Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What can we expect when sailing?
A. After you are helped aboard, stow your personal items and listen to a brief safety overview, we’ll motor out to open water and quickly raise the sails. You can relax while sun-tanning, gazing at the scenery or just enjoying the peaceful silence.
Q. Where will we go?
A. We will cruise around the beautiful West and Rhode River and possibly into the open Bay. On the nearby Rhode River we’ll be surrounded by the protected shoreline of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. On longer private charters we may cruise by marinas and waterfront homes or a historic lighthouse. On Wednesday nights we can watch the yacht races.
Q. When is the best time to sail?
A. Anytime is great, but it is less crowded on weekdays and our rates are lower.
Q. What about snacks, or lunch or dinner?
A. Keep it simple! We have a refrigerator and hot and cold water. Catering services and box lunches may be arranged. We ask that you try not to bring aboard large solid coolers or bottles.
Q. What about bad weather?
A. We sail in perfect conditions at no extra charge —and even if it is not in perfect conditions— but we do not sail in dangerous conditions. 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.
Q. I am concerned about getting seasick.
A. It is extremely rare that anyone will get seasick on our cruises. Those who believe they are prone to 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.
Q. Is there a bathroom aboard?
A. We call it “the head”and it’s clean and easy to use 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. There is also hot and cold running water. Guests will be escorted to use the nearby shoreside facilities before sailing.
Q. What about safety?
A. “Non Sea-Quitter” is well-equipped and meets or exceeds Coast Guard requirements for uninspected passenger vessels. She has more than the required flotation devices, three bilge pumps, radiotelephone, extra fire extinguishers, first-aid kit and will always be operated by a Coast Guard licensed captain. It is always the guest’s responsibility to behave prudently and to walk carefully, hold on to something and let the captain know if you have any concerns or special needs.
Q. What is the mate’s job?
A. The mate is often aboard and can 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 toilet, where to stow personal items and to help you with ice, drinks etc. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE MATE WORKS FOR TIPS. (The Captain also greatly appreciates tips as well)
Q. Can we help steer the boat or learn to sail?
A. Guests may help to steer the boat and raise sails but we want you to sit back and relax. Many children enjoy having their photo taken at the wheel with the captain. 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. If you are an experienced sailor and want to help, please let us know. Please understand that we are unable to offer instruction or lessons during our pleasure cruises but we do provide advanced sailing and seamanship training to individuals and private groups when arranged in advance.
Q. Can we swim or fish?
A. Our insurance does not allow for swimming and we do not offer fishing trips—but we invite you to enjoy great seafood at a nearby restaurant.