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Its impossible to predict and answer every question that people may have, but I will try to help with answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to call or email with any others that you may have.
We normally leave the dock around first light, and are back by 4:00 PM, or shortly thereafter. Normally that's about 6:00 AM, but as the days get shorter, later in the year, we may leave a little later, by the clock.
Our prices are always subject to change, since our single biggest operating expense is fuel. Our current rate is $1,600 per day (this reflects a 5% cash/check discount).
I require a $500 deposit (this also reflects a cash/check discount), due within two weeks of making your reservation. The balance is due the day of the trip.
In case of bad weather (captain's discretion) that would prevent the boat from sailing on the day of your trip, you would have the option of rescheduling or receiving a refund of your deposit.
I have a first mate that takes care of rigging the baits, and assists you in landing your trophy catch. He is also greatly responsible for your safety and comfort. We wouldn't be very successful without him. A gratuity for the first mate is customary, and I like to think of it like tipping a waitress. If you sat down for ten hours to a great meal in a nice restaurant, and had wonderful service, and the bill was $1,600, what would you tip her? 15%-20% is customary.
Me? Well, tipping is not expected, but it's accepted!
We provide all of the bait and tackle. All you need to bring is a cooler with your food and beverages for the day. I recommend that you bring sun screen, hats, sunglasses, maybe a raincoat (you never know), camera, and a well rested you!
There is a fish cleaning service at the dock that does a wonderful job of filleting and bagging your catch. They charge by the pound, so if your fish cleaning bill is high, well, you had a great day!
The maximum number of people we can carry is six. This has nothing to do with the size of the boat. It is a US Coast Guard regulation for uninspected passenger vessels, which is the category that we all fall under.
The mailing address for Godspeed Charters is: David Wilson, PO Box 142, Frisco, NC 27936.
If you find yourself in a situation where you don't have a full party and would like to share the cost of a charter with others, we may be able to work this out for you. Simply email me with the dates in which you would be available to fish, along with your phone numbers and the number of people that will be in your group. I cannot make a reservation around one or two people, but I have inquiries each week about make-ups, and it would be likely that I could arrange a trip including yourself. The more notice I have, the better your chances of being included on a make-up charter, but I have put some groups together on short notice, so don't assume it's too late! The cost of a make-up charter would be $260 per person, based on a group of six. In the case of five people in the charter, the cost would be $310 per person. By emailing me you have by no means committed yourself to a charter, however, since I will be building the party with you in mind, I would appreciate you only inquiring if you are serious about the trip. To inquire about a make-up charter email email@example.com.
Getting here is pretty simple. The two most common directions people come from are from the North, and from the West. If you will be coming through the Va. Beach area, you need to get on 168 South and keep on until you hit 158 East. This will take you through Nags Head, and to an intersection we call "Whalebone Junction", where you will exit left on to Highway 12 South. Highway 12 will take you all the way in to Hatteras village (about an hour from Whalebone).
If you are coming from the West, or off of I95, I suggest getting on 64 East at Rocky Mount, and that will skirt you by Manteo, and all the way to Whalebone Junction, and Highway 12 South.