Charleston Harbor Cruises

Sail for a few hours or spend the weekend on Charleston's most advanced and luxurious 50ft sailing yacht "Fate"

Why settle for anything else, when planning that special event, make sure it is on Fate! We can accommodate up to 6 guests and every charter is private, providing the experience of a lifetime!

"The boat was immaculate, the crew was friendly and knowledgeable, and the Charleston harbor is the perfect place to cruise!" -Joe P. - Townsville, Australia

Charleston Sailing Harbor Tours

Our sailing charters can include any combination of harbor tours or off shore sailing trips or even yacht racing for up to 6 passengers. If you have more than six or if Fate is booked for the time you want we can accomodate you on Kismet, our luxury motor yacht. We have a two hour minimum (dock to dock) for all of our sails which can get you to Fort Sumter or Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and back. Perfect for most people, we circle the harbor depending on winds and currents. Add additional time and we can sail either up the Wando River or out through the Jetties to the Atlantic Ocean or drop anchor and swim. Full day sails have enough time to anchor and swim if you wish. Every day is different as the winds and currents dictate our best travel directions, no two trips are exactly alike. You will need to call to add additional time when booking.

A typical 2 hour harbor cruise will pass by Charleston landmarks such as The Battery, Waterfront Park, Historic Castle Pinckney, past the Arthur Ravanel JR Bridge, or out to Fort Sumter where the Civil War began. You will usually see dolphins playing in the bow wake or feeding in the shallows. If you are an avid bird watcher feel free to bring along a pair of binoculars as there are many species to be seen.

We accommodate small groups who enjoy sailing and we want you to participate as much, or as little, as you would like. Guests can sit back and relax or pilot the sailboat and be as active in the operation of the boat as they wish. Formal sailing instructions can be given as well. Sailing provides the perfect to atmosphere to relax and get away from it all. If you want to swim, please bring towels and let us know at the begining of the charter.

Non alcoholic beverages are included with the charter, the fridge is fully stocked with Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and bottled water. We have an additional refrigerator dedicated to your provisions or alcoholic beverages that you wish to bring. See the catering page for options ranging from gourmet sandwich boxes to 4 course dinners.

For that very special occasion, make sure you ask how we can help assist in your planning. We have dozens of romantic marriage proposals each year, and we go along way to make sure everything is perfect! We can arrange many different situations so your loved one will not suspect a thing, photography can be included to capture every moment.

If you wish to partake in the popular Wednesday Night Yacht Racing, check the calender for the schedule here or give is a call. The Wednesday Night summer series starts in May and ends in later August but we race on weekends year round.

Morning charters start as early as 7am and early afternoon tours start at noon or 1pm. Charter length can be extended at the time of booking to longer lengths based on availability. Please call to book charters longer than 2 hours.

The most popular time to sail is during sunset, which starts between 4:30pm Winter and 7:30 in the summer months. If you wish to extend the length of the charter, the start time is moved to an earlier time if available. We sailed over 6000 miles with 380 private charters in 2016, We turn down approximately 20 charters every weekend as they book up months in advance, so remember to book early before you miss out. There is a reason Fate is #1 in Charleston, come for a sail with us and find out for yourself.

Approximate sailing times are as follows and are not exact, the sun sets differenlty each day and we adjust the charters accordingly. See the calendar for exact times and availability. For longer charters, we move the times forward to accomodate the extra time but you must call or emali to book custom charters.

  Morning Afternoon Sunset
Summer 9:30am 12:30pm 3:30pm 6:30pm
Spring / Fall 8:00am 11:00am 2:00pm 5:00pm
Winter 9:30am 12:30am 3:30pm


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.

Private Harbor Sail Rates

*Additional Hours $175 per hour
  • Morning or Day Sail 2 Hours
  • $499.00
  • Up to 6 Passengers
  • 2 hours, see entire harbor
  • Refreshments Included, Catering Available
  • 7 days per week
  • Add 3rd hour for $250
  • Sunset Monday-Thursday 2 Hours
  • $525.00
  • Up to 6 Passengers
  • 2 hours, see entire harbor
  • Refreshments Included, Catering Available
  • Most Popular, Book Early!
  • Add 3rd hour for $250
  • Sunset Fri, Sat, Sun 2 Hours
  • $599.00
  • Up to 6 Passengers
  • 2 hours, see entire harbor
  • Refreshments Included, Catering Available
  • Fri, Sat, Sun Sunsets
  • Add 3rd hour for $250
  • 4 Hour Half day Harbor Sail/Swim
  • $999.00
  • Bachelorette Parties most requested
  • Sail for a few hours then anchor in a cove and swim for a few hours.
  • Air Conditioned
  • Great half day Adventure
  • Include the sunset add $100
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How To Book Your Reservation

To book a standard two hour sail, click the book now button to view the calendar and to book your charter. Payment in full is requried at the time of booking. Most ask for the third hour, to addational time please call and we will adjust the calendar for you.

Custom and overnight charters with extended lengths must be booked via email or over the phone. You may browse the online calendar for availability but call or email to book. We can making the adjustments to the calendar if possible.

Gift Certificates are purchased over the phone, paid in full at the time of purchase and are non refundable or transferable.

We accept all major credit cards. Soft reservations can be made but if we double book and cannot reach you for payment then we will book over your charter. Once paid in full, you will receive a confirmation email containing directions and a receipt for your payment.

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All sailing charters are with a USCG Licensed Captain. Please let the Captain know in advance your sailing experience and if you would like to take part in the sailing. If you are interested in steering, sail trim, or line-handling you are more than welcome to enjoy a hands on experience with our crew.

Please arrive no more then 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure in order to receive a mandatory orientation and safety briefing.

You will be asked to remove your shoes during the warmer months. During the colder months please wear boat shoes, non-scuffing white-soled sneakers.

Tours may include some element of risk. We - Charleston Sailing Charters, LLC. - assume no liability for injuries or loss of any kind. Please visit our terms and conditions page for additional information.

"hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic..."

- Van Morrison