Frequently Asked Questions – Tribeca Sailing Boat Tours

Before the Boat Tour

At Tribeca Sailing we understand that no one wishes to go sailing in inclement weather. Your charter will be cancelled if the weather is inclement. Only the captain of the vessel determines if a charter is to be cancelled due to the weather conditions. Examples of inclement weather include thunderstorms, excessive winds and rainstorms.

New to 2024, we now offer 24-Hour Charter Cancellation Insurance.  For an additional 10% at the time of booking, you may cancel your charter 24 hours prior to your scheduled start time for a full refund.

Most of our guests have had a wonderful time even if conditions are not perfect. Your charter will occur in light rain, cloudy skies, cold / hot temperatures, humidity and small craft warnings.

We track and monitor weather conditions hourly and we will make every effort to contact you two hours prior to your charter if inclement weather will affect your charter. Sometimes, inclement conditions can come on suddenly and result in last-minute cancellations,

Please plan on arriving on time for your scheduled sail even if the forecast calls for rain.  Please note that weather forecasts are incorrect 99% of the time.  We ask your patience with weather forecasts as they are very inaccurate. Charters will not be rescheduled due to weather forecasts of any kind.

Address
225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281.
Located in Battery Park City on the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue.

Boat location once you arrive
Descend the ramp at the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue. The ramp is behind a security barrier with word STOP on the front. You will see three large flagpoles at the bottom of the ramp. Our sailboat, named Tara, is located in the middle of the first dock at the bottom of the ramp. Keep an eye out for the Tribeca Sailing sign located on the lower walkway.  Tara is the only dark green sailboat in the marina.

Uber – Lyft
You are being dropped off at 225 Liberty Street. This is not where the boat is located. Once you leave your vehicle walk to the corner of Liberty Street and South End Ave and follow directions to the boat from above.

Taxi
Tell your driver that you are going to the 225 Liberty Street on the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue in Battery Park City. Do not tell you driver you are going to North Cove Marina.

On the corner of Liberty Street and South End Ave. follow directions to the boat from above.

Parking
The closest parking is Gateway Garage, 339 South End Ave, NY, NY 10280. From the West Side Highway (West Street) turn on to Liberty Street and then make a left turn on South End Avenue. Gateway Garage is located on the left just before the security booth to Gateway Plaza. Walk to the corner of Liberty Street and South End Ave and follow directions to the boat from above.

Subway directions:
Our dock is a 12-15 minute walk from multiple subway stops.

Take the:

  • 1 to World Trade Center-Cortlandt
    This is the closest subway line. Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the marina. The boat is located on the south side of the marina.
  • E to World Trade Center
    Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the marina. The boat is located on the south side of the marina.
  • R to Cortlandt Street
    Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the marina. The boat is located on the south side of the marina.
  • 4/5/6 to Fulton Street
    Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the marina. The boat is located on the south side of the marina.
  • A/C/2/3 to Chambers Street
    These are the furthest stops.

PATH
Take the PATH train to the World Trade Center stop. Then walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the marina. The boat is located on the south side of the marina.

Water Ferries
World Financial Center terminal – five minute walk. The boat is located on the south side of the marina. The WFC terminal is located on the north side of the marina.

Closest Garage
Gateway Plaza Garage at 339 South End Avenue New York, NY 10280. After parking your car walk back to the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue. Descend the ramp at the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue. The ramp is behind a security barrier with word STOP on the front. You will see three large flagpoles at the bottom of the ramp. Our sailboat, named Tara, is located in the middle of the first dock at the bottom of the ramp. Keep an eye out for the Tribeca Sailing sign located on the lower walkway. Tara is the only dark green sailboat in the marina.

STREET PARKING
Street parking is very limited in Battery Park City but worth a shot!

WHAT TO WEAR
Sailors should dress for safety, comfort, and weather.
In spring and fall, dress in layers and bring a jacket or sweatshirt; it can be cooler at sea than on land. There are blankets on board to help keep you warm if necessary.

In summer, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We provide spray jackets if the weather turns or you need an extra layer.

For safety and comfort, soft-soled shoes like boat shoes or sneakers are the preferred footwear aboard the Tara. You will be asked to go barefoot for safety reasons if you wear hard-soled shoes or high heels on board.

