A true sailing experience aboard a 41-foot sailing Yacht which is Coast Guard certified to carry eighteen passengers awaits ... More
Sunset Kidd Sailing & Yacht Sales
A true sailing experience aboard a 41-foot sailing Yacht which is Coast Guard certified to carry eighteen passengers awaits you with this tour company. Sunset-cocktail cruises, two-hour coastline exploring, and whale watching are available. They also offer charter services and yacht sales.
Pretty simple. You sign up for a sail boat to take you out on the ocean for 2 hours, then you come back. No idiots yapping into a microphone! You can lend a hand on-deck if you like, or sit back and relax. It's your choice.
We went out for a 2 hr trip. We headed out ~5 miles under sail and saw a pack (is that the right word?) of dolphins. We followed them around for a bit then headed back in. What an awesome trip. Completely relaxing.
So the trip was $40 ea (for 2 hours) which seems very reasonable and the boat won't leave port with fewer than 4 people aboard (not many people for a 40+ foot boat). They gave my girlfriend and I the option of paying double if nobody else showed. Two others came along which saved us some money, but we would have had a private charter for $160 (!!!!!!!) if they hadn't!
I would totally sail with them again!
They also mentioned that similar boats would handle up to 49 people. This boat maxes out at 18, so you shouldnt be too congested!
If you type in "whale watching Santa Barbara" on Google, Sunset Kidd comes up. I spoke with a rep on our hopes to see wildlife, he assures me that you always see dolphins. Their website has a listing of all the wild life sightings which appear to be every day; they in fact are rare. This should be a "Coastal Sailing Tour," not listed under whale watching!!! The crew are ok (First man Nick should be the owner, very nice guy) but keep to themselves. The so called "captain" was a stone faced quiet guy who came 20 mins late toting his lunch that he spent the next 20 eating while Nick did all the work. The rest of the time he spent on his cell, then they both talked about girlfriends etc. Had to leave the cabin as to not hear it. Because my children were along, I hoped for a little educational dialogue but got none. We hoped the crew would spend a little time looking for the wildlife so that we might view them but they did not. Because of all this, I asked for my $ back. The manager Dennis is a complete jerk! After I asked for a refund for being misled to believe that this was a wildlife tour, he accused me of getting the goods than wanting my money back after the fact because I didn't ask the captain to turn the boat around for me! He compared it to getting on the wrong airplane, "surely you would ask the pilot to turn the airplane around if you were going to the wrong location!" AHHHHH!!!! Totally insane! So please, only take this trip if you are looking for a cheap trip from one shore to another. Not worth it!
I was very disappointed. If your going for a cruise don't go through Sunset Kidd. My boyfriend and I went for a romantic sunset cruise, and when it ended up being just the two of us the captain said we couldn't go unless we had more people. We sat on the boat for 30 min until we decided to leave. There was no apology or offer to make up the canceled cruise. The boat had good seating, but don't get your hopes up when it comes to leaving the dock. Sorry Sunset Kidd you didn't live up to your great reviews.
Sunset Kidd is the best! Why? It's a SAILING boat... not something that goes 35mph and gets to the islands in under an hour. But IMHO, it's the only way to truly experience the beauty of the Santa Barbara sea.
Dennis was great, owner and captain of the Sunset Kidd. He was funny and informative and just had a great, positive outlook on sailing and enjoying his city.
What a time! Definitely going again!
The sunset sail was definitely peaceful and romantic! It was incredible to watch the sun set forever on the horizon and then look back and see pure blackness. I wish we had ventured up the coastline a bit rather than just out of the harbor and back. I also thought that selling beverages aboard was a bit tacky. You'd think for the price they'd at least include 1 glass of wine, beer or soda.
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