Ondeck Sailing - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Charleston, USA


Ondeck Ocean Sailing Academy - Charleston, South Carolina, 29464


Ondeck Charleston Sailing Fleet

Ondeck Charleston has a terrific fleet of sailboats for instruction, charter, skippered trips and corporate hospitality and team-building.


Every boat in the fleet is maintained to the highest standard by our dedicated Yacht Management Team.


The fleet ranges in size from 26 feet to 50 feet in length and has a wide variety of both racing a cruising options depending on the clients intent for the yacht.  The pictures below provide a quick look at each boat in the fleet.  Please contact our office for much more detailed information on any yacht you are interested in.


Colgate 26s are used for initial sailing instruction which includes Intro to Sailing and Basic Keelboat 1 & 2.The other boats in our fleet, all yachts over 32 feet in length, are used for subsequent lessons from Basic Cruising through Ocean Passage.


Colgate 26 - 26 feet


This is without a doubt the best sailboat on the market for getting a feel for keelboat handling. It is the one you will begin your courses with at Ondeck Charleston. We use this specially designed instructional boat for our Basic Keelboat 1 and 2 courses and all our Focus Classes. It's stable, fast, and forgiving.


"Susan and I both found the Colgate beautifully kept and the ease of working with you and your school a real pleasure. We look forward to sailing with you again."


Ed and Susan Stiner, New Market, TN


The Colgate will not capsize because of its heavily weighted keel, and doesn't require a lot of water depth (4 1/2 feet). It is unusually roomy for a boat of its size, and has an extra long cockpit. The boom is a bit higher than normal so it swings overhead with a low likelihood of jibe contact.


"The Colgates are so very well set up for instructional purposes (they are fun and very forgiving). I love the huge cockpit. Good call on using the Colgates."


Adrian Pitts

Farr 40 - Predator / Marina


The Farr 40s in the fleet are the quintessential racing yacht. Faster than most boats in the 40 foot range, these thoroughbreds can be sailed at virtually any performance level. They are used extensively for teambuilding, match racing, and often enter the highly competitive CORA races in Charleston to teach specific racing skills. Their wide open cockpits provide a great platform for 6+ individuals to experience performance sailing in almost any breeze.

Beneteau 323

Beneteau 331 - Navicular


This smaller cruising yacht is perfect for afternoon and sunset sails, and for teaching all the basic cruising skills. It is easy to handle, very comfortable to sail, and is perfect for teaching a couple how to sail by themselves. Navicular has great sails, is well maintained, and has all the systems and amenities that make sailing a ton of fun.


Beneteau 40 - Firefly


Firefly is an amazing new Beneteau and features twin wheels, and a spacious cockpit and cabin. Roller furling headsails and mainsail make for easy sail handling, and to say this boat is 'comfortable" is an understatement. Firefly easily handles 6 people and is fantastic for BOTH harbor sailing and offshore adventures.

Beneteau 323

Beneteau 411 - Pied à Mer


A classic Beneteau, this boat placed first in class for the Charleston to Bermuda race in 2011.


Safe, stable, and solid as a rock this yacht is perfect for teaching cruising, picnic and sunset sails, and any form of corporate hospitality.

Beneteau 423

Beneteau 423s - Tohidu / Moonshot


The Beneteau 423 looks and feels like a much larger boat. Extremely comfortable on all points of sail, these yachts make excellent teaching boats.


Many cruising sailors end up with yachts in this size range and both these boats are great for teaching all features of the cruising life from docking heavier displacement boats to all the sophisticated electronic systems available to cruisers today. Both these boats are also extremely effective for all forms of yacht based hospitality.

Beneteau 423

Beneteau 47.3 - Satisfaction IV


Satisfaction IV is one of the largest boats in Ondeck's fleet. This yacht is truly special in every way. Her huge cockpit easily handles larger groups.


Satisfaction IV has literally every option a modern sailing yacht can and should have. She is meticulously maintained, handles like a dream, and is perfect for any special event, company outing, or for anyone who simply wants to charter an absolutely beautiful yacht.

Beneteau 423

Cherubinni 42 - First Light


Sailing First Light is an amazing experience. Her vintage lines hide a strong performing yacht on every point of sail. While she looks like a
classic, she also have every modern system you can ask for.


First Light is the PERFECT boat for corporate hospitality, sunset cruises, or and exciting skippered offshore adventure. If you appreciate the 'finer things" First Light is worth the price of a ticket to Charleston just to "look at" let alone to sail!

38' Motor Yacht - Horizon Seeker


Why stay near the water when you can stay on it? Rent the Horizon Seeker - docked at Charleston Harbor Resort marina with breathtaking views of Charleston Harbor. Includes use of resort amenities - pool, hot tub, onsite beach and more.

Horizon Seeker accommodates up to 4 people with 2 staterooms and 2 heads. Walk to the hotel bars and restaurants or cook for yourself inside in the galley or grill out on the aft deck.
Call us now to book your stay

62' Schooner - Welcome


Schooner Welcome is a 62 foot Gaff Rigged Topsail Schooner and is traditionally rigged with wooden block and tackle.


Built to carry men, not cargo, Schooner Welcome is well appointed both above and below deck.


Schooner Welcome has beautiful pine decks that look up to a 60 foot tall spruce mainmast and a 55 foot fir foremast.


Schooner Welcome's solid mahogany cabin is very spacious. The Schooner Welcome is an excellent setting to host your next corporate event, wedding, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, reunion, anniversary, requiem at sea, or private party.


The Schooner Welcome can accommodate groups large and small. We can carry up to 31 guests.