The forecast says there is a 30% chance of rain, should we book or wait for a better day?
This is a very popular question. We monitor the weather constantly and it seems as if we have a normal forecast of 30 – 40% chance of rain every day during the summer and parts of the fall. Thunderstorms will pop up on occasion but, we only have to cancel a small percentage of charters per year. We have access to radar on each vessel. Often, we can run to the other side of the island to avoid the storms entirely. The Captain is VERY concerned about everyone's safety and will do everything he can to avoid putting anyone in an unsafe situation. Go ahead and reserve your spot, as we fill up very quickly in the main season, and in the rare instance you are the 1% that we have to cancel, we will reschedule or give you a full refund.
What should we bring with us (or can we bring) and what should we wear?
Please dress to be comfortable in the current weather conditions. It always seems to feel 10 degrees cooler out on the water. We do have blankets on board if needed. For safety reasons we ask that you wear soft-soled shoes - we ask no boots or high heals or clogs. The captain may ask you to remove your shoes aboard the boat, if they feel it poses a safety concern. A camera is a must have item! Towels (if you want to swim) Sunscreen, Please NO SPRAY SUNSCREEN, hats, binoculars are always a good idea. You are allowed to bring any food or beverage you would like on board. We ask no red liquids or thin glass containers (such as glasses and beer bottles), and the coolers to be a soft cooler (hard coolers scratch our cabin floors). We do provide bottled water, Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite.
Do I need to have 6 people to make a reservation?
You do not need to have 6 people to enjoy or book this adventure. Our price is set for the boat, Captain and crew, not for the # of passengers aboard. However, we are limited by the Coast Guard to six passengers, maximum. Half of our charters are with 2-3 people. We will not add other people to your group, as this private charter will just be your group.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
If something comes up and you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we understand but ask that we have enough time to fill your time slot. Therefore you will receive a full refund if you give us at least 24 hours notice. If you cancel within the 24 hour window we may only refund half of the charter.
What Happens if there is bad weather?
Cancellations due to weather are at the discretion of the Captain. If we must cancel your trip because of unfavorable or unsafe weather / water conditions, you will be given the option of rescheduling or receive a full refund if we are not able to reschedule your trip.
Do I need to make a reservation in advance?
Although we can sometimes take last minute reservations, we highly recommend that you call and make a reservation in advance. If you are planning to be here around a major holiday or event, we recommend calling several weeks or months in advance. We have seen people book with us up to 10 months in advance
Is it customary to Tip the Captain and Crew?
Gratuity is not included in the price, and is not required, but greatly appreciated. If you enjoyed your experience, and felt we performed above average in serving you, feel free to tip. Any Gratuity is at the sole discretion of our clients. Both the Captain and Crew split any tips evenly and consider it part of their income. The Captain and Crew work very hard to keep you safe, to entertain, provide sailing instruction and point out areas of interest along the way, to ensure you have a great experience. Our average gratuity is between 20 & 25%
Do you provide food or refreshment on the boat?
We provide ice cold bottled water, Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite available at all times. We generally keep some low-key snacks on board, such as potato chips and cookies. You are welcome to bring other food or beverages, including alcohol, on the boat. We do ask no red liquids, such as red wine and no glass containers (for safety reasons.) We also ask if you bring a cooler, please use a soft cooler, as hard coolers scratch our cabin floors when the boat heals over to one side or the other. We also have a full catering menu available if you would like us to have something ready for you to enjoy on the boat during your charter. See the full menu – go to the about tab and click on “catered food”
Do Children or Infants count as passengers?
Yes, they do. The United States Coast Guard considers every person a passenger except for the Captain and crew member. Children under the age of 13 must wear a USCG approved Type I PFD (life jacket) which we will provide for you during the charter. Children require supervision by parent(s) or guardian at all times while on the boat. We do provide several things to (Help) keep children entertained while on the boat such as marine animal temporary tattoos, coloring books and of course they are welcome to help out with sailing!
Can I bring more than 6 passengers on the sailboat?
We are limited to 6 passengers maximum on the sailboat at one time and no exceptions can be made. We have multiple vessels and we can take 6 people on one and 6 people on the other and go out on the water together. On several occasions if your party / group has more than 6 people we have taken part of the group out while the other part of the group goes out to eat and then we come back to the dock to swap so that everyone in your group gets some good boat time. We will offer you a discounted rate for multiple charters back to back like that. Please call us directly to orchestrate that.
Are your vessels safe?
We take your safety as well as ours VERY seriously. All of our Vessels are professionally maintained and fully insured for charters. We undergo annual inspections by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and our vessels meet or exceed the safety requirements by the USCG (which include Type I Ocean going life jackets for EVERY passenger and crew on board, approved sound producing device, fire extinguishers, flares, first aid kits, VHF radio, approved ring buoy, to name a few of the requirements. Captains and crew members follow strict drug testing regimens, subject to random drug testing at any time, a strict no alcohol policy, and are fully licensed by the United States Coast Guard. The Captain always has a valid license onboard during all charters as well as a TWIC (Transportation Worker’s Identification Card), and is always willing to show proof of license upon request!
Will I get Seasick?
The majority of our guests do not get seasick (99.99%). In fact, we have only had one guest get sick (alcohol may have played a factor in this one). However, concerned passengers are encouraged to take some Dramamine prior to the charter. We have some wrist bands available onboard to help anyone that might feel they are at risk of seasickness. Products that contain ginger such as ginger cookies or Ginger Ale have been known to help calm an upset stomach. We also have Coke products onboard that also help with an upset stomach.
Is there a restroom / Head on board?
Yes, there are restrooms / head(s) aboard all our vessels. Prior to the charter we also give our guests the opportunity to use the restroom at the marina before we go down to the boat
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