We strive to be provide the best charter yacht service in Charleston
Introducing Charleston’s finest private motor yacht: Kismet. We are your best choice in private charters, offering luxury cruises in and around Charleston Harbor. Kismet is Coast Guard certified for up to 23 guests. We host a wide array of groups, gatherings, parties, and tours. Motor Yacht Kismet is brought to you by the founders of Charleston Sailing Charters LLC, the most successful private yacht operation in Charleston's history.
Sailing Yacht Fate was launched in 2009 as the first private charter yacht in Charleston, South Carolina. She is the largest and finest sailing yacht with ample space for up to six guests, including two professional crew. At 50 feet in length Fate offers an oversized cockpit with ample seating, an integrated Bluetooth audio system, dining accommodations, and a spacious foredeck, perfect for lounging in the sun.
Sistership to Fate, Sailing Yacht Mystique is a pedigree Beneteau offering luxury and performance. At 43 feet, Mystique is similar in design and performance, and currently carries the 1st Place title in the Charleston Ocean Racing Association summer racing series. She is available for charter year-round, with ample space for up to six guests and two professional crew. Mystique offers an oversized cockpit with ample seating, an integrated Bluetooth audio system, dining accommodations, and a spacious foredeck, perfect for lounging in the sun.
If you're looking for things to do outdoors in Charleston that are unique and exciting, book a charter with The Holy City's most popular private sailing and yacht company. Our fleet of meticulously maintained boats is the perfect choice for experiencing the magic of historic Charleston, South Carolina, and its waterways. We welcome gatherings of all types such as family outings - including children of all ages, corporate events, parties, birthday celebrations, proposals, or bachelor and bachelorette parties. Each vessel is available for booking year-round and offers your group a unique perspective of a growing city in a historically relevant and biologically diverse landscape.
Motor Yacht Kismet is a classic 36' Chesapeake Deadrise design. As a US Coast Guard-inspected vessel, she can carry up to 23 passengers and offers a wide range of destinations, swimming, and tours around Charleston. For smaller groups of 6 or fewer, we have the finest sailing yachts in the harbor: Sailing vessel Fate a 50 ft Beneteau, and Mystique a 43 ft Beneteau.
Relax and unwind, or dance and shout as our experienced Captains and crew navigate your group through beautiful Charleston Harbor, passing historic landmarks such as The Battery, Waterfront Park, historic Castle Pinckney, and the USS Yorktown maritime museum. Let us attend to your every need as you cruise under the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and out to historic Fort Sumter. Our captains know the best summertime swimming spots and will throw anchor while you lounge in our water hammocks; just raise your hand if you need a beverage refill. Catering for parties is available through our affiliate Caviar and Bananas, which offers a wide array of delicious food and beverage choices, and is delivered directly to the boat prior to your arrival.
Featuring such prominent military and cultural history as far back as the American Civil War, Revolutionary War, and even the Golden Age of Piracy, touring this iconic city by the water transports you back in time hundreds of years, back to the founding of our nation. And with three rivers converging in the harbor, there is no shortage of wildlife to satisfy your curiosity and ecotourism. Wildlife galore! Charleston Harbor is home to over 100 resident Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and friendly interaction with a pod is a common occurrence! Bird watchers will delight in the over 400 species that live in the state of South Carolina, many of which are to be seen in and around the waterways of the harbor.
Charter 4 hours or more receive a 15% discount, (groups of 7 or more, harbor charters only).
“"Scott and jack were wonderful! The knowledge of history and the surrounding area was truly impressive. Like Scott my husband is a nuclear submarine vet so shared so many stories. Had such a beautiful day and fun chatting I never saw below deck!! Thanks again for a wonderful time exploring Charleston’s port." ”
“"We had another great day with Captain Dustin and Mattie on Mystique. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Charleston." ”
“The BEST. Captain Scott and Adam were unreal. They gave us the best time on the water, giving us tips about Charleston and a little bit of a history lesson to go with it. Whenever we asked or needed something, they were right there. Not to mention these were the types of dudes you want to grab a beer with afterwards. We will definitely be back, next time with our kids. Can not say enough good things about our two hours sailing on The Fate with this ”
As any local Charlestonian will tell you, don't let our weather forecasts fool you into missing out on a gorgeous charter or beautiful sunset! Our weather forecasts call for a 30-50% chance of rain nearly every day! If it does rain, it is usually only for a short period during a pop-up shower.
Since we stay inside the harbor, protected from larger waves of the open sea, it is unlikely that you would get seasick. The water is calm and the boats are only subjected to large waves created by other boats. Concerned passengers could bring products that contain ginger, such as ginger cookers, or Ginger Ale because they have been known to help calm an upset stomach. Be sure to start taking ginger or any other sea-sickness medications the day before your charter for the best results. We recommend you stay away from the drowsy kinds. Recommendations are provided for informational purposes only. Please consult your physician with any questions regarding a medical condition.
Yes! Our yachts are clean, well-maintained, and fully insured for charter. All of our vessels meet or exceed safety requirements by the United States Coast Guard with onboard equipment that includes Type 1 Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) for every passenger, an approved Sound Producing Device, fire extinguishers, flares, a VHF radio, & an approved throwable ring buoy. They also meet equipment, operation, and pollution prevention regulations established by the Coast Guard. Vessel Captains possess a valid license issued by the U. S. Coast Guard and undergo random drug screenings.
Yes, on our Motor Yacht Kismet, which has been specifically designed to carry up to 23 passengers. You will find 23 to be pretty tight, we recommend keeping the maximum passenger count to under 20.
The sailing yachts both are limited to 6 passengers, however, you can rent boat sailboats and take 12, having 6 on each boat.
Yes, they do. The United States Coast Guard considers every person, except for the Captain and crew as a passenger. Children require supervision by parents or guardians at all times and must be capable of remaining calmly seated for several hours. If you are bringing younger children, we recommend a charter length of no longer than 2 hours.
We are happy to help you plan your private charter on Kismet! Let us know what you're interested in and will respond within 24 hours.