Some of our guests have written commentaries about us, we think they have done a better job of describing the experience of a private sail with us than anything we could have written!
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An Unforgettable Sunset Sail
July 2, 2018
My wife and I sailed the sunset cruise with Katherine and Dan last night. To say that it was perfect is an understatement. Katherine and Dan shared their boat, their experience and kept great conversation. We felt as if we were hanging out with friends we hadn't seen in some time. The boat is beautiful and well kept. As we sailed, Katherine told us a little about the area, and showed us where we would be sailing. After a while, Dan let me take the wheel. What a great experience. It was one of the most peaceful things I've done in a while, the whole experience actually seemed longer than it was. As we made our way back to the slip, we saw one of the most beautiful sunsets. Being on the water just seems to make everything better. We highly recommend Sail the Outer Banks with Katherine and Dan. I can see us making this a yearly ritual when we are visiting the Outer Banks.
Fantastic Sail Time, Loved it!!!
June 30, 2018
Dan and Katherine were great. Beautiful sail boat and we felt like we were sailing with old friends. It was so nice when the sails were up and no engine and you just hear the boat gliding across the water. We've chartered sail boats in Mexico and Hawaii, but this was the best experience. Dan let me drive the boat which was very cool. Reserve this early before they are booked. Look forward to returning to the Outer Banks and sailing again with Dan and Katherine. Thanks for a great time.
June 12, 2018
I genuinely cannot imagine a more delightful evening. Dan and Katherine are such engaging hosts, so attuned to our comfort and enjoyment. Their knowledge of the area and willingness to share stories about the location were a most pleasant enhancement. The boat is beautiful, the accommodations so comfortable, the experience so completely enjoyable, we just can't wait to do it again. A most memorable adventure, and I would unequivocally recommend it to anyone.
Sailing into the Sunset aboard the Seascape
May 4, 2018
We did a sunset sail with Captains Dan and Katherine. It was perfect for our party of 6. My parents appointed me activity director this year and after 31 years of traveling to the OBX annually, I wanted something different and something we would NEVER forget. Every single good review you see here is 1000% accurate. This trip inspired one of our friends and I to take sailing lessons when we return to Maryland. Dan had some of us actually steering the boat and Katherine was an outstanding host. She even picked us a bundle of fresh herbs from the garden as a welcome gift. We will definitely do future sunset cruises with Dan and Katherine and recommend to EVERYONE we know that travels to the OBX. Thank you to the best HOSTS ever. You guys feel like a part of the family and we will see you Next Year!!
Sept 9, 2017
Katherine and Dan are great hosts and wonderful people. The cruise was a highlight of our vacation. We had a wonderful time sailing and watching the sunset. My husband even took the helm for a bit.
Sailing at Sunset
Sept 1, 2017
As part of our couples vacation, we decided to do private sunset sail with Katherine and Dan. However, little did we know how amazing the experience would be! Katherine warmly greeted us at the pier and welcomed us onto their lovely boat. After a tour and explanation of the trip, we set sail on what turned out to be the best evening of our trip. Dan and Katherine are very knowledgeable and passed on their love for sailing onto us in just a few hours. It was exciting, relaxing, and romantic at the same time! I would highly recommend sailing with Katherine and Dan, and can't wait to sail with them again.
Great -- Definite Way to go for a Sailing Experience
August 22, 2017
We did a sunset sail with Katherine and Dan. We were a family of four with two teens. Katherine and Dan are great hosts. We saw a ton of dolphins -- which they said can be hit or miss. It was a beautiful evening and we experienced an awesome sunset. It passed a major test as our two teens stayed off their phones for much of the time. That was in part due to it being a new experience and in part due to the nice way of Katherine and Dan make it an enjoyable time -- sharing as much information as you want but not pushing it on your. Highly recommended!
Great Sailing Experience
August 7, 2017
I went on the evening sail ride with my family and it was so nice! The views were amazing and Katherine and Dan were fun to be around. They let my siblings and I sail the boat and Katherine even pulled out fun hats to wear! Overall there were a great team and it was nice to just have the family sail for a few hours on the water:)
Super "Mystery" Surprise
July 24, 2017
I took my family on a "mystery" ride to the dock at Manteo. They had no idea what we were doing for the evening except that we had purchased picnic food. The sailboat cruise was a total surprise for them. Dan and Katherine were excellent hosts and sailors. They were able to pull my 19 year old out of his mental aggravation about having to deal with a "surprise" which he thought was going to be a "stupid bluegrass concert". He was surprised for sure and really enjoyed the whole experience. We definitely recommend getting out on the cruise, feeling the wonderful breeze, watching the sunset, and becoming friends with Dan and Katherine.
July 19, 2017
Katherine and Dan were a first class team. Their boat is beautiful and they were graceful and knowledgeable hosts. The sailing was amazing, and the sunset was one of the most beautiful of my life. It is hard to put into words how relaxing it was to be on deck, hearing the wind and water. Dan and Katherine encouraged me to steer and invested the time to teach along the way. I got the impression that they really make the experience what the guest is looking for. We were looking for quiet, romantic and relaxing and they nailed it! I am glad we saved it until the end of this wonderful vacation because it would have been hard to top the experience. A perfect anniversary trip!
Best Outer Banks Experience
July 14, 2017
My family and I did the Sunset Sail on the boat "Sea'Scape" with Dan and Katherine. We got a personal small boat/small group experience and a real taste of authentic Outer Banks sailing.. all of us were allowed to pilot (steer) the boat - with supervision of course. My son said this was his best-ever Outer Banks experience, and we have been going there for over 30 years! All the kids, who are thirty and over, came away wanting to buy a boat! As a bonus, the town of Manteo is charming, with lots of small shops and restaurants. This is a must-do activity!
Great Summer Evening Sail
July 3, 2017
We had a wonderful evening on the water with Katherine and Dan. They are both extremely skilled captains of their beautiful classic boat "Sea'Scape". We had a great time and we'll be back!
