Windworks Charter Policies

Our policies are designed to create a safe charter experience. Learning what’s allowed can help you avoid unintentionally breaking the rules and helps everyone enjoy a safe, reliable, and fun sailing experience.

Member Non-Member
Seasons

Fall/Winter: 10/1 thru 4/30

Spring: 5/1 thru 6/20

Summer: 6/21 thru 9/30

Holidays

Holidays require a 3-day minimum charter billed at the weekend rate.

  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
Available on stand-by basis.
Charter Types

Half-day

  • Cost: 20% off full-day rate
  • Not available on Holidays
  • Winter Season: Not available
  • Spring Season: 4 hours, 2 PM to 1 hour before sunset and no later than 6 PM *
  • Summer Season: 5 hours, 2 PM to 1 hour before sunset and no later than 8 PM *
  • Can be reserved up to 2 hours prior departure time.
  • Available to members only.

Full-day

  • Winter Season: 9 AM to 1 hour before sunset
  • Spring Season: 9 AM to 1 hour before sunset and no later than 6 PM *
  • Summer Season: 9 AM to 1 hour before sunset and no later than 8 PM *
  • Early morning departure available to qualified members. Arrangements must be made at least 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Can be reserved up to 14 days prior to departure date.

Overnight

  • 9 AM to 1 hour before sunset the following day.
  • Early morning departure available to qualified members. Arrangements must be made at least 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Can be reserved up to 30 days prior to departure date.
  • Vessel must be docked or at anchor 1 hour prior to sunset *
  • Requires BBC or equivalent

Multi-day

  • 1 or more consecutive Overnight periods
  • Early morning departure available to qualified members. Arrangements must be made at least 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Can be reserved up to 180 days prior to departure date.
  • Vessel must be docked or at anchor 1 hour prior to sunset *
  • Requires BBC or equivalent

* Vessels returned late are subject to a mandatory fine of $150/hour.

Reservation/Cancellation Policy
  • Members may book most Charter Types up to four months in advance.
  • Up to 2 advanced reservations can be carried on the reservation calendar.

Vessels departing from Seattle

  • No deposit required to reserve a charter out of our Seattle location except holidays.
  • Deposit of 30% required for Holiday and Anacortes reservations and 30 days prior to your charter the remaining balance is due and our system will automatically bill your credit card.
  • 7 days prior to your charter the remaining balance is due and our system will automatically bill your credit card.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days prior to your charter we will retain the full balance unless we are able to rebook your charter dates. If we are able to rebook your charter dates, we will refund whatever part we are able to rebook less a $100 rebooking fee.
  • 3-Day or longer charters aboard Scirocco & One World require 14 days advanced notice of cancellation.
  • Cancellations of reservations for holiday weekends require 30 day prior notice.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing via email or post.
  • Days Off qualifies as a 'value' boat and no refunds are available unless the issue makes the boat no longer seaworthy

Vessels departing from Anacortes

  • To reserve a charter out of our Anacortes location, we require a 30% deposit at the time the reservation is made.
  • If you need to cancel your charter and it is more than 60 days before your charter starts, we will refund your deposit less a $100 cancellation fee.
  • 60 days prior to your charter the remaining balance is due and our system will automatically bill your credit card.
  • If you cancel less than 60 days prior to your charter we will retain the full balance unless we are able to rebook your charter dates.
  • If we are able to rebook your charter dates, we will refund whatever part we are able to rebook less a $100 rebooking fee.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing via email or post.
  • Standby basis as described below for each type of charter.
  • 30% deposit required at time of reservation.
  • 30 days prior to departure, the remaining balance is due and our system will automatically bill your credit card.
  • If you cancel less than 30 days prior to your charter we will retain the full balance unless we are able to rebook your charter dates. If we are able to rebook your charter dates, we will refund whatever part we are able to rebook less a $100 rebooking fee.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing via email or post.
  • Non-members require a "checkout" prior to departure. Checkouts should be scheduled at least 30 days prior to departure.
Force Majure
  • Windworks reserves the right to cancel a charter due to adverse weather conditions or any other factor which, in the sole and absolute discretion of Wndworks, might adversely affect the safety of the Member and the chartered vessel. This cancellation may be made by Wndworks anytime before departure. In such event Wndworks will refund any moneys paid by charter guest for said charter. Such refund shall be the only liability of Windworks.
  • Under NO circumstances can members/non members take vessels out when weather forecast is for winds over 25 knots. In the event, a multi-day charter is in progress, and the weather forecast calls for winds over 25 knots day, the charter guest must "wait" out the weather at marina dock NOT mooring buoy until the forecast is favorable winds below.
  • Capri's (tiller boats) cannot go out with wind forecast over 18 knots.
Damage Deposit No damage deposit required. See membership contract for details on member responsibility for the vessel insurance deductible. Damage deposit required. May be by credit card or check and is due before departure. Returned or destroyed upon successful check-in by Windworks staff at end of trip. Amount ranges from $750 to $5000, depending on vessel.
Check-outs
  • Vessel check-out required prior to first charter. Expectations apply for members who have acquired their certification at WWSC.
  • Check out fee is $95/hour, 2-hour minimum for members.
  • Checkout lengths will have a minimum of 2 hour but can go longer.
  • Check-outs are an assessment of a skipper's skills and do not guarantee approval for charter.
  • Check-outs must be arranged for times prior to day of sail. Cancellation policy applies and your charter fees will not be refunded if you fail the checkout.
  • Vessel manual and skipper’s log (checklist) must be completed for each trip.
  • It is the member's responsibility to notify the Windworks staff of any discrepancies prior to leaving the dock, and to inspect and approve all safety gear, lifejackets, vessel systems, holding tank compliance, radio and instruments prior to departure.
  • Signed membership contract and membership application must be on file.
  • Vessel check out with Windworks personnel required for every vessel usage. Exceptions apply at the sole discretion of WWSC.
  • Check out fee is $120/hour, 2-hour minimum for non-members.
  • Checkout lengths will have a minimum of 2 hour but can go longer.
  • Check-outs are an assessment of a skipper's skills and do not guarantee approval for charter.
  • Check-outs must be arranged for times prior to day of sail. Cancellation policy applies and your charter fees will not be refunded if you fail the checkout.
  • Vessel manual and skipper’s log (checklist) must be completed for each trip.
  • It is the member's responsibility to notify the Windworks staff of any discrepancies prior to leaving the dock, and to inspect and approve all safety gear, lifejackets, vessel systems, holding tank compliance, radio and instruments prior to departure.
Check-ins

