Take the Wheel

Take the Wheel Interactive Workshop

Find the Sailboat of Your Dreams

Sponsored by Jeanneau

This is an opportunity to demo two sailboats of your choice, compare one against the other, fast track your boating buying knowledge, and narrow the search for your new boat.

Take the Wheel is an on-and-off water learning experience.  The morning session covers sailboat design, how to maximize your boating pleasure, and budget. In the afternoon you’ll sail aboard your choice of two out of eight yachts and have a chance to get a stem to stern look with wind in the sails. Find the best boat for your personal sailing needs. Demo various sizes and styles of sailboats. Choose from four monohulls and four catamarans. Experts will be on board to answer your specific questions.

Regardless of whether you plan to day sail on the Chesapeake Bay, cruise close to home, or to fulfill a dream to sail off into the sunset, Take the Wheel is a worthy launch site.

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The Take the Wheel Workshop is $225 per person or $390 per couple

Workshop Includes:

  • Morning instruction by renowned experts, Behan & Jamie Gifford from SailingTotem
  • Afternoon on-the-water sailing experience
  • Opportunity to sea-trial two catamarans or monohulls of your choice
  • Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Top your day off at a social gathering with your new acquaintances and captains.  Details to be announced.
  • Choice of dates: Friday, October 9th, Saturday, October 10th, and Sunday, October 11th 
  • Multi-day admission ticket to United States Sailboat Show
  • Complimentary one year basic BoatU.S. membership – $30 Value


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The following monohulls by Jeanneau were available in the 2019 Take the Wheel program. Check back in early summer for the 2020 line-up of boats participating in 2020 Take the Wheel program.

Monohulls By Jeanneau

Sun Odyssey 349Sun Odyssey 349 | Length 33’11” | Beam 11’3” | 2/3 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
The Sun Odyssey 349 is the perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea. With two or three cabins, a spacious saloon, functional galley, high quality woodwork accents with an incredibly bright, well-lit interior, she has it all.

Sun Odyssey 389Sun Odyssey 410 | Length 40’6”| Beam 13’1”| 2/3 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
The Sun Odyssey 410 features a generous beam and walk-around deck, ensuring life on deck is comfortable and spacious, either under way or at anchor. Simple sail handling is ensured through the use of an integrated bow sprit, inboard winches, and recessed wells for controls.

Sun Odyssey 440Sun Odyssey 440 | Length 42’7”| Beam 14’| 2/3/4 Cabins 
Provided by Jeanneau

An entirely new generation of Jeanneau, completely reimagined to meet the needs of today’s cruising sailor. From the inclined side decks and convertible coamings to the split rigging and gentle companionway, life aboard has never been so comfortable.

Sun Odyssey 519Sun Odyssey 490 | Length: 47’4” | Beam: 14’9” | Cabins: 2/3/4/5 Cabins
Provided by Jeanneau
Designed by Philippe Briand and Jean-Marc Piaton, the Sun Odyssey 490 has revolutionized cruising with her walk-around sidedecks. They slope down to the cockpit floor, meaning that there is no need to step over the coaming!

The following multihulls will be available in the 2019 Take the Wheel program. 

Seawind 1260 Makai | Length 41’ 
She is a brand-new Seawind 1260 with diesel 29hp Yanmar engines. The only one available for charter on the entire East Coast of the US or Bahamas! Three cabins and two heads. 

Seawind 1160 Lite | Length 38’
A brand-new Seawind 1160 Lite and the only one available for charter on the entire East Coast. Three cabins and two heads. Saloon accommodates up to eight at the table. 

2018 Leopard 40 | Length 40’
Three cabins and two heads. Saloon accommodates up to eight at the table. 

2011 St Francis Paradigm Shift | Length 50’

Three guest cabins with en-suite heads.  Can accommodate up to 6 guests.




Refund Policy:

  • Refunds are acceptable up to 30 days prior to the start of the event.

  • Inside 30 days of the event, only credit towards future Take the Wheel will be given.

  • No refund or credit for cancellation within 10 days of the start of the event. 

  • Credits are good for up to 365 days. 


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