Now & Zen is a modern 2003 42-foot Manta catamaran. It is designed to take its passengers and crew anywhere in the world. Safe, secure, and spacious her 21 foot beam ensures a stable and smooth ride.
Outside, a large bimini covers the cockpit and protects you from the sun and passing showers.
We are proud to offer catered Gourmet Picnics from local restaurants.
Picnic Baskets for a minimum of two people:
#1 Steak and Shrimp Taco Picnic($50 per person)
#2 Gryo and Chicken Combo Picnic($50 per person)
#3 Roast Beef and Smoked Turkey Picnic ($50 per person)
Also as a reminder we provide bottled water and we carry small and ever changing assortment of soft drinks. So if anyone in you party has a drink preference beyond that, it would be best for them to bring their favorite drinks along or make arrangements with us in advance. Alcoholic beverages are BYOB. You can specify your dinner selection at check out.
When the St Johns River turns south from downtown Jacksonville it opens up into the perfect sailing location being wide enough to adjust the sail in accordance to the wind direction and narrow enough to provide protection for a smooth sail. It is fabulous!
The shores are lined with manicured estates and ancient trees stretching from San Marco south on the eastern shore and Ortega south on the western shore. The Florida Yacht Club, Timuquana Country Club, Epping Forest, and Bolles School also grace the shores. If you are lucky, it is fun to be close enough to feel the vibration and to and watch the planes take off and land from the Naval Air Station (NAS) just north of Interstate 295 (the Buckman Bridge).
We recommend leaving the dock about 3 hours before sunset and head south toward the Buckman Bridge. The direction and speed of the wind determine exactly where we go.
As we turn around and head north to ready ourselves for the sunset, it is the perfect time to stretch out on the comfortable bow trampolines as the colors of the sunset flood the sky. As the sun disappears below the horizon the sky fills with pinks, purples, and oranges of the after glow. The sun disappears, but downtown Jacksonville lights of the city now create their own “light show”. You see the city lights as only one can from the water. One hour later you will be back at the dock as the last light of dusk fads from the sky. The perfect four hour excursion!
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rebooking are allowed up to 14 days prior to the charter. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and rebook at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in a $200 cancellation fee plus any online booking fees.
Now & Zen is safe, stable, and provides amble protection from the weather. It can be sailed comfortably under normal conditions which include a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm, occasional showers, cloudy, or windy weather.
There is no weather related refund of the cancellation fee except for the issuance of a named storm (hurricane) warning that coincides with the charter time.
Cancellation fees can be applied to reschedule a charter (one time, with an additional $200 deposit) within the calendar year, plus any online booking fees. There are no refunds or reschedules for no shows/cancellations within 24 hrs of the time of the cruise.