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  • Writer's pictureCaptain Joe

Opening Day Weekend and Rain

Here we are at the beginning of the 2021 season and it looks like it will be a heck of a year. My phone started ringing in March to schedule cruises, with some people even asking about September! To say people are ready to get out and about is an understatement.

We've been fortunate the past few years to have a sunny and warm summer. I can count the number of weather cancellations on one hand.

But Maine weather can be finicky and rain happens, like it will this weekend. It was 90 degrees here on Wednesday and its struggling to hit 50 today.

One of the first questions people have is: What do we do if it rains? What's you cancellation policy?

Officially, I need 24 hours notice to cancel for a full refund. If conditions are unsafe (lightening, high winds, etc.) I will unilaterally cancel the trip, also for a full refund.

Unofficially, I just need to hear from you. Captain Joe's Cruises exists to get people out on the water, especially families, and have fun. I'm steering the boat from a covered cabin, with heat, but passengers are exposed in the back, partially covered by a bimini top. Dragging people out on a cold rainy day is not conducive to a happy day. So if the weather is questionable, reach out to me via email or text and we will discuss the forecast and our options. The forecast might change, or we might find another day. If not, I'll provide a full refund.

That being said, don't let a little drizzle deter you either. One of my favorite cruises was on a cloudy day with a light but steady drizzle. But it was quite warm and there was no wind. The cruisers really wanted a ride and were dressed for the occasion. They sat up close to the cabin under the bimini top, and we experienced one of the best rides of the year. We had the river to ourselves, the seals were playing, the bald eagles were out posing in the tree tops, and all the herons, egrets and osprey were all fishing. It turned into quite a memorable day for all of us.

And a little fog can be fun too! Last year we had a couple of foggy days, but the Ruby Belle has radar and the river has finite boundaries, so we were safe. The wonder of motoring in and out of fog can be magical...or spooky. You are in the home state of Stephen King after all!

So schedule with Captain Joe with confidence that weather decisions will be made together for everyone's safety and enjoyment. I'm doing this to have fun, and that only happens if you're having a good time too. Otherwise it starts to feel like actual work, and who needs that?

Stay safe, and I look forward to seeing everyone this summer!

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