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“Not what we expected...”

Scotch Mist Sailing Charters
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not what we expected...”
Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

We recently "sailed" aboard the Scotch Mist II for a family vacation over the holidays and were quite surprised by what we experienced. Not only did the boat show up 30 minutes late with no real apologies from the captain--an hour if you consider that they asked us to check in at 3:30 PM for the champagne sunset sail--but we never even properly sailed on our trip. The captain motored out quite a distance and then had his crew raise the main sail only 3/4ths the way up, which was beyond strange. The weirdest part was that when the crew, who were really the only saving grace of the trip, tried to tie off the excess sail so that it was not flopping in our face, the captain barked orders to let it be. We ultimately had to move and actually stand for part of the journey given that there wasn't much extra room. The champagne and chocolate covered macadamia nuts were a plus but could not mask the overall feeling that we were not wanted. This is my fifth time in Hawaii, and most times I go back to do the same excursions. Will definitely avoid this in the future and will stick with the catamaran sails as at least you feel welcome.

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English first
Calgary, Canada
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49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Private Charter Highly Recommended”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

On Saturday, December 28th we booked a 4 hour private charter with Captain Gene, First Mate Kursten and Second Mate Lacey. The experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all nine members of all family ages 10 to grandma. The trip commenced with an hour long close up encounter with a 100 strong pod of spinner dolphins, followed by an enjoyable off boat snorkel with all equipment supplied and culminated with an humpback whale sighting: mother, baby and escort. The crew were most attentive to keeping us dehydrated on a hot day! If you have a similar size group I would highly recommend a private charter with the Scotch Mist. It was a great shared family vacation experience, the sailboat is lovely and the crew professional!

Visited December 2013
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Danville, CA
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Memorial Charter Service on Maui”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We gathered together old Maui friends to celebrate my brother's memorial service and release of his ashes. The crew was kind, compassionate and attentive to our needs for time to troll, share remarks and remember old friendship ties. I would highly recommend the Scotch Mist 2 and crew.

Visited September 2013
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
“Excellent time”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you are looking for good company, plenty of booze, an intimate setting, photo taking opportunities, a beautiful sunset, and a fantastic sailing adventure, then Scotch Mist is the one for you. My wife and I had a fun time with the crew and 4 other couples on the boat. The crew was exeptionally friendly and they kept the drinks coming. We had a choice of light beer (budlight I believe) and/or champagne. They took our pictures on the front of the boat as well as with the captain. It's about an hour long and totally worth it. We'd do it again.

Visited September 2013
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Gifu, Japan
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5 reviews
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“Nice Sail and Snorkel”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We went on the snorkel trip with two young children. Captain Turk is a very experienced skipper, he and his crew were nice to chat with and we really appreciated that they were so helpful with the kids. The initial planned snorkel spot was too murky, so we continued on to the second spot which was much clearer. Upon arrival, a large turtle surfaced next to the boat. The snorkelling was pretty good and it was great to go for a sail.

Visited October 2013
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