FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities and the below information is provided in advance to ensure your excursions will be as safe and care-free as possible.
  • The Non Sea Quitter is a DRUG-FREE and SMOKE-FREE vessel. The Captain and Mate are subject to random drug testing. The Captain will immediately terminate the trip and return to shore without recompense if any illegal or controlled substances (except prescription medications of course) are brought aboard or if guests are under the influence of such substances, or are or become unduly impaired by alcohol.
  • We depart and return to our Annapolis-Eastport location unless special arrangements have been made. We are located on Back Creek, at 717 Chester Avenue, just across the street from the Eastport Democratic Club, near State St.
  • Guests are asked to be at the boat fifteen minutes prior to departure time and wait at your car so we can escort you to the boat.
  • Please wear soft-soled shoes such as sneakers, closed-toed sandals or boat shoes. Barefoot, heels, “flip-flops”, boots, open-sandals or leather soles are seriously discouraged.
  • A hat, scarf, non-greasy sunscreen (no sprays please) and light jacket are recommended. Please apply sunscreeen before boarding the boat.
  • All children under 13 must wear a Coast-Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD). While we provide the required commercial, highest grade Type 1 PFD’s for all passengers, guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own Coast Guard Approved PFD’s for children and put them on them before walking down the dock.
  • Please ask Captain about sailing with us if you are pregnant or have toddlers and infants.
  • All trips include a brief but mandatory safety and lifejacket (pfd) demonstration before sailing and guests must provide their complete attention. PFD’s are located beneath the captain’s seat at the steering wheel
  • Any guest that is not a good swimmer MUST inform Captain and will be asked to to wear a comfortable, light-duty PFD during the cruise which we provide.
  • Guests may bring their own drinks and snacks but are cautioned that the effects of alcohol are heightened by sun, heat and motion.
  • Please bring snacks and drinks, but no bottles or sharp knives. NO LARGE, HEAVY OR SOLID COOLERS will be allowed on board.
  • Personal items may be stowed in the cabin but we cannot be responsible for keeping them secure from rolling around, breakage etc..
  • Management has the right to cancel or reschedule any cruise due to weather, mechanical, action by governmental authority, act of nature or other issues at its own discretion. In such cases, a “raincheck” will be provided for another date. It is always best to call and confirm prior to charter if weather is a concern.
  • Rates and schedule and trip route are subject to change without notice and may vary due to weather, special maritime events, navigational concerns etc.
  • Reservations with deposits are required. We request a fifty percent deposit (of the net fee plus 10% tax) be madevia Paypal using paul@foerfront.com. Please—always call us with any questions at (443) 852-2163 or write to paul@foerfront.com.
What can we expect when sailing?

Upon arrival, we will provide a brief but mandatory safety demonstration. After you are helped aboard, and we stow your personal items, we usually motor out to open water and quickly raise the sails. Sometimes we give a waterfront tour under power. You can relax while sun-tanning, gazing at the scenery or just enjoying the peaceful silence.

Where will we go?

We will depart Back Creek in the maritime neighborhood of Annapolis known as Eastport, cruise around the Severn River and usually but not always into the open Bay. On longer trips we may cruise by The Bay Bridges, historic Thomas Point, Sandy Point and/or Bloody Point lighthouses. On Wednesday nights we may watch the yacht races. There is always something interesting to see.

When is the best time to sail?

Anytime is great, but the water and shoreside is less crowded on weekdays and rates are lower. During Sunset sails, the waters are usually calmer and less crowded than daysails.

What about snacks, or lunch or dinner?

Keep it simple! We have a refrigerator and hot and cold water. Catering services and box lunches may be arranged. Large, solid or heavy coolers are not permitted and glass bottles are discouraged. We do recycle. There are many fine restaurants within a short walk. See below.

What about bad weather?

We sail in perfect conditions at no extra charge —and if it is not in perfect conditions, we do not provide a discount— but we DO NOT sail in risky or dangerous conditions. The Captain monitors weather reports and radar. Please bring a light jacket or hat in case of rain. Severe weather requiring a cancellation is very rare and we’ll usually have plenty of notice. In such cases, I offer a “rain check” for another date.

I am concerned about getting seasick.

It is extremely rare that anyone will get seasick on our cruises. Those who are concerned about seasickness may wish to use an over-the-counter medication, or any herbal or other preventive or remedy but please inform the Captain if you do not feel well. We cannot dispense any medications but do have a first aid kit aboard.

Is there a bathroom aboard?

We call it “the head”and it’s regularly cleaned and sanitized, but the old rule is “Don’t put anything in the head unless you ate or drank it first —along with SMALL amounts of toilet paper.” That means NO feminine sanitary products, paper towels or trash. Please use the lined trashcan for those items. If a guest clogs the toilet, a hefty fee for repair will be charged, There is also hot and cold running water. Please allow the Captain or Mate to operate the flushing mechanism.

What about safety?

“Non Sea-Quitter” is well-maintained and well-equipped and meets or exceeds Coast Guard requirements for uninspected passenger vessels. She has more than the required flotation devices, fire extinguishers, extra bilge pumps, radiotelephone, visual signalling devices, first-aid kit and is always operated by a Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Your responsibility is to behave prudently, walk carefully, use handholds and let the Captain know if you have any concerns, or special needs.

What is the mate’s job?

When the mate is aboard, he or she will help you board and step off the boat, assist the Captain, handle the sails and the lines. He or she will be happy to show you how to use the “head”, where to stow personal items and to help you enjoy your trip.

Please note: The Mate works for tips only and it is customary to tip the Captain as well if you are pleased with our services.

What are the closest restaurants or stores

From closest to furthest-Davis Pub, Leeward Market, Bakers, Royal Farms, Adams, Eastport Kitchen, Rite-Aid/Walgreens, Sammys, China Wok, Palate Pleasers, Boatyard Bar and Grill, Forward Brewery, Blackwall Hitch, Vin 909, Carrolls Creek, Lewnes, Ruth’s Chris, O’Learys, Chart House, Bread and Butter Kitchen. Ask me for recommendations.

Can we help steer the boat or learn to sail?

Guests are often encouraged to help to steer the boat and raise sails but you may just sit back and relax. Many children enjoy having their photo taken at the wheel with the Captain. We like to take your photos as well. When we leave and return to the dock we ask that all guests stay seated in the cockpit and keep hands and feet inside the boat until instructed by the Captain or Mate. Please let us know if you are an experienced sailor. We do not provide instruction during our pleasure cruises. If you wish to engage in sail training, please inquire with the Captain.

Can we swim or fish?

Our insurance does not allow for swimming and we do not offer fishing trips—but we invite you to enjoy fresh seafood at any of the many restaurants in Eastport and Annapolis.

Travel Or Stay Aboard The Non Sea-Quitter

Captain Paul has been taking guests sailing on the Chesapeake Bay since 1979.
Non Sea-Quitter has been operating for three terrific seasons for tours and overnight stays.  Check the links below to learn more each experience: 

Do you have any questions about our tours or overnight stays aboard The Non Sea-Quitter?

Please call us today at 443-852-2163 

Areas:

Chesapeake Bay Region, East Coast,  Annapolis, St. Michaels, Kent Island, Baltimore, Oxford, Galesville, Edgewater, Deale, Herring Bay, Severn River, Magothy River, West River, Rhode River, Miles River, Chester River, South River, Choptank River, Tilghman Island, Rock Hall, and many more. 

Counties We Serve:

Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Dorchester, Calvert, St. Mary's, Cecil, Hartford, and many more. 

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