Here are answers to some common questions people have about sailboats, and our sailing trips. 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, while some smaller ticked outings may go out on our original 40′ catamaran Mon Tiki. To ensure everyone’s comfort, we limit the number of tickets we sell on our mixed group day sailing trips and sunset cruises. If you have 10 or more people in your party, it may make sense for your group to consider a private charter instead.
Q: What if it rains?
A: 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 65′ and 40′ USCG Certified catamarans are fully protected by a sturdy 40″ high rail to make sure the little ones are safe. On our 26′ catamaran, we provide lifejackets for all children 12 and under. The only trips where young children are not allowed, are on our ticketed public Sunset Cruises where we ask that all passengers be at least 12 years of age. Kids of all ages are welcome on Discover Montauk day sails, Summer Sail & Swim trips, and all private charters (including sunset cruise private charters.)
Q: Are your outings suitable for seniors and/or people with mobility issues?
A: Generally, if you can climb a step-ladder with confidence, you can sail on one of our boats at any age. (We’ve hosted a birthday party for a 91 year-old man!) We also do our best to assist passengers with other special needs. If you’re concerned about access for yourself or a member of your party, call us at 631-668-2826 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 for day sails or sunset cruises. For our Sail & Swim outings, pack as you would for an outing to the beach. We do recommend bringing 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 for day outings. Bringing along a light coverup or hoodie is always a good idea, as it can get cooler on the water, and especially on sunset outings 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! While we do not sell any refreshments, please 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: Is music played on public trips?
A: We do not play pre-recorded music on our ticketed public sailing outings. Listening to music with earbuds for your own personal enjoyment is fine on our public trips, but the quiet sounds of wind and water is what leads many of our passengers to choose to come sailing vs. going out on a motor boat — they want to experience Montauk from the water in a natural way and connect to a now rarely experienced mode of travel that played a huge role in shaping our world. We do offer use of a Bluetooth stereo on our private charters if having tunes while underway is important to you.
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 for ticketed public outings. You may bring a well behaved dog along on a private charter.