Frequently Asked Questions
Charter Departure and Return times:
Single Day Charters - 9 am to 5 pm
Multi-Day Charters - Depart at 9 am
Multi-Day Charters - Return at 3 pm
Departure and return times can be adjusted. Please communicate these requests prior to your charter start date, to make accommodations.
Port Superior Marina
34480 Port Superior Rd,
Bayfield, WI 54814
Boat Slip: Pier 4, Slip 174B
This is a sailing adventure similar to camping in a camper. Space is limited. Please don't pack hard sided luggage, it won't fit! A duffel bag is perfect and more than enough packing space for what you will need. They are easy to stow away, move around without damaging the boat, and easier to handle in small spaces. Honestly, people bring suitcases that wouldn't fit through the door!
The bathroom, or head as they are referred to on a boat, is like you would find in a camper. The head consists of a electric flush toilet, hand sink, mirrors and plenty of counter space. This room also doubles as a shower, if privacy is needed. Most guests enjoy the deck shower, for ease of use and the wonderful feeling of showering in nature. Remember, this is supposed to be a "roughing it "adventure.
We carry coast guard approved life jackets. They are very good at keeping you afloat and saving lives, but not very comfortable to wear. If you feel as though you will want to wear a life jacket, we suggest bringing your own. All children under 12 are required to wear a life jacket while underway. For the safety of your children, we ask that you bring your child's own life jacket.
Yes, it could happen, but let's take some of the worry out it for you. If you are prone to sea sickness, or you are unsure if you are, we recommend starting a Dramamine regimen the night before your charter start date. This will ensure you do not get sick while aboard, and you can always stop taking it if you feel comfortable during your trip.
For all your playlist needs, we have a Bluetooth enabled sound system on board. Make sure to download your favorite playlists and you'll be able to jam out to your favorite music while aboard. Captain Beau enjoys boat music, so you can always ask him to play his favorite jams, but be ready for some Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reffers!
Granted we have a lot of comforts you will find at home, aboard, but this is still an adventure vacation. You are experiencing what it is like to live aboard a sailboat and visit this national park like people have for hundreds of years. There is no AC, you will get bug bites, it might rain, a boat part might brake, you might even get poison ivy. These are some of the risks to this adventure, but the reward is so worth it!
We try and provide as much as we can on the boat, so you don't need to bring so much with you. Basically guests are responsible for persona items, and food and beverages. We provide linens, ice, coolers, bathroom supplies, and kitchen supplies. The boat and all of it's utilities are for you to use and enjoy while on charter. We even have extra sunscreen, Dramamine, and lots of games!
We have fresh linens for bedding and dishes, plus extra hand towels and towels for bathing. It's recommended that guests bring their own beach towels, as we would like to keep all linens aboard the vessel. We also do not have wash cloths for bathing. This should be considered a personal belonging and is the guests responsibility. There are new, clean pillows, but feel free to bring your own.
GETTING READY FOR CHARTER
Think of our charters like camping in the north woods, but on the water. Our sailboat has the comforts of a camper, but these Apostle Islands charters are definitely for the outdoor and water enthusiasts. Our professional Captain and Guide will take the worry out of Lake Superior sailing and provide great care to our guests, so you can focus on enjoying your time on the water, in a safe and well cared for environment. We can't wait to share this awesome sailing destination with you!
Think of a small camper when you think of the kitchen amenities available to you. There is a 3 burner stove and small oven. Double sink, small fridge, outdoor propane grill and plenty of counter space. We have full dish settings for at least 6 people, plus all the pots, pans, bowls, utensils, knives, silverware, glasses, coffee makers, and normal spices you would need. We fall short of having a microwave and a blender. This is supposed to be roughing it! Everything is available for your use.
We recommend one duffel bag, per person, for your trip. We strongly recommend duffel style luggage, as hard sided luggage takes up too much space. Bring a few outfits, including stuff for warm weather and cold weather, always! Bring your personal toiletries, including a towel. Swimsuits are a must, as well as shoes for hiking. A good book or kindle device is a great way to pass time too! We provide games and all other non-personal necessities. And as we always say, don'y pack too much!
Food and Beverages
All guests are responsible for their own food and beverages while aboard. We provide coolers and ice for beverages. The boat has a full kitchen. Think of a camper kitchen when planning. Captain will provide his own food, but feel free to include him if you would like. Not required! Side Note: There are a couple restaurants within walking distance from the water, if you would like to take a break from some cooking. Also, Captain Beau is gluten free, so don't feel bad if he doesn't join you for a meal.
Day in the Life
Sample Itinerary - 3 Day Charter
Arrive at Port Superior Marina for your 9 am check-in. Perform check-in with Captain Beau and get acquainted with the boat, Captain, and stow your gear and provisions for the trip. Once everyone is comfortable and all last minute needs are handled, we set sail. We head Northwest for a 4 hour sail to the first anchorage, Raspberry Island. Admiring the villages of Bayfield and Red Cliff, as we sail through the north and west channels. Maybe drop a fishing line in the water or read a book you’ve been meaning to get to until we drop anchor for the day. Then the late afternoon and evening are open for a hike, lighthouse tours, a dip in the lake or a walk on the largest sand-spit in the islands. Dinner aboard overlooking the beautiful islands and the sand-spit on Raspberry Island. A great first day on the water!
Morning coffee to enjoy the peace and quiet this area embodies. Breakfast is a good idea to power through your day, maybe egg sandwiches or granola and fruit? After your morning coffee and breakfast, possibly a rejuvenating swim in Lake Superior, we weigh anchor and set out for another relaxing day on the water. A good book, music and an adult beverage wipe away the hours until we reach that day's destination, Julianne Bay on Stockton Islands. One of the most beautiful anchorages and destinations in the Apostle Islands. A perfect time for an evening walk on the mile long beach in Julianne Bay. After a scrumptious dinner, maybe a group game before everyone crashes for the night? Fresh air is exhausting!
Another peaceful morning looking out at the beautiful rock formations and other boats anchored in the bay. Our last day on the water definitely means a rejuvenating swim in the crystal clear water of Lake Superior is in order! After our morning coffee and breakfast has been enjoyed, we set sail for the final leg of our journey. Sailing along some of the most beautiful rock formations these islands have to offer. As we glide along back to port, we again pass by the beautiful village of Bayfield. A relaxing end to your three day journey, ending at 3 pm. An ending time of 3 pm should allow you time to return to the Twin Cities, Madison, or Green Bay that evening. We hope you enjoyed your time sailing with Nauti Adventures and Captain Beau.
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Here is diagram of the interior layout for reference. Guests can use the queen bed cabin, double bed cabin, and the seating area that converts to another queen size bed. Plenty of space for 4 guests to utilize during your charter.