General Questions and Answers
What about music, we like our own style of music?
We encourage you to bring your digital music on iPod, iPhone, etc. Our vessels have an auxiliary cable to connect your music source to the vessels speakers or sound system.
How do I show my appreciation to the Captain and Mate?
Yachts are similar to a small hotel or restaurant and gratuities are very much appreciated. If you are pleased with our service, then the usual guideline for a tip is 15% to 20% of the charter fee, which is shared equally among our crew. For your convenience, gratuity may be added to your charge card along with your charter fee.
2-4 hour charter = 15%
5-6 hour charter = 18%
7-8 hour charter = 20%
Overnight/Term = 20%
May I smoke onboard?
Smoking is not allowed on the vessel.
What type of shoes are allowed on the yacht?
No shoes are allowed inside the vessel. We have conveniently placed a basket to store your shoes on the vessel. We suggest you bring along sandals, sneakers or water shoes to wear on deck, however, they must be white soles only. No “socks” are permitted without shoes.
Can I fish from the yacht or bring onboard live coral?
We do not allow fishing from any of our vessels. Look, enjoy and leave – take nothing dead or alive from our waters or beaches. Take lots of pictures and leave only footprints.
What should I bring onboard?
Sunscreen (non-spray type) is very important as well as some type of hat. Perhaps a long sleeve cover-up to protect your skin from the sun rays. Sunglasses are essential and polarized lenses are especially helpful in reducing glare from the water’s surface, towels, sunscreen (non-spray type), cover-up, hat, and camera. Please wear white soled non-slip shoes.
May I bring food on the vessel or do I have to purchase a food package for my cruise?
Bring whatever food and beverages you prefer, coolers and ice may be provided. Just let us know in advance if you desire to have the cooler and ice onboard. Please keep in mind, however, that we are not allowed to serve alcoholic beverages to our guests. You may bring them, but we are not allowed to serve them. Also, please keep in mind that no watersport activities may be enjoyed by anyone that has had any alcoholic beverages. This is for your safety as well as the safety of the other guests, the Captain and the Mate. If you have a special request, please let us know, we will do our best to accommodate you.
What kind of food may I bring on board?
Typically, you should consider bringing the same things you might bring to the beach or a picnic. Snacks, beverages, lunch, sandwiches, paper plates, etc. If your event is catered, then all paper goods and serving utensils will be provided.
My cruise is a surprise for someone, can I arrange to have some things on board ahead of time?
Yes, we can arrange to have anything already on board, just let us know. Actually, we encourage you to have specialty items — flowers, cards, candy, etc. onboard for a special occasion and a special surprise for your special someone!
What is the maximum number of guests I may bring with me?
Most vessels are rated for a maximum of 12 guests plus two crew members as per the US Coast Guard regulation. However, some vessels may be limited to 6 passengers plus crew based upon the owners requirements and/or the insurance companies requirements.
The USCG is very strict with the adherence to the Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993 which prohibits all privately owned vessels for charter to carry more than 12 passengers. We cannot and will not make any exceptions to this USCG regulation.
May I smoke “Medical Marijuana” onboard?
No drugs or drug paraphernalia may be brought onto any vessel. The USCG will be notified if any drugs or drug paraphernalia are discovered on board. Possession of a Medical Marijuana card does not allow it’s possession or use on board, nor does it alter the Captain’s responsibility to alert the US Coast Guard.
May I bring my own bathroom tissue on board?
Marine restrooms utilize special marine-grade tissue which is biodegradable, and you must not put any other paper products into the marine toilets. We kindly ask that you leave your bathroom tissue at home. Thank you for your understanding.
What are the rules to operate a jet ski in Florida?
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 is required to either have successfully completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course or have passed a course equivalency or temporary certificate examination and have in their possession a boating education ID card and a photo identification card before operating a vessel with a motor of 10 HP or more in Florida. Identification cards for persons completing the course or the equivalency exam are good for a lifetime.
See the following link for a FREE Online Boat US Boating Safety Education Course and Exam
If you would like more information, please visit the Florida Wildlife Commission website for the FWC Boating Education Requirements FAQ’s