June 26, 2017
This was my first time on a sailboat and what a great experience it was. Katherine and Dan were wonderful. They made us feel as if we were family. My grandson got to be captain. He will never forget the trip. This is a must do on your trip to the Outer Banks!
June 9, 2017
We had so much fun sailing with Captain Dan and Captain Katherine. They were in on the surprise engagement that happened on the boat and helped make it a perfect night. I will forever be grateful for the two of them making the night absolutely unforgettable. Thank you again and we can't wait to come back for years to come!
THE VERY BEST!!!
June 13, 2017
I had initially purchased a private sailing tour for my dad as it was to be his last sail due to his age of 86. Sadly he fell and broke part of his spine so he was not able to make the trip. He did get to watch us sail out of the harbor which was hard on him since he is an old salt sailor and was looking forward to this for months!!
Owners Capt Dan and Capt Katherine were amazing. Very knowledgeable at what they do and did everything to make us feel comfortable and made this trip an overall fantastic day. My new son-in-law had never sailed and he and my daughter both took turns at the helm. The wind was at our backs and the sails billowed majestically as the boat slipped quickly through the water, even getting up to 7 knots which is fast.
The day was a peaceful calming adventure for us all. I very much enjoyed laying on the bow (front of the boat) flat as we tacked, which is when the sails move from one side to the other which meant they passed over me. It was a unique experience and I will admit that I couldn't help myself, each time giggling and squealing with joy.
If you have never sailed and want to experience it.. go with Dan and Katherine.
If you have sailed but want to do it again.. go with Dan and Katherine.
Thank you to both of them for giving us a fantastic day on the water. My Dad has enjoyed all the footage and photos we took that day and he is living the experience through us..... not what he envisioned but he knows he couldn't have joined us due to the severe injury he is recovering from.
The Most Gracious, Knowledgeable, and Sweetest Couple to Sail With
June 12, 2017
We went on a sunset sail with Captain Dan and Captain Katherine for our last night in the Outer Banks. We are a family of 5 with children ages 23, 13, and 8. The Captains were very attentive with our kids and made us feel at home on their beautiful boat. I was in awe of how well they both knew "the ropes" and worked together like a fine oiled machine. They work hard to make your experience memorable. Such sweet people!
A Beautiful Spring Sail!
April 16, 2017
Captain Dan and Captain Katherine provided the best experience ever for a three hour tour around Roanoke Island. They did everything they could for my wife and I to get great pictures and to put us at ease. It was a thoroughly relaxing tour that felt more like being on the water with long time friends. Mary and I will be back as soon as we can. This was a great couples experience and we loved hearing the stories of their past cruises on the Sea'Scape. By the way: The Sea'Scape is a fine sailboat, very stable and easy to maneuver around. Mary and I can't say enough good things about Dan, Katherine, the Sea'Scape, and our experience. If you are in the Outer Banks area, do not pass this up! It was easy to schedule, easy to find, and easy to settle up via cc. (right on the boat!) If you are a couple, a family, or friends that want a relaxing experience on the water, "Sail the Outer Banks" is what you want!
Perfect and Peaceful
November 3, 2016
My sister and I went on the boat together and it was WONDERFUL. Katherine and Dan are wonderful hosts and captains! The weather was perfect and the sunset beautiful. It is so peaceful to be sailing out on the water it is the perfect activity for couples, friends, family... anyone really!! Would be great for special occasions or just something to make a great memory! Treat yourself and take this trip!!!
What Sailing Ought to Be!
November 3, 2016
Dan and Katherine were fabulous hosts! They were very warm and inviting, and seemed like dear old friends! The Sea'Scape is a very comfortable and nimble vessel, our ride was both peaceful and exhilarating! You won't find a better sailing trip!
October 4, 2016
My closest friend booked this tour as my Christmas present last year. Ten months later (and a hurricane approaching) Katherine and Dan took us out. The weather didn't give us the sunset we had hoped for however Dan and Katherine made up for it. We both got to take the wheel and learned so much about sailing. They both took the time to explain the sail boat and the area. As we were leaving the dock, surrounding boaters looked at us like we were crazy and I am so thrilled we went out anyway. The customer service from these two was incredible. Prompt and spot on! We had brought a bottle of wine and a cheese plate and Kathering made sure we enjoyed it on the boat! A must do in the area!
September 3, 2016
Had a wonderful evening with family and friends sailing and watching the sunset. Dan, thanks for letting us take the helm and Katherine for being so helpful!
August 30, 2016
The sunset cruise was everything we expected and more!!!! Dan and Katherine make you feel welcome and at home the moment you set foot on the boat. They are both licensed captains who know the area inside out and share their knowledge with you during the trip. We were able to help pilot the boat and I spent about an hour behind the wheel. The sailing excursion was both relaxing and exciting, will be back for another cruise next year.....
A Sunset Sail not to be Missed!
Aug 22, 2016
Katherine and Dan are the best! We have enjoyed sailing with them on a private sunset sail charter, and they are both knowledgeable sailors and excellent hosts. And you can't beat the beautiful views and the smell of the salt air! If you are visiting the Outer Banks, make a trip to Manteo to enjoy their hospitality on this gorgeous sailboat - you won't be disappointed!
"YES, You Want to Sail with Dan and Katherine!!"
Aug 11, 2016
Our private sail was a family affair - my husband, my two adult daughters, my 87-year-old mother, and me. On the way home at the end of our vacation, it was unanimous that this was by far our favorite activity of the entire trip. None of us had sailed before, but we were immediately put at ease by the warm and friendly welcome we received from Dan and Katherine. They were the perfect hosts -- making sure that each of us was comfortable and that we were doing just what we wanted to be doing. My mom stayed in the area near the wheel since she couldn't easily get around, and Katherine and Dan took excellent care of her. The rest of us moved around the boat at will, and even had the option to captain the boat if we chose. (Husband and daughter did) By the time we were done it was like we were a family of 7 instead of 5! And the cruise itself was gorgeous -- the weather perfect, a sunset to die for, a ton of dolphin entertaining us, and a beautiful, easy sail through the sound. I am so glad that we chose to sail with Dan and Katherine, it was the perfect evening!
