Is this a private service?
Yes, other than the Captain and the deckhand, it is completely private.
How many people may be seated comfortably?
There are 3 seating areas aboard the boat.
The inside cabin has seating for 15 people:
Outside, a semi-enclosed area under the canopy has seating for 6. There is additional seating for 8 more people on the open back deck. There are also numerous handrails positioned conveniently throughout the vessel.
Who performs the actual ash scattering? Will the Captain or the deckhand disperse the ashes?
Usually the surviving spouse or closest family member/head of household will disburse the ashes. The deckhand will open the container so that the ashes are accessible/available.
Will the ashes blow back onto the boat?
The Captain will position the boat so that the ashes can be dispersed with the wind so that they will blow away from the boat.
Do you provide the services of a minister, priest or other clergy?
We do not, but we are pleased to recommend the services of Charles Luchessa (phone number 415-935-9115, cell 530-615-1501, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Charles Luchessa has experience facilitating ash scatterings on board the Blue Runner and charges between $150-$200 for an ash scattering service.
A few words from Charles Luchessa on ash scatterings: "Ash Scatterings are an opportunity to celebrate the life of the person whose ashes are being scattered and to reflect on the impact they have made to their individual lives.
My service is to act as a guide in the process of experiencing the immortality of the person’s spirit. Depending on the religious beliefs of the family members I may read some bible verses or a special poem applicable to the situation. Other members of the group will be invited to read an obituary or share special stories of the life of the person."
Do you provide flowers?
No. Two recommended nearby florists are: Nancy Ann Flowers(1505 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA Tel: (415) 332-6272) and Lady Bug (1303 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA Tel: (415) 332-2414).
Rose petals are often available and scattered rose petals make for a nice setting.
Will I get seasick?
We have never had anyone get seasick on an ash scattering as we usually do not encounter ocean swell conditions. However, there are over-the-counter medications available at your local pharmacy if you feel you may be especially susceptible to seasickness.
Is it possible for physically impaired people to access the dock?
We assist all passengers on and off the boat. It does require the ability to climb a few stairs up and a few stairs down into the boat.
Can I bring food and/or drinks aboard?
A standard service usually takes 1½ hours - ½ hour out, ½ hour service, ½ hour back. There is time before or after the service for a glass of wine or a beer, but not for food. If you choose to extend your service with a Bay Tour, you may want to bring a picnic to enjoy after the service.
Are there any other activities we should consider?
You might wish to make this a memorable occasion by adding a Bay Tour to your event. An extra 1-2 hours on the boat will allow your party to take a private cruise by the San Francisco waterfront, Alcatraz, and to travel around Angel Island. The calm waters behind Angel Island make it an ideal location for a picnic. The nearby gourmet grocery store, Mollie Stones (100 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA Tel:(415) 331-6900) offers excellent catering/take out options at reasonable prices. The additional cost for a Bay Tour is $300 per hour. Click here to find out more about the Bay Tour option.
How should I dress?
Comfortable flat shoes are a must. No high heels. Dress warmly and in layers.
Is there a bathroom on board?
Yes we call it a marine head and it is very clean.
What is required to make a reservation?
Most often people schedule the scattering after determining when they can get all parties together. So after speaking with the relatives/friends involved, select a couple of date options, then call us at (415) 458-8700 to reserve the event with a Visa or Mastercard. The credit card won’t be charged unless you either don’t show up or don’t cancel at least 72 hours prior to the event. On the day of the event you may pay either with cash or with the credit card used to secure the reservation.
What are the directions to your boat?
Our boat is called
the Blue Runner and is located at Clipper Yacht Harbor in Sausalito.
Please print out a copy of the location page from the website for each vehicle in your party, and call 415-458-8700 with any questions.
If you use a GPS device, use this address:
350 Harbor Drive,
Sausalito, CA 94965
Is there parking close to the vessel?
Yes, we are located right next to 4 acres of free and secure parking. When you enter the lot, park to the left. We are the closest dock to Fish restaurant. Look for the model sailboat next to the two disabled parking spots. You can drop your party off at the top of the dock and it’s only about 150 feet from the ramp to the boat (on the right side of the dock).
Are there any additional hidden expenses?
The only additional charge would be if you wish to scatter additional ashes:
$50 per additional person
$25 per pet
If the deckhand does a good job, PLEASE tip him.