Charter Sailing FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have to cancel?
We understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances can and do arise. Our cancellation policy is very fair. We wrote it to protect you, our guests as well as ourselves. Our company generates about 90% of its revenue over about a 12 week period. If we were to lose a week of revenue due to a last minute cancellation it could have a major impact on us. Visit our rates page for details of our terms, conditions, and cancellation policy. Guests are also encouraged to consider the purchase of a travel insurance policy for further protection. Here is a link to a source:
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Can I use my CPAP machine?
We have a small inverter which produces 120 volt AC current which is sufficient for most CPAP machines. However, if you have a serious condition such as sleep apnea, you may want to bring your own power supply (battery pack) and/or 12 volt power chord. Please advise us in advance if you require a CPAP or other medical devise(s).
Do I need sailing experience?
The great advantage to chartering your sailboat rather than hiring a bare boat charter is that no experience is required, just a sense of adventure!
Will I get seasick?
Traveling through inland waters, we usually don’t encounter the sea swells that cause most seasickness. If you feel you may be susceptible, a patch or Dramamine type motion sickness pills can help. These are often found to be unnecessary.
How often do we get off the boat?
Each day brings a new area to explore, including opportunities for hiking, kayaking, swimming, biking, and yes, even shopping! Explore quaint villages and luxurious resorts.
What should I bring?
The Pacific Northwest can be unpredictable, even in the summer. In addition to personal items you will want layered clothing and a waterproof jacket. Hats, gloves, two pairs of non-skid/hiking shoes are recommended. All linens, towels, and bedding are provided for you. We recommend soft sided suitcases, or duffel bags. Bring a day pack for exploring. There is plenty of storage in each stateroom for your belongings.
Can we charge our phones and cameras?
Yes, there are 12 volt chargers for that use. Be sure to bring your car phone charging cord with you.
Is there heat on the boat?
Yes, we have heat available if needed. We find that during the summer months it is not needed.
Can I use a hair dryer aboard?
Yes… and no. Any appliances using 120 volt A/C can only be used while the boat is connected to shore power while docked in a marina, such as Friday Harbor.
Can we bring alcohol?
Yes, please note all alcoholic beverages must be purchased and brought on board by guests.
Marijuana is legal in Washington State. Can I bring it along?
We operate under US Coast Guard jurisdiction under which Marijuana is illegal. Also, our route sometimes carries us into Canadian waters. Marijuana IS NOT permitted aboard.
Do you have drinking water?
Yes, we have a good supply of bottled water. We also have highly filtered cold water at the galley sink available to drink.
Do you allow smoking?
Diminuendo is a non-smoking, no drugs allowed boat.
Are there showers on board?
Diminuendo is equipped with two heads with sinks and showers. The aft head provides a separate area for showering. The forward head is known as a “wet head” in that the shower is part of the head so when you shower the room gets wet. The walls can be wiped down after showering. Some guests prefer to shower at coin-operated dockside facilities. You will be given specific instructions about toilet use after boarding.
Do you take families with kids?
Children over five are welcome. However, if your kids are the sort who prefer to be surgically attached to their iPhone or game console, this type of adventure might not be for them. If they enjoy beaches and swimming and exploration more power to them! We can work out special rates for families wishing to book the entire forward section of our boat. Before we add a family group to a charter we check with other guests to see if they are compatible with having children aboard.
When should I book the charter?
We recommend that you book as soon as you know your preferred dates. July and August are very busy months and we book up fast.
When should we arrive?
Crewed vacation guests board at 2pm. For your convenience, we can arrange for you to spend Sunday night aboard Diminuendo.
What about tipping the crew?
Although tipping is not required, some charterers have had such a great time they want to tip the crew. 10% – 20% is customary in the business.
Will we be able to see the Orca whales?
If the whales are in the area we will likely see them! In addition to the Killer Whales, we may see Humpback or Minke whales, Gray whales, California Sea Lions, Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, River Otters, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and Great Blue Herons. Bring your camera!