MAP AND LOCATION
Our boats are docked at the Opal Marina. Check in is located at out Danger Chandlery Store which is conveniently located at the Opal Marina shops.
To get to the docks you walk between the Opal Key Resort & Marina and the Key West Museum of Art and History Building (also known as the old Key West Custom’s Building) on the brick-paved pathway. Make a left turn and walk past the shops on your left and the cruise ship on your right. As you walk up the brick paved ramp are store Danger Chandlery is to the left. and that is where you check-in for your Key West sailboat excursion with the Danger Charters.
Parking anywhere in Key West is somewhat of a challenge. The area where our boats are docked is called Old Town. In Old Town, the streets have pay-by-block parking meters – these take cash, quarters, or credit/debit cards. There is parking under the Opal Resort and Marina but most of the time it is full.
We suggest you bike, walk, or take a taxi to the docks and just leave your car at your hotel accommodation. If that is not an option, the streets do have lots of metered parking spaces.
Our boats are custom-built replicas of a type of American sailing craft called a Skipjack. Skipjacks were originally designed and built to dredge oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay region during the late 19th century. In the early 1900s, Skipjacks were sailed down to the Florida Keys to work in the sponging and cargo hauling industries, and primarily as “Wrecking Schooners”, which were boats that raced out to salvage the many very profitable wrecks that went aground upon the reef and shallow waters off the Keys. A Skipjack’s shallow design, coupled with its impressively large sail area, make these vessels ideal for sailing the backcountry.
Our perfectly designed shallow-draft schooners enable us to access the very shallow waters that comprise the Key West National Wildlife Refuge and which is the home to countless beautiful and deserted out islands. And, in turn, keep all of our guests in very calm, protected waters, even on the windiest of days, thus preventing any problems with seasickness or rough water sailing.
There is no better way to experience the incredible natural beauty of the Keys than under a cloud of sail, in shallow and protected waters that provide flat seas even on the windiest of days!
- Towels, bathing suits, hats, sunglasses, underwater camera, (a sweatshirt in the winter months)
- Sunscreen (Reef Safe biodegradable sunscreen is available to purchase at the check-in booth)
- Mask, fins, and snorkels. The snorkels are sanitized for your protection.
- Wetsuits in the cooler winter months
- We have plenty of kayaks.
- All instruction and safety gear (no experience necessary!)
- Cold drinks: regular/diet sodas, wine, beer, and bottled water.
- On the half day excursion we serve snacks such as fruit, chips and salsa and hummus.
- On the full day excursion we serve a full lunch; curried chicken, tuna and pasta salad along with a selection of deli meats and cheeses.
- On our Sunset Sail the “Wind and Wine” we serve an array of cheese displays, summer sausage, caprese skewers, crudite, dark chocolate, imported and domestic beer, premium wines, sodas and bottled water.