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Chartermania in Charleston By Dan Dickison Cover: Fate, a Beneteau 49 in charter service with Charleston Sailing Charters, sailing the waters of Charleston Harbor. Photo by Dustin Ryan.

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carry more than six passengers—out of the Wild Dunes he opportunities for getting out on the water under sail Yacht Harbor. www.aqua-safaris.com around the Holy City have exploded in the past few Anyone who’s spent time on the water around years. Here’s an overview of available options. Charleston lately has probably gotten a glimpse of Fate, the It was some five years ago that we addressed the Beneteau 49 managed and captained by Dustin Ryan. A breadth of charter companies offering sailing outings transplant from Hawaii, Ryan has been offering charters around Charleston (see SOUTHWINDS, August 2012 at here under the aegis of Charleston Sailing Charters for www.southwindsmagazine.com). At the time, a handful of eight years. His company offers harbor cruises ($500-$600 businesses sold charters. Flip the calendar forward half a for two hours), sunset sails ($525-$600), evening racing, fulldecade and that handful has mushroomed into a boatload day sails, extended trips and even the opportunity to sail with possibilities spanning the spectrum from day sails to and stay on board overnight ($1,048-$1,148). Ryan says that lessons, to overnight stay-aboards, racing experiences and the boat is out with guests over 300 days a year. even marriage-proposal sails. Operated out of the City Marina, Fate is one of the best Let’s start with Aqua Safaris, which is among the kept vessels in Charleston’s charter industry. Ordinarily, longest-tenured charter firms in Charleston. Husband and she sails with one additional crewmember and can carry six wife John and Carole Borden opened their business in 1992 passengers. Ryan is also a professional photographer, so and have been getting people out on the water here ever capturing images of your outing is an since. The duo owns a pair option. In addition, he has arrangements of boats—a 50-foot catawith several of Charleston’s more desirmaran that can accommoable restaurants so that guests can opt for date up to 100 passengers on-board catering at an added charge. He and a Columbia 50—and also operates a 38-foot powerboat that serves as the local agent can accommodate up to 20 passengers. for an extensive fleet www.charlestonsailingcharters.com including eight six-passenCharleston Sailing Adventures ger sailboats and an array offers daily outings on board a 27-foot of powerboats. Aqua Stiletto catamaran berthed at the Safaris also brokers charter Charleston Maritime Center. Brian yachts around the globe. Hoepker, who owns and captains the Palmetto Breeze, the boat, can take up to six passengers on priBorden’s 50-foot catamavate or shared sails. Private rates are $220 ran, sails out of Shem for daytime or $320 for sunset sails. Creek with a captain and Shared rates are $44/person for daytime two mates, logging an and $63/per person for sunset sails. He average of 12 trips a week also offers a private three-and-a-halfbetween February and late hour excursion to Morris Island ($450) November. Half of those with a nature walk. No food or beverages are public sails ($35/perare provided, but Hoepker does offer the son) and half private, the use of a cooler for guests’ provisions. latter booked for wedding And, small to medium sized dogs are parties or corporate outwelcome on board. www.charlestonings, etc. Guests on board sailingadventures.com Palmetto Breeze get compliCharleston Sailing School, locatmentary water and soda; ed right downtown in the City Marina, beer, wine and other bevoffers captained and bareboat charters erages are available via the aboard a fleet of monohulls and multion-board cash bar. The hulls that range from 25 to 50 feet. Bordens operate their Bareboat prices run from $275/day to Columbia 50 Serena—one $750/day. Most of that same fleet is availof three sailing vessels in Palmetto Breeze, a 50-foot catamaran in charter servable with a captain on board and prices Charleston certified to ice with Aqua Safaris. Courtesy photo.

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...