Aug 7, 2016
I booked a sunset sail as a surprise for my boyfriend on our first trip ever to the Outer Banks - this was our absolute favorite part of the trip! We were able to bring food and drinks on board which was a great plus. Dan and Katherine were SO genuine and helpful - we felt comfortable immediately. The weather was perfect and the views truly left us breathless. It was romantic! We highly recommend sailing with them and we cannot wait to come back!
July 29, 2016
I booked a private sailing for my girlfriend and me as I wanted to surprise her with something special. I was a bit concerned because I had not sailed before but it was smooth and Katherine and Dan made us feel very comfortable and are a great source of information; it was as if we were sailing with friends. Dan even allowed us to take turns navigating and took pictures of us with the sunset as background. We asked Katherine to recommend us a good restaurant in Manteo and the one she suggested was great. This was one of the highlights of our first visit to the Outer Banks!
July 10, 2016
We hadn't ever been to the OBX before nor had we been sailing. Our sunset sail was definitely romantic and picture perfect. Dan and Katherine were very thoughtful, genuine, and professional. Definitely not the average excursion company! We highly recommend sailing with them and our first time will definitely not be our last!
"First Private Charter by Owners who made us feel like Family"
June 24, 2016
We began a tour through the whole vessel, which is a gorgeous 1974 sailboat fully equipped with galley, bedrooms, two heads (of course), and the owners, Dan & Katherine, who are both licensed captains who know the sound inside out. They shared piloting the boat with us and I spent about a half hour behind the wheel myself. I have always loved boats and being on the water with the wind at your back! These two and their boat, The Sea'Scape, made our vacation go way beyond expectations. I have sailed 3 times, and none of them came close to the wonderful experience that Dan and Katherine so graciously shared with us on their sunset cruise!
"Private Sail was Amazing!!!"
June 3, 2016
Our family sailed with Dan & Katherine. They were both knowledgeable and made my family feel very welcome. The duration of the sail was a decent amount of time and as an added bonus everyone enjoyed seeing a family of dolphin diving into the sunset. I highly recommend this wonderful sailing duo for your next sunset sail.
"Dan & Katherine are Wonderful!"
May 31, 2016
Dan and Katherine were very welcoming and shared their knowledge of the Outer Banks of sailing and navigating the waterways. We were fortunate to have an absolutely gorgeous day. They openly shared their boat and offered to let us help with the sailing of their sailboat. Dan also let me take the helm. The highlight was the two pods of dolphins, including a baby, that surrounded the boat! We enjoyed our sail so much, as well as the graciousness of Katherine and Dan. We will sail with them again when we make it back to the Outer Banks! We heartily recommend this outing to anyone who loves the water, nice people, and laid back good times!
"Best Private Sail"
May 28, 2016
Katherine and Dan are amazing, we love them and their boat. Very relaxing and we loved having the boat all to ourselves. If you are looking for a boat/sailing activity you won't be disappointed!
May 24, 2016
Dan and Katherine were amazing co-conspirators for my surprise engagement. The graciously helped plan and execute my sunset engagement for my now fiance. The weather was supposed to be bad and they kept me updated regarding the status of the trip the entire day. When we arrived I was stunned by their friendliness. They gave us a tour of the boat and kept my fiance busy while I prepared for the engagement. During the proposal they secretly took photos to capture the moment for us. They even gave my fiance flowers. Highly recommend!
"Magical Sunset Tour"
May 23, 2016
Katherine and Dan were wonderful; they explained where we were sailing and sailed past an osprey nest. The yacht is a beauty and wonderfully maintained. Katherine provided plates and glasses and kept the champagne on ice. The stories were fun. The sunset was just beautiful and my pictures are memorable. This is a true treat and a bargain for the experience. We sailed for three hours and they really listened to what was desired. A lifetime memory created with care and attention to detail and love. Perfect.
"Exactly the sailing tour we were looking for"
November 14, 2015
The sailing excursion was both relaxing and exciting, plus being very informative. We learned about the type of boat and it's parts, the waters we traveled through, and other information about the area. My wife was allowed to steer for a while. We spent a nice Saturday afternoon on the water.
"Highlight of the Weekend! I still have a grin on my face!"
Oct 19, 2015
It was our 20th anniversary and my husband kept me in suspense until we arrived at the dock and met Dan and Katherine. What a surprise! He booked a back to back sailing tour for just the two of us to come back at sunset. We had been on a sailboat 20 years ago on our honeymoon and this excursion was perfect. Dan and Katherine were excellent hosts and asked us what we wanted to do. It was up to us how hands on we wanted to be. Dan taught us how to steer at the correct angles to the wind to get the maximum speed and after a while my husband had the boat close to 7 knots and heeled over almost to the rail! We are not sailors but we love the water and this was a whole lot of fun! We brought a picnic and had it on the boat and enjoyed our conversations and the day. The scenery was beautiful, the owners were gracious, knowledgeable, and down to earth. If you are looking to do something different, this was both relaxing, exhilarating, and a beautiful way to enjoy the afternoon. It will be the kind of trip you want it to be, just let them know how you want to spend the day and they'll make it happen. Highly recommend and we will return!
"Beautiful Sunset Cruise on the SeaScape"
Sept 21, 2015
My sisters and I enjoyed a sunset cruise hosted by Katherine and Dan on their gorgeous sailboat SeaScape. They showed us the sites around Manteo and were very informative about sailing in the Sound. We were SO lucky to have experienced a bonus 'Dolphin Encounter" with them... Upwards of 20 Dolphins swam alongside and entertained us for over an hour! Dan and Katherine were excellent hosts. We felt like we were sailing with friends, not someone we had just met. I encourage you to look them up next time you are in the OBX!
"Fabulous Sunset Cruise on the SeaScape"
Sept 17, 2015
This was our first experience on a sailboat. Dan and Katherine were very welcoming and informative in the ways of sailing and navigating the waterways. We were fortunate to have a beautiful evening, and they offered to let us help with the workings of the sailboat. One of our group actually piloted the ship with the help of Dan! The highlight was the dolphins, including a baby, that surrounded the boat, and Katherine and Dan stayed out longer so we could enjoy that experience. We enjoyed it so much, as well as the graciousness of Katherine and Dan, that we plan to do it again and we recommend it to you too.
