Far Niente Sailing Charters

Memorable Puget Sound Sailing Cruises

FAQ

Below are some questions you might have.  Please don't hesitate to email or call us if you have any other questions you don't see on this F.A.Q. list.


The Sailing Experience
Is there a Captain on board?

Yes, there is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain and crew member aboard at all times.

Where do we sail?

We have designed a specific route that takes advantage of the best views of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay, following  the best prevailing sailing conditions. However, we will alter the route if weather conditions dictate, or if you have a specific destination you'd like to see.

What hours do we sail?
The cruise generally departs at 5:30PM, and returns by 10:30PM. These times may be adjusted if you wish.

Do you have a bathroom on board?

Yes, the vessel has a bathroom, otherwise known as a 'Marine Head' in boat-speak.

Can we bring food and drinks?

Yes, but there is no need to. There will be los of food served, including a wide selection of beverages, wine & beer.

Is it OK to bring alcohol?

Wine & beer will be served during the sail. We ask that you reserve your alcoholic consumption to only the beverages that are provided. Please contact us in advance should you wish to bring your own beverages.

What should I wear?

Whatever you find to be comfortable is fine, there are no restrictions. We recommend warm clothes as it can be cool during the evening hours. And wear soft soled shoes too.

 

What should we bring with us, and what should we avoid bringing?

Make sure you bring a camera! You may also want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and even a hat if it is a particularly sunny day. No need to bring eating utensils or anything of the sort, as there is ample on board.

What if there is light wind or no wind at all?

If the wind is light, we may motor sail. We cruise regardless of light-wind conditions.

What about Sea-sickness?
We find it uncommon except in people who are prone to motion sickness. If you are concerned about it, you may want to take one of the motion sickness medications well before sailing. If you are prone to serious motion or sea sickness, you may not want to book a sail.

 

Reservations, Confirmations, Changes

How many people can go?

There is a maximum of 6 people. Remember, this is a private-party excursion, so the cruise will be limited to just your own party.

How do I make a Reservation?

You may book directly online, or you may call 206-495-9232 and book by phone.

Can I change or cancel my Reservation?

Yes, you can change a reservation without charge. If you cancel your reservation up to 4:00PM the two days before your scheduled cruise, then there will be a $95 Cancellation Fee. Any cancellations made after this time are subject to a 50% Cancellation Fee. Full refund if cruise is cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.

How do I get in touch with my Captain?

Upon booking, you will a 'Booking' Confirmation email with logistical information. And you may call him anytime at
206-495-9232, or email: Derek@gosailseattle.com

 


Transportation and Parking


If we drive, where should we park?

Bell Harbor Marina has limited parking along Alaskan Way. There are several parking garages located both north and south of the marina.

If we take a cab, where should we be dropped off?
Bell Harbor Marina is located at 2203 Alaskan way, Seattle, 98121. Ask to be dropped off in front of the marina where you'll be met and escorted to the vessel.


What if we are late for our sail?

The vessel will not leave before you arrive, but a late arrival may shorten the cruise.


Where do we meet for our sail?

Once you arrive at the marina, you will be met and escorted down to the Charter dock where the vessel will waiting.


What if I miss our sail due to circumstances I cannot control?
Unfortunately, because we have committed to preparing the vessel for the evening (food, wine, etc.), your deposit cannot be refunded. However, we will do our best to accommodate rescheduling if we can.

 

 

Weather and Conditions
Do we still sail if the forecast is for rain?

Yes. The vessel has a full cockpit enclosure, so you will still be dry and comfortable in rainy conditions.


Will you shorten or delay our sail if it is raining?

The weather dictates if we sail or not. While we might delay the departure to let a passing squall go by, it will be very unusual to substantially shorten the cruise.

What if there is a Small Craft Advisory?

The vessel is very safe in all kinds of conditions, but we want your cruise to be comfortable and enjoyable. If the captain determines the weather would not be conducive to an enjoyable evening, your cruise can be rescheduled at no charge, or your deposit refunded.

 

Miscellaneous

Are children allowed on our sail?

Yes, children may be included in your group booking.


Can we smoke on board?

While we encourage you not to smoke, you may do so while on deck, outside of the interior cabin and cockpit seating area.


What kind of food will be served?

Great Food! Plan on a selection of several hors d'ouevres and a dessert offering. Please make sure to indicate food allergies anyone in your party may have on the 'Booking Request' form.

What beverages will be available?
We will have an assortment of cold beverages, including bottled water, juices, and a selection of soda.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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