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 Gurney’s Star Island Resort, 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 our catamarans is very easy, and except for special trips we stay in smooth, sheltered waters. The catamaran design is very stable, and 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.

Q: How many passengers can come on one of your trips?
A: Most of our ticketed outings take place on our 65′ flagship Mon Tiki Largo. Mon Tiki Largo has been US Coast Guard certified to carry up to 100 passengers, but we limit ticket sales on our mixed group day sailing trips and sunset cruises to ensure everyone’s comfort. Some smaller ticked outings may go out on our original 40′ catamaran Mon Tiki. If you have 10 or more people in your party, please contact us for information about private charters.

Q: What if it rains?
We don’t expect anyone to sail in the rain or other inclement/dangerous weather conditions. If the Captain must cancel a trip due to weather, you will be offered your choice of rescheduling your outing for another date/time or simply receiving a 100% refund. Please do make sure to include a phone number in your ticket booking so that we can contact you in the event of a cancellation.

Q: Do you take children?
A: Yes! The decks of our catamarans are 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 where young children are not allowed, are on our public Sunset Cruises where passengers must be at least 12 years of age. Kids of all ages are welcome on Discover Montauk day sails, 3 Hour Sail & Swim trips, and all private charters.

Q: Are your outings suitable for seniors?
A: Sailing on our catamarans is a very low-stress activity. If you can climb a step-ladder with confidence, you can sail on one of our boats at any age. (We hosted a birthday party for a 91 year-old man!) 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 high 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, wine, or “spiked seltzers” so long as consumption is kept moderate and responsible. No hard alcohol, please. While glass is okay for wine bottles, drinking glasses should be plastic or paper. We offer for purchase reusable 16oz shatterproof Tritan stemless wine glasses that make a great souvenir of your Mon Tiki outing. 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: Our fleet 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.