Bareboat Catamaran Charters

Explore the lake with a private, luxury sail around Thunder Bay. Allow a professional captain and host show you the jewels of the area as you see new places and experience new perspectives. Choose from a selection of tour durations, hire a captain and see the lake like never before.

 

OCTOBER SPECIAL 2.5 hour Wine and Cheese experience for up to 16 guests. Available daily at 5:30 or 6 pm, and other times upon request.  This is your opportunity to host a small reunion, corporate outing, bridal party or milestone birthday party. View the harbour, the setting sun and the city lights. CHEESE AND WINE INCLUDED.

OR two hour catamaran tour for $750.00 self catered.

Available on the even hour every day until October 15th.

"Catamaran Bareboat Tours" Bareboat tours are for the vessel only. Captain/crew are the responsibility of the charterer. We can put you in touch with an approved captain. Captains must have experience with a Lagoon 500 and be pre-approved by Sail Superior's insurance company. The vessel is not licensed under AGCO, so it is a BYOB vessel. Provincial law prohibits consumption of liquor while the vessel is in motion, ie not anchored or docked. Safe vessel capacity in the Thunder Bay Harbour is 16 plus up to 4 crew. Catering and pre-charter provisioning with your choice of drinks can be arranged.
This is an absolute MUST for anyone visiting Thunder Bay. In addition to offering unique views of Thunder Bay from the water, these tours, and their amazing professional and knowledgeable staff, gave us the unique one-of-a-kind Lake Superior experience we were looking for. I can't emphasize enough how special these tours made our weekend
Nicholas, Sail Superior Guest

Tour Highlights

  • Catering: A compliment to any journey, choose from a selection of local catering add-ons. 

    Self Catering is permitted with an additional $50 clean up fee. You may preorder any of the drink menu items to be onboard when you arrive, or you may bring your own drinks. There is no bar service aboard. Please order well in advance to provide ample time for your order to be prepared. (24 hrs min) 

    View the Drink Menu

Capacity and
Departure Times

  • Departure times: 5:30 or 6 pm daily for the reminder of the season, October 15th  2021. Weekend days by special request for the 2 .5 hour sail, every even hour for the 2 hour self catered sail.

  • Duration:  2 hours or 2.5 hrs or depending on the booking.

  • Maximum 16 persons.

  • Captain and Crew Wage: We'll provide a list of accredited, professional captains for you to choose from when planning your catamaran adventure. Browse captains here

    Book your tour first then reach out to the Captians. If you can not arrange a captain within 24 hours we will refund your booking fee.

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Pricing (all rates subject to HST taxes)

  • 2.5hrs  $1295.00 + HST   Wine and cheese included.  (**Please see notes on crew and operators.)

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  • 2 hrs  $750.00 + HST    (**Please see notes on crew and operators.)

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  • Need to Know:

    • **Operators and crew are not included in the bareboat booking - we can put you in touch with an approved operator. Typical rates are $100/hr for two crew for groups of under 10 passengers. $150/ hr for groups of up to 16 passengers. 
    • Sail rain or shine
    • No smoking/vaping on board upon penalty of immediate tour termination and a $500 charge to the charterer's credit card. This means that by booking this tour you as the charterer agree to pay a clean up and damage charge as well as accept that your tour will be immediately cancelled if you or any of your guests smoke or vape on the vessel. We will remind you and your guests of this policy at the start of your booking.
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    • No consumption of alcoholic beverages while the vessel is moving. Beverages can be enjoyed when at anchor. 
    • The air temperature is generally 5 degrees cooler than shore
    • Check in is 15 minutes before departure 
  • Catamaran Bareboat Tours 

    Bareboat tours are for the vessel only. Captain/crew are the responsibility of the charterer. We can put you in touch with an approved captain. 

    Captains must have experience with a Lagoon 500 and be pre-approved by Sail Superior's insurance company. 

    The vessel is not licensed under AGCO, so it is a BYOB vessel. Provincial law prohibits consumption of liquor while the vessel is in motion, ie not anchored or docked. 

    Safe vessel capacity in the Thunder Bay Harbour is 16 plus up to 4 crew.

    Catering and pre-charter provisioning with your choice of drinks can be arranged.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Participate as an Individual During Covid?

As provincial/national restrictions continue to change, they will take priority in relation to safety procedures. That said, as long as it’s permitted, individual tickets will still be offered.

We strongly encourage people to book within their ‘bubbles’ but  individuals will be welcomed aboard as well. Masks are not required on deck but are necessary any time you enter the cabin or go below deck.

Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?

Since our boats are fully liquor licensed, personal alcohol is not allowed. There is a selection of wines, local craft beers, and ciders onboard. Should you desire something specific, simply let our captains know and we’ll do our best to arrange for it to be on the tour (at additional cost). All tours will be outfitted with servers as well as customized plans for cash and open bar services.

Is Catering Included in the Reservation?

All catering and alcoholic beverages are optional add-ons to the reservation price. We have a selection of local ‘boat-friendly’ catering companies who would be happy to help! Self catering is available as well at a cost of $50 including utensils, dinnerware and cleanup.

Is Decorating Included in the Reservation?

No. All of our wedding tour reservations are akin to a venue reservation. We welcome select decorations and have a list of local wedding planners that may be able to help! Contact the captains to discuss visiting the venue and set up a time prior to the tour for decorating the boat.

Is Sailing Experience Needed?

No! We gladly welcome individuals of all skills and backgrounds aboard our instructional adventures. Our knowledgeable captains will help create a hands-on learning environment allowing you to become a comfortable and confident sailor.

* The ‘Monday Night Sail Clinic’ is asked to have the ‘Basic Sail‘ prerequisite or equivalent.

Can I Bring My Own Food?

Absolutely! Small snack are welcome and self catering options are available at a rate of $50 including utensils, dish-ware and clean up.

Is the Wine Included?

No. Offering a collection of local craft beers, select wines and ciders, our liquor licensed boats are stocked prior to each tour for your enjoyment!

Is The Zodiac a Rough Ride?

Our skilled captains do their very best to ensure comfort and enjoyment of all onboard. Adjusting speed and course to the ever-changing lake conditions, we look to gather smiles from every guest. Similar to a snowmobile ride, the majority of tours are quiet comfortable to ride on; some have even compared it to flying in an airplane.  If at anytime you become uncomfortable simply let the captain know and they’ll adjust accordingly.

High wind can cause large waves. We will adjust speed and route to minimize the affect but be prepared to encounter possible rough conditions on the Zodiac.

Can I wear sunglasses and/or a hat?

You most certainly can! On very windy days we suggest that you tuck hats into a backpack or bag because there is always risk of them flying away. On Zodiac tours, we recommend that they be worn backwards or tucked into a bag. Sunglasses are best worn securely on your face or around your neck with a lanyard. All personal items are worn at your own risk!

Will I get wet?

With the speed of the zodiac combined with the ever-changing lake conditions, there is always a possibility of getting splashed. With our full-piece mustang floater suits, you’re able to enjoy all the thrills without getting your clothes all wet! On warm days, you’ll be dry before returning to the dock.

Do I need to bring my own lifejacket or PFD?

For any passengers two years of age and younger, we ask that they come prepared with their own personal floatation device to ensure proper fit and utmost safety. We do have PFDs for tiny guests and if you do not have one please don’t rush out and get one, use ours. But if you do have your own we have learned the youngsters really seem more at ease with their own. For all other passengers, Sail Superior has a range of PFDs as well as a Transport Canada certified life jackets for every persons onboard.

*Children 10 and under are required to wear a PFD at all times while onboard.

Can I go fishing?

Fishing is allowed if you have the required license and the tour is a private tour where you have booked the entire boat. This way we can go at the best speed, for your type of tackle. Once you have landed the prize, even help you BBQ. Please bring everything you need to fish, including a cooler to take your fish home.

Can I go swimming?

On select tours, of course! After a tough hike there’s nothing better than walking into the refreshing embrace of Lake Superior. Swimming off the boat is ONLY permitted with DIRECT CAPTAIN CONSENT. Be sure to ask your captain about swimming prior to leaving the dock and wait for the go-ahead before hopping in. Jumping in before getting permission creates a dangerous situation for all and results in the immediate termination of the tour, calling of emergency services and prompt return to the dock.  No refunds will be issued.

What is the best kind of clothing to wear?

When deciding what to wear, know that the lake can change quickly. Most often, the temperature on the water will be 5-10 degrees cooler than shore, and fingers crossed, much windier. We suggest bringing layers and even a light windbreaker/raincoat to help keep you warm. Comfy, easy to walk in shoes will keep you both comfortable and safe when moving around ondeck. There will be a sanitized Canadian certified PFD (personal flotation device) onboard for everyone, should anyone so choose to wear one. Zodiac tours may be fitted with fully body floater suits depending on conditions; again, sanitized to ensure everyone’s safety!

Is there cellular phone coverage on excursions?

