How wet will we get?
There is a chance of getting wet on every ride we take, but the driving force behind
“how wet” you get is how windy it is. The wind blows spray off of the waves in the
harbor and off shore and propels it into the boat. If there is little wind, then
a little bit of spray will be coming into the boat and mostly in the back of the
boat which sits lower than the front. If it is really windy then everyone
will get wet from spray. Plastic Ponchos can be purchased on the boat. Cell Phones, Cameras and other water sensitive items should be placed
in plastic bags, left ashore or handed to the crew for safe storage.
To be on the safe side, be prepared to get wet and if you stay dry, it's
an added bonus.
How fast does it go?
We do not publicize the speed so as not to intimidate the squeamish or disappoint
the "Speed Freaks" who may have unrealistic expectations. The boat is the fastest
public tour boat in the harbor and goes fast enough to allow you to view distant
sites such as Morris Island Lighthouse in an hour’s time.
Can I bring a camera?
There are plenty of opportunities for great photos such as when we stop at the Morris
Island Light House. Make sure you have a cover such as a plastic bag so your camera
is protected from any salt spray.
What kind of footwear and clothing should I wear?
Sneakers, Flip-Flops, Boat Shoes are appropriate footwear for this ride. Water can come into the boat and your shoes
can get wet, this is more likely toward the rear of the boat. High Heels are not
allowed on the dock or the boat. If you are wearing high heels, you will
be asked to remove them and go barefoot. For clothing, we
recommend bathing suits with a cover up or some other type of quick
drying material. If it's a wet ride, heavy cotton absorbs a lot of
water and takes a long time to dry even in the middle of the summer.
Can we bring food or drinks onto the boat?
For public tours, we only allow bottled water but on a private charter, we allow
the party to bring on a cooler. We do not allow food on the boat.
How bumpy is the ride?
The Thriller boat is a power catamaran, meaning it has two hulls instead of one.
The double hull design allows the boat to cut through waves instead of pounding
over them thus ensuring a very comfortable ride. We do however go out into
the ocean where larger waves can make the ride bumpy for even a 55 foot catamaran.
If you have any health conditions including, but not limited to back, neck or heart
problems or are pregnant, this ride is not for you.
Does the ride always go off-shore into the ocean?
If the ocean is too rough, Thriller will stay in protected waterways such as the
Charleston Harbor, the Cooper and Wando Rivers or the Intracoastal Waterway.
Do we get out of the boat to tour the lighthouses?
No, the Morris Island Lighthouse is surrounded by a coffer damn and is
closed to visitors. We do get as close to the lighthouse as we can
depending upon the tides. The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse is
opened to the public 4 times a year and is set inland from the beach,
our tour does not come up close to it.
I have a <specific> medical condition, can I take the tour?
We are not medical professionals and do not know your personal medical
history. If there is a question, we advise that you contact your
doctor. If you are unable to do so, do not ride the boat.
Pregnant women, those with back and neck issues are not allowed on the
boat since we can not guarantee a smooth ride.