Frequently Asked Questions
• What Do I Pack?
We encourage you to pack lightly! Sailing in the Caribbean requires little more than shorts, “T” shirts and swimwear. You may wish to pack a long sleeve shirt and pair of long pants for cool evenings. Be sure to bring personal toiletries, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera to capture your favorite Caribbean moments. Please bring soft luggage, preferably without wheels.
• What About Pictures?
Of course, bring your camera and don't forget to bring a charger for the batteries. USB charging available, bring your own cables.
• Should I Bring Snorkel Gear? Are There Opportunities For Scuba Diving?
If you have your own mask, snorkel, and fins, we encourage that you bring them as they are probably the best fit for you.
Independent scuba diving is not allowed on most islands. Dive shops on every island are available to take you on scuba diving adventures and they can rent any equipment you may need.
• How Private Are Our Accommodations?
Skipping Stone is ideal for the newlyweds or couples who wish total privacy. The guest quarters and crews cabin are at opposite ends of the boat, separated by the galley and main salon.
• What About Smoking?
You are permitted to smoke on deck. Smoking below decks is prohibited.
• What Happens If My Plane Is Delayed?
The boat doesn't leave without you! We will ask for your flight details in advance so we can monitor your arrival time. Please keep us informed of any changes in your itinerary.
• Can We Amend Our Vacation As We Go?
Provided that conditions and timing permit, you can alter plans at any time. This is your adventure and you call the shots!
• What About Alcohol?
Alcohol is abundant in the islands, however there is insufficient space to stock a full bar to cater for all preferences. We ask that you specify your anticipated requirements on the preference sheet we will send you in advance and we shall stock accordingly.
• What About Immigration Formalities?
You must have a passport. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the proper visas necessary to travel to any place on your itinerary. Entry and exit will be handled by the captain on each island we travel to.
• What About Insurance?
It is recommended that you take out personal travel insurance.
• How Do I Book?
Simply email us. We operate a "first come, first served" booking policy. To secure your booking a 50% deposit is required. Please be sure to contact us and have all your questions answered BEFORE placing a deposit. We prefer payment by PayPal, alternately a wire transfer will do just fine (bank charges may apply). Once payment is cleared we will confirm your booking and all other details by e-mail. Balances must be paid not less than 14 days prior to the date of your arrival.
• What About Cancellation
By you: A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, refundable in full (minus a US$200 administration fee) no less than 30 days prior to boarding date. If the charter is canceled less than 30 days in advance, a full refund is allowed (minus the US$200 administration fee) subject to the period reserved being re-booked. If the period reserved is canceled less than 30 days in advance and not re-booked, there is no refund.
By us: A full, no hassle refund of all monies paid to us. If you wish, we will do our best to find you an equivalent boat.
• What Happens If The Weather Is Bad?
We cannot control the weather and must make decisions accordingly. Captain Andrew's decision will be final. Original sailing plans may be upset but you can be sure we shall make the best of it! Should a hurricane threaten, you will be asked to move into a hotel.
• How Do I Get To You?
There are airports on virtually every island in the Caribbean or ferries to get to those without airports.
• Where Do You Sail?
The Windward Islands are southeastern islands of the Caribbean and include Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, and Grenada. They're called the Windward Islands because they're exposed to the wind ("windward") of the northeast trade winds (north easterlies).
By special arrangement: The Leeward Islands include the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla. They're called the Leeward Islands because they're away from the wind ("lee").
• What About Shoes?
Barefoot and boating shoes are acceptable while on board. You may wish to bring a sturdy pair of shoes for hiking and exploring ashore.
• Can I Bring My Laptop?
Of course you can! Since we only have periodic household current (110V) aboard the boat, a cigarette 12V power cord is suggested.
• Can I Play Music On The Boat?
Play your favorite music through bluetooth located in the main salon or the cockpit.
• Water Sports?
Kayaks, SUPs, and wind surfers are available through local vendors ashore. There is no charge for carrying any of these items you wish to take on Skipping Stone for the duration of your voyage.