Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between a charter and a rental?
Chartering can be a "bareboat" rental or a "crewed" rental. Our boat is a crewed rental, meaning you get the captain with the boat rental. No need for boating knowledge, no worrying about having a little too much to drink. Read more on the About page.
Is Food Included?
All Half-Day Charters include complimentary appetizers. All Full-Day Charters include one complimentary meal. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks as there is a full kitchen and outdoor grill.
How many people can your boat hold?
The boat itself can hold 20 people... However, until the vessel passes US Coast Guard inspection, we are allowed 6 passengers per booking. Please call if your party has more than 6, as we have other options available. (side note, anyone offering to accommodate more people and charge for it on Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley is operating illegally as we are the first and only company to work with the USCG for a passenger vessel license for chartering.)
Can Captain Michael charter other boats?
Captain Michael can charter other boats. Please give us a call if you have a boat you would like to charter. Examples include: weekend or weeklong trips, purchasing a vessel from The Gulf of Mexico or Lake Michigan. When Michael is operating commercially, USCG regulations allows up to 6 passengers on an uninspected vessel, including yours. Read more on the About page.
So is this a fishing charter?
Fishing charters are the most well-known type of charters, next to sailing. Although we do not provide "guided fishing tours," you are more than welcome to bring your fishing gear and we will take you wherever you desire in the timeframe you chose. Keep in mind that this vessel is limited to 6 feet of water and cannot go into very shallow areas.
What Should we Bring?
Depending on your length of charter (ranging from 1 hour to a whole weekend) here are some suggestions:
- Drinks, snacks, lunch items. We have pots, pans, ziplock bags and basic kitchen utensils and basic spices. We also have a full size refrigerator, outdoor grill, stove and microwave oven for you to store and prepare your items. There will be a limited amount of complimentary drinks and snacks available for your party.
- Beach towels
- Sunscreen and personal items such as sunglasses, hats, etc.
- Overnight toiletry items if staying overnight (we have basics that you would find in a hotel- soap, shampoo, hairdryer, bath towels etc.)
- Child lifejackets (optional)... We have all sizes of lifejackets. However, children may be more comfortable in their own.
- Recreational equipment (optional). Feel free to bring aboard inflatable rafts, noodles, fishing gear, etc.
Can I smoke on the boat?
Smoking is allowed on the Aft deck while boat is docked or anchored.
Do I have to wear a life vest the whole time?
United States Coast Guard requires all passengers age 13 and younger are required to where a life vest while the boat is underway. This is strictly enforced when young passengers are on the outside of the vessel while the boat is underway.
What's the Cancellation Policy?
100% refund is available for cancellations made at least 7 days in advance of booking. Cancellations within 7 days of reservations will be offered to transfer credit to another date. If the captain cancels due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstance, 100% refund or transfer credit to another date is available.
I want to bring my 88 year old grandpa. Is this going to be ok for him?
While this boat is defiantly NOT handicap accessible, we will make accommodations to the best of our ability. The most important things to note is that there are steep stairs on-boarding/off-boarding the boat and steep stairs going into the living room/galley area.
What about Mother-in-Law? She can't swim and gets sea sick.
First of all, that's a bummer, because we love the water! Secondly, she will most likely find this a calm and rewarding experience. The boat is a cruiser; it does not make the short quick turns like a ski boat. Safety is our top priority. The captain and first mate are certified in CPR and First Aid and practice "man-overboard" drills regularly. That being said, if she is more comfortable in the air conditioned haul (living quarters), it's much like riding in an RV. For those that have not developed sea legs, we have motion sickness medicine on the vessel and First Mate Allison has agreed to hold her hair back.
What's up with your prices?
Fair question, and some may be thinking it... Our prices are determined based on estimated fuel costs and time put in by the captain. Broke down, the cost looks like this: $800 per 8-hour cruise includes a full meal ($50), approximately 45 gallons of fuel ($200-250), one hour of clean up before and after and captain's time. This also factor's in maintenance and repairs on the vessel. This equates to approximately $70 per hour for a professional and highly trained captain to share a beautiful day with you on the water on a 50 foot Motor yacht.
What's the Reservation Policy?
50% of invoice is due within 7 days of reservation. Due to high demand, reservations will expire if no payment is received. Total amount due upon arrival.