FAQ

The Boat
Sailboat: Mental Heeling
1988 30ft Catalina MKII

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Boat Location:
The Harborage at Ashley River Marina
33 Lockwood Drive
Charleston SC, 29401

How To Get To The Marina:
The Harborage at Ashley River Marina does not allow charter guests to park in their parking lot, doing so may result in a ticket or towing. Below are a few options to consider:

OPTION 1: Uber/Lyft/Taxi directly to The Harborage at Ashley River Marina: (33 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401)
You can Uber/Lyft/Taxi directly to The Harborage at Ashley River Marina (33 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401). Be sure to tell your Uber/Lyft/Taxi driver to “drop you at The Harborage at Ashley River Marina and not Safe Harbor Charleston City Marina” (They often take guests to the wrong marina so it’s worth mentioning this. If they bring you to the marina that has a gas station as you pull in, they brought you to the wrong marina. Feel free to call or text me before letting your Uber/Lyft/Taxi leave to confirm you are at the correct marina.
The captain will meet you in-front of the building in the parking lot 20-15 minutes before your Experience start time .

OPTION 2: Drive Yourself in Your Car or Rental Car
The Harborage at Ashley River Marina does not have visitor parking, so do not drive to The Harborage at Ashley River Marina. If you drive, you must park at The Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront (35 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29401). The Marriott Courtyard is the yellow hotel. I confirmed you can park there during the day at no charge. While the sign says “Guest Parking $8” that is only for overnight parking.
After you park, walk up to the sidewalk along Lockwood Drive. With the Marriott Courtyard behind you, take a right on the sidewalk. You should see a green “Calhoun Street” sign about 20 yards from the Marriott. Walk towards the green Calhoun Street sign and you’ll see the blue “Harborage at Ashley River Marina” sign which is my marina.
The captain will meet you in-front of the building in the parking lot 20-15 minutes before your Experience start time .

OPTION 3: Guests have the option of being picked up (from one location) and dropped off (at one location) anywhere on the Charleston Peninsula for $20.

Regardless of where you park, I would recommend using the bathroom in the building at the Marina parking lot, second floor. Please use this time to apply sunblock as it can stain the boat.  I do have a head on-board but most people prefer the one on land.

Bathroom Door Code:
1435 (Roman Numerals: I IV III V)

What To Bring:
Feel free to bring any snacks or drinks that you would like. As we move to become better stewards of our waterways, we are moving away from offering one time plastic water bottles so we ask that you bring a thermos or water bottle for us to fill up for you to help us reduce our environmental impact. While our team will not be drinking or providing alcohol, adults 21 years or older often bring alcohol and we encourage our guests to relax and enjoy the outing with a beverage. Please avoid bringing any glass aboard (think cans and boxed wine, not bottles) and always be responsible and respectful to other guests. If you plan to bring Champagne, we will happily open it for you but we ask that you bring plastic cups. We have plenty of room below to keep your beverages cool. Bringing a small cooler is totally fine but no need to bring large rollable coolers to the boat.

What to Wear:
Generally it is a few degrees cooler on the water. Spray from the water may get you wet, but you will not get soaked. A light jacket, hat and sunglasses are a good idea. I recommend closed shoes over flip flops. You can go barefoot but there are a million things to jam your toes on.

What to Expect:
All charters will start with a 15 minute safety speech once all passengers are on-board. While the boat is setup to be sailed single-handed, if you and your group would like to get involved (raise a sail, hold the helm, etc) I’m happy to oblige. If you prefer to sit back and relax that is fine too.

Weather:
Please assume that the charter is on unless you hear otherwise. If there is a chance of thunderstorms/lightning/excessive wind, the captain will reach out to you at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled charter time. A lack of wind may result in leaving the motor on.

Tipping:
Tipping is always appreciated. Oftentimes the crew only works for tips, so if you enjoyed the outing tips and positive reviews are much appreciated!

Cancellations or Rescheduling:
Cancellations or Rescheduling will only take place due to weather.
Customers will receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Please do not hesitate to call or email if you still have any questions not covered above!

Sail on!

Captain Jay Keeney
Charleston Sailboat Charters, LLC
captain@charlestonsailboat.net
(843) SEA-MAN6 (732-6266)
www.CharlestonSailboat.com