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Most large yachts may now traverse Maryland waters without a bay pilot
Most large yachts may now traverse Maryland waters without a bay pilot

Maryland waters soon could see more large yachts under a law passed in Annapolis that is expected to be a boon for the state's marinas and tourist destinations. The law allows for pleasure boats up to 200 feet long to navigate state waters without a licensed bay pilot. Previously, the law required vessels longer than 79 feet to hire a pilot. Considered emergency legislation, the law was signed Tuesday by Gov. Larry Hogan and took effect Wednesday, in time for boating season, advocates said. Its passage was welcomed by marina operators from Annapolis to Baltimore, who expect to see more yachts owned and chartered by the well-heeled make their way into the Chesapeake Bay. ...

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