With our tours exploring such a wide area of the Superior wilderness, there may be moments without cellular phone service; that’s part of the experience! For safety reasons our crew will always have communication with shore as well as the vessel when on hiking adventures. Whether it be by phone or VHF radio, we will have constant access to communication.

Do you have water to drink?

Yes we do! We have bottled water available onboard.

Do you have washrooms on board?

Each vessel has limited onboard restroom capacity. Similar to an airplane facility, we ask that nothing be flushed but the provided toilet paper. Slightly different than the common flush toilets, just ask the crew if you have any questions, believe us, you won’t be the first!

The Zodiac has no onboard restroom.

Do I need to wear a mask?

With regulations around mask wearing in constant fluctuation, we ask that guests do what they feel the most comfortable and safe with. In any on-deck setting, guest are not required to wear masks but the crew will remain masked to promote the health and safety of all. When using indoor cabin areas, masks are to be worn by EVERYONE.

Passengers are asked to wear masks on Zodiac adventures given the close proximity of guests.

Where do we park?

Stationed in Port Arthur Marina, our boats are docked just behind Bight restaurant at Pier Three. Head on down the sidewalk and follow the Sail Superior signs to the gate where a crew member will be happy to meet you. When parking, be sure not to pass the ‘boaters only’ barricade; our security is great at what they do! Instead, use any of the free visitors parking just in front of the restaurant or over beside the skatepark. 

If your group has members with reduced mobility, feel free to drop them off at the dock and park back in the free parking area; just let security know as you approach.

Do people get sea sick?

Being on the water affects everyone a little differently. The captains will do their best to adjust speed course so to deliver the most comfortable experience for everyone. Should someone begin to feel a little queasy just let us know and come join us at the helm; being at the wheel is the best spot to steady yourself!

What if I’m running late?

Our tours leave on time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are running late, and we are at the dock with our lines still attached and can see you “running” we might be able to wait until you arrive….. But if we have left the dock we will not turn back.

If space allows we will welcome you on the next similar trip on the same day, however we can’t guarantee there will be a next trip, and you will lose your ticket and the price you paid if there isn’t a similar trip with space. Please be on time.

We always take passenger substitutions, just notify us that you can’t make the trip but you wish to give your ticket away to “X”.

If you have booked a private tour and happen to be late, we will wait. However, your time on the water will not be extended. Each reservation has a strict ending time to maintain daily tour schedules.

Are There Age Restrictions?

Sailing charters are an adventure for all; from the young to the young at heart. For anyone under 2 years of age we ask that you bring a PFD (personal flotation device) along and know that they’ll be seated with you for the duration of the tour. If you don’t have one, we will supply one upon arrival. Anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult and will be supplied with a sanitized PFD upon arrival.

With private Zodiac tours, similar rules apply. Everyone is welcome with special considerations taken by the crew to maintain a safe, comfortable and exciting environment. Those under 2 will be asked to come with a properly fitted PFD while the rest of the group will be supplied with one upon arrival. The route and intensity of the ride will remain at the Captain’s discretion to ensure safety for all.

On mixed or non private Zodiac tours we do limit the age and size of children, and may even recommend some adults take a pass.  This is because the ride is advertised as a thrill speed ride and we will be heading out into the lake to meet any conditions that arise. Customers are expecting this and we cannot safety take small children into these conditions.

*Zodiac trips may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with serious neck or back pain. Let us know at the time of booking and we’ll help you find the perfect tour to experience this great lake! Trips up the Kaministiqua river are generally very relaxed and can be enjoyed by everyone.

What Happens If It Rains?

Part of the wonder of the Lake is its ever changing conditions; the weather is no exception. Unless there is substantial thunder and lightning just prior to the tour and a ‘Small Craft Advisory’ issued by Environment Canada, everything will remain as scheduled. Be sure to monitor the weather prior to the tour and bring appropriate attire to stay as comfortable as possible. Our captains have the final say and will reach out to you in the case of a postponed tour. 

 If it starts to rain mid tour, we have covered spaces to shelter you, come in and let the captain and crew brave the weather. Some of the best photographs and images are when the weather puts on a show.

Can I Smoke and/or Participate in Recreational Drugs on Tour?

To maintain the safety and awareness of everyone onboard, no smoking/vaping or recreational drug use of any kind is permitted when on the vessels, or on any of the adjacent docks or waiting areas. Failure to follow this rule will cause the immediate end of your tour and return to the dock. Any fares will be forfeit.

Are Pets Allowed?