What TO PACK
You’re also welcome to bring aboard your own food and drinks. We recommend keeping food to snacks and easy-to-eat items like sandwiches.  Plan as if you are going on a picnic as we do not have a formal table on board. Drinks can include alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Prior to your sail, the Captain will greet you on the dock, introducing themselves and our sailing vessel, Tara. All passengers will participate in a safety briefing, sign release forms, and, if desired or required, don life jackets. (See below for more information on life jacket requirements.) We’ll then climb aboard, get settled, and off we go!

While life jackets are not required for passengers over twelve, Tribeca Sailing strongly recommends the use of our U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers while on board. Passengers age 12 and under are required by New York and New Jersey state laws to wear life jackets while on board the boat. Parents or guardians are responsible for determining if their minors between the ages of 13-17 must wear a life jacket. We carry and will provide a life jacket to any passenger wishing to wear one.

While children under five years old are welcome aboard the Tara, it’s been our experience that they are a little bit too young to fully enjoy the experience. Children under five also find life jackets to be uncomfortable or constraining. 

We do not recommend our sails for children under two years old but they are welcome.  We have USCG approved life jackets for infants on board.

The affects of the motion of any boat differs for everyone. If you suffer from motion sickness the symptoms can be avoided by keeping your head up, looking at the horizon, keeping fresh air in your face, and staying active while on board. We recommend that you never go into the cabin if you suffer from motion sickness.

Ginger pills, motion sickness wrist bands, and doctor-prescribed patches can all help mitigate seasickness. Over-the-counter seasickness medications should be taken two hours before your sail to allow the medication to take effect. Please consult your doctor before choosing your seasickness remedy.

Drinking alcohol before or during your sail can increase your risk of seasickness.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled sail time.  

If you are running late for your private sail, we will wait for you before departing. Please note that we will conclude your sail at the previously scheduled finishing time so that we may stay on schedule.

If you are running late, please call 917-593-2281 to notify us as soon as possible.

John Marolakos Photography is our favorite on-board photographer. He can be reached at (917) 815-3972 or JohnMarolakos@gmail.com.

New this year, we have just completed a charter with a private musician!  Contact Grant Swift who will meet all of your musical needs.  (718) 344-4585

How about a romantic violinist? Eddie Venegas, (718) 753-0989, www.eddievenegas.com

Élan Flowers is an established floral design house with long standing relationships, their bespoke services communicate to the personal taste and vision of each of their clients. (212) 240-9033 , www.elanflowers.com

Cancellation Policy

 8+ days prior to charter date:

  • You may cancel your charter and you will receive a refund minus a 15% service fee.
  • We are happy to offer you the ability to reschedule until October 31stof the following year’s charter season.

0-7 days prior to charter date:

  • Refunds are not available.
  • Rescheduling is not available.
  • Illness cancellations (including Covid); You may reschedule to Monday – Thursday at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm for the same year your charter is booked. Refunds are not available. We strongly recommend travel insurance for unseen events.

24-Hour Charter Cancellation Insurance (New for 2024)

  • You may now purchase 24-Hour Charter Cancellation Insurance.  For an additional fee of 10% at the time of booking, you may cancel your charter for any reason, up to 24 hours before your scheduled start time for a full refund.

Weather Policy:

  • Your charter will be cancelled by your captain if the weather is inclement for example: thunderstorms, excessive winds, and rainstorms. Click here for the FAQ “What happens if it rains?” for more details.
  • If your charter is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will receive an email voucher valid until October 31st of the following year’s charter season with details on how to reschedule.
  • There are no refunds for weather cancellations except for the following: If your entire party has arrived by airline and cannot book another charter during your stay of seven days or less, we will make an exception to our cancellation policy and offer you a full refund minus a 15% service fee.
  • Charters are not cancelled or rescheduled due to weather forecasts. We strongly recommend our new 24-Hour Charter Cancellation Insurance if you are concerned about the weather.
  • We will make every attempt to notify you two hours prior to your charter if there will be a cancellation.

Terms and Conditions

  • Rescheduled charters cannot be changed or cancelled. You may apply the original value of your charter to an equal or lesser value charter. You may upgrade with an additional charge to any charter of more value. Rescheduled charters of a lesser value will not receive a refund.
  • Infants and children, regardless of age, are included in the six-person maximum allowed on board. This is a requirement by the United State Coast Guard.
  • Gift Certificates are non-refundable and are valid for the date purchased until the October 31st of the following charter season.

Life Jacket Policy:

  • Tribeca Sailing NYC strongly recommends the use of our USCG approved life jackets for all passengers while on board. We will provide a life jacket to any passenger wishing to wear one.
  • Passengers twelve and under are required by law to wear life jackets while on the vessel.
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for determining if their minors between the ages of 13-17 must wear a life jacket.
  • The person booking the charter is required to share our life jacket policy with all members of their group.

