What should I wear? Dress for an active adventure. Shorts and pants may be preferable to skirts and dresses because of the wind. Also remember to dress appropriately for the weather. It does tend to be a little cooler on the lake, especially at night, so consider bringing an extra layer.
What kind of footwear is appropriate? A standard sneaker or boat shoe is a great choice. Bare feet are also appropriate! Heels, dress shoes, flip-flops, and boots are not appropriate and you may be asked to remove them before boarding the sailboat.
Is smoking allowed on the sailboat? No. Smoking is not allowed.
Is alcohol allowed on the sailboat? Yes, you are allowed to bring a reasonable amount of alcohol on board for your consumption provided that by doing so, you are not in violation of any federal or state laws. We ask that you please avoid bringing glass containers aboard whenever possible, but understand that sometimes a bottle of champagne is necessary!
May I cancel or reschedule my sail? You may cancel or reschedule your sailing charter up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure without penalty. If you cancel/reschedule your charter within 48 hours of your scheduled departure you will be charged a percentage of the cost of your charter as a cancellation/rescheduling fee as follows:
50% cancellation/rescheduling fee if the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before your scheduled departure.
100% cancellation/rescheduling fee if the cancellation is made less than 2 hours before your scheduled departure.
No-shows will be charged a 100% cancellation fee.
What happens if we are late for our scheduled sail? Your sail may be shortened by the amount of time you are late and you will be charged the full charter fee.
How many people can you accommodate? We can accommodate a maximum of 6 passengers in addition to the captain and crew.
Is there a minimum age allowed on the boat? There is no minimum age requirement. However, if you are going to have any passengers in your party that weight less than 40 lbs. please call us at the time of booking so that we are sure to have the appropriate safety equipment on board.
What if the weather looks bad? If it is safe for sailing, we will sail, even in a light, summer rain. We cannot control the weather, but we can harness it for some fun sailing! We will provide you as much advance notice as possible in the event that your sail must be postponed or cancelled due to weather. Our captains keep a close eye on the weather forecasts and ultimately have full discretion on appropriateness and safety of the sailing conditions.
Can I fish from the sailboat? No. Fishing is not allowed.
Can I swim from the sailboat? Yes, during daylight hours and at the captain's discretion. Each person is required to sign a waiver and release prior to swimming.
Can we bring food on board the sailboat? Yes. Food that can be eaten with your hands is usually easiest.
Is there a place to keep food and drinks cold? Yes, there is a refrigerator on board for your use.
Is there a bathroom on board the sailboat? There is a bathroom on board, however, the flushing mechanism on the toilet can be tricky to use and a little temperamental. To avoid any situations that could become embarrassing, we encourage you to use a bathroom on shore.
Is there a private area for changing? Yes. There is a cabin down below with a door for your privacy. You are also welcome to change in the bathroom.
Where do we meet the sailboat? There are two main locations that we use to pick up passengers. The exact location will be determined by the captain just prior to your scheduled pickup and will depend on boat traffic in the harbor and prevailing weather conditions. It is important that you call us once you are parked so that the captain can provide you this information.
Click on the sailboat icons for the names and descriptions of the pickup locations
We had an excellent charter with Michael! A group of girl friends and myself went for a weekend afternoon charter and had a blast sailing along Lake Michigan! They have every accommodation on board (cooler, restroom, seating area, below deck seating) that you could need for a sail. Michael and his crew were professional and friendly to sail with- I highly recommend booking your charter here!
I recently went on an afternoon charter with some friends on Bernard with captain Michael, it was amazing! Michael made our group feel comfortable, safe, and helped make our time on the lake very memorable. This is the boat you want to be on to have a great time sailing along one of the world's prettiest skyline views! I would highly recommend them!
Captain Mike took us out mid day and we have a beautiful day for sailing. He was so accommodating to us. He was there but you barely knew it. The boat was clean & he had refrigerator space and ice for us. We packed like we were going to two days, not two hours, and the boat didn't seem crowded. We had so much fun and can't wait to go out again! Thank you Come Sailing! Also - an added bonus is that if you park in the Millennium .....
Captain Mike made or experience so easy and amazing! We were a bit confused where to go on arrival, but another friendly boater gave us a lift to Mike's sailboat. We rented Mike's sailboat for our friends 26th birthday for a few hours on a sunny Monday, and we already cannot wait to go again. There is space in the back section of the boat to sit on benches, but me and the ladies spent the majority of our sail sprawled and sunning on the front section .....
A Fantastic Experience! We've done a number of the Chicago boat tours, including several of the different architectural tours on large boats with crowds of people. This was SO MUCH better! We took my in-laws, who were visiting from out of town, on the 2-hour sunset cruise for six (the maximum allowed by the Coast Guard), and just sailed up and down the lake along the skyline. We loved it! We lucked out with fantastic weather .....