Join us for a morning sail to see nature at its best and get a glimpse of the wild ponies that inhabit two of the area’s most beautiful islands. Visible from Front Street and as you sail down Taylor’s Creek are the ponies that thrive on the Rachel Carson Reserve, what the locals call Carrot Island. A little further downstream and around the corner is Shackleford Banks, or Shack as the locals would say, where an additional group of ponies thrive. Be sure to bring your cameras as you will find many wonderful photo ops for capturing lasting memories as we sail along. The morning is also the best time to get a glimpse of our local dolphin pods. Oftentimes, you will find them swimming along at the bow of the boat as we sail along. At certain times of the year, you will likely see new born and juvenile dolphins as they come to our area to birth their young. So, if you don’t mind rising a little early on your vacation and want to see nature at its best, please be sure to join us!
Recently voted the “Best National Park Beach“, Cape Lookout is truly an amazing destination, and one that should be enjoyed from your own private yacht. Uncrowded, pristine, and waiting for you are some of the most remote and unspoiled beaches on the East Coast – truly a national treasure. Let sailing yacht STRAY be your magic carpet, taking you on a stable, safe, and secure ride over top of the waves, headed for the pristine and award winning beaches of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. As the crew sets and trims the sails your group will recognize the magical qualities of wind-driven locomotion. You’ll have full use of all the on-board toys: kayaks, paddleboards, and rafts, along with the yacht’s tender to ferry you to the beach for some shelling, sunbathing or just a nice, relaxing walk. Many of our guests find that they are just as content relaxing in style aboard STRAY where they enjoy cold drinks, cool breezes, and music. There are plenty of lounging options, both in the sun and the shade. For the ones who want to take a break from the sun, the interior salon has a 360 degree view of the outside, lots of hatches for ventilation, comfortable seating, and a flat screen TV.
There is no better way to end your day in America’s Coolest Small Town than with a cocktail in hand while sailing the beautiful waterways of Beaufort and Morehead City. And, did I mention those glorious sunsets that our coastline is known for. This trip is prefect for the couple looking for a romantic evening on the water or a group of up to 12 that are looking to put a twist on a traditional cocktail party. Our Sunsets and Cocktails cruise will take you down Taylor’s Creek along the Beaufort waterfront, towards the Beaufort inlet, past Bird Shoals and Shackleford Banks, and over to the Morehead City waterfront. You may even find yourself up a stretch of Adam’s Creek to catch a glimpse of our local pods of dolphins before they tuck in for the night.
Waterfront dining is in its truest form aboard sailing yacht STRAY. You can’t get any closer to the water when you’re literally on the water. Let our 5-star chef prepare your meals on board while you enjoy the company of your family and friends along with a cruise out to Shackleford Banks. Allow the crew to set the anchor and your dinner will be served. The crew aboard STRAY has chosen Shackleford Banks as the #1 spot for waterfront dining in Beaufort as you are likely to catch a glimpse of the area’s wild ponies and maybe even encounter a visit from a dolphin or two. As you finish your dessert the crew will haul the anchor and sail back to port while you enjoy the sun setting over our the horizon.
There nothing better than waking up to the fresh ocean breeze and salt air in the serene waters of Cape Lookout or Shackleford Banks. Let the crew aboard STRAY sail you out to your chosen anchorage and get you set for the weekend. You will have use of our kayak, paddleboard, tender, and other water toys. You will find yourself in comfort with a spacious salon indoors along with an exterior platform that allows you relax in the shade or in full sun in the trampolines at the bow of the yacht. The crew is happy to provision the boat for you ahead of time, provide a chef or catering, or allow you to bring all of your own items for your weekend of fun. As your weekend comes to an end your crew will haul the anchor and take for a relaxing sail back to port along the beautiful waterfronts of Beaufort and Morehead City.
For those that are a bit more adventurous or a have more time to spend aboard STRAY, you may consider a term charter to Oriental and Ocracoke Island. You may also elect to head in the opposite direction for an adventure to Wilmington, Bald Head Island, and Southport. As either of these trips are the ultimate vacation adventure we will need to provide you with an individualized quote. So, please, contact your friendly crew.