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Frequently Asked Questions

Shouldn’t I Wait for the Weather Forecast to Book?

No. We close online reservations within 48 hours of departure since we need to schedule crew. Many reservations are made months in advance – especially in our busy season (July & August). Typically, the weather forecasts in this area are very inaccurate beyond 24 hours. Although we make every effort to accommodate last minute requests, but we have to turn down many requests. You should book as soon as your plans are firm since the deposit is fully refundable if the weather is bad and we can’t arrange another mutually convenient time.

How many people can Plan Sea carry?
Plan Sea is a U.S. Coast Guard-inspected commercial passenger vessel and is permitted to carry up to 22 passengers and two crew. For most cruises, we have limited the number of passengers to less than the Coast Guard-approved maximum so that our guests are more comfortable and less crowded.

Please refer to the individual cruise descriptions for capacities. If your group is more than the stated capacity, but less than 22, we will attempt to accommodate special requests –– especially for passengers who weigh less than 185 pounds.

Would you Describe the Boat?
The boat is a 35-foot long vessel that is a classic New England boat. She is a Downeast lobster yacht style boat built in Maine. The 350HP turbocharged diesel engine allows the motor vessel to cruise at 15 knots or 17.3 MPH. The Downeast-style hull is very seaworthy and provides a soft ride in most sea conditions. These boats have proven to be efficient and safe during their years of service in the ocean off the Maine coast.

There is a large open-air deck, as well as a heated enclosed area with plenty of windows. People are surprised that we are completely comfortable inside the heated enclosure and use the boat through December. The two outdoor and enclosed areas each seat about 12 people. There is a bathroom, wet bar, dining table and cooler for guest use. The mahogany and teak-trimmed interior has loungey, comfortable seats.

Before we purchased and renamed the vessel Plan Sea in 2014, she served as the offshore research vessel, Indigo, for the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. We have completely retrofit the vessel with beautiful new furniture and wood to give her that yacht-like feel.

Handicap Accessible?

The vessel is not handicap accessible. Depending upon the dock, there may be up to a three foot difference between the boat deck and dock height.  Aboard the boat, there are steps to get to the bathroom.

Worried about Sea Sickness?
Captain Dave: My wife really gets seasick! I’ve always said that if she gazes at a watercolor painting for too long she gets nauseous. I’ve even felt seasick – even though I grew up on boats. There is no worse feeling and I will help you avoid this. During our 30 years of marriage I’ve had to learn how to drive the boat and avoid certain conditions that get her nauseous. If you or your party are concerned about seasickness, let me know before the voyage. We will plan a trip that will avoid this discomfort. In addition, my wife has had great success using a product called MotionEase even after she starts feeling seasick.  Don’t let a bad experience in the past keep you from enjoying a day at sea with your group.

Does Plan Sea do fishing excursions?
Plan Sea is not outfitted for fishing trips. She has been re-designed and built to be a luxury Downeast luxury passenger vessel for your cruising and partying comfort. She’s the perfect vessel for day trips to the Vineyard, Nantucket and evening sunset cruises! On very rare occasions we can do some very casual fishing during your private cruise. We are sympathetic to parents who would like to have their kids try fishing. We prefer catch-and-release in order to preserve the fishery.

Is Plan Sea safe?
The vessel is U.S. Coast Guard-inspected and holds a certificate for up to 22 passengers and 2 crew. She has all the required safety apparatus, plus additional equipment including: 30 life jackets, a 25-person Inflatable Buoyant Apparatus (life raft), two marine radios with Digital Selective Calling(DSC) for the Global Maritime Distress Safety System, two radars, EPIRB, two chart plotter GPS units, an Automatic Identification System (AIS), 10,000 gallon-per-hour pump capacity and more. The bottom line is that we have made every effort to make the vessel as safe as possible through equipment, planned maintenance and crew training. The Captain is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Master Captain. The crew is enrolled in a random drug testing program.

Are children required to wear PFD Life Vests while on board?
Children are not required to wear PFD lifejackets while aboard Plan Sea since she is an inspected vessel (like the ferry). We are required to carry child PFD’s on board. You are welcome to bring your own or use ours and put them on your children should you so choose.

What should we bring?

There are a few things that you may want to bring to make yourself as comfortable as possible on the luxury passenger vessel. Once you are away from the dock, there is no going back if you happen to forget something important. Use this handy checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything:

  • Boating on Cape Cod the weather can change quickly – bring a windbreaker or additional layers in case you get cold or it rains
  • Wear a swimming suit or you may change in the cabin
  • Camera or Smartphone camera
  • Sunscreen lotion is fine. NO SPRAY SUNSCREEN is allowed on the boat. Please use towels to protect cushions from sun-screened bodies
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sea Sickness medication, see Sea Sickness 
  • Towel(s)
  • Food & Beverages, including beer and wine in reasonable quantities. No RED wine
  • There is a large cooler with ice on board
  • Please do not bring much stuff as storage is limited on board
  • Child PFD Life Vests. Optional – see above
  • iPod, iPad, Android, Smartphone to share music – we have a variety of cables and Bluetooth

Are We Allowed to Possess or Use Drugs Aboard the Vessel?

Plan Sea is regulated by the US Coast Guard. Any drugs that are illegal Federally are strictly prohibited aboard the vessel. For example, Marijauna may be legal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but the vessel could be confiscated by the Federal government if Marijuana is brought on board. The cruise will end and passengers will be dropped off in the closest harbor with no refund if illegal drugs are found. All crew members are in a random drug testing program.

Is Gratuity Included?

We saw this announcement posted in a Provincetown launch: ” This boat may tip over, but it is impossible to over-Tip.” It is traditional to Tip the crew between 10% and 20%. We added an option to include a gratuity in the original booking fee and customers appreciate the convenience.

What things should we do during our day trip to Nantucket?

There is limited public ferry service that allows those staying on Martha’s Vineyard to visit Nantucket for the day. The Plan Sea private ferry transportation allows groups to plan a day-trip to Nantucket when staying on Martha’s Vineyard. Some of our favorite things to do are visit the Whaling Museum, The Ship Wreck and Life Saving Museum, The Cisco Brewery and Triple Eight Distillery, and the many great shops and restaurants.

Other Ferry Services

These ferries provide transportation services between Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Many of our guests use these services in conjunction with the private water transportation, tour and party services offered by Plan Sea. For instance, you might go from Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket aboard Plan Sea in the morning and return to the Vineyard aboard the HyLine Ferry in the late afternoon.

HyLine Ferry inter-island service between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard
https://www.hylinecruises.com/inter-island/

Vineyard Fast Ferry – no time to visit Nantucket
https://www.vineyardfastferry.com/nantucket_ferry.htm

Sea Streak Ferries from NY, NJ, New Bedford and Boston, MA to Vineyard and Nantucket. No ferries between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
http://seastreak.com/

Patriot Party Boat Water Shuttle Falmouth Cape Cod to Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard – this is how the locals get across
http://www.patriotpartyboats.com/watershuttle.php

The Steamship Authority – the car/truck ferry
https://www.steamshipauthority.com/

Island Queen: Falmouth – Martha’s Vineyard
http://islandqueen.com/

Falmouth – Edgartown Ferry
http://www.falmouthedgartownferry.com/zgrid/themes/10266/pages/schedule.jsp

We strive to offer a personalized and professional experience to every guest with an emphasis on customer service. Our boat for hire charter service includes an experienced US Coast Guard licensed Captain.

(508) 687-2003

Dock Street, Edgartown, MA 02539