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“The Best sailing of my life” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Emerald Isle Sailing Charters

Emerald Isle Sailing Charters
Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
866 714-6611
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Eastsound
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Vancouver, Washington
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“The Best sailing of my life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We went for a 7 day cruise all through out the San Juan Islands. There were 2 couples and a single person and 2 crew, one of which was an excellent Chef. We set sail onboard a 54' sail boat which was beautiful! As we set sail we met each other and learned a bit about each other. Once we cleared the harbor we raised the sails, the Main and the Jib. We didn't raise the 3rd sail as it was not needed. As soon as we got going I smelled something Delicious being cooked below by our personal Chef. As we soon learned, the meals were themselves a work of art. And we were served 3 of these a day!! Dave, the Captain, was very knowledgeable about the entire area, which was an excellent thing, of course.

We sailed into a different bay every afternoon and set anchor. We were taken to the beach in a zodiac to explore the island. We always offered a choice of where we wanted to hike on each of the 6 islands we visited. After a wonderful hike we went back to "Our" boat. We then had a Fantastic dinner, including a bottle of wine. The Chef had been supplied with our basic food preference as part of the planning process which was done prior to arriving at the Island. Because of this all of us were served food which was to our liking.

My wife and I had the Vacation of a lifetime! We saw a huge amount of wild life, beautiful sun rises, sun sets, and picture perfect days. I must say that Emerald Isle Sailing Charters provided us with one of the BEST Vacations we EVER have been on. The Boat was Fantastic, the Food was Excellent, and the sailing Out of this World. You have to go with Dave, the Captain and Owner of Emerald Isle Sailing Charters, to appreciate how PERFECT this vacation can be. We would come back for another Charter at the drop of a hat. I give this Charter a 5 star rating without a doubt. You will too when you go with Emerald Isle Sailing Charters for a vacation of a lifetime!

Visited June 2013
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“Fantastic day sail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We went out for a 6-hour day sail in April, 2013 and had a wonderful time. Na'walak is beautiful, and her captain is very welcoming and knowledgeable. Our family was thrilled to see so much wildlife, and we were fascinated by the in-depth natural and cultural history Dave shared. This day was the absolute highlight of our week in the San Juans... even our frequently-sullen teenager raved about his experience!

Visited April 2013
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“Conscientious Captain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We sailed on a sunset sail with Captain Dave in July of 2012, based on the recommendation of the owner of the hotel we stayed at (they advised us to go with nobody else - that Emerald is the best). Captain Dave is totally customer focused. He went out of his way to make sure we had a great sail. There was a glitch with the time/date of our sail but Captain Dave made sure we were accommodated. He knows his boat, he knows the islands, he knows the history, the wildlife and he shares all of that with the passengers. Plus the boat is awesome and he takes great care of it! We will go again with Captain Dave next time we get to the San Juans.

Visited July 2012
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“Wonderful captain and crew”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Just finished a 7-day sail in the San Juans with Captain Dave and awesome chef/crew Katy and I can't sing enough praises about this experience. His boat is great and Captain Dave is so knowledgable, skilled and fun to be with. Plus Katy, his chef, is a master at turning out gourmet meals in all kinds of conditions, and, at the same time, running up sails and pulling the anchor whenever needed. She's a marvel! Dave will do everything he can to accommodate the individual interests of his passengers. He knows the San Juans so well and will find lovely coves, encourage you to enjoy the beautiful trails on some of the smaller islands, entertain you with all kinds of lore, and give you a turn at the wheel if you wish. The boat, the Nawalak, accommodated six of us, three couples, very well. And the weather at the end of September was fantastic! Thank you, Dave and Katy!

Visited September 2012
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“A taste of paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Great boat, great environment. Captain Dave will always do whatever it takes to make your experience amazing! And the food! Marvellous! Chef Kate makes truly gourmet meals And grabs the anchor while she's doing it!

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