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The Trip

What is sailing really like?
What can we expect on this charter?
How many people crew the boat?
What do you mean, luxury charter?
Can we learn sailing skills?
How much sailing should we expect to do?
Can we customize our trip?
Where can we go?
How much time will be spent ashore and
   how much sailing?
How many passengers can be on the yacht?
Can I stay longer?
Can we get wild?
How much experience do I need?

Planning

What should we pack and how much?
How much money do I need to bring?
What about communications?
What about medical access?

Booking

How do I book a trip?
How many days do I have to reserve?
Do you offer group trips?
When is payment due?
Why do you want a deposit?
What if I cancel?
What is included for what we are paying for?
Is the yacht insured?

Food

What about cooking and food?
What if we have special food requests?

Safety

Why is a captain needed?
What level of physical fitness do I need to be in?
What if I get seasick?
How safe is the boat and what about the emergency equipment?
Is the crew professional and experienced?
What about the weather and storms?
What about illegal drugs?

The Trip FlipFlops

WHAT IS SAILING REALLY LIKE?

The cruising lifestyle is like no other. Sailing is an amazing experience-when conditions are good. However, anyone who has ever sailed knows that many times there is no wind or it is coming right on the nose. The yacht is equipped with twin 54 HP diesel motors and can easily power to any anchorage with plenty of time to spare for your other vacation festivities.

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WHAT CAN WE EXPECT ON THIS CHARTER?

With your Captain, you are free to relax, enjoy, even a nap whenever you want. You can help sail the yacht or you may just relax while your crew does it all.  We normally are underway 4 – 5 hours per day, which means that we are at the anchorages with plenty of recreation time for whatever you feel like doing that day. In port you can enjoy the sights, sounds, nightlife, in a way that only cruising can provide. At the more remote anchorages, you can take advantage of kayaking, diving and snorkeling, and at night gaze at the million stars above.

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HOW MANY PEOPLE CREW THE BOAT?

For “Captain Only” charters, there will be only the captain on the boat.  For all-inclusive charters there will be the Captain and Chef/Hostess.

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN, LUXURY CHARTER?

The yacht is your private crewed yacht. She is well equipped and air conditioned.

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CAN WE LEARN SAILING SKILLS?

Yes. You can learn as much or as little about sailing as you’d like on our charters. All of our Captains have sailed the Florida Keys, Bahamas and the Caribbean extensively and are happy to teach you.

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HOW MUCH SAILING SHOULD WE EXPECT TO DO?

We are always ready for as much sailing as the wind and our guests want. When there is little or no wind, we will motor to get to our next destination. Sailing yacht engines are relatively quiet, and you are welcome to lounge on deck and enjoy the scenery.  Generally, we try to sail 4 hours a day which allows you to enjoy being out on open water before anchoring at that evening’s destination.

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CAN WE CUSTOMIZE OUR TRIP?

Tell us about your group, your interests, and what you would like to see and do; sailing, snorkeling, diving, or just relaxing at anchor, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

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WHERE CAN WE GO?

We sail from Miami to the Florida Keys. Your Captain can suggest itineraries and destination to fit your mood and the duration of your cruise.

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HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE SPENT ASHORE AND HOW MUCH SAILING?

We will try to balance our time to allow you time to explore ashore as well as sailing. We typically will alternate nights between anchoring in beautiful secluded bays and docking in charming towns. Again, we will give you the option, and try to accommodate your requests.

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HOW MANY PASSENGERS CAN BE ON THE YACHT?

There are two guests cabins and limit charters to four guests. The yacht can easily accommodate more, we want everyone aboard to be very comfortable during their charter week.

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CAN I STAY LONGER?

Yes, sometimes the cruises can be extended. In all cases boat and Captain availability must be verified.

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CAN WE GET WILD?

We are not offended by alternative lifestyles or nudity.

There are many very secluded anchorages on the itinerary.  You can do whatever you want, as long as we do not all end up in jail.

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HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?

You do not need any prior sailing experience. We know you are planning a fun, relaxing vacation experience. Your Captain can handle the yacht, so you are free to consider your participation optional. That said, most guests enjoy sailing and getting involved in the action.

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WHAT SHOULD WE PACK AND HOW MUCH?

Be sure to bring only soft, collapsible luggage. You can pack fairly lightly for all of our trips. During the day on the boat, shorts, tank tops, swimwear are best. Fleece and nylon work well on the boat - it’s usually lightweight and dries quickly. We will occasionally have the opportunity to go out to a nice restaurant or upscale bar so a set of nice of casual clothes is fine. As for shoes, they are fine to wear onboard as long as they are “non skid” soles. Non-skid soles do not mark up the deck with every step taken, most soft rubber light colored soles are non skid. Almost all dark colored soles (except topsiders) will mare the decks. Sandals are great and will likely be all that you need for the week. We usually go barefoot on the yacht. Light rain gear may be brought. All of the basics, like sheets and towels are on the boat, but you should bring personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, medication, etc. Just keep in mind, storage is limited so whatever you bring, you will live with in your cabin.

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HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO BRING?

Your expenses ashore are really within your control, so you be the judge and keep in mind ATMs are common. I have always traveled under the theory of bring half the clothes and twice the money.

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WHAT ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS?