Dave, Bev, Mike, and Steph
"Perfect Way to Enjoy the Sunset on the Sound!"
Sept 6, 2015
Our family of 5 (kids age 15, 12, 10) were hosted by Katherine and Dan on their beautiful sailboat SeaScape for a sunset sail. We enjoyed eating our dinner on the gunwale while taking in the scenery and the fresh saltwater air while learning about the sailboat, sailing, and the sights of the sound. We each had a turn at the wheel driving the boat. During sunset we saw a couple of bottle nose dolphins which was a real treat. Katherine and Dan are wonderful hosts. We enjoyed their company and loved having them share their time with us. This was truly a magnificent highlight of our trip.
"Wonderful Evening on the Water"
Sept 4, 2015
My family of 6 adults took a sunset sail with Captains Katherine and Dan on their 41 year old 41 ft sailboat in the sound between Roanoke Island and Nags Head. We had a great time and look forward to going out with them again on our next visit. Initially I emailed the week before to find out what evenings were available and Katherine answered me right away. I then called and made a reservation. The day before the sail, I received a reminder email. The process could not be easier. The sail was relaxing, informative, and educational. Two of us took the helm for awhile under Dan's watchful eye. That was a highlight for me. I've been out on sailboats of varying sizes from a small sunfish to a large clipper and it's always a thrill to be on the water under sail. Thank you Captains for providing this great experience!
Aug 14, 2015
We decided on taking this cruise at the last minute and Katherine was very responsive and was able to accommodate our family of four. We had a relaxing cruise and the kids were able to actively participate. We happened to see a lot of dolphin this particular evening. Dan was patient and knowledgeable. Overall a fantastic way to spend a few hours.
"HIghlight of our Vacation"
July 31, 2015
We have vacationed in OBX for many years, but this was our first sail tour. We considered other outfits through some of the rental and reservation sites we were familiar with in the area, however decided to book this tour due to great reviews, truly private charter, and affordable price. My family of four chartered a Saturday tour with Katherine and Dan. They were exceptional hosts. They both directly engaged with my kids (8 and 5) from the moment of introductions and got them excited for the sail. Katherine took us on a quick tour of the boat and we were off. The kids had a great time each taking turns driving the boat with Dan while the adults enjoyed the ride on the bow. Once that exhausted their attention, Katherine took them below to work on crafts. With Katherine below with the kids, Dan asked for help piloting the boat while we to full sail and from that point on I was driving the boat getting tips and instruction from Dan until we got back to the inlet. It was a great trip that the whole family enjoyed and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a sail adventure in OBX. We look forward to a sunset sail on our next vacation with Katherine and Dan.
July 10, 2015
Katherine and Dan provided a marvelous sunset cruise for myself and our family. Both Captains are knowledgeable about the area while providing so many interesting stories about the boat and themselves. They made certain that our daughter could pilot the boat while giving her insight about sailing requirements! It was a hot, beautiful evening out, leaving us with a wonderful 3 hour sail! We will be taking this excursion again on our next trip to the Outer Banks. Thank you Katherine and Dan for a wonderful evening!
June 9 2015
Our family of 6 and our dog Rex truly enjoyed this first class sailing experience. Dan and Katherine are accommodating hosts, and they are very friendly. They both gave very informative rundowns on the trip itself, the mechanics of sailing, and the island/sound. Everyone aboard had the opportunity to take the wheel under Dan's guidance. It's very relaxed. As they say, 'the boat is yours'. We recommend bringing a cooler with snacks and drinks. Definitely, definitely, definitely recommend this sailing experience!
"This was the best decision we made!"
June 3, 2015
We loved this sailing adventure! The couple that runs the boat are very accommodating. They will let you sail the boat! The wife did crafts with our kids so we could enjoy some time on the boat. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting something fun and family friendly!
May 28, 2015
My family was in the Outer Banks for a wedding. We came down for a short weekend and I booked the sailing trip as a graduation present for my boyfriend. We had no idea what to expect, but we WERE NOT disappointed! Katherine and Dan were fabulous hosts and captains! We boarded the ship, were given a quick tour and brief history, and set sail! They allowed us to treat the boat as if it were our own. We brought a cooler, played music and even ate lunch while sailing. The 6 of us were completely comfortable. They provided us with cushions and explained the entire sailing experience while we relaxed and rode along. Each of us were able to captain the boat, if we wanted, and they were kind enough to take plenty of photos of my family! I definitely recommend their sailing experience as a day outing!
"Family Birthday Sail"
May 25, 2015
As seasoned sailors we thought it would be a great surprise to sail with our son and his family on the OBX. It was a beautiful day with a gentle breeze taking the ketch up to almost 6 knots on a reach. My son and I took our turns at the helm brought back fond memories of years ago. Our young grandchildren loved their first sailing experience. Many thanks to Katherine and Dan for making it a wonderful day.
"Amazing Group Activity"
Oct 14, 2014
We reserved SeaScape for a sunset cruise the evening of my girlfriend's birthday - six of us plus Katherine and Dan (crew). Ship was easy to find and both Katherine and Dan were wonderful hosts. It's a completely private and customized experience. They are expert sailors and really tailor the experience to you and your wishes. The views are gorgeous, especially at sunset, and you can get some real 'hands on' experience if that is your thing, too. We learned a lot, enjoyed some wine and snacks (you can bring your own) while on our sail. Great hosts, beautiful scenery, lifetime memory. Highly recommend this to anyone near Roanoke Island, it's well worth it!!
"Best Birthday Present Ever!"
Oct 4, 2014
My girlfriend chartered 'Sail the Outer Banks' for my birthday. As the date approached the forecast wasn't promising. Katherine got in touch with us and discussed alternatives should the weather be bad. Fortunately, the forecast was wrong and the weather was perfect! Katherine and Dan were excellent hosts and did everything they could to make our trip special... including decorating for my birthday! We both even got to steer the boat! It was a great time and I highly recommend this sailing adventure to anyone.
