Looking for a local adventure on the water? Sail With Scott is an hour-and-a-half cruise around Lake Ray Hubbard, located about 35 minutes from Downtown Dallas.
The former mayor of Rockwall, Scott Self, captains the sunset cruise on Seawolf, a 40-foot catamaran he built himself.
Cruising around on Seawolf, you get all of the relaxation that the weekend demands.
Bring a picnic basket or cooler filled with goodies, because it’s a treat yourself kind of trip.
And when the sun touches the water, get ready for Captain Scott to blow his conch shell while everyone on deck takes a moment to thank God for what they have.
Keep on reading for full details on Sail With Scott!
What to expect
The boat itself has plenty of seating areas.
If you would like to wear a life vest, Seawolf comes fully equipped with over 100 life vests.
There are benches and a few tables, seating areas on the sides of the boat, and bean bag chairs if you’d prefer to sit right by the water.
And yes, there are restrooms on board!
Seawolf is a work of art and you can truly see the hard work that Scott put into it, when he was gluing board by board together.
The boat leaves from Rockwall Harbor, right by the lighthouse.
It’s best to arrive 30 minutes before the departure time.
You’ll see a “Reserved for Seawolf” sign where the boat docks.
When you make a reservation, it’s for a one and a half hour boat ride.
Sometimes people are late.
This happened on one of our visits; we had just left the dock when Scott got a phone call, and we saw people waving from shore.
Fortunately the boat was close enough, so Scott turned around because it’s Texas and we’re all friendly here!
But don’t worry if you’re on the boat and this happens; he tacks on the extra time to make sure you get the full experience.
Don’t forget to make a reservation online! If you just show up, there’s a chance that they’ll be fully booked.
Also, there are no guarantees he’ll turn the boat around, so don’t be late!
What you can do
- Take in the beauty of the lake
- Enjoy your food & drinks with company
- Get to know new people
- Scott will gladly let you take a turn at the wheel!
What to bring
- Food– I prefer bringing snacks and foods that are easy to eat since you might not have a table
- Drinks– yes, you can bring alcohol! Scott provides water, but if you want any other type of drink, you can just bring it with you!
- Cooler/picnic basket– to store your food and drinks. Don’t forget utensils and napkins!
- Kids– kids are allowed! However, Scott’s team recommends bringing them on the family-friendly cruise, which is right before the sunset cruise.
- Jacket– it gets windy!
- You don’t need a paper copy of your reservation- Scott will just ask for the name on the reservation when you arrive
What to wear
Dress for the weather and for the fact that you’re going to be on the water.
This means two things- temperatures drop and there’s wind. So no flowy dresses, ladies! And bring a jacket, just in case.
Don’t worry if you forget it, though, because the boat comes fully equipped with blankets if they’re needed!
Also, be prepared to take heels off when boarding the boat for safety reasons. A lower heel is definitely more practical, especially if you stand up and there are waves rocking the boat.
The History of Sail with Scott
Captain Scott Self
While up front, I got to learn a bit about Scott.
After Scott finished college and started working at Merrill Lynch, he decided to make a list of life goals.
One of them was being the mayor of a small town.
When he was in his late 20’s, Scott moved from New York to Dallas. Once in Dallas, he realized he needed to find a small town to live in if he wanted to be mayor of it!
Rockwall was the perfect place!
But his love for Rockwall didn’t end when his term did. He has stayed heavily involved in the town to this day.
Now operating his sunset cruises Seawolf around the lake is his favorite pastime!
So how does a former mayor of Rockwall end up offering sunset cruises around the lake anyways?
Sailing had been a passion ever since he was a kid, sailing on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth.
Since then, Scott has sailed the Atlantic and the Pacific, from Bermuda to London, and pretty much everywhere in between.
He knew that when he retired he wanted to be able to sail as often as possible.
After his time as mayor, Scott actually worked as the City Commissioner, and had a big part in developing Rockwall Harbor.
In a meeting where everyone brought their ideas for the harbor to the table, Scott suggested sunset cruises around the lake.
“Okay, but who would operate them?” someone asked somewhat mockingly.
Scott enthusiastically said “I would!!” and that was that! Sail With Scott was up and running a few years later!
Sail With Scott allows him to sail, meet people, and spend time with his wife, all in the town he calls home.
And when the weather gets too cold to host Sail With Scott, he’s off to the Caribbean doing private week-long boat tours.
His advice if you want to try your hand at sailing? “Try sailing the British Virgin Islands. If you don’t like it there, there’s really not a more perfect place for sailing.”
How to book your reservation
It’s so easy. Just select your date & time here!
Comment any questions below! Happy sailing!
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