Questions & Answers
- + The forecast says 30% chance of rain, will it rain on my charter?
This is probably the number one asked question, and for the most part, no, it will not rain on you. Every single day in Charleston during the spring, summer and fall months are forecast 30% chance of rain. Thunderstorms will pop up on occasion but we only have to cancel less than 1% of our charters.. If you are contemplating booking a charter but see the forecast is not looking absolutely perfect, book anyways, as it will most likely be a great day. Too many times people wait until the day before to see if the forecast improves and then its too late as others have booked or crew made other plans, last minute charters are difficult to put together. In the rare instance you are the 1% charter that we must cancel, we can either reschedule or give a full refund.
- + Do I need to have 6 people to make a reservation?
You do not need to have six people to sign up. The price is set for the boat and not the amount of passengers aboard. However we are limited to 6 passengers max. Half of our charters have just two passengers. We do not add other people to your group.
- + What should I bring with me?
A camera is a must-have item! You might also want to bring binoculars, hat, or sunscreen and towels if swiming. You are also welcome to bring beverages and snacks on the boat including alcoholic beverages. We do provide bottled water and sodas.
- + What should I wear?
Summer time is hot but some may desire a long sleeved shirt to help keep the sun off.
During the winter dress in layers with comfortable and casual clothes. Definitely bring a warm jacket or sweater because sometimes it can be a bit cool on the water. All passengers should wear soft-soled tennis shoes only. No boots or high-heels please! (For safety reasons, passengers that are not wearing proper foot attire may be asked by the Captain to remove their shoes.)
- + What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your trip, we require that you notify us a minimum of 7 days prior to your charter date. If a reservation is made within seven days of the charter date a 50% refund will be given. No cancellations are allowed within 24 hours of departure. If we cancel because of bad weather at the captains discretion we can offer to reschedule or refund if rescheduling is not possible.
- + Should I tip the Captain and crew?
If you enjoyed your experience and thought we went above average for levels of service feel free to tip. Gratuity for your Captain or crew is not included in the tour price and is discretionary, 18-20% is typically recommended though. Keep in mind that the crews wages are based on tips alone, the crew is not only the yacht captains who are responsible for your safety but also your servers, and tour guides. They work extremely hard to make your time on Fate the best experience possible! Charters of 3 hours or longer include a base gratuity of 16%, additional gratuity is accepted.
- + What happens if there is bad weather?
Cancellations due to weather are at the discretion of the Captain. If we must cancel your trip because of unfavorable or unsafe weather/ocean conditions you'll be given the option of rescheduling, if we cannot reschedule we will give you a full refund.
- + Do I need to make a reservation in advance?
Although we can sometimes take last minute same day bookings, we highly recommend that you make a reservation in advance. If you plan to go during the major holidays or events we recommend calling a couple of weeks or months in advance.
- + Do you provide food and refreshments on the boat?
In our effort to continue offering sailing tours at a low price we regret that we are unable to provide food and alocohal beverage service. However, you are welcome to bring aboard your own snacks and drinks. Catering options are available from www.caviarandbananas.com For safety reasons we ask that you do not bring glass beer bottles, wine and champagne bottles are allowed. Complimentary water and sodas are provided.
- + Do children or infants count as a passenger?
Yes, they do. The United States Coast Guard considers every person, except for the Captain and crew as a passenger. Children require supervision by parent or guardian at all times and must be capable of remaining calmly seated for several hours. We do not reccomend bringing children under 7 on charters longer than 2 hours.
- + Can I bring more than 6 passengers on the sailboat?
Unfortunately, no. United States Coast Guard regulations require that we take a maximum of 6 passengers per sailboat. This law is taken very seriously and no exceptions can be made. For larger groups, we recommend chartering our motoryacht Kismet which can legally take up to 20 passengers in your private party. www.charlestonyachtcharter.com
- + Are your sailboats safe?
Yes, our yachts are clean, well maintained, and fully insured for charter. They is the largest and nicest yacht available for charter in Charleston. Vessel meets or exceeds safety requirements by the United States Coast Guard with on board equipment that includes Type 1 Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) for every passenger, an approved Sound Producing Device, fire extinguishers, flares, a VHF radio, & an approved ring buoy. They also meet equipment, operation, and pollution prevention regulations established by the Coast Guard. Vessel Captains possess a valid license issued by the U. S. Coast Guard.
- + Will I get seasick?
The majority of our guests don't get seasick (99.999999%). In fact, we have had only 2 guests in 14 years get sick. But concerned passengers could bring products that contain ginger, such as ginger cookers or Ginger Ale, because they have been known to help calm an upset stomach. Be sure to take the non drowsey type as we have had guests sleep through an entire charter.
Recommendations provided for informational purposes only. Please consult your physician with any questions regarding a medical condition.
"To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt