When you live in Seattle, you know the weather changes from one hour to the next. Below is a list of question that will help ensure you will have the most enjoyable experience possible while out on the water. We look forward to sailing with you.
▶ What if I need to cancel?
If you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible.
Most charters and adventures are considered standard charters. If you cancel less than 7 days before your scheduled sailing, or an excessive number of times, your deposit will be forfeited. If you need to reschedule and it is less than 7 days before your charter there while be rescheduling fee, which could be up to 40% of the total charter fee.
All custom charters have a 30-day cancellation policy, and any custom charter cancelled with less than 30-day’ notice is subject to forfeit of full deposit.
▶ When should I arrive?
For our smaller charters on Solana and 'Fraid Knot (6 people or fewer), arrive up to 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
For our larger charters, please arrive at the boarding time, which is usually 15-25 minutes prior to departure. You are welcome to arrive early and dine at one of the many restaurants around the area.
If you arrive early, you will likely find us preparing the boat for departure, so please be patient and enjoy the view!
▶ Where can I find the boat?
We have several boats, so be sure to check your sailing confirmation to ensure you are arriving at the correct boat. Our Date Night and Night-on-the-Town sails are often held on other boats.
Visit our Fleet page to learn more about the boats and where they are berthed.
▶ What should I wear?
On days when the forecast holds rain, we recommend dressing in layers and wearing comfortable clothing. When in doubt, bring additional warm clothing; you can always choose not to wear it, and we have room to safely store backpacks. We do have extra hats, gloves, jackets, and rain gear, so if you forget or become cold, just let us know. We also have plenty of blankets to cuddle up under.
Shoes: We recommend non-marking comfortable footwear. We don't recommend wearing flip flops, heel-less sandals, or high heels, as these types of footwear fall off and can be a tripping hazard.
▶ What if it rains?
We sail rain or shine, unless the weather is dangerous, such as thunderstorms. While we recommend dressing for the weather, we have a waterproof blankets and extra coats that you may borrow to stay dry and comfortable.
As we say: "There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing and gear!"
▶ Can I bring food and drink?
You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks to to be enjoyed responsibly. Please be responsible when drinking; if anyone in your group become reckless or dangerous, we will have to end the charter early.
"Pack it in, Pack it out" We are an environmentally friendly company, and we suggest minimizing disposables & single use items. This also reduces the amount of trash.
Consider cans instead of bottles for drinks, trays of finger food instead of individual packages, and encouraging your group to bring their reusable water bottles. Several of our boats have a cooler aboard which you can use during your charter. Please avoid Styrofoam coolers, as they break easily and create a mess.
▶ Is gratuity included in the price of the sail?
Our captains and crews love sailing and work hard to provide a relaxing, customized experience for your adventure. Tipping for charter boats and tours is the customary way to show your appreciation.
▶ Can children come on the sail?
Of course! Sailing is a safe activity that everyone in the family can enjoy, and you would be surprised how at ease children are on the water. We even offer youth programs and sailing lessons.
▶ What if there is no wind?
There is usually wind on Lake Union, even the slightest breeze is enough to move a sailboat, but our boats do have electric motors so we can glide silently around the lake if needed and return to shore without needing wind power.
▶ Can I swim alongside the boat?
For most of our adventures swimming is not allowed due to liability reasons. On rare occasions you may be able to swim, with the captain's permission, safety permitting of course.
▶ What will the weather be like during the sail?
Here are a few resources you can check prior for your sail to see what the weather will hold.
▶ Where do we sail?
Most of our adventures are on Lake Union, and it usually takes about an hour to sail around the lake.
Sailing to Lake Washington takes an hour because we have to pass through drawbridges.
Because of this delay, we typically reserve sailing on Lake Washington for half-day adventures. Sailing to the Puget Sound takes approximately two hours each way so we would recommend a full-day sail if you want to sail on the sound.