Hard Tail Charters

Charter Services

  • Harbor Tours
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Photography Tours
  • Water Taxi

Departing from

  • Stonington & Mystic, CT
  • Fishers Island, NY
  • Watch Hill, RI

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Rates & Policies

Hours of Operation: Earliest departure is 9 am; the last trip returns to the docks at dusk.

Rates: For 2016, our per-person rate for an hour-long cruise on the waters defined by Watch Hill Harbor to Stonington Harbor will be determined by prevailing fuel costs. Excursions beyond this boundary—for example to Mystic, CT, Fisher's Island, NY or Block Island—can be arranged for an additional charge per person, per hour of travel time (a one hour minimum applies). Please call for more details and current rates.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to reach shore, a beach outing includes the transfer from the Hard Tail to a smaller inflatable dinghy, which requires reasonable physical agility (and a willing spirit!). Please take this into consideration before booking your outing.

Reservations: We ask that you reserve your trip a minimum of 7 days prior to your desired date. Trip requests made without reservations will be accommodated if open time slots are available on the desired date.

Deposits and Cancellations: Reservations must be accompanied by a 50% non-refundable deposit. Should weather conditions dictate a trip cancellation, or if the customer must cancel for any reason, the deposit will be reserved and applied to a future trip on a mutually agreeable time or date.

Payment: We accept cash and travelers checks; all fees are due payable in full prior to the start of the trip. (If your reservation included a deposit, the balance must be paid in cash prior to leaving the dock.) We prefer payment not be made by personal check; however, we will accept a check if it’s received with sufficient time for it to clear prior to the date of the trip. (We will not accept personal checks the day of the trip.) Please call to discuss additional payment options for your outing.

Provisioning: All trips include light refreshments and snacks, with a choice of bottled waters, sodas, coffee, crackers, chips and etc. More extensive selections will be provided on request and will include a small surcharge (please let us know if you have specific dietary concerns or needs). Alcohol is permitted on board, but is limited to wine and beer; no hard liquor is allowed. We ask that you drink responsibly when on-board; unruly or drunken behavior will automatically terminate the trip, with no refund of any fees. Smoking of any description is not permitted. What to Bring: Only rubber-soled shoes, sandals or boots are allowed on board. Bring a light, water-resistant jacket and slacks; even on the sunniest days, it can be considerably cooler (and wetter) on the water than on shore. Sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen are also essential. Of course, a camera, your iPod, cell phone or what have you will add to your enjoyment, so bring them along. If you are susceptible to sea-sickness, please plan accordingly by taking the proper precautions and medications well before the start of your trip.

The Legal Stuff: Marinas, docks and boats exist in a much less stable environment than most folks may be accustomed to. As such, the customer accepts and agrees that Hard Tail Charters, LLC, and any marina or business encountered in the course of the trip, will bear no responsibility for any personal harm, accident or damage which might occur on land and/or while boarding or leaving the boat. The Captain assumes responsibility for the ship and passengers while underway, and pledges to operate the vessel safely and in compliance with all recognized navigational “Rules of the Road”, but he cannot predict (nor will he be responsible for) the actions of other vessels encountered. The customer fully recognizes—and by booking a trip, accepts—these conditions, and agrees to hold harmless Hard Tail Charters, LLC and its Captain against any damages resulting from any situation not under his direct operational control. With that business taken care of, it’s on to…

The Fun Stuff: Our goal is to ensure that your time on the water will be relaxed, pleasant and memorable. We look forward to providing you with a great outing, and to having you aboard!