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Captain Bobby LaPin and his wife, First Mate Alicia Jones, left full time careers to promote local tourism among residents and illustrate more positive aspects about life in the city by launching Boat Baltimore in June 2022. Using their recent rising social media presence, Bobby and Alicia also promote other local businesses and organizations, such as the Babe Ruth Museum, Waterfront Partnership, and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation

Boat Baltimore is the first boat-for-hire in the city to offer free passage to children ages 12 and under, which they announced on their Instagram (@SailLocal) on May 10, 2023.

Captain Bobby, a Baltimore City native and US Army veteran, and First Mate Alicia are both residents of the Upper Fells neighborhood and hope the reduced prices will provide more opportunities for families to afford an experience on the water, while also increasing local tourism. Boat Baltimore has been nominated as Best Tourist Attraction in Baltimore 2023 by Baltimore Magazine.  

Bobby and Alicia operate their 45-foot Hunter Legend sailboat out of South Baltimore as a private charter with four daily cruises (day/afternoon/sunset cruises as well as any custom cruises). The charter leaves Port Covington Marina and heads onto the Patapsco River.

“Once we pull the sails out, we go wherever the wind takes us. Most days we are able to sail out to the Key Bridge and around Fort Carroll before turning around and heading back to port. Typically on this route, we sail past the Francis Scott Key Buoy which is only visible on the water,” states First Mate Alicia Jones.

 

Captain Bobby LaPin and First Mate Alicia Jones of Boat Baltimore

“Our favorite thing about Baltimore is the community. Unfair negativity surrounds Baltimore in the media and film,” shares Captain Bobby. “People living in the county, whose only access to Baltimore is through television, believe Baltimore is awash with chaos, when in reality, she shines with community—a community where neighbors are actually friends and local businesses mean something special.” That’s why both Bobby and Alicia settled in Baltimore. 

Bobby grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, fishing and crabbing with his grandfather. While serving with the US Army in the sand and desert heat of the Middle East, Bobby daydreamed about the cool water back home. His daydreams became a reality in 2015, when Bobby bought his 45-foot Hunter Legend sailboat.  The joy of feeling the power of the wind on the water is an experience few get to encounter. Bobby wants to invite new friends who are interested in joining their sailing adventures.

 Alicia also appreciated the happy tranquility of living on the Chesapeake from a young age. She grew up in a small Southern Maryland town on the banks of both the Patuxent River and Bay. Sixteen years ago, Alicia moved to Baltimore to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry at Towson University. While in college, she fell in love with the city of Baltimore and has called Charm City home ever since.

 

Captain Bobby LaPin and First Mate Alicia Jones of Boat Baltimore.

Last season Captain Bobby teamed up with local restaurants to highlight the independent spirit of Baltimore’s culinary landscape while onboard, including a Pizza Boat Party with Angeli’s Pizza of Little Italy. Other restaurants featured include The Point in Fells, Di Pasquale’s, Charm City Meadworks, and Attmans. “There are more coming,” shares Captain Bobby. “It’s something we recently decided to do.”  

Sailing with Boat Baltimore is perfect for history buffs, adventure seekers, and anyone who wishes to see a new side of Baltimore or explore Port South Covington and experience the Patapsco River from the Baltimore Peninsula. The addition of highlighting Baltimore restaurants adds to the experience of celebrating Baltimore.

Captain Bobby and First Mate Alicia have created a unique opportunity and are building a market for their love of sailing while highlighting the history and beauty of Baltimore. Boat Baltimore’s season began May 5th and runs until the last Friday of October.

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