Updated 1/3/23

Charter Policies (Day Sails & Overnights)

Please be mindful of the below rules and restrictions when using Club boats. For some folks, these are reminders after not sailing for a while, for others, these might be new. All-in-all, the purpose of these rules are to keep you, your crew, and the boats safe. Failure to comply with the below may result in termination of membership. 

Reservation Policies (ALL MEMBERSHIP LEVELS)

  • Each Membership is allowed 1 future day sail reservation + 1 future overnight charter in the reservation calendar at a time.
  • NW Club members certified at up to the ASA 104 level, are welcome to use the 30’+ fleet at the Olympic Club rates.
  • Unlimited same-day reservations (booked day-of).
  • Half day sails are any 4-hour block of time.
  • Full day sails are any reservations that are more than 4 hours of sailing.
  • Arriving Late to a Reservation: The end-time of the reservation will remain the same regardless of the time the member picks up the boat. Reservations will only be held 30 minutes past the scheduled pick up time; if you are running late please give us a call. 
  • Before/After-hours Reservations: If your booking begins while we are closed, please call to ensure the boat is prepped for your sail.
  • Late Return of a Boat and/or Return after Sunset: The Club must be notified immediately of a late return. Returns arriving 30 minutes or more after the end time or after sunset will result in a $150 Late Return Fee.


  • Usage reports are required to be submitted immediately after your sail. All issues should be reported directly to the Club upon return and noted in the usage report. Take and send photos to 
  • A QR code linked to the Pre-Sail and Post-Sail checklists (usage reports) are posted on the bulkhead or in the cabin of every boat. Both sections are required.
  • Failure to submit usage reports will result in the suspension of member privileges. After 3 written reminders to submit a report (3 different sails), the Club will charge $25 per unsubmitted report.


  • Day Sail Cancellations: Cancel online using Club Manager or contact the Club. There is no fee for day sail cancellations.
  • Overnight Charter Cancellations: Cancellations/Changes can be made up to 14 days before the charter for a full refund of the 25% deposit. Changes or cancellations made within 14 days of the charter are non-refundable. Cancellations must be made by calling or emailing the Club. 
  • Holiday Overnight Charter Cancellations (Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July, & Labor Day Weekend) Cancellations can be made up to 30 days before the charter for a full refund of the 25% deposit. Changes or cancellations made within 30 days of the charter are non-refundable.


Charters Out of Shilshole Bay Marina

Requirements for Charter:

  • With an ASA 103 certification, you may Overnight Charter between Kingston-Edmonds to the north and Blake Island to the south.
  • Overnight Charters begin at 9:00am the first day of the charter and are required to return by 5:00pm the last day of the charter to avoid a late return fee of $150.
  • Pre-boarding for Overnight Charters (Anytime after 5pm the evening before the first day of charter). Please arrange this with the Club at least 48-hours before your departure. We cannot guarantee the boat will be available.
    • Unlimited day sail Members – $110 + tax
    • Olympic Club Members – $230 + tax

Pre-Charter Procedures

  • Create a reservation online or over the phone. 
    • Dinghies ($25) and BBQs ($15) are available to reserve with your overnight charter by emailing the Club. Note: there are a limited number of dinghies and BBQs available.
  • An e-sign Overnight Charter Agreement will be emailed to you within 3-4 days of making the reservation. Please note; reservations are not considered final until the contract has been received and the 25% deposit paid.
  • You will be automatically charged for the balance with the card on file 7-days before the charter.

Charters Out of Anacortes (Cap Sante Marina)

Requirements for Charter (Anacortes)

  • Boat US Towing Membership (See the Members Resources Page for a 10% discount for Club members. 
  • 7 day, 6 night minimum. Additional time available in 1 week intervals only.
  • 1 overnight charter completed out of Shilshole
  • $325 off site fee
  • Completion of SJI Navigation Seminar.
  • Complete the float plan, provided via Google Sheet invite, at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of your charter.
  • ASA 104 certification or equivalent check-out (for all boat sizes)
  • ASA 105 Coastal Navigation (preferred)

Pre-Charter Procedures

  • Call to book only. 
  • An e-sign Overnight Charter Agreement will be emailed to you within 3-4 days of making the reservation. Please note; reservations are not considered final until the contract has been received and the 25% deposit paid.
  • You will be automatically charged for the balance with the card on file 14-days before the charter.

Additional Charter Policies

  • The charter begins at 9:00am the first day and must return to the slip by 12:00pm on the last day of the charter. All Post-Sail responsibilities must be completed by 1:00pm. A Club representative will meet you at the slip and complete a check-in and walk-through of the boat before you leave. 
    • Returning to the slip after 12:00pm will result in a $500 late fee. 
  • Complete the Overnight Charter Pre and Post Sail Usage Reports found on a QR code located in the cabin of the boat. Report any issues directly to the Club representative.
  • Members are responsible for pumping out and refueling their vessel after an overnight charter. Neglecting to do so will result in a fee (see ‘Additional Fees’ on p. 8; this information is also on the overnight charter contract). 
  • Refill water tanks
  • Preboarding is unavailable.

Pre-Charter Preparation

  • The Club does not have an office in Anacortes. The keys for the boat will be located in the propane locker.
  • Dinghies and BBQs are automatically included on boats moored in Anacortes.
    • Propane canisters not included
  • 6 Adult PFDs will be on board.
  • Slip Location Arriving/Returning. You will be notified prior to your charter which slip the boat will be in on your arrival day and where to dock upon return.Note: The slip a member leaves from is NOT always the slip they’ll come back to.


  • Spray sunscreen. Chemicals within spray sunscreens stain the gelcoat on boats.
  • Smoking/Vaping in the cabin.
  • Drugs. Anyone deemed intoxicated (alcohol or drugs) at the time of an accident will be fully responsible for all bodily injury or property damage as a result of that accident.  This includes cannabis as it is illegal to use while on federally regulated waterways.
  • Animals. Only fully trained service animals are allowed on Club boats. A service animal is defined as a dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability. Please note, service animals in training, emotional support animals, and comfort animals do not apply.
  • Towing. Towing other boats (excluding Club dinghies) is prohibited.


  • High Winds (20-25 kts)
  • Low Visibility (fog, smoke, heavy snow). Boats remain docked in Shilshole until the outline of Bainbridge (from H-Dock to J-Dock) can be seen from the office.
  • Thunder or Lightning.
  • Between Sunset and Sunrise. Boats are to be docked/moored by sunset for day sail and overnight charters. (Late fee incurs)


Sailing is not permitted in the below areas.

  • Ballard Locks – in Lake Union or Lake Washington
  • Sailing further west than a line between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, BC – and no further north than Port Hardy, BC (top of Vancouver Island).
  • Club designated No-Go Zones


  • Spinnakers. Spinnaker use is allowed after the below are completed. 
    • Completion of Spinnaker Lesson or passing a 2-4 hour spinnaker check-out 
  • Spinnaker Use Policies
    • Spinnaker use is prohibited in winds gusting 15kts+. 
    • Members are liable for spinnaker damage; inspect your spinnaker before use. 
  • Single Handing. Members are required to (a) notify the club before sailing alone (during business hours only) (b) provide a float plan before departing from the dock and (c) complete 3 successful single handed sails before earning the ‘Single Handing’ rating on Club Manager
    • No Single handing with a spinnaker.
    • No Single handing in winds gusting 15kts or more.
  • Sailing into Canada. If entering into Canada, it is the member’s responsibility to adhere to the current Canadian & U.S. policies and pay any necessary fees. The Club does not reimburse for any fees related to border crossings. For information about sailing into Canada, please visit, CBP DTOPS.


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