November 5th, is the last day for 2023 Tribeca Sailing charter season.  Click here for November Schedule.

The official season is from April 1st through October 31, 2023

On Aboard

The U.S. Coast Guard allows us to carry a maximum of six (6) passengers, and by law, we cannot surpass that number. Children and babies are included in the six passengers count as this is a USCG regulation.

Absolutely! And we’ll take measures to ensure your safety during your sail. Our team of captains and staff monitor weather and sailing conditions prior to setting sail, and all passengers will participate in a safety briefing before leaving the marina.

While life jackets are not required for passengers over twelve, Tribeca Sailing strongly recommends the use of our U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers while on board. Passengers age twelve and under are required by New York and New Jersey state law to wear life jackets while sailing. Parents or guardians are responsible for determining if their minors between the ages of thirteen –  seventeen must wear a life jacket. We will provide a life jacket to any passenger who wishes to wear one.  We always carry USCG approved life vests on board for every age.

Yes. Please feel free to connect to our Bluetooth speaker during your private sailing charter.

Indeed! Adults over 21 years of age may bring alcohol on board. We do ask that you try to limit the amount of glass items you bring on board, bottled beer and wine are acceptable.  Wine glasses or glass champagne flutes are not allowed on board. We provide plastic cups for your drinks.

Your best bets for last minute purchases of alcohol nearby are below.

Cold beer: Gristedes at 315 South End Avenue, about a block and a half from the marina.

Wine pickup or delivery: Vintry Fine Wines at 230 Murray Street. 212-240-9553.

Wine pickup: Bulls & Bears Winery at 309 South End Avenue.

Craft beer and cider: Le District in Brookfield Place.

Please drink responsibly while on board and always. Charters will be ended early if this policy is ignored.

Of course! You’re welcome to bring light snacks or prepared foods on board Tara. We recommend packing as if you’re going on a picnic as we do not have a formal table. Please limit glass items, bottles of beer and wine are acceptable. Do not bring wine gasses or glass champagne flutes. We provide small plates, plastic cups, utensils, and a wine opener.  

Interested in delivery? We highly recommend Perfect Picnic NYC (perfectpicnicnyc.com). Their team will deliver directly to our boat.

For last minute top-quality takeaway snacks and drinks nearby, we highly recommend Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place or Eataly located in four World Trade Center.

Tribeca Sailing provides bottled water for everyone on board. You’re welcome to bring other beverages for your sail and we do have cups for wine. We ask that you limit the amount of glass items, beer bottles and wine bottles are fine to bring on board.

The Tara has bathroom facilities for limited use. We recommend using the public facilities in Brookfield Place prior to climbing on board.

Absolutely! Weather and safety permitting, we can allow you to take the wheel and learn the ins and outs of sailing. Our captains love nothing more than to share their passion for sailing with you.

Any bags, backpacks, or personal items can be stowed inside the cabin. Computers and delicate electronics should not be brought on board. Tribeca Sailing cannot assume responsibility for personal items stowed inside the cabin or anywhere on the vessel. All personal items brought on board are at your own risk. Tribeca Sailing is not responsible for any items that fall overboard.

ABSOLUTLY NOT, DO NOT BRING ON BOARD FOR ANY REASON!  The waterways in the United States are federally regulated and the federal government does not allow for the use of marijuana for any reason. It is a federal crime to have marijuana on board any boat. Do not board our boat if you have marijuana in your possession. You will be personally liable for any and all legal action that might occur.

After the Sail

After the boat tour

Tipping is optional and never expected but always appreciated. If you would like to leave a gratuity the suggested amount is between 15% and 20%.

Below are Captain David’s recommendations for good food close to marina.

Manhatta: Short walk from the Marina
One of my favorite places to get a drink or if you made reservations a fantastic dinner. Skip the Empire State Building or the WTC Observatory.  Best view of NYC by far and oh th  the drinks are yummy!

Hudson Eats: Upstairs from Le’District inside Brookfield Place
High end food court with many delectable choices. I just love Blue Ribbon Sushi.

Beaubourg: On the waterfront of Brookfield Place
Brasserie with a wonderful water side location. Food is good but high priced for the quality. Great place for a drink.

Seamore’s: Inside Brookfield Place
Great Seafood and fantastic Poke!

Sant Ambroeus: Inside Brookfield Place
Italian restaurant and coffee shop with Italian delicacies.