"Great, unique experience!"
Sept 28, 2014
Making the reservation was very easy. Katherine responded to my email immediately and was very friendly. Prior to our trip, she provided great details and answered all our questions. The trip itself was truly memorable. This was the first time my parents and I had been on a sailboat. Katherine and Dan explained what they were doing, how things worked, and even let each of us have a turn steering the boat. It was great fun!
"She said YES...on the Sunset Cruise!"
Sept 14, 2014
I had been planning to propose to my girlfriend at the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on one of their night climbs in front of the 'Super Moon' to culminate our weekend in the Outer Banks. I had also come across Sail the Outer Banks and thought a sunset cruise would be a great thing to do on Friday to kick off the weekend. We got into the area on Thursday, and Friday afternoon visited the Bodie Island Lighthouse. As it turns out my (now) fiancée is 'super' afraid of heights!!!! So much for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I had to save the weekend somehow and sent a quick email to Katherine that I might propose on the boat later that Friday evening. I told my fiancée that we were gonna have a picnic along the wharf and the sailboat trip was a complete surprise to her! We brought along some picnic food and wine, and really had a blast. Katherine even put together a nice flower bouquet from her own garden. When the time came, my fiancée and I were relaxing on the bow of the boat with some wine, and I asked Dan if he could come take a picture of us. I got on my knee and the rest is...on Facebook!!
"Great Time, Great Hosts, Do This!"
August 31, 2014
I had friends visiting from out of state and we decided to do an afternoon sailing excursion on the Sea'Scape. I highly recommend this to visitors and locals alike. It's a fantastic value for three hours of sailing (on your own private, skippered sailboat!) The boat is large and comfortable (and yes ladies, it has bathrooms!). Katherine and Dan are very knowledgeable and easygoing. I'd definitely like to do this again.
August 29, 2014
We highly recommend a sunset cruise with Katherine and Dan! The boat is beautiful and Katherine and Dan make you feel right at home. They were very accommodating and their knowledge of sailing was amazing. We had a wonderful, relaxing time. The highlight of our Outer Banks vacation!
August 22, 2014
Our family of four was looking forward to this evening sail and EVERYONE came away happy. Rare. The boat is lovely, Dan and Katherine are professional and warm, accommodating and knowledgeable. We were giddy during our picnic dinner and then dessert while sitting on the bow watching the sun rays beam onto the water. Grownups were able to have some adult conversation and gain some knowledge of sailing and of the area. The kids explored, steered the boat, did crafts, and didn't want to leave! We all felt spoiled. Thank You!
"Fantastic Evening on the Water!"
August 13, 2014
What a fantastic way to spend an evening in the OBX. My family and I have been coming to the Outer Banks for years but have never been out on the water. On a whim we decided that this year we would try to book a sailing trip and are so glad we did! Katherine and Dan were so warm and welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable and professional. We brought our dinner with us, enjoyed a glass of wine, and totally relaxed. I would highly recommend booking a trip with Katherine and Dan if you're coming to the Outer Banks - it was a lovely intimate way to get out on the water and kick back for a few hours.
"A wonderful Experience!"
July 7, 2014
What a great way to spend a few hours of our vacation! We arrived a few minutes early and Dan and Katherine were just finishing the preparations for our sail. The three of us (myself, the missus, and our beagle Teufel) were warmly welcomed aboard and after we were underway, Dan and Katherine told us we were welcome to roam around the boat as we pleased, they were both very knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife which made for an interesting trip.
I sat forward for a good part of the trip taking photos and enjoying the scenery while my wife and Teufel stayed in the cabin for the most part. I took a turn at the helm which was really enjoyable and Katherine and Dan were very accommodating - basically, the trip was ours to do whatever we wanted! The weather was gorgeous and we had a great time!
I highly recommend this trip, thanks Captains Katherine and Dan!
"Amazing way to watch the sunset!"
May 24, 2014
Dan and Katherine were wonderful to sail with, real professionals. It made our honeymoon extra special.
"Inaugural sail for the 2014 season, and it was fun!"
March 29, 2014
We had the pleasure of taking the inaugural sail of the new season with captains Dan and Katherine. The weather was chilly but it certainly did not put a damper on the thrill of being our first time to sail in the new season. Katherine and Dan know a lot about sailing and are very accommodating. They are very knowledgeable about sailing the waters surrounding Roanoke Island. If you want to spend two or three hours of enjoyment and get a new perspective from the water, then you have got to sign up for this unique and personalized experience!
"Great Wedding Gift"
Sept 26, 2013
We were sent by our family and friends on an incredible trip!!! Dan & Katherine gave us an awesome start to a mini-honeymoon. We were recently married on the beach, in the OBX and our guests surprised us with this sunset sailboat cruise. Dan taught us the basics of sailing and let us both steer this beautiful ketch! I was thrilled with the chance to handle such a great boat. I am so thankful for the great trip. Thanks so much Dan and Katherine!!!
"Highlight of our Trip to the OBX"
July 22, 2013
I had booked the sunset sail as one of the activities for our family trip to OBX and got more than I expected, Dan and Katherine are fantastic. Katherine communicated with me for all the bookings and was very prompt with her responses. On the day of the sail, we set out at the time we had decided on, Dan and Katherine made us feel very comfortable, it was just the four of us and them. It was one amazing evening at sea and Dan let everyone at the helm. Katherine helped us with the drinks and she kept my daughters busy with some crafts when they had enough of the sea. Dan gave us the insights of the area as well as about sailing, overall it was worth it, would definitely recommend.
"Dan and Katherine are the BEST!"
July 12, 2013
I contacted Dan and Katherine to charter their boat with plans on proposing to my girlfriend. Katherine responded right away, communicated with me often when I had concerns about the weather, and made it a perfect trip when I finally popped the question! She brought us drinks and snacks while we sat on the bow, and we even got to steer the boat. Both Dan and Katherine were very friendly and gave us a history of the surrounding waters and answered all of our questions we threw at them. Thanks for a very memorable experience!
