Charter Checklist

Safety, Comfort & Fun

Here are a few tips to make your sure private charter is safe, comfortable and a lot of fun!!!


We hear time and time again, that the captain was the best part of the charter.  Most of our boats require that you go out with a USCG licensed captain, so if you are a USCG licensed captain or if you know of a captain, please feel to use them (and we would love an introduction as well too!) 

For those who do not know a USCG licensed captain and need a referral to one, please see the list below.  We have heard nothing but amazing things about these captains and our reviews say the same!!!


  • Items to budget for on top of the boat cost are: captain, fuel, food and drink.
  • Going rate in the Newport RI area for a licensed captain (or captain and crew for large vessels) is between $300-$1300/day, plus tip (10-20% suggested)
  • Fuel can be easily estimated depending on the yacht you choose.  Actual fuel cost is based on consumption, size of boat, speed and how fast/far you travel.  Please check with your captain to estimate fuel for your trip.
  • Food & Drink can either be catered or you can pack your own picnic for the day.


  • All vessels are coastguard compliant for safety. Ask your captain to bring you through all of the safety gear when you begin your charter.  Remember, all children under the age of 13 when under way must wear an approved life jacket.


  • Check the weather and plan accordingly.  
  • Talk with your captain the day before, he/she will have the most experience on the water and will help recommend any tips for your private charter.
  • Don't forget to pack:
    • Sunscreen
    • Bathing suit (lots of places to go swimming)
    • Towels
    • Sunglasses
    • Snacks (or full lunch if you plan to picnic on boat)


  • There are water toys on most of the boats, like paddleboards, snorkels, floats ... everything you need to drop anchor in a nice private cove or swim into a sandy beach.  Please be sure to ask your captain what toys are onboard.

Lastly, we ask that you don't bring anything that could stain the fabric inside the cabin, like red wine, but welcome you to bring any and all other provisions to enjoy a day on your boat.

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