Do we need to purchase tickets in advance?
Can we bring more than 6 passengers on board?
Unfortunately, no. The Prevailing Winds is limited to 6 passengers by US Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. No exceptions.
What kind of boat will we be sailing?
All of our charters are operated on a 27' Stiletto Catamaran. The boat is ultra-stable and offers an exciting ride with no heeling.
Where does the boat go?
The Prevailing Winds sails with the winds and tides so every trip is unique. We also sail within the protection of Charleston harbor where we can view the city's historic landmarks.
Does the captain provide narration?
Yes; all tours are guided by USCG licensed captains. All trips include customized narration and the captain is always available for questions.
Will we see dolphin and other wildlife?
While we cannot guarantee dolphin sightings, as we are viewing these wild animals in their native habitats, we usually do see numerous dolphin pods on our charters. It is up to this amazing marine mammal as to how close or how far they stay from the boat. We are always respectful and practice Dolphin Safe™ standards of viewing.
Are food and beverages allowed on board?
Yes; you are more than welcome to bring both food and beverages. We provide an iced cooler for our guests to use aboard every trip. There is also a grocery store and convience market within 1/2 mile of the Maritime Center and Prevailing Winds dock - please plan ahead.
How safe is the boat?
The boat is very safe and stable. The boat does not heel. We meet all USCG requiremtns for passenger vessels. Children are welcome. We have adult, child, & infant life vests available for all passengers.
Can we bring our children?
Children of all ages are welcome aboard the Prevailing Winds, although we do not recommend bringing infants (1 or under). The Prevailing Winds offers little shade or protection from the elements.
Is there a special child's rate?
Yes, you may select the child's rate when making your booking.
Is the boat pet friendly?
Small and medium dogs are welcome aboard on Private Charters. Please bring your own doggie lifejacket.
Is there anything I should bring along?
Yes; the sails of the boat do offer shade from the sun. However, we do recommend that all passengers bring hat, sunglasses and wear sunscreen while aboard the boat. A light jacket is also recommended in the cooler months as it is typically several degrees cooler on the water (a big plus on summer days).
Do I need to wear boat shoes?
While boat shoes are not required, we do recommend you wear comfortable shoes. And please NO heels. You'll thank us.
Are there restrooms available?
While there is no bathroom facility aboard, the Charleston Maritime Center has clean restrooms available both before and after the charter.
Is the boat handicap accessible?
Our crew will make every effort to accommodate all passengers to the best of our ability. For passengers with special requirements, please contact our reservation office directly so we can discuss how we may be able to accommodate your group.
What about unexpected weather?
Our captains are very experienced in monitoring and forecasting local weather patterns. We do not sail in bad weather, however cancellations due to weather are only decided by the captain AT the time of charter. In the event of a cancellation due to weather, tickets are either rescheduled if possible or refunded. All promotional vouchers are eligible for reschedule only due to weather cancellations.
When should we be ready to board the boat?
We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure. The tour will start promptly as scheduled.
Can we tip the captain or crew?
Gratuity is not included in the ticket price. If you've enjoyed your experience, tips for our hardworking crew are greatly appreciated! Gratuity aboard a charter boat works similarly to restaurant gratuities and ranges from between 15-20%.
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
Any cancellations or changes to your reservation should be made at least 7 days prior to your charter to receive a full refund. Within 7 days and you will be eligible for a 50% refund. There are no refunds within 72 hours of your charter. Rescheduling within 72 hours may be subject to a 15% fee.
Are Gift Certificates available?
Yes; we are happy to provide gift certificates for your friends and family. Click the Gift Card button on the main drop down menu or please contact us directly to make arrangements.