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FLOTILLA FAQs

Frequently Asked

Questions

1 ARE THERE PLACES WHERE MY GUESTS CAN JOIN AND/OR DEPART, OTHER THAN AT THE BEGINNING OR END OF THE CRUISE?

Especially for some of the longer legs we offer, guests often fly in and out to join our charter clients for portions of their trip. There are certainly locations along the way where scheduled flights facilitate this happening. In other cases, we must employ the assistance of chartered float planes. There is always a way to make “crew changes” happen along the way!

2 WHERE CAN I EXPECT TO HAVE INTERNET?

Each of our legs has a detailed itinerary which will specify areas that have cellular and/or Internet service to help clients plan ahead if they want to check in with family or business while away.

3 WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP? IS FUEL EXTRA?

The flotilla price includes the rental of the vessel, insurance, moorage fees, and the support of the lead flotilla vessel. The lead vessel has a USCG licensed captain, a marine technician, and a naturalist. Our crew will be there to catch your lines, assist with any maneuvering needs, communicate over VHF on wildlife sightings/important sites, and collect your garbage & recycling at the end of each day! Fuel and provisions are at the expense of the client as well as transportation costs getting to and from the specific port of call in which your vessel is moored.

4 HOW DO I PROVISION?

Each leg has a detailed itinerary which will specify locations where provisioning opportunities will be available. We recommend for those legs that originate in Washington or Alaska and cross into Canada to wait and purchase their fruits and vegetables until they have crossed into Canada. Certain restrictions apply and can change regarding these items.

If you are on a local flotilla or Alaska’s Leg 1 (departing from Bellingham, WA) be sure to check out our Provision Page for provisioning options!

5 WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

CANCELLATION FEES: (1) All cancellations must be received in writing. (2) Final payment is due 120 days prior to your departure date. If you must cancel your charter, the following terms shall apply:

Greater than 365 days: Cancellation fee of $150 per week, no proration
– 120 – 365 days: 50% of reservation deposit
– 119 – 90 days: Entire reservation deposit
– 89 – 0 days: Entire charter fee

6 WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?

Each flotilla participant is asked to fill out a Medical & Emergency Form. The purpose of this form is to provide the First Aid/CPR/AED certified crew on the lead boat with valuable information to use in the case of an emergency. To the extent the crew is able to assist, they will make every effort to do so. For situations that are outside our level of training, we have VHF radios and a satellite phone that allow us to be in constant communication with the US Coast Guard. Although it is not a situation we anticipate, we are prepared to make arrangements to have guests flown out to receive medical treatment if needed.

7 WHAT CAN I TAKE INTO CANADA?

Remember to bring your passport or proof of citizenship. You may not anchor or touch before clearing customs. No firearms, mace, pepper spray or controlled substances (i.e. drugs). There are certain items that are allowed duty free into Canada. Declare all excess. Alcohol has high duties, but is reasonably priced in BC liquor stores; plan to buy it there. Things change often so please check the Canadian Boarder Services Agency page for the most up to date info.

– 40 ounces alcoholic beverages (liquor, wine, or liquors in any combination) or 288 ounces (1 case) of beer or ale per person over 19 years of age

– No fresh fruits with pits, corn on the cob, potatoes, apples or pears are allowed. Canada may ban other fruits depending upon conditions

– 200 cigarettes per person or 50 non-Cuban cigars or 2 pounds of tobacco per person over 16 years of age. (Please remember there is no smoking inside our charter boats.)

8 WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

You are chartering a premium yacht with exceptional operating, safety, galley and cleaning equipment. Everything you need is on board, including sheets, towels, blankets, pillows and marine T.P. You will need to bring your own clothing, provisions and personal gear.

All of the boats are outfitted with pillows, blankets, sheets and towels for the stated number of berths. The weather varies from cool and wet to hot and sunny; be prepared for both! Rain gear, sun hats and sunscreen are essential; fleece is always appropriate because it dries quickly. Leave the ties and fancy dresses at home, but something casually smart is appropriate in bigger towns. Don’t over-pack and please bring soft-sided luggage only; hard cases are difficult to stow on a boat.

Please remember to bring along appropriate life jackets for all children on board.