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. If any guests are under the influence of illegal substances, or are or become unduly impaired by alcohol, or if any illegal or controlled substances (except prescription medications of course) are brought aboard, the Captain will immediately terminate the trip and return to shore without recompense.
  • We depart and return to our Port Annapolis Marina location unless special arrangements have been made. Port Annapolis Marina Slip C-15, 7074 Bembe Beach Road, Annapolis.
  • Guests should arrive and be ready to board fifteen minutes prior to departure time and wait at the porch by the restrooms at Dock C 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 inform Captain before booking a trip with us if any guests are pregnant or have toddlers and infants.
  • All trips include a brief 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 MUST wear a PFD during the cruise.
  • Guests may bring their own drinks and snacks but are cautioned that the effects of alcohol are heightened by sun, heat and motion. PLEASE–no hard liquor or red wine. DO NOT use a boat trip as an excuse to get intoxicated.
  • 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 problems, 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. Refunds will only be offered in exceptional situations.
  • Rates, schedule and trip route are subject to change without notice and may vary due to weather, special maritime events, navigational concerns etc.
  • Reservations are confirmed with 100% deposits of the total fee including tax and may be made via Paypal using paul@nonseaquitter.com. Please—always call us with any questions at (443) 852-2163 or write to paul@foerfront.com.
What can we expect when sailing?

Please allow us to help you aboard, and stow your personal items in the cabin or cockpit. Please take a flotation cushion, walk to the front of the boat and be seated. We will provide a brief but mandatory safety demonstration. 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 of Annapolis , cruise around the Severn River and usually 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 waters are less crowded on weekdays and rates are much lower. During sunset sails, the waters are usually calmer and less crowded.

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 ride and a cafe’ by the marina pool.  

What about bad weather?

Because we sail in perfect conditions and don’t charge extra —we still sail in less than ideal  conditions, and we don’t provide a discount—but we DO NOT sail in threatening or dangerous conditions. Severe weather requiring a cancellation is very rare (perhaps but a few times per year) and we’ll usually have plenty of notice. In such cases where a severe forecast is imminent and highly likely, we will often try to reschedule in advance. We do offer a “rain check” for another date due to cancellation. The Captain monitors weather reports and radar. Please bring a light jacket or hat in case of rain or a chilly breeze.

What if I get seasick?

It is extremely rare that anyone will get seasick on our cruises. The fear of becoming seasick is almost as bad as actually getting seasick. 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 immediately if you do not feel well. We cannot dispense any medications but do have a first aid kit aboard. The best remedy is to stay hydrated, sit back by the captain and look out to the horizon.

Is there a bathroom aboard?

We ask that everyone use the shoreside facilities before boarding. We try to limit the use of “the head” or of having guests go down below. 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 —other than 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…I promise! There is also hot and cold running water, and soap. Please –do not be shy to allow the Captain or Mate to operate the flushing mechanism. In fact, we prefer to “handle” that.  THANK YOU!!!

What about safety?

The boat and captain wish to always maintain our excellent safety record. “Non Sea-Quitter” is well-maintained and 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 signaling 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-The Wet Dog Cafe by the marina pool, Sams on the Waterfront in Chesapeake Harbor, a 7-11 and Giant grocery store and eateries on Bay Ridge and Edgewood Road and many establishments in Eastport and Annapolis. Please ask me for recommendations.

Can we help steer the boat or learn to sail?

Guests are often welcomed to help to steer the boat and raise sails when deemed appropriate but we also like for you to 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 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: 

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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. 

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

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