Shake Shack: 215 Murray St, (646) 545-4600
Short walk from Pier 25. Great shakes and burgers a must while in NYC.

Pick a Bagel: 102 N End Ave, (973) 798-9407
Great local bagels for lunch and breakfast.

Eataly Downtown: 101 Liberty Street inside 4 World Trade Center, (212) 897-2895
Pick up some of the best charcuterie for the boat before you get on board. Also has nice Pizza and Italian food.

Joes Pizza: 124 Fulton St, (212) 267-0860
New location and a short walk from the marina. By the slice pizza that is world famous.

Stone Street: Short walk from the marina.
Historic area with great bars and restaurants.

Adrienne’s Pizzabar: 54 Stone St, (212) 228-2800
Great for dinner or lunch and has outdoor seating.

Tribeca Grill:  375 Greenwich St. (212)-941-3900
Short walk from the marina, solid great food.

Our Reviews

Morgan Gundrum
Morgan Gundrum
2021-04-20
10/10 experience with Captain David onboard the beautiful boat Tara! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Frank McDonald
Frank McDonald
2021-04-20
Captain Dave, a native New Yorker, was extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable in regard to our magnificent “once in a lifetime” New York harbor cruise. In his easy-going manner he shared with us the history of this tremendous New York waterway and the city. He and his mate, his teakwood trimmed sailboat Tara, gave us a wonderful relaxing cruise and views of New York we will never forget!
Brett Donohue
Brett Donohue
2021-04-12
WOW! I can't thank Captain Dave & Levi enough for their help in making our engagement an experience we'll never forget! A beautiful boat, incredible views, and top-notch service! Also, Cpt Dave took some wonderful photos for us while popping the question! 2 hours on the water with close up views of Lady Liberty and the iconic FiDi skyline were totally worth it. We felt very safe - my fiancee gets seasick from time to time, but was totally unaffected by it on this boat. We definitely want to go back with a small group of friends to share the experience again! If you're a local New Yorker, this is an amazing way to see your city in a way you never have before. Don't overthink it - Tribeca Sailing is the way to go!
Karin Chan
Karin Chan
2021-04-10
Perfect Staycation During COVID We had an amazing 2+ hour private sail on Tara with Captain Dave. Weather was gorgeous and we had such a great time. It is the perfect way to see NYC and spend time on the water as a staycation during COVID. Captain Dave was responsive and personalized our sailing time to our needs. We can't wait to sail on the Tara again . . .
Brendan McNamara
Brendan McNamara
2021-04-08
Our group had a phenomenal experience with Tribeca Sailing - planning the reservation and directions to the marina were seamless with David’s help, making the sunset charter a memorable experience. Having this charter for our group of six made the experience intimidate, personable, and covid-conscious. After this sailing we plan to rebook, for family and friends visiting New York. Thank you again, this was a great way to celebrate a birthday!
Jeena Joy
Jeena Joy
2020-12-19
Captain David is amazing! I booked the Tara for my boyfriend's birthday, and it was such a delight! It was just us two and Captain David and he made us feel so comfortable throughout the whole ride. He was so much fun to talk to and get to know, and he allowed us to see NYC in such a great way. There is no better way to see the skyline!! Thank you so much for an amazing birthday weekend.
Camerin Spahn
Camerin Spahn
2020-11-14
Such a great way to safely celebrate with friends! Captain Dave was kind and made everyone on board feel safe and welcome. Even though the weather wasn't perfectly clear or warm (there was even a light mist at some points), we had an incredible time taking in the views of the city. We comfortably sat at the bow of the ship to chat and enjoy music, drinks, and snacks during our nighttime sail. We brought extra layers and blankets, which was a smart move. Would definitely recommend and would love to do again!
Dana Svendsen
Dana Svendsen
2020-11-13
We had an amazing sailing experience! Could not have asked for better weather to enjoy a lovely evening on the Hudson. David was a wonderful captain and showed us incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and city at sunset. We could not have asked for a better way to celebrate our engagement than this!
Alexey Levkov
Alexey Levkov
2020-11-13
We had a terrific time with Captain David. Great boat and remarkable views. Kids had a blast. It was definitely worth every penny.
Andres Ruiz
Andres Ruiz
2020-11-12
Amazing experience . Really recommend. I live in New York for 22 year but I still experiencing all tourism activities like my first day . And this is a good one to recommend . Don’t forget to read the email about the rules before you get there ! Because I didn’t 🤣. And bring a nice camera .