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 all required flotation devices, extra bilge pumps and fire extinguishers, radiotelephone, first-aid kit and is always operated by a Coast Guard licensed captain. You are always responsible to behave prudently, walk carefully, use handholds and let the captain know if you have any concerns or special needs.
Q. What is the mate’s job?
A. 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 always works for tips and it is customary to tip the captain as well.
Q. Can we help steer the boat or learn to sail?
A. Guests may often 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 or mate. Please let us know if you are an experienced sailor. Please understand that we only offer limited instruction during our pleasure cruises. Please inquire about sail and seamanship training for individuals and private groups.
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 fresh seafood at nearby Thursdays and Pirates Cove.