"Fantastic Sailing Experience"
July 9, 2013
Our family had a delightful sunset cruise with Captain Dan and Katherine aboard their 41 ft sailboat in the Albemarle Sound out of Manteo, NC. Our family was able to connect with the sea and winds while we toured the sound on our 3 hour sunset cruise. We were encouraged to try our hand at the helm, with Captain Dan expertly guiding us in coming about. Katherine filled us in on the local history and pointed out the beautiful vistas and birdlife we passed by. We highly recommend this experience!
July 9, 2013
I wanted to surprise my husband with a private sunset sail for our 41st Anniversary and from the first contact with Katherine, I knew it was going to be perfect! Katherine and Dan are great hosts, the Sea'Scape is a beautiful boat and Katherine and Dan made us feel like we were old friends from the moment we climbed aboard. Dan even let us take the wheel. We saw dolphins and nesting osprey and beautiful view of the Sound. It was a perfect evening and Katherine and Dan made our anniversary very special. We would highly recommend this cruise.
July 7, 2013
I came to the Outer Banks for the first time and looked for something different for boating, aside from jet skiing or charter boats. I found 'Sail the Outer Banks', and from the moment I stepped aboard and met the charming couple that takes you sailing I could not have been more pleased. They were more than accommodating to our party of 6. This was a surprise trip for my boyfriend's 28th birthday, and it truly became a special day. From letting us sail, stopping and allowing us to take a dip in the sound, and answering any and all questions we may have, I strongly recommend this tour. Katherine and Dan were excellent hosts and the boat is beautiful. Whether you have a party of younger adults such as mine, or a family with children, you will enjoy an excellent outing with great company and an extremely reasonable price.
June 20, 2013
We went on this adventure with our family which includes 3 children. Dan and Katherine were great with the kids and let each of them at the helm. We didn't have the best weather, but made the best of our 'cruise'. We were able to see dolphins and Captain Dan went out of his way to make sure we saw them as much as possible, circling around them for almost 20 minutes. We aren't sailors, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I think this was a 5 star experience. I'd definitely recommend Sail the Outer Banks! Top notch!
"Wow what a great time!"
June 16, 2013
We have sailed on larger schooners out of the New England area so we decided to sail the OBX with Captain Dan and Katherine (who also is a captain) on the 41' Gulfstar with our friends. We felt the price was worth having the opportunity to share the experience of sailing in a personal setting versus being just another paying passenger. So we emailed about 2 weeks prior to our vacation only to find out they were fully booked but Katherine said they would keep our information in the event of a cancellation. Four days prior to our vacation Katherine emailed they had a cancellation and we were now booked.
Wow what a great time. While making our way across the sound my friend said 'he wasn't sure if he would enjoy the sail but this is great'. Our wives remained in the cockpit with Dan, while we sat up front on the bow with Katherine. As we sailed we were asked if we would like to take the wheel. How can you say no to having the chance holding the wheel and staying the course as the wind fills the sail of a 41' boat while the spray occasionally splashes up and cools you off.
My wife loved the sail and especially heeling. As we had a very brisk breeze and were traveling 4-6 knots, our Captains assured us that the boat's 8,000 pounds of ballast in the keel would keep us from tipping.
This was the highlight of our trip and if you are planning a vacation to OBX take the time to sail with Dan & Katherine.
"An Adventure Worth Booking While in the Outer Banks!"
May 22, 2013
My wife booked this for me as a birthday gift. We couldn't have asked for a better time. Dan and Katherine were both great hosts and a wealth of local knowledge. The small setting made it even more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in seeing a different side of the Outer Banks along with some of the local pelicans, dolphins, and osprey.
"Had an Amazing Time with Dan and Katherine!"
Oct 27, 2012
Dan and Katherine gave us an amazing experience! We booked this tour for my boyfriend's birthday and chose to go with the Sea'Scape because of the exclusive tours and the price. Nowhere else on the Outer Banks can you get a private tour for three hours at this price! We didn't know exactly what to expect as neither my boyfriend or I had been sailing before. Dan and Katherine got us out on the water early and we returned later than expected which was fantastic! We heeled at around 25 degrees at one point in the cruise which felt more like 45 degrees and proved to be exhilarating! Dan and Katherine were extremely friendly and hospitable, allowing us to sail the boat and teaching us the basics of sailing as well as just having a friendly chat! I will definitely sail with the Bottjens again and spread the word on this fantastic experience!
"Dan and Katherine are the best!!"
Oct 11, 2012
I planned a surprise sunset sail and am SO GLAD I chose them! The were wonderful from the moment we stepped on the docks! Katherine brought us our drinks up on the bow, she even helped me cut and serve the cheese and crackers with the champagne! Highly recommend the Sunset Cruise! They let us man the helm and even wear the Captain's hat!! :) Thanks again, you two, it was awesome!!
"Awesome sail, friendly crew, and very attentive to our needs."
Oct 09, 2012
Crew very attentive to our needs. They were informative to the history in the area. We had a great time and the weather was great.
"Sunsets on the Sound"
Oct 05, 2012
My sister and I chartered Sea'Scape for a sunset sail on Roanoke Sound. The crew Dan & Katherine went out of their way to make the cruise a lovely experience. We saw dolphins and a lovely sunset cruising along the coast. This seems to be the most logical way to see the shoreline as they pointed out all the relevant sights. It was a very relaxing sail as the sound seems to be very calm and shallow. As a frequent sailor I think they did a great job!
"Sailing on the Sea'Scape"
Oct 02, 2012
I and my son and daughter had an amazing sunset cruise. We were constantly surrounded by dolphin. The Captain and First Mate, Dan and Katherine, were excellent hosts and provided an enormous amount of local information.
"What a Fabulous Experience We Had!"
Sept 27, 2012
We really enjoyed our experience- with learning and relaxing. Dan and Katherine made us feel 'right at home'! Would highly recommend any adventure with these two knowledgeable sailors!
