The forecast says 30-40% chance of rain. Will it rain on my charter?
This is probably the number one asked question, and for the most part, no, it will not rain on you. Every single day in Charleston during the spring, summer and fall months forecast 30% chance of rain. Thunderstorms will pop up on occasion but only 3 charters have been canceled in 5 years. Two of those were from a tropical storm.
Do I need to have 6 people to make a reservation?
You do not need to have six people to sign up. The price is set for the boat and not the amount of people.
What should I bring with me?
A camera is a must-have item! You might also want to bring binoculars, hat, or sunscreen. You are also welcome to bring beverages and snacks on board.
Should we tip the Crew?
If you enjoyed your experience and thought we went above average for levels of service, feel free to tip. Gratuity for your Captain or Crew is not included in the charter price and is discretionary however, 18% to 20% is typically recommended. The Captain and Crew are not only responsible for your safety but are also your servers and tour guides. They work extremely hard to make your time on Dorothy the best experience possible!
What happens if there is bad weather?
Cancellations due to weather are at the discretion of the Captain. If we must cancel your trip because of unfavorable or unsafe weather/ocean conditions, you’ll be given the option of rescheduling.
Do you provide food and refreshments on the boat?
Absolutely! We offer a delicious menu with a variety of seasonal items that are reflective of the low country cuisine. Please refer to our catering menu. Our guests will experience high quality meal service in the most beautiful setting. We do not provide alcoholic beverages or mixers, but you are welcome to bring your own. We do provide ice, bottled water, and set-up.
Do children or infants count as a passenger?
Yes, they do. The United States Coast Guard considers every person, except for the Captain, as a passenger. Also, any child under the age of 13 must wear a USCG approved Type 1 PFD (life jacket) provided by you during the charter. Children require supervision by parent or guardian at all times and must be capable of remaining calmly seated for several hours.
Are your sailboats safe?
Our sailboat is clean, well maintained, and fully insured for charter. Vessel meets or exceeds safety requirements by the United States Coast Guard with on board equipment that includes Type 1 Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) for every passenger, an approved Sound Producing Device, fire extinguishers, flares, a VHF radio, & an approved ring buoy. They also meet equipment, operation, and pollution prevention regulations established by the Coast Guard. Vessel Captains possess a valid license issued by the U. S. Coast Guard.
Will I get seasick or motion sickness?
It is very unlikely that anyone will have an unpleasant experience since “Dorothy” is a large vessel with a wide beam. However, concerned passengers should bring products that contain ginger, such as ginger cookies or Ginger Ale, because they have been known to help calm an upset stomach. If you take motion sickness medications, be sure to take the non-drowsy type, as we have had guests sleep through an entire charter. Recommendations are provided for informational purposes only. Please consult your physician with any questions regarding a medical condition.
Where is the yacht "Dorothy" located?
A crew member with a Sweet Water sailing logo shirt will meet you at the Bohicket Marina Fountain and escort you to Dorothy at your appointed time.