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: It is quite rare for people to get seasick on our boats. 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 far in advance should I book a charter?
A: Charter time slots are booked on a first-come-first-served basis, so the earlier you book, the greater the chance that you will be able to lock in your first choice of date/time. The early booking period (winter through March) is generally done through the back office by submitting a request through our site or calling us at 631-668-2826. Self-booking options will become available in March.
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 charter booking so that we can contact you in the event of a cancellation. We do not cancel trips based on forecasted weather.
Q: Are your boats safe for 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. Kids have a blast on our boats (especially if they’re Moana fans!) and parents can relax knowing they’re in good hands with our crew.
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 a swimming trip, pack as you would for an outing to the beach with towels and sunscreen. We do recommend bringing along a sweater or jacket just in case; 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.
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 light and responsible. No hard alcohol, is permitted on board. 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. We can supply you with information on local food/beverage providers if you’re looking for catering ideas.
Q: May we play music on our trip?
A: We do offer use of a Bluetooth stereo on our private charters, so all you have to bring along is a device with your playlist.
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 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: You may bring a well behaved dog along on a private charter, but please make sure you have a designated person who will be responsible for making sure your furry friend does not interfere with our crew performing boat operations.