"BEST Day of our Holiday!"
Sept 16, 2012
Katherine and Dan are so great. They make you feel instantly at home the minute you board and then continue to wait on you the whole day! We sat on the bow some of the time and Katherine would happily bring us our drinks from below. We managed to see dolphins and Dan was more than happy to bring the boat around several times so we could get the best of it. The most awesome part of the day, however, was they insist you take the helm, even letting me sail the boat almost into port under power. It was extremely exhilarating. It was definitely the BEST day of our holiday. This is the best in the OBX. Thank you so much Dan and Katherine for a wonderful, wonderful, memorable day and we hope to see you again soon.
"Celebrating with a Cruise"
Sept 05, 2012
Our family wanted a unique way to help my husband celebrate his 60th birthday. Our sailing experience couldn't have been more perfect! Dan & Katherine warmly welcomed us from the moment we met them. They pointed out landmarks of interest along the way and each aspect of sailing was explained as we made our way into the sound. The weather cooperated as well as we were able to sail under total wind power for most of the three hours we were out. My husband got some sailing tips at the helm and was able to guide the sailboat under Dan's direction. The day couldn't have gone better. By the end of the cruise, we felt as though we had known Dan and Katherine as long-time friends. Their attention to detail made our sailing cruise a very memorable one. We highly recommend Dan and Katherine for your Outer Banks sailing needs. You will not be disappointed! Thanks again Dan and Katherine for a great afternoon!
"Private Sunset Cruise!!!"
Sept 02, 2012
My girlfriend and I highly recommend this trip! Especially for anyone new to sailing (or boating in general!)! This was my fourth time on a boat (ever!), but the most intimate of my experiences in any body of water. Our guides--Katherine and Capt. Dan--were very hospitable, possessed a great sense of the area, and expressed an admirable love for sailing. On this trip I learned many things about boating life, the varieties of sailboats and how our particular sailboat (a ketch!) functions. I ALSO GOT TO STEER FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE TRIP!! The weather was perfect, the Albemarle Sound turned out to be a great location for sunset pictures, and Manteo just seems like the perfect castoff point. Cool experience, nice people, great memory! Plan to return!
"Wonderful Sunset Cruise"
Sept 03, 2012
Just returned from a week long vacation at outer banks and the private sunset sailing was unanimously the highlight of the trip, I think partly because six of us (three couples) decided to leave the kids with grandparents and made this an adults night out, the boat can accommodate six people regardless age. Dan and Katherine were easy to work with, they checked and monitor radar frequently and are very accommodating if changes were needed due to weather change, very pleasant host. The water was calm and weather in the high 70s was perfect for sailing, there is hardly any other boats around which makes it more relaxing, we brought wine, food, ditched our shoes, laid down to gaze at the blue sky, totally relax and unique experience. Would recommend go with people you know, sharing the tight space with strangers can be awkward.
Aug 29, 2012
We spent a magical morning aboard Dan and Katherine's beautiful sailboat. We had our two grown up children with us on our week's vacation to the Manteo area and wanted something memorable to do for my 50th birthday. Dan and Katherine are wonderful people and have a great passion for what they do. They make you feel at home as soon as you board. The weather was lovely (although apparently more wind would have been even better) and we took turns in steering the boat. My son volunteered to help out with the sails while the rest of us chose just to laze around and admire the scenery. As you can tell, we loved it and we will be back for more. If you are thinking about doing it, 'Just do it!', you won't regret it!
"Great Family Experience with Dolphins Included"
August 16, 2012
Great trip for 3 generations. Although the wind was light, on several occasions we encountered dolphins next to the boat. The girls loved steering and watching the navigation screen to see where we'd been and were headed. Dan and Katherine were wonderful hosts, the boat is in wonderful condition, and we had a great time.
Highly recommended - we'd do it again.
"Highlight of Visiting the Outer Banks"
August 3, 2012
The first word that comes to mind is "WOW", this was truly the best day of my family's week long vacation to the Outer Banks. We found Dan and Katherine online, called on a Sunday and booked a Monday sunset charter. From the moment we stepped on their beautiful 41 foot two masted ketch we were awestruck. Their boat is pristine, they were great hosts and story tellers. Once we were clear of the channel Dan turned the helm over to me and then to my 17 year old son who was blown away by the experience, while my wife and Katherine chatted away about the sights. It's not often that everyone agrees what their best day was, especially on vacation, but we all agreed it was our best day. We could not thank them enough for their hospitality and will always treasure the experience. We would definitely do this again and plan to on our return next year. All I can say is whether you sail or not this is one of the best experiences you will ever have.
"Sunset Cruise for Parents' 30th Wedding Anniversary"
August 1, 2012
From start to finish this was an excellent experience.
My siblings and I wanted to organize a romantic 'date' for our parents during our week long vacation to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Katherine promptly answered all email/phone inquiries, providing all the information we would need to plan a memorable night for our parents.
Dan and Katherine met us at the dock where we sent our parents off. We knew right away that they would have an amazing evening. As happy as both our parents looked to be surprised with this 'date', they were beaming when they returned shortly after sunset. Dan and Katherine, both Captain and Crew, provided a comfortable and informative trip as only an endearing and genuine couple could.
Our parents cannot stop talking about their 'date' and all of the professional and personal touches provided by Dan and Katherine.
"Private Sailing Tour"
This was the best of the best! Dan and Katherine are awesome and quite knowledgeable on the surrounding area. Just being able to sit back and relax and enjoy the sunshine and bask in the sun and listen to the sounds of the water was so enjoyable! This was a learning experience as well when all of us were able to take our turn at sailing this beautiful vessel - wow! This is a must do for the whole family - guarantee you will enjoy!! I go to the Outer Banks every year and this will be on my list to do every year!! See you next year!!
"Amazing Experience with Great People!"
July 29, 2012
Dan and Katherine are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and gracious hosts. From the moment we stepped on the boat we felt like we were home and it was a fantastic way to end our vacation. We had a party of six and had plenty of room to move about the boat and enjoy the beautiful sights. I cannot make a stronger recommendation for taking a trip with Dan & Katherine! We will be back again.
