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"There are no stupid questions." -Unknown

Some people have asked me, "What is a sailing charter?"  The answer is, it is a (simply) purchased scheduled sailboat ride!  I, Captain Louis offers sailboat rides as a service.  All boats are considered to sail when they cast off and leave port, however, from a sailboat perspective, when the sails are hoisted, we are sailing.  Fishing charters are another example, a captain offers his/her service taking folks out on the water to fish from the boat.  We charter the sailboat.

The service I provide is taken in aboard JULIE ANN, a 36ft. sloop, together we enjoy a sailing experience on our daily sail or a picturesque sunset sail.* (no two sunsets are ever the same)


Up to 4 people for 2+ hours.  Pricing start at $385.00.  (please see the Hail Us page for prices)

(I am licensed to take up to 6 people but I try to avoid overcrowding for comfort and enjoyment.)

  • Public charter, for our definition, is when we have mixed parties i.e. party of 1 + party of 1, party of 1 + party of 2, party of 2 + party of 2, party of 3 + party of 1, or party of 4.

  • Private charter, for our definition, is exclusively for one party, be it 1, 2, 3 persons. Party of less than 4 may reserve the boat as private, if they wish to not have another party sail with them.

If you wish to reserve the boat exclusively to yourselves and have less than 4 people, please state so when making reservations.

  • Private cruise, for our definition, are for special events and ceremonies/celebrations.  Cruises are an exception to the rule as to bring 6 people, to accommodate the inclusive group.  Private cruises return by 4:00 p.m.  (Please note, ceremonials are not exclusive to all day cruises, they may apply to shorter 2+ hour trip or as the customer denotes.)


During special events such as the Fourth of July fireworks the boat leaves at 7:00p.m. and returns around 10:00p.m.  Fourth of July rate is $450.00.

Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis and HELD with credit card when calling Captain Louis at 936.827.9699.  Your seat is guaranteed when you reserve with credit card.  Please be sure you are going when you make reservations!  No changes, trades, credits or exchanges once a reservation has been made for a date and time.

There are no cancellations except by Dances With Sails due to inclement weather or mechanical breakdowns.

Hours: (Seven days a week)

Monday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

Tuesday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

Wednesday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

Thursday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

Friday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

Saturday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

Sunday 10:a.m.-7:30p.m.(sunset)

* Sunset sails depart at 3:30pm sharp.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

We begin boarding 30 minutes before we cast off.  Everyone should be present 15 min. prior to cast off for the orientation.

Please call to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance so we can make the weather work in our favor.

  • Proposals, weddings, baptisms,,, we accommodate most ceremonies!

  • Entertain your clients aboard our vessel, a 2 hour sailing excursion could help bring business owner and client closer together when bonding and trust is well appreciated.

Let's go sailing and enjoy the day and learn something about sailing, about each other, about life.  Let's have some fun.


Local weather links

  • Wunderground weather
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  • Windy
  • PassageWeather
  • Bascule Bridge station
  • Local Tides
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email Captain Louis:  or  call: 936.827.9699 (please leave message if necessary.)
Located on the scenic Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, in Mandeville Louisiana, adjacent to Fontainebleau State Park.