeake and sail home into the sunset.  Charter rates are $100.00 hour, minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 hours.  Late afternoon/sunset cruises are three hours.  By arrangement, longer sails can be arranged to include overnight stays.

BOOK YOUR CHARTER NOW!! The 2011 Season is near and times are being booked up now.





Two National Register of Historic Places nominated Lighthouse are within a day's charter from DreamCatcher's Holiday Hill Marina port-of-call. You may charter to either or both, of these Chesapeake Bay monuments to navigation.



Thomas Point - Located at 38.899°N 76.436°W on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay between the South and Severen Rivers, was first constructed in 1875 and was first lit in 1875. In 1986, the light became fully automated. The light has a square on hexagonal shape, and is 43 feet in height above mean high water. The original lenses on the light house were 4th order Fresne lens.
Currently, the lens are 250 mm solar-powered. The light has a range of 11 nautical miles. The light is now on the National Register of Historic Places as well as being a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Thomas Point Shoal Light Station is the last unaltered screwpile, cottage-type lighthouse on its original foundation in the United States. This is the light house most often seen when one researches the Chesapeake Bay for the first time. (source:wikipedia - - 2010 / National Park Service.

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Bloody Point Bar - Located at 38.833°N 76.391°W, is the classical "Spark-Plug shaped round tower. Construction of the light began in the early 1880's and was lighted for the first time in 1882. It is 54 feet in height and uses 4th order Fresnel lenses giving it a range of 9 miles for its white light and 7 miles for it's red light. When in operation, the light flashes white and has two red sectors. This picture shows the lighthouse prior to a major fire that occured in 1960. (source:wikipedia - 2010 / USCG (

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You may see either of these Historic Structures in a 4 hour charter (weather providing), and you may see both of these structures in a six hour charter (again weather providing).


If you are really interested in Lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay, then check out Places to Go, Stay and Eat for a list of Lighthouses that are within a days ride from Holiday Hill Marina.



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2 - Day / 1 Night Weekday or Weekend – On board Dream Catcher
(Meals not included –sorry but the Captain is no cook)

BUT there is a grill and gourmet galley for your use. 

Please e-mail or call for rates.



Effectively and safely operating of a larger sailboat takes teamwork. MainSail Charters & Research, LLC is now offering a two day team building opportunity aboard the sailing vessel DreamCatcher. Attendance is limited to six individuals. The course is designed to develope further team skills which demonstrate the needs and requirements to rely on other individuals inorder to get a job completed. Successfully completed, students will have learned the need to rely on others and take away skills that can be used elsewhere in the business community. Communications - both written and verbal is stressed. Participation is open to any individual and is not limited to those who already know how to sail.

Participants will be required to bring their lunches. Water and ice is provided on the boat.

Costs: $500.00 per person - minimum of 4 people



Ice and Water are onboard and provided on all charters – Charterers may bring their own meals or snacks
Lunch Stops can be arranged at nearby restaurants during the charter time or at anchor or feel free to eat while underway.



All Charters, if possible, are requested to book at least two weeks in advance.  A tour of the sailing vessel DreamCatcher may be arranged.  All Charters require a deposit equal to one-half the total fee. Deposits are to be received one week prior to sailing or taking a course and are non-refundable except in exegent circumstances. 

Discounts of 25% on all rates are given to Military, EMS, Police and Fire Service Personnel and College Students

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If you are coming in from out of town and want lodging or a place to stay or some places to see before or after sailing aboard DreamCatcher, then click here.


All boat Captains are United States Coast Guard Licensed with extensive sailing resumes.

For More Information, call or write:

Captain Bill Ganzer, (USCG OUPV License - MRN  1170224)
MainSail Charters & Research, LLC
1216 Travis View Court
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

Tel: 240-401-4464



$100.00 / Hour, Minimum of 4 Hours / Maximum of 8 Hours - Up to 6 Persons Maximum

Sunset Cruises: $100.00 per hour, 3 hours. (Call to inquire for times as these vary depending on the time of the year.)  Plan however, for most cruises to begin between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm and return between 8 and 9 p.m. NOTE: these cruises may not always be under sail.

Fall Cruises:  See the colorful splender of the Chesapeake in the fall. Get out your cameras for the reds, yellows and oranges of late September, October and November -  Special rates of $75.00 per hour,  Book 2 hour or 3 hour voyages.  This is not a sail expedition but an exploration by water of the beauty of the fall foliage in the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the YMCA Camp Letts areas.


2 - Day / 1 Night Weekday or Weekend – On board Dream Catcher
(Meals not included –sorry but the Captain is no cook)

BUT there is a grill and gourmet galley for your use. 

Please e-mail or call for rates.

Special Discounts To:  Active Military, EMS, and Law Enforcement Personnel & Recruits
25 % Discount on Day Charters
$50 Discount on Sailing Lessons


MainSail Charters Payment Schedule:  When you sign up and are scheduled for your charter or sailing course, you will be asked for a 50% deposit at the time. The remainder of your balance is required 5 business days prior to the start of your course. You may pay by check or through PayPal for both the deposit and the full rate. In the event that you must cancel, you will receive a full refund provided that you notify us 7 days in advance.

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CHARTER DISCLAIMER:  A Note to those who may want to Charter:  We sail based on where the wind originates.  Preferred destinations may not always be reached though we will make all attempts within reason to get to where you want to go in the time allotted.

We will stop to swim if you wish, though all in the water will wear USCG approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's, life jackets or vests) regardless of age.swimming

Children are welcome on all charters. However, ALL children under the age of 12 are required to wear a USCG approved PFD at all times. Please be sure to bring such equipment for your children if you are bringing them. This equipment is not provided on board so therefore, should you bring your children but not their PDF's, you will not be allowed to make the charter.


Middle Chesapeake Bay Sailing and Instruction


Are you interested in Chartering or Sailing Instruction in the middle Chesapeake Bay area, away from the hustle and bustle of Annapolis?  If so, then Beam Reach & Beyond, with their Morgan 42 center cockpit sailing vessel “Wayward Wind” is the place to go for mid-Bay Sailing.  Sailing lessons and Charters are out of beautiful Solomon Island near the mouth of the Patuxent River.

In affiliation with Beam Reach Beyond  we can arrange charters or sailing instruction for the 2010 Sailing Season.  Call or e-mail us for more information.

Courses and Charters with Beam Reach Beyond include:

BASIC CRUISING (Course Level 1)
CRUISE the CHESAPEAKE (Course Level 3)
CHARTERS:  4 hour minimum/6 hour maximum; 6 person maximum




Specializing in private yacht charters leaving from Old Town Alexandria,
the Potomac Belle is ideal for corporate events, special family events, dinner cruises and spectacular panoramas of the Washington, DC skyline.

The Potomac Belle is the newest custom yacht serving personal and corporate needs on the Potomac River. The Potomac Belle is a 59' custom Bluewater yacht comfortable for 25-35 passengers. Ideal for small gatherings or Business functions.

Berthed at the Alexandria City Docks, the Potomac Belle is perfect for cruising to Georgetown or Mt. Vernon. The Potomac Belle is located at #1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314 behind the Torpedo Factory. Contact them at 703.868.5566 or by e-mail to:
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