MWR Marina FAQ

What is the process to rent a boat?
Call (410) 293-3731 to reserve.
Download Boat Rental Info & Fees

How to email the MWR Marina office?
Click here

How far in advance can I make a reservation?
Up to 5 days in advance.

As a new renter, what boats can I rent?
Carr Creek Marina requires a rental history regardless of experience. First time renters are only qualified to rent LEVEL 1 boats.

What are the boat levels?
1-4 Sail, 5-7 Power

What are the boats in the levels?

Level 1 Boston Whaler 15
Level 2 Boston Whaler 17 and 18
Level 3 Angler, Tahoe, McKee Craft
Level 4 (NEW) Nauticstar 22, Nauticstar 24
Level 5 Rainbow 24,  Rhodes 19, American 18
Level 6 Hunter 22, Capri 22
Level 7 Catalina 25

What do I need to rent a sailboat?
You need to have ASA 101, Basic Keelboat or equivalent.

Can I take a sailboat out alone?
Renters must have one crew member over the age of 16.

Can one of my guests operate a vessel?
No, only the qualified renter can operate the vessel and must possess the valid qualifications.

If I am a first time sailboat renter, what sailboat can I rent?

What is included when renting a sailboat?
You will receive life jackets for those that are on the boat and all required safety gear.

What do I need to rent a powerboat?    
If you were born after July 1972, you will need to obtain the Boaters Safety course. Please bring this to the Marina so our staff can verify.   If you were born before July 1972, you will take a 20 questions test on basic boating information.

I have a Boaters Safety course from another state, will MWR-Annapolis accept that?
Yes, as long as it is NASBLA approved.

If I’m a first time powerboat renter at your MWR, what powerboats can I rent?
You can rent the Boston Whaler 15’

What is included when renting a powerboat?
Fuel, life jackets, and all required safety gear.

Does MWR provide the required classes to be certified?
MWR offers the both ASA 101 and Boaters Safety Course.

Are pets allowed on boats?
Pet are not recommended on sailboats.
Pets are not permitted on the Tahoe and Nauticstar 22/24.

Do I have to pay for the fuel?
Fuel is included in the rental fee.

Can I fish on the rental boats?
Fishing in not permitted on the Tahoe and Nauticstar 22/24.

How long can I rent the boat?
3-hour minimum for all sailboats, Tahoe and Nauticstar 22/24.

What are the loading limits for each vessel?
SAIL Capacity (Optimum/Max) Max Weight
American 18 (Level 5) 4 adults/6 adults 960 lbs
Rhodes 19 (Level 5) 5 adults/6 adults 1325 lbs
Rainbow 24 (Level 5) 5 adults/6 adults 1500 lbs
Capri 22 (Level 6) 5 adults/6 adults 1325 lbs
Hunter 22 (Level 6) 5 adults/6 adults 1250 lbs
Catalina 25 (Level 7) 5 adults/6 adults  1500 lbs
POWER Capacity (Optimum/Max) Max Weight*
Boston Whaler 15 (Level 1) 4 adults/6 adults 615lbs
Boston Whaler 17 (Level 2) 4 adults - 2 kids/6 adults 885 lbs
Boston Whaler 18 (Level 2) 4 adults - 2 kids/6 adults 970 lbs
Angler 21 (Level 3) 5 adults - 2 kids/7 adults 1,000 lbs
Tahoe 20 (Level 3) 7 adults/9 adults 1,700 lbs
Nauticstar 22 (Level 4) - NEW 7 adults/10 adults 2,650 lbs
Nauticstar 24 (Level 4) - NEW 8 adults/12 adults 3,000 lbs

*Weights include fuel and gear
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How far can we take the boat out?
Level 5 must stay between the mouth of the river and the 1st bridge (Naval Academy).
Level 6-7 may travel within Maryland waters.
Level 1-2 must stay in the Severn River.
Level 3-4 are limited to the northern and southern points of Kent Island.

Which boats can we take over night?
Only Level 3 sailboats (Catalina 25).

What size life jackets do you have?

  • Infant
  • Child 30-50 lbs
  • Child 50-90 lbs
  • Adult
  • Adult X-L

Can we bring our own life jackets?

What’s included with renting kayaks?
Lifejackets for all participants with a sound making device attached.

Can we take the kayaks off base?
Yes, but return times still apply based on the reservation.

Do you have a Kayak rack I can use for the top of vehicle?
Yes, car-topping kits are available at no charge if requested.

Where do I fuel the powerboat?
Fuel is provided by the MWR staff.

Do you have to wear a life jacket?
Per Maryland law: “All children under the age of 13 must WEAR a US Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device(Type I,II,III or IV) while underway on a recreation vessel under 21’ in length in Maryland waters”
Lifejackets are issued to all patrons and it is highly recommended that they be worn by all.

Does weather affect rentals?
Allowing a rental to go or and request to be returned is at the discretion of the staff and management based on local conditions.
Marina staff must have a way to contact the renter at any time to recall them in inclement weather.


How do you haul-out boats?
We use a submersible hydraulic trailer.
See “Haulout/ launch customer responsibilities” document on the Dry storage page on this website

When you haul out, does the rolling furling genoa need to be removed?
Yes, we experience occasional high winds

What is included when you haul-out the boat?
The haulout fee includes:

What is the max weight, draft and length I can haul-out?
Weight 30,000lbs
Draft 6’
Length 42’

When do you haul out/launch boats?
Labor Day through Memorial Day. Monday-Friday Weather dependent.
Generally not hauling out boats Jan and Feb due to weather and maintenance.
Memorial Day to Labor Day Wed and Thursday. Reservations only.

Storage (See Slips and Storage Page)

What is the length of stay I can store my vessel?
Storage contracts are written for terms of 1 year unless the patron is a “transient”

If I recently sold my boat or trailer, can the spot be transferred to the new owner?
If the purchaser is a qualified MWR customer, they will need to sign a new storage contract.
If the boat is in a slip, they would need to be placed on the waitlist and that slip would be offered to the next person on the waitlist

Can I work on my boat while it’s on stands?
Yes, all rules and regulations must be followed. See rules and regulations on this website.

Can I sand my boat?
Yes, all rules and regulations must be followed. See rules and regulations on this website.

Can I paint my boat?
Yes, all rules and regulations must be followed. See rules and regulations on this website.

Is electricity provided?
Yes, there are 30a outlets along the bulkhead, however NFPA regulations state that vessels may not be plugged in while unattended.

Is potable water available?
Yes, along the bulkhead and seasonally winterized. (Generally off Nov. 15- March 15th)

Does the marina staff offer repair services?
We offer limited services. See service rate sheet.

Can I move my own jack stands?
No. Only marina staff is permitted to move stand. Please see office to move stands.

Does MWR Marina supply equipment for boat maintenance?
No. There are a few ladders available, but must be returned.

Is there a waiting list for slips?
Yes. An application can be found on the “Slips” page on this website

Who has access to MWR Carr Creek Marina?
Active duty and retired military and DOD civilians
Veterans with 0%-100% disability with correct VA documentation

Do you have any ramps we can use?
Yes, there are 2 boat ramps on base. Parking is extremely limited. Cannot impede Navy Missions.

Is there a dock we can use?
The 2 MWR docks are not conveniently located for use with the boat ramps.


Can I tie my personal boat to one of the moorings?
No, mooring are provided for our rentals and class boats only.