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Chartering Quintessence

Tom's River and Barnegat Bay are wonderful places to sail. Afternoon sea breezes almost always ensure good sailing and pleasant conditions. Head out for a few hours or spend the day on the water. Sail to a waterside restaurant for lunch or dinner. Enjoy the absolute serenity of a sunset sail on the Bay or River.

All is possible when you charter with us!

All of our charters are private charters arranged in advance for your group. Quintessence will be exclusively yours for the duration of your charter. We do not run “open boat” charters, filling the boat with whoever shows up.

While US Coast Guard regulations allow a maximum of six passengers, Quintessence will most comfortably handle parties of four or less.

Daily Charters

Quintessence is available for crewed charters on Barnegat Bay from early May through the end of September.

Rates Weekday Weekend
& Holiday
3 hour $320 $350
6 hour $460 $560
add'l hrs $60 $70

Water, soft drinks and snacks are provided on all charters. Feel free to bring along any other food you desire.

Overnight Charters

If you want to escape for a weekend or a mid-week getaway, overnight charters can be arranged. If you want to stay close to home, you can stay right on the Bay. Sailing down to Forked River for dinner and an overnight stay tied up at the Captain's Inn is always fun.

If you want to head out to open water, Atlantic City and Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Highlands are only a day away. If you are interested in longer trips, New York City, City Island, Fire Island, NY and Cape May are all reachable over a long weekend. Adding days broadens your horizons and brings Long Island Sound, Montauk, Block Island, Newport and Martha's Vineyard within reach.

Your destination is only limited by your available time.

Overnight charters on the Bay are limited to three people. Ocean charters are limited to two. It is strongly suggested that you sail a daily charter prior to considering an overnight charter. Quintessence is not your typical sailboat designed as a weekend house at the shore that happens to sail. She was designed for serious coastal passages in potentially serious weather conditions. If you are looking for luxurious accomodations, look elsewhere. Quintessence is extremely comfortable, but staying overnight is very much akin to a camping excursion!

If you are interested in an overnight trip, contact us to discuss destinations and costs.

Special Events

Quintessence participates in several events each year that take her away from Barnegat Bay. Limited space is available on these trips. These are not passive day sails; you will be an active part of the crew. Many of these trips entail night watchkeeping and sailing, in all kinds of weather. If you are a sailor with some experience, these trips are a great way to expand your sailing resume with solid advanced coastal cruising experience.

These trips are always subject to the vagarities of weather, with schedules that are always subject to change. You are responsible for travel arrangements to and from the origin and destination points of one-way trips. All on-board meals are included.

Click here for more information about these special events.