Sailing Charter in San Diego: Frequently Asked Questions
- What is WCM's Covid-19 Protocol?
San Diego Port Authority, in cooperation with local health authorities, has issued guidelines for water sport businesses including charter operations and schools. WCM does its best to adhere to these guidelines, and those imposed or suggested by local, state and federal health authorities.
Please be respectful of Covid-19 mandates and wear your personal face mask while at the marina and on the docks.
All boats are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized after each use.
- How Do I Charter a Catamaran...?
Pretty simply, actually! Call us at: 619.365.4326
Let us know:
1) What boat you would like to reserve for your sailing charter.
2) If this will be a SKIPPERED or BAREBOAT sailing charter
—–or if you’re planning a particular day sail/tour (whale watching, bachelorette party, anniversary), let us know at this time.
What is the date of the sailing charter.
That’s it! It’s that simple. You can also make a charter request from the Captained or Bareboat Charter pages on the site.
If this is a bareboat sailing charter, please be ready to give them your ASA number (if applicable) and be prepared to send, via an email or additional online form, your sailing resume.
- Where Are You Located?
Only 10 minutes from downtown San Diego, and just 5 minutes from the airportCharter/School Office:
Safe Harbor Sunroad 955 Harbor Island Dr. Suite 180 San Diego, CA 92101
You can always call us at: 619.365.4326
Please meet us at the West Coast Multihulls office to get checked in and to load food and beverages onto the boat 30 minutes prior to the start of your charter. Parking is available at the Marina and can be paid with a credit card upon arrival.
- Can We Bring Our Own Food and Drinks?
You are more than welcome to bring your own food and alcohol onboard at no extra charge. We expect you to consume responsibly. If alcohol consumption becomes excessive and threatens the safety of our guests onboard, your Captain will terminate the charter and bring you back to the dock with no refunds.
Please refrain from bringing glass bottles and/or glass containers when at all possible.
All boats are equipped with basic sets of plates, bowls, cups, utensils, pots and pans for you to use on your charter if you like. If used, please make sure they are cleaned, dried and put away at the end of your charter.
- What Should I Wear on a Sailing Charter?
So that you will have a most enjoyable cruise, keep these things in mind:
Weather and sailing conditions can vary substantially from hour to hour – therefore, it is very important to be prepared! Bring clothing that can be put on in layers. (And bring plenty of them!) Make sure that you have a good waterproof coat or other protective gear. Since we will be sailing, we do occasionally take a little spray over the bow! A light windbreaker to warmer jacket will cover just about everything. But it can get hot as well. Light t-shirts and shorts will do just fine, but bring your sunscreen.
Sunscreen, sunglasses (with retainer cords), and possibly a hat are highly recommended at all times during daylight hours. Footwear should be comfortable, with light colored, non-marking soles. Please refrain from wearing high heels or black soled shoes while onboard. If the weather is a little overcast in the morning on the day you plan to sail with us, don’t worry! The weather tends to clear up in the late morning or early afternoon for a gorgeous day of sailing!
Please make sure to bring your own life jackets for any children under 12 years old. Adult life jackets are provided. If you think you might get sea sick, please bring Bonine, Dramamine or motion sickness patches.
- What is the Deposit/Cancellation Policy?
All charter payments are assessed a 9% Marina and San Diego Port Fee.
50% Non-refundable deposit to hold dates if more than 30 days out.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of the charter and is non-refundable.
If you are more than 7 days from the start date of your charter, you can reschedule for a 20% rescheduling fee (of the full charter amount) and book dates up to a year from your original charter start date.
No refunds or rescheduling within 7 days of the charter start date.
- What About Insurance?
All boats carry deductible hull insurance. In the event of damage or loss of equipment, the charterer will be liable for the full deductible amount of $500 or 1% of the value of the boat; whichever is greater. If repairs/replacements do not exceed the deductible amount, a refund will be made.
- Is There a Way for Me to Get Out on a Catamaran Without Booking a Charter?
Sure thing! We periodically do an “Intro to Catamaran Sailing” as an informal way for a group of people to get out and see what all the fuss is about. Simple snacks, a couple beverages, the sun, breeze, all in San Diego. Great way to start.