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All sails are now private and contact-free.  Your small party, plus the captain and sometimes a first mate, when needed.

  1. The points of contact within our boat cockpit and interior are sprayed with CDC approved disinfectant, and wiped down thoroughly before and after every sail.
  2. We have fresh water available in the kitchen and bathroom sinks.  We encourage our customers along with staff to wash their hands with soap.
  3. We have hand sanitizer available and ready for use by customers and staff.
  4. We do not have a dishwasher on board to ensure the high heat sterilization of our reusable glassware (corkcicles).  Therefore, for now, beverages will be served in disposable drinkware or aluminum cans.
  5. The mask mandate was discontinued on Oct. 30, 2021.   All unvaccinated customers are expected to wear a mask while in the interior cabin for the safety briefing.  When we are sailing in the fresh breeze, masks are not required.

Update 10/30/21:  Captain Doug & all First Mates have been vaccinated for Covid-19.  This is a private experience and we want you and all of your guests to be comfortable.  Our team will wear a mask in the cabin upon request. 

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! All sails are now Private Sails due to COVID-19.

You will board the yacht at West End.  Your specific meeting location will be provided prior to your sail.

Once onboard, 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 8 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, warm layers and jackets are best. 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 ($20 per bottle).  We ask that you limit your drinks to what we have onboard.

If you must bring your own alcohol please do not bring any red wine or daiquiris.   We don’t serve red wine or anything that stains and we ask that you do not bring any either.   If it will stain your clothes, it will stain the white fiberglass on the boat.  We will not allow red wine, punch, or juices that stain to be brought onboard.

Outside food is allowed but limited.  Outside food must be finger food that doesn’t have to be cut up or peeled.  Any outside food should be easy to clean up, self contained,  and dishes should be disposable.  Please NO berries because it stains the white fiberglass.  Here is a good test:   If you would eat the food when riding in a convertible car on a bumpy road while wearing nice white clothing, it should be fine for the boat.  For birthdays, please refrain from bringing birthday cakes because it just isn’t the right fit.  Instead, please choose cupcakes, petit fours, or personal size cakes.

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 reschedules or refunds will be provided. You are protected by our Worry-Free Weather Guarantee.

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.

There are locations on the boat deck where you can smoke.  Captain Doug will help identify the best location for you to smoke for the comfort of all others onboard. Smoking is not permitted below the deck at anytime.

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 504.910.7245 (910-SAIL) or email us

The greatest gift you can give is an honest review on Google, Trip Advisor (Viator), or AirBnB Experiences.

However, many customers do extend gratuities. Gratuities can be given at the end of your experience in cash, Venmo (@Captain-Doug), or CASHAPP ($neworleansyacht)  Verification # 8702.   Gratuities are always greatly appreciated and shared with the team.

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