Charter in the Caribbean of the North
Published: Friday, June 10, 2016
The Apostle Islands is one of the top cruising grounds in the country, located right here in the Mid-West, on the south shore of Lake Superior. Affectionately known as the “Caribbean of the North,” boaters that cruise the islands discover unspoiled white sandy beaches perfect for hiking, sandstone sea caves waiting to be explored, and the largest concentration of lighthouses, providing stunning vistas for those willing to climb sets of 100+ stairs. The 22 islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters that make for refreshing swims, accessible viewing of shallow water shipwrecks, and easy anchoring. The area is a National Park, rich in history, wildlife, and memorable sunsets. A typical trip is four to five days, although many boaters find themselves seduced into longer trips, enjoying wilderness boating at its best.
The Apostle islands encompass a 35 mile radius, with the quaint town of Bayfield, Wisconsin serving as the gateway to the area. Of the 22 islands, 21 are designated national lakeshore. The only inhabited island, Madeline, boasts of trippy outdoor drinking establishments, quirky eateries, a ferry service between the island and the mainland, and a 100 slip marina, Madeline Island Yacht Club. A great stop over spot for a taste of civilization in the midst of the natural beauty of the islands.
Superior Charters & Yacht Sales, family owned and operated since 1979, offers bareboat and captained charters, and a sailing program which has just become a NauticEd Flagship Sailing School. Located just two miles south of Bayfield in Pike’s Bay harbor, home to two resort marinas, Pike’s Bay Marina and Port Superior Marina, that hold over 400 boat slips combined. The current fleet of 40 yachts is made up of 31’ – 57’ sailboats, including a 38’ Lagoon catamaran. All the boats are privately owned, and are managed by Superior Charters when not in use by their owners.
Chartering a boat is fairly simple. Charter companies will ask for a boating resume, which is a similar to a professional resume, but listing all boating experience. They will look for same-size boat experience as the boat that you want to rent or charter. If your experience falls short, the charter company will typically ask for a checkout ride, or training with a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain.
Contact Superior Charters to plan your cruise in the Apostle Islands this summer, and find out more about how to charter a boat 715-779-5124 [email protected]