Prior to returning the boat, the following

  • Complete vessel check-in log (skipper's log).
  • Empty waste holding tanks
  • Fill fresh water
  • Secure vessel
  • Inventory gear
  • Wash and rinse decks and hull
  • Secure battery switch/electrical system
  • Connect shore power and confirm it's energized
  • Return keys and skippers log to Windworks office

If vessel not left in required condition at check-in, service charges may apply.

Vessel Fitness and Seaworthiness Vessels in the Windworks fleet follow a comprehensive maintenance plan, and we make every effort to ensure a trouble-free boating experience but, sometimes, maintenance issues do occur. Windworks handles vessel fitness and seaworthiness issues on a case-by-case basis, and in the event, a vessel is not seaworthy, reserves the right to issue a credit, switch the guest to another boat, or cancel the charter altogether. Windworks makes every effort to ensure secondary boat systems including but not limited to refrigeration, cabin heat, stove, oven and entertainment systems are operational but secondary systems are not guaranteed.
Lost or Broken Items
  • Fender $100.00 (large) $50.00(small)
  • Dock line $65.00 (large) $40.00(small)
  • Shore power cord $95.00 (30 amp) $700.00 (50 amp)
  • Shore power adapter $75.00
  • Winch handle $100
  • BBQ Grills $400 (large) $250 (kettle)
  • Oars $100 each
  • Lock and/or Key $50
  • Other articles - Cost plus 20%
  • Labor: $100/hour, billed in 15 minute increments
Vessel Modifications Members and guests are not allowed to physically modify a chartered vessel including but not limited to:
  • Removing or altering dodgers or bimini tops or other parts of the vessel's canvas
  • Altering the vessel's rigging
Service Charges
  • Refueling vessel $150 plus cost of fuel
  • Full holding tank $75
  • Fouled holding tank $150 plus labor
  • Clogged head $150 plus labor
  • Skied halyard $100
  • Chase boat $200 per hour
  • Fouled prop $150 plus labor
  • Labor: $100/hour, billed in 15 minute increments
Fuel
  • $10.00 per day flat charge for all Capri 22s
  • $15 per day for all cruisers, including Wicked Wind
  • $25 per day for Blue Duet, Rally Cap, Le Reve & Scirocco, except for trips of 3 days or more for which vessel is filled by Windworks at departure and returned full by the member.
  • $35 per day for One World, except for trips of 3 days or more for which vessel is filled by Windworks at departure and returned full by the member.
  • Power boats must be refueled after trip or subject to $150 fee plus cost of fuel
  • Violation of refueling policy subject to cost of fuel plus a $150 convenience fee.
Windshare
  • Crew list required before departure of a scheduled Windshare
  • Cost split evenly between all participating members
  • Skipper who made reservation is solely responsible for any damage to vessel
Windshare is available to members only.
Pricing Disclaimer We do everything we can to ensure that the prices on our website, email marketing, and other media are correct, and we try to keep our prices constant. Sometimes we need to change the cost of a service, either up or down. Prices may be changed at any time without further notice. We reserve the right to cancel services and change our prices at any time without further notice.
Crab & Shrimp Pots Windworks does not allow crab or shrimp pots to be transported by or used from it's vessels. Violations are subject to a $250 fee.
Single Handing Windworks does not allow single-handed sailing. All charters must have at least one qualified skipper and an additional passenger who is - at a minimum- capable of using a cell phone or VHF radio.
Coastguard Compliance
  • Windworks requires all "souls" on-board to have a life-jacket. Can provide PFD's and foul-weather gear if needed.
  • Each vessel has a maximum number of "souls" allowed per the US Coastguard's regulations. Please plan ahead when arranging crew and guests. Number of "souls" on-board exceeding the US Coastguard's regulation will result in cancellation of charter reservation by WWSC without refund.