Q. How long will my checkout take? What, if any,
additional training is needed?
A. Most checkouts are scheduled between 8am and 10am on the day of your
departure. For the first hour, you will be completing your inventory and vessel
condition report. When your checkout skipper arrives, you will need another
1-2 hours to go over all the systems on the boat and have your sea trial. If
you need additional training after your sea trial, this is available at
Q. Will I then be able to leave immediately after the
A. Once you have loaded your gear, you may leave unless there needs to be
extra instruction given. Also, there is always the weather to contend with
such as fog, gale force winds and always check the tides schedule. Tides may
be checked at http://www.dairiki.org/tides/monthly.php/ana.
Q. If I book an early sleep-aboard, will we get
checked out that evening to expedite our departure in the morning?
A. Most often we complete the checkout
that afternoon. Variables such as weather, maintenance, and time of arrival are
factors that come into consideration. If unable to complete the checkout by
4:30 p.m., it will be resumed the next morning.
Q. I'll be driving to Anacortes and want to leave my car
there for the week. Is parking available?
A. Yes secured parking is available.
Q. Are there rental car agencies that rent on a one way
basis with drop fees?
A. Yes, we recommend
either U-Save with a $75 drop fee (360-293-8686) or Enterprise with a $50 drop
fee (360-293-4325). There is an airport shuttle (1-866-235-5247)
which provides service to both SeaTac and Bellingham Airports. Check out our
for additional links for transportation alternatives.
Q. What can I expect entering into Canada and re-entering the US?
A. Both Canadian Customs and US Customs along with Homeland Security
have tightened security. If you wish to cruise in Canadian waters, check out www.canadaonline.about.com/od/customs.
Passports for U.S. citizens are required for
re-entry into the U.S.
Q. I'm bringing my two kids, age 9 and 11 along. Will our
boat be equipped with life vests for them?
A. All of our boats are equipped with sufficient life vests
for all aboard plus 2 child size preservers. They are usually the basic life
jackets. We suggest that you bring your own fitted comfortable vests (like the
Sterns) for your kids. They'll be a lot happier and more comfortable.
Q. Are crab pots/rings and fishing
A. All of our yachts are equipped with crab rings or pots. For crabbing,
cans of seafood cat food work great for bait. For fishing, we have a few basic
fishing poles that may be rented. The avid fishermen will want to bring their
own poles and tackle. For either crabbing or fishing you will need a Washington license and another license for Canadian waters. Remember there are specific seasons for fishing and crabbing. Kids 15 and under can fish without licenses but will
need a catch card. Check the WA Department of Wildlife website for full
regulations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/. For
fishing and crabbing in Canada refer to
Canada Fisheries & Oceans at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Q. Do I need to bring blankets and
will supply your boat with enough pillows, linens and towels for all people on
board. Please fill in the number of people (singles and doubles) on the top of
your contract or contact our reservations desk and let them know what you need
prior to your arrival. We also supply cleaning rags and supplies.
Q. Do I supply my own propane for
A. Yes, we do not supply propane bottles but the previous charter will
often leave one. Buy one as needed.
Q. What should I bring on my
A. Bring clothing that can be
layered as to the conditions from warm sunshine to rain or fog. Evening
temperatures can dip into the mid-50's. Deck shoes are a must! Please leave
your black-soled shoes at home as they scuff the decks. Teva sandals or aqua
socks are great for the dinghy and getting off at shore. A hat and sunscreen
are a must!
Q. What time are we due back?
A. We ask for you to be back at our
main dock ready for check in at noon or earlier.
Q. How much time do I need to allow
for the check in and still make our flight out of Sea-Tac airport in Seattle?
A. Allow 1 hour for the check in.
Once the check in is completed the drive from Anacortes to Sea-Tac airport is
approximately 2 hours.
Q. If we want to arrive back at
the Marina and just leave the boat, is that permissible?
A. Yes, you can add this service
during your brief check in.
Q. I don't understand how the
insurance works. Can you explain the coverage?
A. The daily insurance fee covers any
damage to the boat. It does not cover lost inventory items. P& I
insurance provides coverage for any mishap with another vessel or property.'
All incidents need to be reported immediately to SHYC.
Q. Can we ship some of our gear to your office ahead of time
rather than contend with ''extra baggage on our flight?
A. Yes, we'll be happy to receive and
hold any extra baggage for you.
Q. How do I provision? Is there a
A. Yes, there are two major markets
(Safeway and The Market) within 5 miles plus a convenience store up the block.'
There is a Costco located at I-5 Exit #229 in Burlington.
Q. Do I need a Boater Education
A. No. The captain in your group will be required to complete a "Motor Vessel Rental Safety Checklist" here in our office on the first day of your charter; this exempts you from the Boater Education card requirement.
Q. Do I need to bring my own charts?
A. All our boats come equipped with San Juan and Gulf Island charts. We also supply tide and current tables. Please check the
yacht's inventory for chart selection. You may want to bring charts if you are
planning a cruise to an unusual place.