How far in advance should you book a boat? During
the week 1-2 days is normally fine. On the weekend 4-5 days in
advance to get the boat you want. Holiday weekends (4th July,
Memorial Day, Labor Day) and Spring Break book 10-14 days in advance.
What are the sailing times? All charters must be
flexible due to weather and tides, but the typical times
9:00 am –1:00 pm 1/2 day morning
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1/2 day afternoon
10:00 am – 4:00 pm 3/4 day
9.00 am – 5:00 pm Full day
Sunset Cruises depart 2 hours prior to sunset
You will be required to sign a release on the
behalf of your party when you arrive.
Sailing times and dates are subject to
change without notice to due weather conditions and tides.
We are licensed for SIX (6)
passengers PER BOAT ONLY. Yes, children and adults, whatever age
or size, are considered a
passenger according to the US Coast Guard. DO NOT ask us to take seven (7) or more
passengers unless you plan on chartering a second, third or fourth sailboat. What
will happen if we take more than six passengers? We lose our captain's
license FOREVER, our occupational and state licensing, the sailboat is impounded
by the Coast Guard and we are fined $100,000. 'Nuff said!
Read that again if you thought you were special and could get
away with it!
We DO NOT put strangers together. If there is just one
or two of you, either pay the full charter price or put your own
Reservations require a 30% deposit to
secure your cruise. Should the weather be deemed unsafe we will give you
a literal "rain check" to another date, or refund your deposit
in full. If you reschedule within 48 hours of your charter, we
will hold your deposit for up to 6 months. If you reschedule
your charter less than 48 hours in advance you will LOSE your
If you CANCEL your charter for
any reason you will lose your deposit.
You are considered a "NO SHOW" if you are
30 minutes late and do not call 727.859.0213. You will forfeit your deposit.
If you are redeeming a
gift certificate and are a "NO SHOW" you will forfeit your gift certificate.
We reserve the right to switch out sailboats.
standard in this industry for your captain and crew and account for a substantial
portion of their salary - typically between
15 -20% + or more based on the level of service you have received. Stiffing the Captain (especially) is considered rude and the captain will cry all night
wondering what s/he did wrong to tick you off. Would you stiff the server at the
restaurant where you just had the BEST time of your life? If a
particular staff member assisted in making your day come true,
these grunts are always happy for a hand out! :)
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A GUIDELINE TO GRATUITIES in the industry
Soft sided padded coolers are
preferred. Don't even THINK about bringing those nasty Styrofoam
coolers! (They leave a white snowy mess all over and split open- YOU gonna clean
BEER MUST BE IN PLASTIC OR ALUMINUM CANS!
bring glass containers of any type, such as bottled beer, drinking
glasses, etc. Glass breaks when the sailboat is a-rockin'! You MAY bring
bottled WHITE wine or champagne - we will stow it in the galley.
ABSOLUTELY NO RED WINE!! (It
leaves horrible stains if spilled that we cannot get out). Red wine is confiscated by
Capt. Wendy and she has a party at the dock while you are
Smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes is
allowed on deck, but not in below the cabin. Illegal drugs or substances are
strictly prohibited by law and if boarded by the Coast Guard you
go to jail (because we'll report you!). We'll wave good-bye to you as
you are carted off to jail and then enjoy
the rest of your booze when we permanently dock for the day.
If Captain and/or Crew believe you are
creating an unsafe sailing situation due to extreme intoxication or failure to
comply with safety requests, the sailboat will be returned to dock immediately
without a refund.
Fishing or trawling from the sailboat is
allowed when the sails are NOT out. You must provide your own
pole, bait and State of Florida fishing license, available online
Please don't ask us about fishing laws - we
don't know. We're sailors, not fishermen. We also have no clue
where to buy bait or what kind of fish are out there. We buy our
fish at the market cleaned and ready to fry up!
Children 10 years of age and younger will
be required to wear a personal floatation device while walking around
the deck. Children are not required to wear a life jacket if below decks.
Parents - should you require baby sitting
services whilst aboard the charge is $75/hour. Otherwise
PLEASE keep a mindful eye on your little ones at ALL TIMES.
Damages caused by unattended children will be charged to your
credit card and then both parent and child will be thrown overboard as shark chum!
DO NOT wear sneakers,
sandals or shoes with BLACK SOLES. Wear only white soles, or non-
marking soles - or just come barefoot, that's what we do! If you
REALLY HAVE to wear black soled shoes, we WILL make YOU scrub the
marks off the deck with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. NO HEELS OF ANY TYPE!
Leave the kitchen sink AT HOME! This
isn't Gilligan's island and you needn't pack for 8 seasons on
prime time. The crew lugs all your junk on - the crew lugs all your
junk off - Junk you never touched because you had too much fun sailing,
swimming and so forth! Remember the crew.... ($$$)
Gift certificates are
non-refundable yet fully transferable. Hey, would Wal-Mart give you a
refund on the gift card you just bought? Gift certificates are
subject to black out periods and holiday restrictions.
Whilst out in the Gulf, the Captain/Crew
may deem the weather unsafe based on ongoing weather reports. Be
advised we may return to port early or later than scheduled FOR YOUR SAFETY.
Some holidays are subject to a
$200 holiday surcharge (C'mon....we have families too!!).
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year's Eve/Day, and
possibly the owner's birthday. More depending upon our
NO TOILET PAPER IN THE TOILET! It must be
wrapped and placed in a wastepaper basket provided. Anyone clogging the toilet will be charged
$200 for the poor guy that
has to clean up your crap!
NO VOMITING IN THE TOILET!! Use the Gulf of
Mexico!! Anyone who hurls in the head will be charged a
$200 cleaning and disinfection fee. Fish love the chum!
Just try to miss the side of the boat, OK?
PET FRIENDLY. We will allow pets
under the following conditions: (1) You must have a life jacket
and leash for your pet. (2) Maximum 40 lb pet (cool! Bring
40 one-pound pets - NOT!). (3) The owner is responsible for all
damages caused by pet. (4) There will be a $75 cleaning
fee for sanitation. (5) Pets are NOT allowed down below in the
cabin. (6) Owners will be thrown overboard as shark chum if they
don't like the rules.