SAIL Ontario
Sailing Charters, Lessons, and Rentals
​The Marina at Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY
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Are prices per person?
Not at all! With the exception of our Sail To Dinner cruise, EVERY charter price you see is for THE CHARTER...that's up to six guests on our boat with our captain plus all safety and regulatory equipment, a chilled ice box with bottled water, and activity material if requested (think SUP, kayak, snorkel gear, etc...)

How do I book a charter or a lesson?
We just integrated with Fareharbor for online booking and availability. Any place you see the button just click and you can select days, times, boats, any add-ons you might want (food, beverages, etc...) and check out. It works sort of like booking an airline ticket...you buy your ticket and show up for your sail. Alternately, a quick call to 315-783-2755 and you can book over the phone, potentially saving a few bucks in booking fees.

Do I have to have sailing experience to rent a sailboat?
Um...yes. You have to have a driver's license to rent a car, right? If you have sailing certifications, bring 'em because they count. If you have sailing experience but no formal classes, we'll talk with you and go for a short 'check-out' sail so we're all comfortable. If you take our Introduction to Sailing course and then spend a few additional hours sailing with us, you're qualified to rent for up to three passengers. If you take our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification, you can rent without checkout ride and fill the boat with friends.

How do I reserve a rental?
You can reserve a rental in exactly the same way as booking for charters and lessons. Visit our Sailboat Rentals page, find the boat you want to rent, and click the Book Now button to see availability and book. Alternately, you can call us at 315-783-2755 and book over the phone.

Why is there a deposit on rentals?
Um...in case you hit something or something hits you. But look, our boats are hand selected to be affordable. That means we're not talkin' 1/2 million dollar yachts here. Our required deposit is just enough to buy some fiberglass and gelcoat if something happens, buy another winch handle because the one you were using flew out of your hand...whatever. 

When are rentals due back? Is there a late fee?
Rentals are due back at the end of the rental period. If you rent a half day from 9-2, you're due back at 2. Daily rentals do NOT extend beyond sunset (multi-day rentals can be excepted). If it's 2 and your in the bay outside the marina, fine. If it's 2 and you're nowhere in sight, you're late and will be responsible for the hourly rate beyond the rental period. Obviously, if there is a mechanical problem you'll not be charged.

I want a captained charter. What do I need to bring?
You don't NEED to bring anything. But, we recommend swimming gear, sunscreen and towels, food/snacks/drinks (if you don't select the option to have food and beverages provided), something to read/do, cameras, favorite music, any personal comfort items, etc...

What can I do while on board?
Anything, or nothing. It's amazing just how productive doing nothing can really be. But if you must, you can move around, help sail the boat, take pictures, read a book or play games, whatever you want.

Can we bring our own food/beer/wine?
If our captain is driving on a captained charter, bring whatever you like. If you're renting and you're driving, follow the law! New Your State Boating Laws

How many people can you take?
The maximum for any trip on our 32' or 26' boats is six (plus captain). For our sailing lessons, the max class size if four. For our rentals, our Chris-Craft 26' and our Lugar '26 will accommodate 6, while our Dufour 24' and Catalina 22' will accommodate 5

What about safety equipment?
Everything you need and all that is required by law is provided. The number of personal flotation devices will match the number of guests :) Flares, first aid gear, radios, person-overboard gear, and anchor gear is all provided.

Is gas included in the rental price?
Yes. The gas tank is full and you can use all of it....just don't run out!

What about seasickness?
If you even THINK it might happen, take something PRIOR to the trip. Lake Ontario can get rowdy sometimes. We carry stuff onboard to help.

What about bathrooms while we're out?
Every boat has a bathroom or bathroom space with either a port-a-potty or onboard head.

What happens if I damage the boat?
We have GREAT boats, but they're around 40 yrs. old. We're not gonna sweat a scratch here and there. We collect a small, refundable deposit just in case gear goes overboard (hold on to those winch handles), a dock reaches out and gouges the hull, whatever. The deposit will more than cover any likely damage. Now, if you crash into a rock and sink, well, that's on you! After the Coast Guard rescues you, you are fully responsible for all costs.We have insurance available as an add on if you're concerned.

What is your cancellation policy?
See our Policies page for more info on weather cancellations, mechanical cancellations, and reservation cancellations.
 (315) 783-2755