1.Pick a nearby coastal destination or the points of interest you wish to see.
Our catamaran sailing vessel, Old Glory, typically averages around 3 knots (a "knot" is 1 nautical mile per hour, equivalent to 3.45 MPH), even when we're under power.
Her specialty is sublime relaxation, not speed. So...cruises to Key West are out!
But we are happy to delight you with a cruise to Sanibel Island, down Fort Myers Beach and past the pier, or any other nearby coastal spot you'd like to visit.
The image below, from NOAA chart 11426, shows the typical range of our sailing catamaran: Wiggins Pass, roughly 12 nautical miles to the South, is normally a good four-hours (1/2 day cruise) if we average 3 knots speed; Sanibel Island to the West, only 3 nautical miles away by contrast, takes us about an hour to get to.
Referring to the navigation chart above gives you a good idea of how far we can sail in any direction within the duration of a typical 3-8 hour cruise.
Even if you book your cruise with us well in advance, be sure to keep an eye on the weather as it gets closer to your reserved date. Wunderground.com is a great source of accurate forecast data.
And be sure to check wind and sea conditions! On days when the wind is too strong or the water is too rough, we will not go out.
Windfinder is a great app for checking wind strength and direction; it also gives you the waves heights and tons of other great, useful info.
So does this wonderful app from Windy.com, showing the wind direction and strength, below:
3. Contact us to check availability and book your cruise!
Contacting us is easy: send us an email, give us a call or fill out the form here.
We are happy to help answer any questions you might have. Please note: a non-refundable deposit/partial payment of $120 may be required to reserve the day & time of your cruise. This covers your first hour.
In the event we do ask for a deposit, we'll email you an electronic invoice from our PayPal business account, which you can pay either by credit card or debit card. Payment must be received to book your reservation. If you have trouble opening the invoice, just give us a call.
What to Bring Aboard with You
Please wear sandals, white-sole sneakers, or boat shoes. No black-sole shoes, high heels or cowboy boots, please!
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats
A cooler for your beverages, snacks, lunch, etc.
(We provide bottled water only; unless you'd like to arrange for us to pick up lunch for your party ahead of time, for an extra fee).
Jacket or sweater (you likely won't need one from April through October).
Towels, mask, snorkel (if you plan on going swimming).
Sea-sickness medication (if you're prone to sea sickness, take it before we cast off).
Don't forget your camera
What to Leave Ashore
We want everyone who joins us to have a fun, relaxing and safe time. Please act reponsibly at all times both for your own safety as well as the safety of everone else aboard. Please do not carry onto the vessel anything dangerous or illegal, including:
Explosives, fireworks, candles, flammable liquids
Stress, anxiety and bad attitudes
To Request a Reservation,
Call Capt. Bud at 239-200-9899
OUR CATAMARAN CRUISES AND TOURS