Frequently Asked Questions
We have listed a few of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the answers you need, don’t worry. Give us a call or email your questions to us.
Where is the boat located?
A. SeaAffinity works out of the waterfront at Tindeco Wharf – 2809 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224. We are right along the brick promenade. Our Contact Us page has a map as well as parking suggestions.
How safe is a charter or lesson with SeaAffinity?
A. While any on-the-water, or even outdoor, activity has some degree of risk, we have taken every precaution available to reduce those risks. Condor, our 36’ sailing vessel goes through an annual U. S. Coast Guard safety examination. Condor consistently exceeds the USCG safety requirements.
Do I have to wear a life jacket?
A. The U. S. Coast Guard requires us to have one type I life jacket for each person on board (we have both adult and child sizes). These are big, bulky and uncomfortable and are not required to be worn unless we have an emergency (but very comfortable if they are keeping you from drowning). We do, however, have lightweight, automatic inflating life jackets that you are welcome wear.
When are charters available?
A. Condor, and her captain and crew are not always running outreach programs and lessons, so we are available for charters. That means we typically are available in the evening and on weekends. Evening availability is typically from 4 PM– 8 PM and weekends from 10 AM – 8 PM. Additional times may be available; just ask us.
How do I book and make payments?
A. Most of our booking is done through AirBnB Experiences. If you book a powerboat lesson or special charter of lesson, we can accept payment through Venmo, Cash App, and Zelle. If those don’t work, we can arrange payment with a credit card through PayPal.
Can I add additional time to my charter?
A. Additional time can be added to your charter at the rate of $150 per hour. This should be done at the time of booking. If we don’t have another charter booked after yours, you are welcome to add more time to your charter.
Can I bring more than six people?
A. We would like to be able to say yes, but unfortunately we can’t. While our captain holds a Merchant Mariner Master’s License, Condor is documented with the USCG as an Uninspected Passenger Vessel, limiting her to carry only six passengers.
What if it rains during my charter?
A. Condor is equipped with a bimini cover that can help keep both sun and light rain off of you. Your safety and enjoyment is important to us. We monitor the forecast and radar. If light or scattered rain is predicted, we will run the charter. Heavy rain or thunderstorms are reasons we will cancel; we will work with you to reschedule your charter. If that is not possible, we will issue a refund.
Can I learn to sail during my charter?
A. You are welcome to do as much, or as little, as you want during your charter. Our captain is a US Sailing Certified Master Instructor Trainer and is extremely capable of teaching you what you want to learn and will gladly share what time allows. Maybe you will consider taking a formal lesson from us too.
Can I bring food and beverages?
A. While we provide wine as part of our Wine and Cheese Sunset sail, you are welcome to bring food and drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic (assuming you are at least 21). We ask that you drink responsibly. Our crew will be glad to open a bottle for you and serve whatever food and beverages you bring. We can even provide wine glasses or cups for you if you need them. We do ask that you not bring alcoholic beverages to a lesson as our focus is learning and we want you to be safe.
What is the boat like?
A. Condor is a Sabre 36. She is 36′ long and about 11.5′ wide, and has about 3 tons of lead keel to keep her steady (though she will lean over a little in gust because she likes to move). She sails well under just the mainsail, which makes it comfortable for our guests. Condor has full accommodations down below deck including head (bathroom), refrigerator, stove, and sleeping for seven. To get a better idea of her room and good looks, visit our Boat Page.
How much should I tip?
A. Our goal is to provide a pleasant experience for you because we love to share our passion for sailing. If we do that, it is appropriate to provide a gratuity as you would any other server. Your gratuity will be evenly divided between Captain and crew (unless you state otherwise).
- Are you taking COVID precautions?
A. Yes! We are doing everything you can to keep you (and us!) safe. View our COVID-19 protocols here.