"Beautiful Sailing, Gracious Hosts"
July 21, 2012
Dan and Katherine were such gracious hosts on our sunset sailing this week. It was the 6 of us, including our 9 month old grandson. We had some anxiety about taking him and still being a great trip for all. We should not have been concerned. Katherine kicked in as a grandma when needed, and we truly felt as if we were all one family. Dan included those who wished to help, including "piloting" the sailboat for awhile.
This was the best sailing experience that we have done on vacation, which included the Outer Banks, Naples, Charleston, and Aruba.
Dan and Katherine truly made us feel like one big happy family, and not "another customer". Thanks!
"Fun for Everyone!"
July 21, 2012
Definitely worth the money and time. Had a wonderful time sailing around and even controlling the vessel myself for quite some time. Great people, very personable, and made the trip even better.
"Fun for the Whole Family!"
July 09, 2012
We sailed with Dan and Katherine on their beautiful 41 ft sailboat on July 4th. Six of us ranging in age from 15-78 had the time of our lives. I always ask my family after a vacation what their favorite thing was and every one of us listed this sail adventure. It is a wonderful way to see and learn the area (both Dan and Katherine are very knowledgeable). They made us feel right at home and took care of everyone's needs throughout the trip; answering questions, finding dolphins for the kids, and taking me back 20 yrs to when I sailed as a kid. Do this!
"Very Nice Sunset Sail"
June 26, 2012
It was more like going for a sail with friends than a charter. We had a great time on the water. We were glad we chose this charter over others where we would have had other parties aboard. We would book this charter again when we come back.
"Sail the Outer Banks Private Sail Charter"
June 21, 2012
What a relaxing great time my girlfriend and I had on our private sail charter. Dan and Katherine were great, very chill and easy to talk to. The boat was ours as we relaxed, laughed and drank the evening away as the sun set beautifully. Do yourself a favor and book this private sailing experience.
"Sail Your Cares Away"
June 10, 2012
This is a wonderful tour of the Roanoke Sound. Dan and Katherine are perfect hosts on a fun afternoon of sailing. One of the best things to do on the Outer Banks. We will sail with them on our next vacation here for sure!
"Wonderful sailing experience with Dan & Katherine"
June 3, 2012
We took a sunset sail with Dan & Katherine on 5/26/12 with our friends who live nearby. It was just the four of us with Dan & Katherine. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Dan and Katherine know a great deal about the area and are experienced sailors. The ketch is a beautiful sailing boat with a teak interior that is just gorgeous. Thanks for the wonderful experience!
"The only way to sail!"
June 3, 2012
After being raised on the Gulf Coast cruising motor vessels then serving a few years in the US Coast Guard, I reluctantly set this up for my wife who had pretty much nosea going experience. Dan and his mate did a fine job of providing a custom tour that was enjoyable for both my wife and I. An hour into the tour my wife was at the helm and Dan was educating me on the sails. My whole attitude on sailing craft changed that day. This is a 'must do' for anyone.
May 28, 2012
This was an amazing way to spend an evening. I had never been sailing before so my new bride and I decided to take a sunset cruise. I could not recommend this more. Dan & Katherine were very warm and welcoming. They didn't give off that canned feeling you get from some attractions. They truly loved sharing their passion and experience. I was wandering around like a little kid, grinning from ear to ear. Dan even let me take the helm for a good portion of the trip. This brought back many fond memories of fishing with my grandfather in Michigan. Overall this trip is a must do for anyone who visits.
"First Sailing Experience"
May 23, 2012
What a wonderful way to spend several hours on the water. It was so nice to have the boat just for our party of three. Katherine and Dan shared so much information about the area, the local businesses and just facts about sailing in general. To our delight we saw dolphins! There were as many as a dozen swimming and playing all around us. Dan stopped the boat and we were able to sit and watch them play until they moved on. Dan and Katherine were so warm and inviting it was like spending time with old friends. They allowed us to pilot the boat which was a lot of fun. Normally I am nervous and uneasy around water but Katherine and Dan put me at ease and I was able to relax and enjoy the whole experience.
May 2, 2012
I knew I was going to propose to my then girlfriend on a trip to Nags Head in March. I communicated with Dan and Katherine beforehand and they knew about the plan and they couldn't have made it a more memorable experience. Katherine was even nice enough to bring a bouquet of flowers for her.
We took the sunset cruise and can't recommend it enough. It was before DST, so we left the dock around 3:45 and returned just before the sun slipped below the tree line. As cliche' as it might sound, you forget about everything else when they unfurl the sails.
The only regret I have about the trip is, we didn't spend more time sailing. My next trip will be longer than 3 hours.
"Best experience in the Outer Banks!"
April 23, 2012
My husband has always had a dream of sailing one day. For his birthday in April, 2012 we wanted to make that dream come true and we were so lucky to find Dan & Katherine. First of all, this is a private cruise. You have the boat for your enjoyment. Dan & Katherine were so warm and welcoming, we felt we were with friends. They gave us a tour of their beautiful sailboat and also gave us a couple lessons. My husband even got to steer the helm! He was in heaven! The chance to see the sun setting in the outer banks on your own private cruise with only your loved ones and the ship's crew (Dan & Katherine) is just priceless. You will want to keep coming back. I know we will!!
"Beautiful, Relaxing, Private Cruise"
August 10, 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed the sunset cruise on August 9, 2011. Dan and Katherine were welcoming hosts; we felt at home on the boat. Upon arrival we toured the boat with Katherine, stowed our provisions and then were on our way. We cruised for about 3 1/2 hours, most of it under sail. The weather cooperated and there was a glorious sunset over the sound. Sail the Outer Banks limits participants on a Sea'Scape cruise to those in your party, so you have a private cruise. The boat was comfortable and we were encouraged to explore. I was able to take the helm for a good portion of the trip and managed to miss the crab pots. We felt that this cruise was a good value and we would do it again.
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