FAQ – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HOW LONG IS EACH CHARTER?
Scheduled day sail and sunset cruise are approximately 2 hours long. We ask that you board at least 15 minutes before departure. Depending on the weather your tour may be a bit longer or shorter.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS AND CHECKS?
We do accept credit cards and checks, but cash is greatly appreciated! You can book a trip through Nor’Banks Sailing and Watersports
DO CHILDREN AND INFANTS COUNT AS A PASSENGER?
Yes, they do. The United States Coast Guard considers every person, except for the Captain, as a passenger.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Nor’Banks Sailing and Watersports, 1314 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
We encourage you to carpool, bike or walk to our facility. Parking is tight as we must share with our partner businesses.
WHERE DO YOU SAIL?
We will sail in the Currituck Sound. A wide and long body of water with limited development.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY CRUISE?
Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before your cruise is scheduled to depart. If you’re running late, please contact us and let us know because we’re likely holding the entire boat for you.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE ACCOMMODATE?
We are currently limited to only 6 people at this time, but will soon have the capacity of up to 18. We will update our page when this happens.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD/DRINKS/ALCOHOL?
Beer, white wine, etc is allowed. No red wine allowed on board (stains the deck). No liquor please.
DO YOU HAVE FOOD/DRINKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON BOARD?
Not at this time
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
We love pets too, but others may not. Sorry, no pets allowed on board unless it is a service animal.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Spring and fall- layered clothing and a light jacket. Summer time- light clothes, shorts, sunglasses or a hat for the sun. We will ask you to leave your shoes at the dock. Please no spray sunscreen.
DO YOU PROVIDE LIFE JACKETS?
We have life jackets on board for everyone- Infants, children and adults. They are not required to be used unless there is an emergency. If you feel you need to wear one, please ask the captain and one will be provided to you.
WHY MIGHT MY SAIL BE CANCELLED?
The most common reason a sail is cancelled is due to poor weather conditions that would make sailing uncomfortable and/or dangerous. We never enjoy canceling a sail, but if we must, we will call to inform our guests. We also encourage guests to call ahead the day of their sail to confirm their reservation and verify conditions. If this were to happen we would happily reschedule or refund your cruise.
WHAT HAPPENS SHOULD IT START RAINING DURING MY SAIL?
Sailors often get wet when they sail. We have a covered area on board, but also encourage you to bring a poncho or rain jacket if it is forecasted to rain.
CAN I PROPOSE MARRIAGE TO MY SWEETIE WHILE ON BOARD?
Yes! If you inform the captain of your plans, he can find you a quiet, isolated spot on the boat. Don’t forget the champagne!
DO YOU HAVE A BATHROOM ON BOARD?
We do, if it is urgent and you cannot wait. However, we encourage you to use the rest room prior to departure.
DO YOU OFFER GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Ask the mate or captain or contact us for more details.
SHOULD I TIP THE CAPTAIN AND CREW?
Yes. They work for tips. Tips are personal and depend on how satisfied you are not only with the sailing experience that the captain has provided. Typical tip is 18-25% of your charter or ticket.
CAN WE SWIM FROM THE BOAT?
There is no swimming from the boat on our regular scheduled day sail and sunset cruise trips. We do allow swimming on our 2-4-hour private charters.