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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.

Do I need to be a Windworks Member to charter a boat?

Due to COVID-19, only members can charter boats. Windworks is accepting new membership applications – Please call (206) 784-9386 or email support@windworkssailing.com

How do I become a Windworks Member?

Due to COVID-19, only members can charter boats. Windworks is accepting new membership applications – Please call (206) 784-9386 or email support@windworkssailing.com

You can visit our Membership page to read about our two different membership options here.

If you have not chartered with us before please submit your Charter Resume here and feel free to familiarize yourself with our Charter Policies here.

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!

Click here to view pricing.

How do I reserve?
  1. Select a boat from our top quality charter fleet here.
  2. Submit your desired dates and contact details through the form on the vessel detail page or reserve online.
  3. If you have not sailed with us before, submit your charter resume here.
  4. Your qualifications will be reviewed by our staff and your vessel of choice will be held for you.
  5. When you arrive, our friendly, expert staff will assist you while boarding the boat and departing the dock.
What is the charter Checkout Policy & Procedure?
Eddie Melvin
Eddie Melvin
2022-08-27
Friendly staff and easy process. Shilshole location has good amenities and ample parking.
Mary Danielle Burton
Mary Danielle Burton
2022-08-26
We worked with Victor Evans to sell our sailboat and we really had the best possible experience. He was very easy to work with and was super responsive through the entire process. I would highly recommend him if you are looking to buy or sell a boat!
Matt Velinder
Matt Velinder
2022-08-26
Victor and the Windworks family are truly amazing. Victor guided me through the boat buying process and was always responsive and professional. He made the entire process a wonderful experience. He is also a thoroughly capable and experienced sailor. I cannot recommend him and Windworks enough!
Taylor Beck
Taylor Beck
2022-08-12
I had a wonderful day taking BK1 with Victor as my instructor. Victor has a vast fund of knowledge for sailing and creates a great learning environment. His passion for sailing comes through in his teaching. I also appreciated the small class size (four students). I highly recommend this class if you have an interest in learning to sail, you learn a lot in your first day!
David Lester
David Lester
2022-08-10
We took out Chester, a 34 ft Bavaria on a trip to Port townsend. Nice roomy boat. Most everything was in working order. A couple of minor things: no electric hot water but engine warming worked good and we used shore facilities at all our stops. We were somewhat disappointed with the mainsail not coming totally out from the roller furler. Don't know what was wrong. Otherwise, the boat was clean, roomy and in good shape. Before departure we had good support from the shore crew. Also good support coming back in. Because of problems with moorage at our destination I had to change boats on this reservation two times. Windworks staff were very helpful and patient with those changes.
Daniel Wicklund
Daniel Wicklund
2022-07-13
Basic keelboat one with Chris, was an excellent class. The instructor was patient, knowledgeable, and willing to answer all the questions we threw at him. The experience was also an excellent value with the midweek discount!
Sophia Kassotakis
Sophia Kassotakis
2022-06-27
Spent two full days with #Windworks instructors (Gordon and Norm). Had a blast, learned a lot, and met some new people. Highly recommend Windworks if you're wanting to learn to sail. The instructors had very different teaching styles and approaches, but were equally effective at teaching the class what we needed to know.
Garett Bass
Garett Bass
2022-06-24
My wife and I took the Basic Keelboating 1 course to begin learning how to sail and make progress toward a sailing license, which will require 2 more 8-hour courses. Our instructor, Victor Evans, was very knowledgeable and patient, and helped us clearly understand how the boat was sailing, and how to effectively perform both a tack and a jibe maneuver including which instructions we should provide to the crew, and which actions we should perform as skipper. After a day of sailing, we have scheduled our Basic Keelboating 2 course and look forward to becoming licensed and spending more time on the water.