Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is it like having a captain on board?

A. A captain vastly eases your burden of responsibility for the boat, creating a truly stress-free vacation. The captain’s job is to ensure the safe navigation and handling of the yacht between destinations. You may request that he or she be as present or as discreet as you wish once the yacht is moored. Your captain will orient you to the boat’s systems, tend to mechanical malfunctions and troubleshooting, and guide you to spectacular locations.

Q. Can I charter without a captain?

A. Under special circumstances, ELSKOV may be chartered without a hired captain. Please call us to discuss the qualifications required for this.

Q. Can I take the helm with a captain onboard?

A. Yes! You can sail the boat whenever you wish—but turn over the helm to the captain, as well. The captain is there to assure your safety and comfort.

Q. How does the boat get provisioned?

A. You have a few options for provisioning. Guests who live locally may wish to purchase their food at one of several stores near Castine. People traveling from afar may hire the services of a local provisioning company (please inquire about this), or place and pay for an order online at the Hannaford Supermarket in Ellsworth, Maine. Nuada Classic Yachting associates will collect the order and have it waiting at the boat upon your arrival.

Q. What about foul weather?

A. Charterers should be prepared for all weather. The summer in coastal Maine can be cool, cloudy, foggy, wet, or sunny—sometimes all in one day! We do not offer refunds for such inclement weather, but in the case of a named storm or hurricane we will either fully refund all money paid, or rebook your cruise for a safe weather window.

Q. Why is your company called Nuada Classic Yachting?

A. The “Classic Yachting” part is self-explanatory. “Nuada” is a little more complicated. In our search for a name, we stumbled upon this one, which was the moniker of several mythological Celtic figures. Digging a little deeper, we learned that the name Nuada is associated with the name Nodens—a British deity who was connected with the sea and healing. So far, so good. It sealed the deal when we learned that “Nuada” is likely rooted in a Germanic word meaning “have the use of.” We find sailing to be profoundly healing, and we're eager to offer the use of our boat to others who do, too. So, we cherry-picked the interpretation of Nuada to fit our wishes. Plus, we like the way it sounds.