On private tours, we’d gladly welcome any four-legged canine companions. The safety of passengers and crew are of utmost importance so we just ask that the captains be notified and the furry friends be suitable for water travel. If it’s something new, perhaps a visit before the tour will help introduce them to the boats. For everyone’s safety, owners and pets will also be placed together throughout the tour. On catamaran tours pets must remain outside on deck with you and we will have a nice spot and a place to attach a leash. Remember that the pets are subject to the same conditions we are so sunscreen and/or lifejackets are never a bad idea! Please see our in depth booking policy regarding pets.

There is a small $5 fee for each pet traveling on-board with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. The $5 is to reserve a spot for your pet and equip the boats with basic pet cleanup equipment. Proceeds will go to a local animal shelter/charity.

 

 

Can I Bring My Own Alcohol?

No, our vessels are licensed and it is prohibited by law to bring your own alcohol. We provide a wide range of alcoholic beverages for purchase by cash or credit onboard. From local beers and coolers to a selection of wines, there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste. Unfortunately our vessels are not allowed to have a BYOB and corkage program. If you have a special request for a particular occasion let us know as soon as possible and we’ll do our best to meet that request! 

How early do I need to arrive before our trip?

Arriving 15 minutes early will allow us to prepare an updated passenger list as well as beginning a brief safety talk before getting underway. 

Can I Participate as an Individual During Covid?

As provincial/national restrictions continue to change, they will take priority in relation to safety procedures. That said, as long as it’s permitted, individual tickets will still be offered.

We strongly encourage people to book within their ‘bubbles’ but  individuals will be welcomed aboard as well. Masks are not required on deck but are necessary any time you enter the cabin or go below deck.

Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?

Since our boats are fully liquor licensed, personal alcohol is not allowed. There is a selection of wines, local craft beers, and ciders onboard. Should you desire something specific, simply let our captains know and we’ll do our best to arrange for it to be on the tour (at additional cost). All tours will be outfitted with servers as well as customized plans for cash and open bar services.

Is Catering Included in the Reservation?

All catering and alcoholic beverages are optional add-ons to the reservation price. We have a selection of local ‘boat-friendly’ catering companies who would be happy to help! Self catering is available as well at a cost of $50 including utensils, dinnerware and cleanup.

Is Decorating Included in the Reservation?

No. All of our wedding tour reservations are akin to a venue reservation. We welcome select decorations and have a list of local wedding planners that may be able to help! Contact the captains to discuss visiting the venue and set up a time prior to the tour for decorating the boat.

Is Sailing Experience Needed?

No! We gladly welcome individuals of all skills and backgrounds aboard our instructional adventures. Our knowledgeable captains will help create a hands-on learning environment allowing you to become a comfortable and confident sailor.

* The ‘Monday Night Sail Clinic’ is asked to have the ‘Basic Sail‘ prerequisite or equivalent.

Can I Bring My Own Food?

Absolutely! Small snack are welcome and self catering options are available at a rate of $50 including utensils, dish-ware and clean up.

Is the Wine Included?

No. Offering a collection of local craft beers, select wines and ciders, our liquor licensed boats are stocked prior to each tour for your enjoyment!

Is The Zodiac a Rough Ride?

Our skilled captains do their very best to ensure comfort and enjoyment of all onboard. Adjusting speed and course to the ever-changing lake conditions, we look to gather smiles from every guest. Similar to a snowmobile ride, the majority of tours are quiet comfortable to ride on; some have even compared it to flying in an airplane.  If at anytime you become uncomfortable simply let the captain know and they’ll adjust accordingly.

High wind can cause large waves. We will adjust speed and route to minimize the affect but be prepared to encounter possible rough conditions on the Zodiac.

Can I wear sunglasses and/or a hat?

You most certainly can! On very windy days we suggest that you tuck hats into a backpack or bag because there is always risk of them flying away. On Zodiac tours, we recommend that they be worn backwards or tucked into a bag. Sunglasses are best worn securely on your face or around your neck with a lanyard. All personal items are worn at your own risk!

Will I get wet?

With the speed of the zodiac combined with the ever-changing lake conditions, there is always a possibility of getting splashed. With our full-piece mustang floater suits, you’re able to enjoy all the thrills without getting your clothes all wet! On warm days, you’ll be dry before returning to the dock.

Do I need to bring my own lifejacket or PFD?

For any passengers two years of age and younger, we ask that they come prepared with their own personal floatation device to ensure proper fit and utmost safety. We do have PFDs for tiny guests and if you do not have one please don’t rush out and get one, use ours. But if you do have your own we have learned the youngsters really seem more at ease with their own. For all other passengers, Sail Superior has a range of PFDs as well as a Transport Canada certified life jackets for every persons onboard.

