FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Here’s a compilation of FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) about our vessel, our cruises and the Outer Banks!

How much does a sail cost?
Prices for daytime, sunset and private charter sails differ. Please visit the “Pricing” section of this website.

How long is each sail?
Each sail is approximately 2 hours long. We ask that you board at least 15 minutes before departure. Depending on the weather your tour may be a bit longer or shorter.

Do you accept credit cards and checks?
We do accept credit cards and checks, but cash is greatly appreciated!

Where is the Downeast Rover located?
The Rover docks at the Manteo waterfront on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For more information, please visit the “Contact Us” section of this website.

Where does the Downeast Rover sail?
The Rover sails between Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks (Nags Head & Kill Devil Hills) in the Roanoke Sound. The cruise is in protected waters — not in the ocean.

What time should I arrive for my cruise?
Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before your cruise is scheduled to depart. If you’re running late, please contact us and let us know because we’re likely holding the entire boat for you.

How many people can the Downeast Rover accommodate?
We can comfortably accommodate up to 25 people, but it’s rare for our “public” charters to have that many guests. In order to pay the crew, the captain generally requires at least five guests per trip. Sailing on the Downeast Rover is the perfect OBX activity for a small or larger group!

What are the rules about life jackets for children?
According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety, an infant should not travel on a boat until they weigh at least 18 pounds and can wear a snug-fitting personal flotation device (PFD). Most babies will reach that weight when they are between 4 and 11 months old. For all infants and children weighing less than 30 lbs. it is the responsibility of the parent to bring with them a PFD that properly fits their child.

Can I bring my own food/drinks/alcohol?
But of course! We encourage guests to bring food, drinks, coolers, etc.

Do you have food/drinks available for purchase on board?
Unfortunately, food and drink are not available at this time. Please, however, feel free to BYOB or visit one (or more) of our local vendors.

Can I bring my baby/dog?
We love babies and dogs, but other guests (some of whom are celebrating special occasions), may not. We encourage families with young children to book our daytime cruises. Unruly kids and dogs will be forced to walk the plank. Just kidding! But seriously, please use your best judgment when attempting to bring children and/or dogs aboard. If you’re not sure it’s appropriate, just ask us.

What should I wear?
We recommend checking the Manteo weather forecast before dressing for your cruise, but in general, we encourage guests to dress in layers. High heels — on a boat — are not very practical and are therefore discouraged. If the weather gets chilly, we have blankets on board you can use for free.

Do you provide life jackets?
We have plenty of life jackets on board – including infant and child-sized life jackets – but they only need to be worn if there is an emergency. If your child has a favorite life jacket, feel free to bring it along.

Where can I park?
There is ample free parking along the street in downtown Manteo. Free parking is also available in the waterfront lot at the end of Budleigh Street and across the bridge in Festival Park.

Why might my sail be cancelled?
The most common reason a sail is cancelled is due to poor weather conditions that would make sailing dangerous. We never enjoy canceling a sail, but if we must, we will call to inform our guests. We also encourage guests to call ahead the day of their sail to confirm their reservation and verify conditions.

What happens should it start raining during my sail?
Guests are welcome inside the Rover’s galley at any time – rain or shine.

Can I propose marriage to my sweetie while on board?
Yes! We’ve had several couples become engaged during a romantic Rover cruise. If you inform the captain of your plans, he can find you a quiet, isolated spot on the boat. Don’t forget the champagne!

Do you have a bathroom on board?
We do – complete with toilet paper and soap! Public restrooms are centrally located in the downtown waterfront pavilion.

How can I buy some Downeast Rover swag?
Make your experience on the Rover one you’ll never forget by purchasing some memorabilia! We have Rover T-shirts, hats, koozies and magnets available on board for purchase. Please ask the captain or mate to show you our wares.

Do you offer gift certificates?
We do! Ask any Rover crewmate for more information.

There are several other Outer Banks sailing companies in the area, why should I sail the Rover?
For over 20 years, the Rover has been an iconic fixture of the Outer Banks. Our trips are not guided tours. We offer relaxing sails in Roanoke Sound complete with blazing sunsets, amazing dolphin sightings and unparalleled views of the Jockey’s Ridge sand dunes. Our crew works hard to make sure you and your guest feel like family, and we encourage all of our visitors to sit back relax and absorb all the beauty that surrounds you!

Don’t see your question listed? Give us a call 252-473-4866 or email us!