The Nautica Queen

The Captain’s Corner

At the helm of Cleveland’s Favorite Cruise Dining Ship is Captain Jim Dale. We’re all about fun, good food and cruising at the Nautica Queen and want to share our adventures with you.

Keep A Weather Eye Out

Spring has sprung here on Lake Erie and of course we can’t wait to get out on the lake…or can we? Not only is a weather report required for my daily Captain’s log, it should be a must for all boaters who want to venture out on the lake in spring time! Lake temperature is low (especially this year) and with our typical spring winds and weather patterns a leisurely trip on the family boat can become a real nightmare. Lake Erie and her tributaries are such a treat to be out on until the weather changes. It is no secret that this vast waterway can become one of the most difficult in the world to manage. As mariners, we get so excited about getting away from our docks and enjoying the lake. Please take a moment to make a few quick checks. Use your vessels VHF and tune into the current weather conditions for your area. Or, use your smartphone and your favorite weather app that provides real-time conditions. One of my favorites is www.crh.noaa.gov/greatlakes/.

Onboard the Nautica Queen, passenger and guest safety is paramount. My decisions of where we cruise are greatly determined by what Mother Nature has in store for us that particular day. Probably would be a good idea for you to take a few moments to make some similar determinations. Remember, better safe than sorry!

As the Nautica Queen’s season unfolds be sure to watch for our daily cruise schedule and our upcoming special events here at The Nautica Entertainment Complex.

See you on board the Queen!

Getting Ready for Spring

Welcome to spring on Lake Erie! Or as we here at the Nautica Queen like to call it, Wind and Rain! This is the time of year when all boat owners’ thoughts turn to being on the water, sunset cruises and calm water. But first we must take some time to do some very important work onboard. Now is the time to be checking flares, extinguishers, PFD’s, bilge pumps and let’s not forget your VHF radio!

Here at the Nautica Queen our winter consists of general maintenance and preparing for our guests this spring. But just like all of you who are anxious to get out on the water we need to make certain we are truly ready for passengers. Each vessel on the water no matter how big or small has requirements for safety. Before we can get out and enjoy our wonderful waterways PLEASE consult www.uscgboating.org for your boats required equipment. Remember, we want everybody to be safe out there. That includes YOU!

Our season has already begun and we have had some happy couples to give a quick shout out to! Congrats to Marisol and Julio S. who were married onboard April 26th and Cynthia and Robert G. who had their vows renewed on the 27th, which by the way just happened to be their 40th anniversary.

Best of luck to you both!

See you on board the Queen!

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