FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dress however you like, although casual attire is best for an outing on the water. We also recommend boat shoes, sneakers, or sandals with non-marking soles and a bathing suit and towel if you’d like to go for a swim. Bring along a light sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket as well, since it’s about 10 degrees cooler out on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued us a Coastwise, Recreational license, which allows a maximum total of 6 passengers, including children of all ages. Captain and crew are in addition to 6 passengers.

Small pets are OK, with prior notification appreciated.

This always depends upon our scheduling and is subject to additional hourly charge.

Basic First Aid supplies are aboard the boat, we coordinate with appropriate shoreside authorities for medical emergency support; and, have radio contact with the U.S. Coast Guard while underway.

The marine environment is tough on equipment. Every boat, old or new, has the potential for a mechanical breakdown. While we do not expect breakdowns, planning is vital, so we carry aboard Seabird:

  • S. Coast Guard required and recommended safety equipment, including personal flotation devices (PFDs, aka life jackets), radio communication equipment, and visual distress signals—along with redundant key equipment.
  • Anchor and sufficient anchor line to secure the boat if a breakdown occurs—many breakdowns can be repaired at anchor.
  • Active membership in Sea Tow (the marine equivalent of AAA for vehicles)—providing an emergency tow to shore or home port in the event of a breakdown.

We want you to understand the provisions we’ve built into Seabird operations to keep you and your guests safe at all times. The Seabird is looked after by the most highly qualified marine mechanics on the Shoreline, and undergoes routine, scheduled preventive maintenance.

If you cancel due to a change in plans with 48 hours or more notice, Seabird Cruises will refund your payment in full. If cancellation is made within 48 hours, a 20% handling fee will apply. If you reschedule, we waive the handling fee.

If weather conditions (including rough seas in clear weather) require your cruise to be cancelled, we encourage rescheduling, but if that isn’t possible, you will receive a full refund with no handling fee charged. In the event of inclement weather, the Captain has the final decision on whether to launch.

BOOK A PICNIC CRUISE

PICNIC ON THE WATER

Relax on the water from 11 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. Choose an itinerary, or have Captain Chip suggest one. The final course will be set by the Captain according to weather, tides, and sailing conditions. Price is $60.00 per person, plus CT tax.

Bring your picnic, order one from Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, or from other local options in Old Saybrook.

BOOK A SUNSET CRUISE

END THE DAY ON THE WATER

Put a perfect ending on the day with a three-hour sail at sunset. Cruising times for Sunset Cruises on Seabird vary through the season to match the three hours before sunset; for September 4:00 to 7:00, October 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Choose an itinerary, or have Captain Chip suggest one. The final course will be set by the Captain according to weather, tides, and sailing conditions. Price is $60.00 per person, plus CT tax. 

Bring your favorite food and beverages, or arrange catering from local providers.

“We had a spectacular dinner on the water with Captain Chip who brought us to the perfect location to enjoy the most beautiful sunset, truly stunning. We all commented that we travel far and wide and did not know how beautiful the Connecticut shoreline sunset can be!”

“Sending you a note of deep appreciation for the extra communication from your entire team as our future son-in-law planned a special outing to propose to our daughter on your boat. Our Captain Chip in particular kept in great contact with us at every step to ensure this very special event was a success!”

“We were looking for a unique experience to celebrate a milestone birthday event with three generations of family during the Covid-19 pandemic period. The brunch boat outing turned out to be the perfect way to celebrate my husband’s 75th birthday with our son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all! Many thanks!”

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