*Children 10 and under are required to wear a PFD at all times while onboard.

Can I go fishing?

Fishing is allowed if you have the required license and the tour is a private tour where you have booked the entire boat. This way we can go at the best speed, for your type of tackle. Once you have landed the prize, even help you BBQ. Please bring everything you need to fish, including a cooler to take your fish home.

Can I go swimming?

On select tours, of course! After a tough hike there’s nothing better than walking into the refreshing embrace of Lake Superior. Swimming off the boat is ONLY permitted with DIRECT CAPTAIN CONSENT. Be sure to ask your captain about swimming prior to leaving the dock and wait for the go-ahead before hopping in. Jumping in before getting permission creates a dangerous situation for all and results in the immediate termination of the tour, calling of emergency services and prompt return to the dock.  No refunds will be issued.

What is the best kind of clothing to wear?

When deciding what to wear, know that the lake can change quickly. Most often, the temperature on the water will be 5-10 degrees cooler than shore, and fingers crossed, much windier. We suggest bringing layers and even a light windbreaker/raincoat to help keep you warm. Comfy, easy to walk in shoes will keep you both comfortable and safe when moving around ondeck. There will be a sanitized Canadian certified PFD (personal flotation device) onboard for everyone, should anyone so choose to wear one. Zodiac tours may be fitted with fully body floater suits depending on conditions; again, sanitized to ensure everyone’s safety!

Is there cellular phone coverage on excursions?

With our tours exploring such a wide area of the Superior wilderness, there may be moments without cellular phone service; that’s part of the experience! For safety reasons our crew will always have communication with shore as well as the vessel when on hiking adventures. Whether it be by phone or VHF radio, we will have constant access to communication.

Do you have water to drink?

Yes we do! We have bottled water available onboard.

Do you have washrooms on board?

Each vessel has limited onboard restroom capacity. Similar to an airplane facility, we ask that nothing be flushed but the provided toilet paper. Slightly different than the common flush toilets, just ask the crew if you have any questions, believe us, you won’t be the first!

The Zodiac has no onboard restroom.

Do I need to wear a mask?

With regulations around mask wearing in constant fluctuation, we ask that guests do what they feel the most comfortable and safe with. In any on-deck setting, guest are not required to wear masks but the crew will remain masked to promote the health and safety of all. When using indoor cabin areas, masks are to be worn by EVERYONE.

Passengers are asked to wear masks on Zodiac adventures given the close proximity of guests.

Where do we park?

Stationed in Port Arthur Marina, our boats are docked just behind Bight restaurant at Pier Three. Head on down the sidewalk and follow the Sail Superior signs to the gate where a crew member will be happy to meet you. When parking, be sure not to pass the ‘boaters only’ barricade; our security is great at what they do! Instead, use any of the free visitors parking just in front of the restaurant or over beside the skatepark. 

If your group has members with reduced mobility, feel free to drop them off at the dock and park back in the free parking area; just let security know as you approach.

Do people get sea sick?

Being on the water affects everyone a little differently. The captains will do their best to adjust speed course so to deliver the most comfortable experience for everyone. Should someone begin to feel a little queasy just let us know and come join us at the helm; being at the wheel is the best spot to steady yourself!

What if I’m running late?

Our tours leave on time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are running late, and we are at the dock with our lines still attached and can see you “running” we might be able to wait until you arrive….. But if we have left the dock we will not turn back.

If space allows we will welcome you on the next similar trip on the same day, however we can’t guarantee there will be a next trip, and you will lose your ticket and the price you paid if there isn’t a similar trip with space. Please be on time.

We always take passenger substitutions, just notify us that you can’t make the trip but you wish to give your ticket away to “X”.

If you have booked a private tour and happen to be late, we will wait. However, your time on the water will not be extended. Each reservation has a strict ending time to maintain daily tour schedules.

Are There Age Restrictions?

Sailing charters are an adventure for all; from the young to the young at heart. For anyone under 2 years of age we ask that you bring a PFD (personal flotation device) along and know that they’ll be seated with you for the duration of the tour. If you don’t have one, we will supply one upon arrival. Anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult and will be supplied with a sanitized PFD upon arrival.

With private Zodiac tours, similar rules apply. Everyone is welcome with special considerations taken by the crew to maintain a safe, comfortable and exciting environment. Those under 2 will be asked to come with a properly fitted PFD while the rest of the group will be supplied with one upon arrival. The route and intensity of the ride will remain at the Captain’s discretion to ensure safety for all.

