FAQ

Do I need prior sailing experience?

No prior experience is needed. If you do have experience on a sailboat then great! You can definitely help out with the sails if you feel comfortable taking direction from the Captain.

What should I wear?

We suggest wearing something casual and comfortable. It's advisable to bring a light jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are always a good idea. You don't necessarily need boat shoes, but your shoes should have non-marking soles if you plan on wearing them on board. The top deck scuffs easily, so white or gum soled tennis shoes perfect, or just go barefoot.

Is there safety equipment on board?

Yes, lifejackets for each passenger will be supplied on board. The boat is also equipped with a first aid-kit, a ship-to-shore radio, fire extinguishers, and safety flares in the case of emergency. You are also welcome to bring your own life vest if you feel more comfortable. Please let us know if you plan on bringing children and we'll see if we have life vests that fit them.

Can we bring food and beverages?

Yes, absolutely. Feel free to bring some light fare and beverages, or a small cooler to put down below. Sandwiches and snacks are highly recommended.

Can we drink alcohol on the boat?

Yes, of course, if you are of age and drink responsibly, you are more than welcome to bring your alcohol of choice. However, please do not bring illegal drugs on board. The New York Harbor is not a lawless maritime waterway, and we still need to follow all the NY and NJ laws. For everyone's safety any abuse of drugs or alcohol will be grounds for an immediate return to dock and result no refund.

Are pets welcome onboard?

As much as we love pets, we suggest leaving them at home. It will probably not be an enjoyable experience for your furry friend.

How do I reserve a spot?

We're a small business so just reach out through the contact section section below and we'll get back to you personally. Once you decide on a charter time and date, and if it fits our availability, we do require a 10% non-refundable deposit to book. Full payment will be required at the time of the cruise. We except payment via PayPal, Venmo, or cash (USD).

What if it's bad weather?

Prior to each sail we will take into account all weather reports. In the case of lack of wind we will still be setting out, but may rely a little more on motoring around under Five Star's power motor. If the trip needs to be cancelled beforehand due to heavy rain, lightning/ thunder, etc. then we can either reschedule, or refund you your deposit. In the case of the trip needing to be cut short due to inclimate weather we will prorate the time spend out on the water.

I saw in Ed's bio that he's also a certified instructor, does he teach sailing?

Yes! Ed has teaching certifications for multiple levels of sailing and does teach American Sailing Association (ASA) courses to groups throughout the season. If you've enjoyed your sailing experience on Five Star please feel free to inquire about a sailing course. Five Star is not just a charter boat. Ed also races her in regattas throughout the season, and is always looking for new and novice crew members, so taking a course is a great way to get invited as a crew member sometime. If you do have prior experience on a sailboat and enjoyed your cruise feel free to inquire about coming out for a race.