A Private Sail is a sailing experience for just you and your peeps (up to 6 of you), along with the captain/crew. You won’t be sailing with strangers, and you’ll have the entire yacht to yourselves!
You will board the yacht at the dock, located behind the Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar, located at 7900 Lakeshore Drive along the New Orleans lakefront.
From there, we’ll sail out of the harbor at West End on the southside of Lake Pontchartrain, which is Louisiana’s largest inland body of water, located just 10 miles from the French Quarter.
Be comfortable! It’s often a little cooler on water than on land, so be mindful of that. Bare feet, sandals and/or tennis shoes are recommended. Please wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Leave your high heels, dress shoes and boots at home.
Sunglasses are a must! And bring your camera or phone to capture those moments!
Sunscreen and hats are great. We have seats under the canopy should you not wish to be in direct sunlight.
During the cooler months, bring warm clothing. We have blankets and rain jackets onboard for guests to use when the weather gets chilly, rainy or if you just need a little extra comfort.
We offer complimentary drinks and light snacks onboard.
All sails include complimentary drinks and light snacks. Snacks include individualized packages of Zapp’s chips and popcorn. Drinks include, local craft beer, white wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, including water. You have the opportunity to add-on other options when booking.
Cold local craft beer and white wine are complimentary during your sail. Champagne is offered for purchase. We ask that you reserve your alcohol consumption to only the beverages provided. We don’t serve red wine or anything that stains. If it will stain your clothes, it will stain the boat. We will not allow red wine to be opened.
Yes indeed! You’re sailing on a 12-ton yacht, which makes for an extremely stable and smooth ride. Enjoy sitting on the deck or hanging out under the canopy. Below the deck you will find a spacious seating lounge for your enjoyment. A very clean and easy to use head (bathroom) can be found below.
Captain Doug is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain with over 35 years of sailing experience on Lake Pontchartrain. All proper safety equipment per the U.S. Coast Guard requirements are onboard. In addition to the safety equipment required, we also have comfortable life jackets if you would like to wear one. Children under the age of 13 are required by law to wear life jackets while underway.
FYI: Lake Pontchartrain has an average water depth of 15 feet.
If you’re prone to motion sickness, there are products you can purchase at most convenience stores that will help. If you suddenly become seasick while underway, we offer some natural remedies that may help. Please let the captain know.
If the wind is light, we will motor sail. You can move around the boat freely in these conditions, taking it all in. We cruise regardless of the wind conditions, as long as it is safe to do so.
In New Orleans especially during the summer months, rain and thunderstorms are isolated and usually short lived. However, if it’s an actual weather system with potentially unsafe conditions, the captain will cancel at his discretion, and refunds will be provided.
At this time, you will need to be able to climb steps to come aboard.
Yes, kids of all ages are welcome when you book your group sail. And of course we provide comfortable life jackets for all passengers. U.S. Coast Guard requires all children under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket while underway unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin.
Our yacht carries the status of a “recreational vessel”. This means the U.S. Coast Guard mandates we have six passengers or less, not including the crew. Children of all ages must be counted.
Smoking is not permitted below the deck at anytime. There are locations on the boat you can smoke. Captain Doug will help identify the best location for you to smoke for the comfort of all others onboard.
When you book, you are reserving the entire boat and no one else can book any type of sailing experience during that time. Therefore, we require a minimum of 7 days notice for a 100% refund on private sails.
Yes! Whether you are popping the question, celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or planning a unique family adventure we can customize any sail to make it an experience to remember. Simply give us a call at 504.201.4202 or email us info@NewOrleansYacht.com
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However, many customers do extend gratuities. Gratuities can be given at the end of your expereince in cash, Apple Pay (5042014202), or Venmo (@Captain-Doug). Gratuities are always greatly appreciated.