On mixed or non private Zodiac tours we do limit the age and size of children, and may even recommend some adults take a pass.  This is because the ride is advertised as a thrill speed ride and we will be heading out into the lake to meet any conditions that arise. Customers are expecting this and we cannot safety take small children into these conditions.

*Zodiac trips may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with serious neck or back pain. Let us know at the time of booking and we’ll help you find the perfect tour to experience this great lake! Trips up the Kaministiqua river are generally very relaxed and can be enjoyed by everyone.

What Happens If It Rains?

Part of the wonder of the Lake is its ever changing conditions; the weather is no exception. Unless there is substantial thunder and lightning just prior to the tour and a ‘Small Craft Advisory’ issued by Environment Canada, everything will remain as scheduled. Be sure to monitor the weather prior to the tour and bring appropriate attire to stay as comfortable as possible. Our captains have the final say and will reach out to you in the case of a postponed tour. 

 If it starts to rain mid tour, we have covered spaces to shelter you, come in and let the captain and crew brave the weather. Some of the best photographs and images are when the weather puts on a show.

Can I Smoke and/or Participate in Recreational Drugs on Tour?

To maintain the safety and awareness of everyone onboard, no smoking/vaping or recreational drug use of any kind is permitted when on the vessels, or on any of the adjacent docks or waiting areas. Failure to follow this rule will cause the immediate end of your tour and return to the dock. Any fares will be forfeit.

Are Pets Allowed?

On private tours, we’d gladly welcome any four-legged canine companions. The safety of passengers and crew are of utmost importance so we just ask that the captains be notified and the furry friends be suitable for water travel. If it’s something new, perhaps a visit before the tour will help introduce them to the boats. For everyone’s safety, owners and pets will also be placed together throughout the tour. On catamaran tours pets must remain outside on deck with you and we will have a nice spot and a place to attach a leash. Remember that the pets are subject to the same conditions we are so sunscreen and/or lifejackets are never a bad idea! Please see our in depth booking policy regarding pets.

There is a small $5 fee for each pet traveling on-board with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. The $5 is to reserve a spot for your pet and equip the boats with basic pet cleanup equipment. Proceeds will go to a local animal shelter/charity.

 

 

Can I Bring My Own Alcohol?

No, our vessels are licensed and it is prohibited by law to bring your own alcohol. We provide a wide range of alcoholic beverages for purchase by cash or credit onboard. From local beers and coolers to a selection of wines, there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste. Unfortunately our vessels are not allowed to have a BYOB and corkage program. If you have a special request for a particular occasion let us know as soon as possible and we’ll do our best to meet that request! 

How early do I need to arrive before our trip?

Arriving 15 minutes early will allow us to prepare an updated passenger list as well as beginning a brief safety talk before getting underway. 

Can I Participate as an Individual During Covid?

As provincial/national restrictions continue to change, they will take priority in relation to safety procedures. That said, as long as it’s permitted, individual tickets will still be offered.

We strongly encourage people to book within their ‘bubbles’ but  individuals will be welcomed aboard as well. Masks are not required on deck but are necessary any time you enter the cabin or go below deck.

Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?

Since our boats are fully liquor licensed, personal alcohol is not allowed. There is a selection of wines, local craft beers, and ciders onboard. Should you desire something specific, simply let our captains know and we’ll do our best to arrange for it to be on the tour (at additional cost). All tours will be outfitted with servers as well as customized plans for cash and open bar services.

Is Catering Included in the Reservation?

All catering and alcoholic beverages are optional add-ons to the reservation price. We have a selection of local ‘boat-friendly’ catering companies who would be happy to help! Self catering is available as well at a cost of $50 including utensils, dinnerware and cleanup.

Is Decorating Included in the Reservation?

No. All of our wedding tour reservations are akin to a venue reservation. We welcome select decorations and have a list of local wedding planners that may be able to help! Contact the captains to discuss visiting the venue and set up a time prior to the tour for decorating the boat.

Is Sailing Experience Needed?

No! We gladly welcome individuals of all skills and backgrounds aboard our instructional adventures. Our knowledgeable captains will help create a hands-on learning environment allowing you to become a comfortable and confident sailor.

* The ‘Monday Night Sail Clinic’ is asked to have the ‘Basic Sail‘ prerequisite or equivalent.

Can I Bring My Own Food?

