With beautiful spring, summer, and fall weather approaching, you’ll no doubt be spending some time along Buffalo’s waterfront. Duh.
Instead of simply admiring Lake Erie from solid ground like a plebe, why not get out there and spend some time *on* the lake? Chartering a sailing trip with Make Sail Time lets you do just that and will basically turn you into the Kings and Queens of the high seas~ #summergoals
Make Sail Time is a charter company that’s owned and operated by Rich and Mary Bennett, two experts with years of experience providing tours along our local waterfront. Aka you’re not just chartering a boat for a few hours with Make Sail Time, you’re also getting a personal tour. Which is bad ass. Four for you King/Queen Coco.
Rich and Mary know what they’re doing. They’ve been sailing, racing, and coaching sailing for years while also working as licensed captains in their spare time. Casual. They told us that they started Make Sail Time last year as a way to share their passion and experience with the community, which is like super nice of them. Recently, they purchased a brand new 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 38 which offers a very comfortable sailing experience for guests/you. Y’all this boat is noooooooice.
“To actually offer our own vessel as a small business was really new to us last year,” Mary recently told us. “We really enjoyed working with the public, so we‘re going to continue to expand and grow.”
“We’ve loved it and we’re excited about rolling with it!” she added. We’re excited too, Mary. The more boats the better, that’s what we always say!
The typical excursion with Make Sail Time is 2 hours in length, but you can book longer trips of 3 or 4 hours. Stay out longer than that, Mary said, and people begin to get a bit weary. Also sunburned. Also you’ll need to satiate your drunchies. Just us?
These awesome boat parties are limited to 6 people, which Mary says “it is a comfortable size to accommodate for the best experience”. And like, we trust her. “It allows for more meaningful conversations and interaction with each participant” – also that means there’s more booze for you. Holla!
In addition to being experienced tour guides, the Bennetts also have extensive academic backgrounds and are capable of tailoring a tour on any number of themes.
“We really could go down any avenue that’s interesting,” Mary said. “For instance, we’ve found that people are really interested in invasive species that have come in bilge water through the St. Lawrence Seaway, like quagga mussels, zebra mussels, and gobi fish.” Or maybe Pirates of the Caribbean if that’s more your style. Rum!
In addition to providing informational tours, Make Sail Time is also developing a number of other themes, including team building exercises, social functions for offices, girls’ night out events and even mindfulness mini cruises. Love. it.
Bennett also suggested that people book an excursion that coincides with the race nights that take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
“The view on Wednesday nights, to just go out and experience race night, is just unbelievable,” she said. “Nobody even realizes this is going on!” #wegotyou
“We’ll explain the race, watch the start and then we’ll beat the boats to the windward mark, where all the boats turn around and put up their spinnakers – the big parachute sail that goes out front. So we position ourselves for the perfect front row viewing.”
In addition to race nights, there are also the concerts at Canalside on Thursdays and fireworks after the home Bisons games on Friday nights. Whatever your reason is for getting out on the water with Make Sail Time, the Bennetts will do their best to make sure that everyone enjoys their experience.
“We have a lot of laughs and we just try to make everyone happy,” Mary said.
For more info about Make Sail Time and to book a cruise, visit Makesailtime.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. They are now taking reservations for the 2017 season! Tours will begin April 29, 2017.
Make Sail Time
- Up to 2 Hours – $45 per person
- Up to 3 Hours – $60 per person
- Up to 4 Hours – $75 per person
- Up to 2 Hours – $250 per group
- Up to 3 Hours – $350 per group
- Up to 4 Hours – $450 per group