Private Sailing Charters

Private Boat | 2-6 Guests

About this Private Charter:

Whether you’re looking for a sail for a small group of 2-6,  like the feel of your own private yacht, want casual instruction, or are planning a small party, Starlight is the private boat for you!

Starlight sails by private charter only meaning that it is just your group on board the boat.  To view pictures of Starlight, visit the Starlight page.  (For safety reasons, no children under 6). 

Starlight is an O’Day 34 one of the most popular private boats in the U.S.  She has a very comfortable cockpit with stern perch seats, many nice places to sit, and sails well.  There is a well-equipped cabin in which to stow your gear or get out of the weather, a cooler for drinks and snacks, a stereo, light jackets and blankets for cool weather, and all required safety gear.

If Starlight is sold out, consider a private charter aboard our larger boat, Sightsailer.  Since Sightsailer is larger and has greater capacity, she is more expensive to charter, however, we do many private charters on Sightsailer with just 2-6 guests!


Where will you sail?

Pack a small picnic and come enjoy the spectacular setting as you sail through beautiful Newport Harbor, into legendary Narragansett Bay, and along the shoreline of Newport’s Ocean Drive.  Your friendly captain knows the history of the stunning sights you’ll sail past and will give light, informative commentary.  Take the wheel and experience the thrill of sailing, receive casual sailing instruction or sit back and relax.

What to Bring

Other than having the private boat to yourselves, a Private Charter also allows you to have food and drink delivered or brought on board, listen to your own music, etc.

Drinks are not included on private charters, however, we have an Igloo cooler aboard and you’re welcome to bring your favorite, wine, beer, or champagne. Please note that no hard liquor is permitted on the private boat.

For Starlight, we suggest you stop at a local market and pick up food on your own. Try Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet or Panera, both of which are close to Bowen’s Wharf. There are also several markets close by on Thames Street and on America’s Cup Avenue.

Boarding Restrictions

Note: Boarding and disembarking Starlight is done by taking 2-3 steps up and down a sturdy ladder, permanently attached to a seawall. 

You may see a picture of the boarding ladder by visiting the photo gallery on the Starlight page. 

Guests need to be able to lift their leg about 16-20″ over the boat’s lifelines and hold on to the ladder to get on and off the boat.

If you have balance or mobility issues, we recommend you consider a sail on Aquidneck which is our most stable vessel with standard stair and handrail boarding.

Charter Durations

Each sail is 2 hours.  Almost all guests find a two-hour sail allows them to cover a lot of ground, relax and experience the joy of sailing. 

Availability & Booking

This sail is offered 7 days during our peak season. Weekend and select weekdays during our shoulder season. See Starlight’s schedule is detailed in the Schedule & Rates section. 

To view our up-to-date availability or to book a charter on Starlight, you can Book Online at any time.

Should Starlight be sold out, consider a private charter on Sightsailer.  Sightsailer is larger and can sail with up to 13 guests, however, we do many charters on her with just 2-6 guests.  More info on Sightsailer can be found here.

For more questions about bringing food and beverage please read under “Private Charters” in the response to the question on our FAQ page.

Private Charter Inquiries

    How would you prefer to be contacted?

      Starlight Sightsailer Aquidneck
    Maximum # of guests 6 13 49
    Sail Length 2 hours 1.5 hours 1.75 hours
    Price July - Labor Day: $395. May - June & Sept. 6th - Mid-Oct.: $375 weekdays / $395 weekends & holidays. $725 / $800 Email for pricing

    If your group exceeds 23, we require that you charter Aquidneck. Otherwise, your group can start to overwhelm other guests on board who are not part of your group.

    Other than having the boat to yourselves, a Private Charter also allows you to have food and drink delivered or brought on board, listen to your own music, etc.

    For more information on each specific vessel navigate to "Our Fleet".

    After you determine which boat fits your group, look at that boat's departure schedule in the Schedules & Rates section and choose one of the boat's scheduled departures as your private charter departure time.

    Two-hour Private Charters aboard Starlight may be booked online.

    If you have questions or would like to check availability for a Private Charter on Sightsailer or Aquidneck please fill out the inquiry form to the right.

    To book a private charter for Sightsailer or Aquidneck, please fill out the inquiry form.

    For information and questions about weather, cancellations, food & drink and other policies see our FAQ page.

    *Please note that boat capacity numbers are determined by the Coast Guard and cannot be exceeded under any circumstance.  The Coast Guard considers every human being on the boat to be a person regardless of age, so an infant counts the same as an adult in the total guest count.

    “Hands down the highlight of our time in Newport”

    C. Smith, Boston MA. -TripAdvisor