Absolutely! Small snack are welcome and self catering options are available at a rate of $50 including utensils, dish-ware and clean up.

Is the Wine Included?

No. Offering a collection of local craft beers, select wines and ciders, our liquor licensed boats are stocked prior to each tour for your enjoyment!

Is The Zodiac a Rough Ride?

Our skilled captains do their very best to ensure comfort and enjoyment of all onboard. Adjusting speed and course to the ever-changing lake conditions, we look to gather smiles from every guest. Similar to a snowmobile ride, the majority of tours are quiet comfortable to ride on; some have even compared it to flying in an airplane.  If at anytime you become uncomfortable simply let the captain know and they’ll adjust accordingly.

High wind can cause large waves. We will adjust speed and route to minimize the affect but be prepared to encounter possible rough conditions on the Zodiac.

Can I wear sunglasses and/or a hat?

You most certainly can! On very windy days we suggest that you tuck hats into a backpack or bag because there is always risk of them flying away. On Zodiac tours, we recommend that they be worn backwards or tucked into a bag. Sunglasses are best worn securely on your face or around your neck with a lanyard. All personal items are worn at your own risk!

Will I get wet?

With the speed of the zodiac combined with the ever-changing lake conditions, there is always a possibility of getting splashed. With our full-piece mustang floater suits, you’re able to enjoy all the thrills without getting your clothes all wet! On warm days, you’ll be dry before returning to the dock.

Do I need to bring my own lifejacket or PFD?

For any passengers two years of age and younger, we ask that they come prepared with their own personal floatation device to ensure proper fit and utmost safety. We do have PFDs for tiny guests and if you do not have one please don’t rush out and get one, use ours. But if you do have your own we have learned the youngsters really seem more at ease with their own. For all other passengers, Sail Superior has a range of PFDs as well as a Transport Canada certified life jackets for every persons onboard.

*Children 10 and under are required to wear a PFD at all times while onboard.

Can I go fishing?

Fishing is allowed if you have the required license and the tour is a private tour where you have booked the entire boat. This way we can go at the best speed, for your type of tackle. Once you have landed the prize, even help you BBQ. Please bring everything you need to fish, including a cooler to take your fish home.

Can I go swimming?

On select tours, of course! After a tough hike there’s nothing better than walking into the refreshing embrace of Lake Superior. Swimming off the boat is ONLY permitted with DIRECT CAPTAIN CONSENT. Be sure to ask your captain about swimming prior to leaving the dock and wait for the go-ahead before hopping in. Jumping in before getting permission creates a dangerous situation for all and results in the immediate termination of the tour, calling of emergency services and prompt return to the dock.  No refunds will be issued.

What is the best kind of clothing to wear?

When deciding what to wear, know that the lake can change quickly. Most often, the temperature on the water will be 5-10 degrees cooler than shore, and fingers crossed, much windier. We suggest bringing layers and even a light windbreaker/raincoat to help keep you warm. Comfy, easy to walk in shoes will keep you both comfortable and safe when moving around ondeck. There will be a sanitized Canadian certified PFD (personal flotation device) onboard for everyone, should anyone so choose to wear one. Zodiac tours may be fitted with fully body floater suits depending on conditions; again, sanitized to ensure everyone’s safety!

Is there cellular phone coverage on excursions?

With our tours exploring such a wide area of the Superior wilderness, there may be moments without cellular phone service; that’s part of the experience! For safety reasons our crew will always have communication with shore as well as the vessel when on hiking adventures. Whether it be by phone or VHF radio, we will have constant access to communication.

Do you have water to drink?

Yes we do! We have bottled water available onboard.

Do you have washrooms on board?

Each vessel has limited onboard restroom capacity. Similar to an airplane facility, we ask that nothing be flushed but the provided toilet paper. Slightly different than the common flush toilets, just ask the crew if you have any questions, believe us, you won’t be the first!

The Zodiac has no onboard restroom.

Do I need to wear a mask?

With regulations around mask wearing in constant fluctuation, we ask that guests do what they feel the most comfortable and safe with. In any on-deck setting, guest are not required to wear masks but the crew will remain masked to promote the health and safety of all. When using indoor cabin areas, masks are to be worn by EVERYONE.

Passengers are asked to wear masks on Zodiac adventures given the close proximity of guests.

Where do we park?

Stationed in Port Arthur Marina, our boats are docked just behind Bight restaurant at Pier Three. Head on down the sidewalk and follow the Sail Superior signs to the gate where a crew member will be happy to meet you. When parking, be sure not to pass the ‘boaters only’ barricade; our security is great at what they do! Instead, use any of the free visitors parking just in front of the restaurant or over beside the skatepark. 