Your cell phones should work fine anywhere in the South Florida area, that also applies to a computer air card, if you have to be connected to the internet for the week.

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WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL ACCESS?

We do not have a doctor on board, but we do have a good medical kit. For any emergencies, the U.S. Coast Guard and South Florida counties all have both police and paramedic boats. They are all within a phone or radio call away. We do recommend you bring any medication you might require.

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HOW DO I BOOK A TRIP?

Contact us at sail@dblexposure.com or call 305-812-1884 or 765-744-9606 so we can verify yacht availability.

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HOW MANY DAYS DO I HAVE TO RESERVE?

We offer up to week long charter cruises. You can charter for less days, there is a 2-day minimum.

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DO YOU OFFER GROUP TRIPS?

Yes. If your group is larger, we can arrange for a second catamaran and sail as a flotilla. The boats stay together for the entire week.

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WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

A deposit is due at the time of booking. The remainder is due 45 days prior to your charter date.

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WHY DO YOU WANT A DEPOSIT?

Once you have been scheduled for the cruise we no longer take reservations for these dates. A non-refundable deposit is because that week is blocked out for you.

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WHAT IF I CANCEL?

Cancellations received less than 90 days prior to your charter date are subject to forfeiture of all paid fees, except for extremely inclimate weather or for some reason the yacht cannot do the charter.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR WHAT WE ARE PAYING FOR?

This depends on the type of charter that you take.

With a “Captain Only” charter, you get the Capt, the boat and fuel/water. You buy the provisions.

With the all inclusive, Capt, chef, boat, fuel, water, provisions are included.

There are no additional charges for use of the kayaks, snorkeling gear or dinghy.

We do anchor out every evening, which is free. If you prefer to be at a dock, you are responsible for any nightly dock fees.

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IS THE YACHT INSURED?

The yacht is fully insured against damage and liability. The insurance may not cover your personal property and may exclude certain liabilities. You may elect to obtain additional liability or umbrella insurance on your own.

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WHAT ABOUT COOKING AND FOOD?

For the all-inclusive charters, we provide and prepare all meals (except those lunch or dinners ashore), snacks, and beverages.  On a bareboat (you bring food, beverages) it is suggested to bring easy meals to fix. Chicken and steaks for the grill, sandwich and salad fixing’s are easy to prepare.  Pre-cooked and pre-packaged food stuffs from the Deli are easy to store and use.  Sandwiches, bagettes, bagels all make great breads for lunch and breakfast and snacks, Cheese and crackers, nuts and trail mix are all good for boating.  We do try to stop 2 or 3 times at local restaurants so you can do lunch or dinner on land.

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WHAT IF WE HAVE SPECIAL FOOD REQUESTS?

For all-inclusive, we send you a list of food preferences prior to the charter and with any special dietary needs to be given at that time.  We try to do our best to accommodate but due to space and cooking ability, there are limitations to special requests.

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WHY IS A CAPTAIN NEEDED?

More so than anywhere in the entire Caribbean, the waters of South Florida are full of flats, reefs and sandbars, so a captain with knowledge of the waters on board will help avoid unfortunate accidents. The Captain constantly monitors the weather and will always have the boat anchored in a safe harbor by sunset.

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WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL FITNESS DO I NEED TO BE IN?

Fitness requirements are minimal for the charter trips. If you intend to participate in the sailing of the yacht, especially sail handling, there may be a little more physical effort involved, but that’s entirely up to you. Agility on a boat is important.

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WHAT IF I GET SEASICK?

We choose charter locations that generally offer tranquil sailing in a variety of weather conditions and select anchorages to avoid exposure to ocean swells when possible. Keep in mind the yacht is a very wide and very stable cruising catamaran. If you are concerned about becoming seasick, try taking medication while your body adjusts. If you know you are prone to seasickness, you might try wristbands, Dramamine or even patches (the patches are prescription, but seem to work the best), which give you a steady dose over several days. After we are underway, your body will normally adjust and seasickness will no longer be a problem.

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HOW SAFE IS THE BOAT AND WHAT ABOUT THE EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT?

We are very safety conscious, and prioritize safety on our trips. The yacht is equipped to meet or exceed all safety equipment required by law. You will find the yacht carries advanced equipment for navigation and communications.

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IS THE CREW PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED?

All of our Captains holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master Mariner license. As well as know the tricky waters of the Florida Keys well. All of us have not only extensive experience in the Keys waters, but also in the waters of the Bahamas and the Caribbean

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WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER AND STORMS?

We try to plan the trips to avoid bad weather. We also wait for favorable conditions before setting out. Of course no matter what the plan, we may encounter some bad weather along the way. The yacht is well equipped and has an experienced captain. Weather is a part of the sailing adventure, not anything to be frightened about. Your Captain will constantly monitor the weather and plan accordingly.

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WHAT ABOUT ILLEGAL DRUGS?

We have a zero tolerance for drugs on board or near the ship.

The marine police, Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard have the legal authority and do stop boats to check for ANY illegal drugs. There are no warrants needed on the water for the drug-sniffing dogs to be brought onboard. Any illegal drugs brought by charter guests will result in termination of the charter with no refunds.

We are very fun loving and want you to have the best time of your life, but this is one area that we do not kid around.

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