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Charter – Frequently Asked Questions

What is required of me before I can charter a boat with Windworks?

Vessels 25′ and under require a Basic Keelboat certification at minimum. All vessels over 25′ require a Basic Cruising certification for day sailing, and Bareboat Cruising certification if chartering for more than 1 day.

We welcome ASA certifications as well! Non-members are required to complete an equivalent level ‘Check-out’ with our Dock Staff prior to charter.

Where can I go sailing when I charter a boat?

The entire Puget Sound is available to you! From our location in the Shilshole Bay Marina, a typical day cruise might include a sail to Blake Island for hiking, or down to Elliot Bay to see Downtown Seattle from a beautiful alternative view! You can typically reach the San Juan Islands in a day’s time.

All Windworks vessels are restricted from sailing through the Ballard Locks, as well as traveling west of Point Cape Flattery or North of 51° N Latitude.

Need more ideas for a day sail? Come along on our next Day Trip’n Clinic, where you spend the day with a group, learning of perfect locations to sail in a day!

If I am qualified to charter but need crew, can Windworks help me?

Yes! One of the main benefits of being a Windworks Club Member is gaining access to Windshare! Windshare is an awesome online forum that is open only to members. Through Windshare, our members can open a charter reservation to everyone, allowing the opportunity to connect with crewmembers or skippers. Everyone benefits by sharing the crew work, cost, and fun of chartering, while meeting new sailing friends!

What charter options do you offer?

As a rule of thumb, all Windworks vessels are required to be in the marina, or at anchor, 1 hour before sunset. Club members have the ability to charter a boat for a full-day (9am-1 hour before sunset), or a half-day (9am-1pm, or 2pm-1 hour before sunset). Qualified club members also have the ability to charter for multiple days at a discounted rate!

Non-members have the ability to charter a boat for a full-day (9am-1 hour before sunset) or multiple days at a daily rate.

Can I charter a vessel without sailing/powerboating experience?

Yes! Windworks offers private Skippered Charters for up to 6 people! This is a wonderful way to explore the Puget Sound waters, guided by a knowledgeable captain. Just sit back and enjoy the sights of Seattle and other Puget Sound destinations, or you can also take your turn at the helm with a captain nearby for guidance! Bring your own food and libations to the party and participate in tacking and jibing as much as you’d like!

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