If your group has members with reduced mobility, feel free to drop them off at the dock and park back in the free parking area; just let security know as you approach.

Do people get sea sick?

Being on the water affects everyone a little differently. The captains will do their best to adjust speed course so to deliver the most comfortable experience for everyone. Should someone begin to feel a little queasy just let us know and come join us at the helm; being at the wheel is the best spot to steady yourself!

What if I’m running late?

Our tours leave on time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are running late, and we are at the dock with our lines still attached and can see you “running” we might be able to wait until you arrive….. But if we have left the dock we will not turn back.

If space allows we will welcome you on the next similar trip on the same day, however we can’t guarantee there will be a next trip, and you will lose your ticket and the price you paid if there isn’t a similar trip with space. Please be on time.

We always take passenger substitutions, just notify us that you can’t make the trip but you wish to give your ticket away to “X”.

If you have booked a private tour and happen to be late, we will wait. However, your time on the water will not be extended. Each reservation has a strict ending time to maintain daily tour schedules.

Are There Age Restrictions?

Sailing charters are an adventure for all; from the young to the young at heart. For anyone under 2 years of age we ask that you bring a PFD (personal flotation device) along and know that they’ll be seated with you for the duration of the tour. If you don’t have one, we will supply one upon arrival. Anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult and will be supplied with a sanitized PFD upon arrival.

With private Zodiac tours, similar rules apply. Everyone is welcome with special considerations taken by the crew to maintain a safe, comfortable and exciting environment. Those under 2 will be asked to come with a properly fitted PFD while the rest of the group will be supplied with one upon arrival. The route and intensity of the ride will remain at the Captain’s discretion to ensure safety for all.

On mixed or non private Zodiac tours we do limit the age and size of children, and may even recommend some adults take a pass.  This is because the ride is advertised as a thrill speed ride and we will be heading out into the lake to meet any conditions that arise. Customers are expecting this and we cannot safety take small children into these conditions.

*Zodiac trips may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with serious neck or back pain. Let us know at the time of booking and we’ll help you find the perfect tour to experience this great lake! Trips up the Kaministiqua river are generally very relaxed and can be enjoyed by everyone.

What Happens If It Rains?

Part of the wonder of the Lake is its ever changing conditions; the weather is no exception. Unless there is substantial thunder and lightning just prior to the tour and a ‘Small Craft Advisory’ issued by Environment Canada, everything will remain as scheduled. Be sure to monitor the weather prior to the tour and bring appropriate attire to stay as comfortable as possible. Our captains have the final say and will reach out to you in the case of a postponed tour. 

 If it starts to rain mid tour, we have covered spaces to shelter you, come in and let the captain and crew brave the weather. Some of the best photographs and images are when the weather puts on a show.

Can I Smoke and/or Participate in Recreational Drugs on Tour?

To maintain the safety and awareness of everyone onboard, no smoking/vaping or recreational drug use of any kind is permitted when on the vessels, or on any of the adjacent docks or waiting areas. Failure to follow this rule will cause the immediate end of your tour and return to the dock. Any fares will be forfeit.

Are Pets Allowed?

On private tours, we’d gladly welcome any four-legged canine companions. The safety of passengers and crew are of utmost importance so we just ask that the captains be notified and the furry friends be suitable for water travel. If it’s something new, perhaps a visit before the tour will help introduce them to the boats. For everyone’s safety, owners and pets will also be placed together throughout the tour. On catamaran tours pets must remain outside on deck with you and we will have a nice spot and a place to attach a leash. Remember that the pets are subject to the same conditions we are so sunscreen and/or lifejackets are never a bad idea! Please see our in depth booking policy regarding pets.

There is a small $5 fee for each pet traveling on-board with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. The $5 is to reserve a spot for your pet and equip the boats with basic pet cleanup equipment. Proceeds will go to a local animal shelter/charity.

 

 

Can I Bring My Own Alcohol?

No, our vessels are licensed and it is prohibited by law to bring your own alcohol. We provide a wide range of alcoholic beverages for purchase by cash or credit onboard. From local beers and coolers to a selection of wines, there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste. Unfortunately our vessels are not allowed to have a BYOB and corkage program. If you have a special request for a particular occasion let us know as soon as possible and we’ll do our best to meet that request! 

How early do I need to arrive before our trip?

Arriving 15 minutes early will allow us to prepare an updated passenger list as well as beginning a brief safety talk before getting underway. 

 

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