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  • What is the maximum passenger capacity?
    Nautilus's passenger capacity is 6 people maximum. This is determined by the U.S. Coast Guard so it is not flexible.
  • Do infants count towards passenger capacity?
    Yes. The passenger limit is based on the number of human lives aboard, rather than by seating room.
  • Do you take same-day bookings?
    YES we do! Our booking software with FareHarbor allows for same-day bookings. If a sail during a time slot you are interested in appears to be greyed out, you can give us a call to see if there are any seats remaining. One important thing to note: if the crew are not currently on the boat, it will take us roughly one hour to arrive at the boat and complete an all-systems safety check, so please call as far in advance as possible.
  • Will we tip (heel) over?
    As a sailboat, the Nautilus is designed to lean to one side or the other with the pressure of the wind in her sails, with the extent of that heeling depending on the strength of the wind. If you’d like a more spirited sail, we recommend checking the forecast for winds of 13 knots (roughly 15 miles per hour) or higher. Morning and Sunset Sails tend to be the calmest, while Afternoon Sails are generally more lively. In Portland we usually receive the strongest winds in May, June, September, and October, while July and August are the calmest months.
  • Is there a bathroom on board?
    Yes! We have a marine toilet, also called a head. The marina also has facilities for all guests in the form of 3 single-stall restrooms.
  • Are life jackets required to be worn?
    Due to Federal law, anyone under 13 years of age is required to wear a life jacket on board any commercial vessel that is off the dock. Adults can choose to wear one if it would make them feel comfortable, but it is not required.
  • What is your general cancellation policy?
    Please cancel one week in advance of your sail to receive a full refund. Cancellations made with under one week’s notice will not receive a refund unless they are due solely to sudden illness (see covid-19 policy below).
  • What happens if it rains?
    Nautilus will still depart in mist, light rain, and passing showers. In the event of poor weather or unsafe conditions determined by the Captain at the time of the sail, we will offer to rebook your sail to a more pleasant day or provide you with a refund.
  • Do you have a covid-19 / illness refund policy?
    If you become sick with covid-19, the flu, or any other contagious illness and need to cancel, you will receive a full refund. We appreciate your help in not spreading any illnesses to the crew!
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