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Frequently Asked Questions
Q Is there any prior sailing experience necessary?
A No experience is necessary. You, the crew get a chance to enjoy a sail with our certified United Coast Guard Captain. He will be the one sailing the boat and taking care of the many minor aspects that go into providing the crew with the most enjoyable sailing experience!
Q How many people can take part in the yacht charter?
A According to the safety standards and expectations, not including the captain, up to six people can be on board at a time.
Q Are children allowed to take part in the yacht charter?
A Yes, we simply ask for prior notice regarding the number and ages of children attending.
Q What are some of the necessary things I need to bring with me?

We all know that Chicago is the windy city and the weather conditions are prone to change on the lake, so we suggest rain coats or windbreakers, sunscreen (it is possible to burn even on cloudy days!), hats to shield from the sun, sunglasses, a towel, bathing suit (if you think a swim is in order), camera, and a change of clothes if desired. We also ask that you consider a shoe choice with a flat rubbery sole surface, such as gym shoes, in order to provide you with a proper grip while aboard the yacht. Please make sure that your shoes will not mark or make the boat deck dirty.

There is a stereo on board so please feel free to bring your favorite CD. iPods work, too.

Make sure to pack a smile and a good sense of humor as well!

Q What about food and drinks?
A Our yacht comes with a refrigerator, so if there are any types of beverages or snacks you would like to bring, please feel free to do so. We ask that you leave hard (plastic) coolers at home and pack your items in a separate soft bag, which is easier to carry and easier to store. Try to avoid bringing glass containers. We also provide basic eating utensils such as forks, spoons, and knives for any snacks you may choose to bring along!
Q Is Liquor allowed?

Yes, it is allowed, but please remember that the safety of the crew and passengers comes first. Intoxicated persons will not be allowed to board the boat, and the amount of alcohol consumed throughout must be reasonably limited. In the event a passenger disobeys this rule, possibly causing danger to the rest of the persons on board, the captain holds the right to end the voyage with no further compensation or refund.

Everyone strives to have a good time and it is imperative that all rules are followed.

Q Is there a bathroom on the boat?
A Yes, there is a bathroom, as well as a shower at the ship's swim platform.
Q Is it possible to get “sea sick?”
A Unlikely, but it is possible that some passengers may get “sea sick” due to motion of the boat. We recommend that persons with known motion sickness consult their doctor prior to their trip. There is no refund or further compensation for “sea sickness.”
Q How far in advance do I need to make a reservation?
A Yes, it is important that a reservation is made, a proper date is set, and a deposit is made in advance. For more information, we ask that you contact our office through our contact form or via email at reservation@ahoychicago.com.
Q How do I sign up?

The first step to reserve a date for your charter is to get in touch with our office through our contact form or via email at reservation@ahoychicago.com and check for available days and times by filling out a charter request form. After a date and time is established, we send you a contract to sign and ask for a deposit. Once we received signed charter contract and proof of your payment, we will send you the final charter confirmation including all details confirming your date and time along with the specified meeting place.

Q Is there a possibility to reschedule or cancel a set reservation?

Yes, however, the following conditions apply:

- Cancelling or rescheduling your reservation greater than five days results in 100% refund or reschedule.
- If you cancel 3 to 5 days before your sail, you will receive a 50% refund or there will be no rescheduling fee applied.
- If you cancel less than 3 days prior to your sail, there is no refund or there will be a 50% rescheduling fee.
Q What if the weather is bad?

If there is inclement weather it will be the captain’s decision to call the cruise off. The cruise will be rescheduled at the first available and convenient date. There is no refund in such case.

For the heartier set, weekend adventures are available. Please check with us to talk about possibilities.

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