The charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI nosing into the cove in front of the Montauk Yacht Club, March 2013, Montauk NY, photo by Sailing Montauk

The charter sailing catamaran Mon Tiki nosing into the cove in front of the Montauk Yacht Club, March 2013, Montauk NY

Here are answers to some common questions people have about sailboats, and our sailing charters. If you have a question or concern not addressed here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions! —Captain David Ryan

Q: Should I be worried about getting seasick?
A: The motion on Mon Tiki is very easy, and except for special trips we stay in smooth, sheltered waters. Because Mon Tiki is a catamaran, there’s none of the “heeling” (tipping) you may have experienced on other sailboats. Additionally, sails steady rolling motion so there isn’t the “wallowing” common on motor boats. If you’re in doubt, modern over-the-counter seasickness remedies are usually effective, and we keep a supply on board.

Q: How many passengers can come on one of your trips?
A: Mon Tiki is a US Coast Guard certificated Inspected Passenger Sailing Vessel with a legal passenger capacity of 49, but we normally limit our mixed group day sailing trips and sunset cruises to about 15. We take larger groups on private charters.

Q: Do you take children?
A: Yes! In addition to being our family business, Mon Tiki is also our family cruiser and we love sailing with children! In fact, when our own daughters were 8 and 2 years old we crossed the Gulf Stream and cruised the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, and we’ve had many family adventures since then. Mon Tiki’s deck is fully protected by a sturdy 40″ high rail to make sure the little ones are safe. We do ask that children under 12 wear provided life jackets while on board. The only trips we offer where children are not allowed, are on our Friday and Saturday evening Sunset Cruise for Grownups which are reserved as adult outings.

Q: Are your outings suitable for seniors?
A: Sailing on Mon Tiki is a very low-stress activity. If you can climb a step-ladder with confidence, you can sail on Mon Tiki at any age. (We’ve had my 91 year-old mother-in-law out on Mon Tiki a couple of times and she loved it!) If you’re concerned about access for yourself or a member of your party, call us and we’ll be happy to chat!

Q: What should I wear?
A: Whatever you might wear for a walk on the beach is probably perfect. But do bring along a sweater or jacket; wind across the water is always a touch cooler than it is on land.

Q: What about my feet?
A: Non-marking “deck shoes” are perfect. Sport sandals or bare feet are a good too. If you come in heels or shoes/sneakers that scuff, we’ll ask you to stow them for the trip.

Q: What should I take along?
A: You’ll probably want sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Bringing along a light coverup or hoodie is always a good idea on sunset trips, as it can get cooler once the sun goes down. We have dry, secure storage for your camera gear. A lot of people find reading or listening to an iPod while underway very relaxing.

Q: May we bring food and beverages on board?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to bring along snacks or a packed lunch and drinks. Passengers of legal drinking age may also bring beer or wine so long as consumption is kept moderate and responsible. Having a private event? We can supply you with information on local food/beverage providers.

Q: What kind of safety equipment is on board?
A: Mon Tiki carries the full complement of US Coast Guard required safety equipment, plus many of our own additions, including: lifeline netting fore and aft, jacklines and tethers for small children, and state-of-the-art navigation and communications electronics.

Q: Will I see sea life?
A: Sea life is abundant in the waters off Montauk. We’ll probably see fish and flocks of seabirds chasing bait. In the spring and autumn seals are not uncommon, and Block Island Sound is sometimes even visited by sea turtles, whales, and dolphins.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: We’re sorry, but for the comfort and safety of all on board, we ask that you leave your dog ashore.