Morning Star Sailing Charters LLC                          Most Frequently Asked Questions
   (with a few funny ones mixed in there, too!)
In  over 25 years in this business we've been asked some very interesting questions. Most of the answers can be found on our web site, but can be missed  because we have built a somewhat elaborate site with lots of stuff to look at. So we figured that we would compile this list of questions and answers for you!

1/  How much do you charge for your 1/2 day charters?     $75.00 per person. 2/  How much do you charge for your sunset charters?      $55.00 per person.      3/  Do we need to make reservations and how is the best way?   Yes, you need to make reservations, and as soon as you can since we limit our charters to 6 persons. The best way to make reservations is to call us. (and we prefer it) When you call we can answer any questions that you may have. We will need to know where you're staying and a way to reach you in case of bad weather.             4/ How long is your 1/2 day charter?   The 1/2 day charter is approximately 4 hours.     Example: If we leave the dock at 9am we will be back by 1:00pm.
5/  How long is your sunset sail?  Approximately 2 hours. Departure time              depends on the time of year. In the winter we depart at 4:00 pm                          returning at 6 pm. In the summer we depart  at 6 pm and return                           approximately at 8:30.
6/  Is there snorkeling on the sunset sail?  No, it's the wrong time to snorkel.      When you go snorkeling you need the sun over your head. It greatly                       improves water visibility and brings out the colors.                                                   7/ How many times do you go out a day?  We run one (1) half sail-snorkel day         trip and one (1) sunset sail each day. Depending on weather.
8/ Do you go out if the weather is bad or expected to be bad?     NO!!!                  Absolutely not. We try to avoid bad weather and sea conditions. It may                 seem to be a great day when you're standing on shore but it can be blowing a       gale at the reef causing rough and dangerous conditions. We would rather            cancel the trip and take the financial loss rather than run a bad trip where           you may get seasick, have rough and nasty sea conditions, and poor water              visibility.                                                                                                                       9/  Are all of your trips for snorkeling, or can we just sail if we wish?   Most          people want to snorkel on the reef, but if you just want to sail that's fine, in       fact there are days when sailing is fantastic because of good winds and the          reefs are very rough which makes for poor snorkeling. Than there's days             that the wind is so strong we won't even leave the dock. Too much wind is             not good for anything on the water.                                                                          10/ How many snorkel locations do you go to? One, and it's the best! You won't      see any crowded snorkel boats where we go. And just to clarify something,          moving the boat from one spot to another on the same reef, (as they do) isn't      the same as going to two different reefs like they lead you to believe. (not in       my book, anyway)                                                                                                       11/  Do you take SCUBA divers?  No!, sorry.                                                            12/ Do you do overnight charters or weekly charters? No, sorry.                            13/ We have our own snorkel gear, do we get a discount?  No, sorry. If you          have your own snorkel gear by all means, bring it!  If you don't we will                   provide it free of charge.  Also bring whatever you wish for refreshments,          and towels to dry off with when you come out of the water.
14/  Will we need wet suits?  In the winter you will be much more comfortable      with a shorty wetsuit on although the water doesn't go below 73 degrees.
15/  Do you serve lunch or dinner during the trip?  No. You are welcome to bring   whatever you wish for refreshments. (absolutely no illegal drugs of any                kind) You may even bring a cooler if you wish. We have a small refrigerator          on board.                                                                                                                   16/ Can we sail to the Bahamas for half a day?  Nope, it's a little to far to go in       4 hours.                                                                                                                17/ How can we pay for the trip?  Cash, Travelers Checks, or Credit Cards are        fine. 
18/ We have small children, ages 1, 3, and 5. Can we take them along, can they          snorkel too, and are they free?  In the past we've had mixed results with        children. You have to realize that you will be 6 miles out in the ocean. It's rare     that we have flat calm days and that is what you need for small children. They      are considered "people" by the Coast Guard standards so they must be                charged since they are taking away from our 6 person maximum carrying              capacity. We are not saying that we won't take you and your family, we are just     being "up front" with you. We recommend for families with small children to         visit the reef on the Glass Bottom Boat. The Key Largo Princess at the  Holiday    Inn in Key Largo is a very nice 2 hour ride and great for kids.                          
19/  Can we sail to the Dry Tortugus for the 1/2 day trip? We wish we could, we  really do. The problem is that it's 170 miles from Key Largo, a little to far for     a 1/2 day trip.
20/  We have a group of about 150 people,,,I saw  your web page and it looks like a lot of fun. I was wondering if you could take us out for dinner and dancing?
Again,,,we really wish we could, wow, look at all the money we could rake in!            Are you sure it was our web page you were looking at????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          21/  We are a family of 6 with one SCUBA Diver, do you allow SCUBA Diving on your trips?   We've heard this one sooo many times. No, we don't take divers       any longer, and for many reasons! First: A mix of divers and snorkelers can          only work if you have perfect conditions on the reef. (and that's rare) If it's       rough the divers are having a great time down under all of the turbulence             while the snorkelers are getting beat up and sea sick in the rough conditions.        Not fair to the snorkelers!
Second: Dad wants to dive but doesn't have a dive buddy,,,so who's supposed      to dive with him??? Me? nope, Coast Guard rules and regs don't allow me to do    that.                                                                                                                              22/ I've been looking in all the publications in the Keys and can't find your $2. off discount coupon, do you have any? You can stop looking, we don't offer the      $2. off coupon. It's a technique used by cattle boats to lure you onto their 49      passenger cattle boat.                                                                                             23/ We've never been to Florida before, can we tour the entire state from your yacht on a days charter?    There are thousands of miles of shoreline in the     state of Florida you may want to consider an aircraft rather than watercraft       for your days outing!   something like this maybe?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The list of questions and answers will grow as I think back and recall them. If      there is something that I have not covered please feel free to let me know by     e-mail or telephone call.
   Capt. Rick   305-451-7057

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