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General Information


Below are some topics of general information which may help in answering some of your questions. Please feel free to contact us for any further information. We'll be happy to help you.

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Motion Sickness







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Food and Beverages








If arriving from the United States or the province of Quebec remember to set your watches ahead one hour. We are on Atlantic Daylight Time


Wear layers, even though it is summer and very warm on the land, it can be quite chilly on the ocean. The Bay of Fundy waters remain cool, at approximately 50°F/10°C. Any breeze at all on these cool waters can make you forget that it's summer. We also have blankets available if your sweatshirt, sweater and jacket just aren't enough.


Fog, rough seas and wind are the three things we can do without. The trip to Machias Seal Island can be made in the fog, but not in conjunction with any of the other elements mentioned above. Whale watching tours must take all three elements into consideration. If the weather is questionable, we do our best to keep you informed about the status of your tour.


Life jackets are a mandatory item aboard the vessel. While you are not required by law to wear it during the trip, you may if you wish. The life jackets that we are required by law to carry for children are very awkward and cumbersome. We encourage parents of small children, who want them to wear one, to bring their own if they have one.


Some individuals are more susceptible to this than others.  Some things to help make your trip more pleasant, if you are prone to motion sickness or unsure of being on the water, are:  eat a light breakfast or lunch before sailing;  avoid dairy products and fruit juice.  Some individuals are comfortable taking medication for motion sickness, and this should be taken per instructions on the package.


The "Day's Catch" is inspected annually by the Canadian Coast Guard and is licensed to carry 48 passengers and two crew.  There is a head (restroom) on board.


In some circumstances, we can accommodate someone in a wheelchair if you notify us in advance of your tour. The extreme rise and fall of the tides and public wharf access must be taken into account when accommodating a wheelchair, but rest assured that we will do our best.


Wear sunscreen with a minimum of 15 SPF.  Reflection of the sun off the water increases the likelihood of sunburn.


Feel free to bring your own food or lunch. Hot drinks are available on board and the first cup is free. You may bring soft drinks and juices, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted.


Bring them along if you like, although they are not usually necessary


Are not permitted on board.



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