Frequently Asked Questions when researching a wedding ceremony and reception venue on the WW Durant
Is my Date available?
The most important detail is to get your name in the charter book. Ask Donna what dates are available.
How much is the Deposit?
A $1000 deposit is required to hold your reservation, fully refundable 90 days prior to event. All private charter payments must be made with check or cash. Final payment can be paid in advance or on the day of the event.
Who is the Day Of Coordinator?
Donna Pohl and Rachel Pohl will be there on the day of the wedding to make sure all the little details fall into place.
Who is the Officiant?
Captain Pohl has been appointed a marriage officer by the Town of Long Lake and is authorized to marry couples. Captain Pohl does not charge a fee for this service. Or you may bring your own officiant. You may use the vows written for us by a minister who vacations on the lake, Rev. Stephanie Sauve, or you may write your own or use a combination of the two.
What are my music options?
You may bring your own Ipad with play list or CDs to put in our CD player (5 slots). We have a file of musicians who have played on the boat if you’re considering live music. Because space is so precious on the Durant, the musical group must be small- no more than three or four players. If the weather is nice, the musicians can set up on the upper deck where dancing before and after dinner can take place. If the weather is inclement, there is space for a small ensemble (1-2 musicians) to set up in the dining room (even with a full count of 64) but there is no space for dancing. Dancing in the dining room is possible only when the count is 40 people or fewer.
What are my Flower options in the area?
You can make arrangements with a local florist who will deliver. I have preferred vendors on file. Or you may provide your own table arrangements.
Can we set up the favors & decorating in advance?
There is some flexibility here in terms of timing. Talk to Donna.
Is there a space for me to get ready?
We do offer a space, with a bathroom, for you to change into your dress and store your travel clothes during the event.
Where can I put the wedding gifts?
We suggest all wedding gifts be securely stored in a vehicle parked adjacent to the Durant. There is space on the boat for a guest book and a basket to receive cards.
Where do my guests park?
There is space for about 12 cars in our parking lot, plus plenty of parking behind the Chapel, adjacent to the Durant’s dock.
Are you Handicap Accessible?
The dining room can accommodate wheelchairs; the two heads or bathrooms do not. Advance notice is appreciated so we can put our ramps in place.
What about overnight accommodations for my guests?
We suggest you block rooms as soon as possible. There are no hotel accommodations in Raquette Lake. Your guests will have to book lodging anywhere in a 15 mile radius (Inlet or Blue Mountain Lake) or a 25 mile radius (Old Forge, Indian Lake or Long Lake).
Is there a Shuttle Service from hotels to the WW Durant?
We can make suggestions for whom to call.
What is the boat’s Capacity?
The 3 numbers to keep in mind are 64, 56 and 75. 64 is how many guests can be seated and served in our dining room which has eight tables of eight. 56 is how many guests can be accommodated on a buffet style cruise, with seven tables of eight. (The buffet line takes up one table of eight.) Though the Durant is licensed for 100 people, the maximum number of guests that can be accommodated for food service is 75 and that is an option only with a “grazing” format, with food stations set up on both upper deck and in the enclosed dining room (weather permitting). With grazing format there is seating for 24 in the dining room and 50 on the open upper deck.
What are the High Season Private Charter Rates?
High Season is defined as the last Saturday in June through Labor Day plus all Saturdays in September through Columbus Day weekend. If you charter the boat sometime during the shoulder season months of May, June, September or October, Sunday-Friday, we can give you a break on the costs. We will charge you our retail rate for whichever cruise slot you’re booking, extending you the benefit of private and exclusive use of the Durant. A minimum of 25 is required.
What are the time slots I can have on the wedding day?
Dinner cruise time slot minimum charge of $4500 for 3 hour cruise, 3 course meal for up to 64 people, tax and service charge. We do not charge you for the 1/2 hour boarding time nor the deboarding time.
- Mid-day time slot (luncheon, Sunday Brunch or scenic excursion time slots) minimum charge is $2500 for 2 hour cruise, buffet-style meal for up to 56 people, tax and service charge on food. We do not charge you for the 1/2 hour boarding time nor the deboarding time.
- “Grazing” format, with elegant hors d’oeuvres, both passed and stationary, utilizing open upper deck and the enclosed dining room. In this scenario private and exclusive use of the Durant would cost $650 per hour plus appetizers with a minimum of $2500 for up to 75 people . This option works best if the weather is nice so both decks can be utilized. If weather is inclement, all food stations will be set up inside the dining room but space will be at a premium, for both guests and food.
- $650 per each additional hour; $325 per each additional half hour.
- If you desire a time frame that spans two different cruises, then a $500 surcharge is applied for canceling the second cruise. For example, if you want a private charter from 12:00-2:00 on a Saturday, we would have to cancel the luncheon cruise and scenic excursion. You would be charged the $2500 minimum for the 2 hr charter plus another $500 surcharge for canceling the excursion. If you wanted to add another hour, making the charter 12:00-3:00 on a Saturday, add an additional $650 for the extra hour but we waive the $500 cancellation fee.
What is included in the charter rate?
Besides private and exclusive use of the Durant, boarding and deboarding time, cruise time, staff, food, tax and service charge, all private charters include table linens, china, cutlery and glass wine & water goblets. There is some choice in color of table linens.
More than any other factor- your dress, your band, your food- your reception venue sets the tone for your wedding. It’s the first thing your guests see when they arrive and it’s what they’re going to be immersed in for the three or four hours they’re celebrating with you. Let Donna and her staff make your wedding on the WW Durant seamless and an unforgettable celebration event that your guests will remember as one of the best receptions ever attended.
Our Executive Chef Jim Pohl, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, looks forward to working with you planning a delicious menu. With advance notice he can try to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Plated, served (up to 64 people)
A dinner would typically be a homemade soup, salad and entrée. Click on the link to read descriptions of various entrees we offer on our dinner cruises. We can offer up to five entrée choices. Another option is to ask the chef to cost out a customized menu of your choosing. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, at additional cost, can be served before dinner, both stationary and passed. Please see our list of appetizers below.
There isn’t time for a sit-down plated service meal during two hour cruises. We offer a buffet with one carbohydrate, one vegetable, two proteins, salad, fresh fruit, baguettes and butter, and dessert plus coffee, decaf or tea. If you would like a carving station for one of the proteins, that option can be priced out, depending on the protein you choose. http://www.raquettelakenavigation.com/lunch-menu
Perhaps you prefer or your numbers dictate a “grazing” format (more than 64 headcount), with elegant hors d’oeuvres, both passed and stationary, utilizing open upper deck and the dining room. In this scenario private and exclusive use of the Durant would cost $650 per hour plus appetizers with a minimum of $2500 for up to 75 people, which includes private charter rate, appetizers, tax & gratuity.
Cold Hors d’oeuvres
- Cold display to include sliced seasonal fruits with assorted cheeses and crackers
- Vegetable crudité with herbal dip
- Smoked salmon w/ dill horseradish sauce
- Sliced salami with pecorino cheese
- Tortilla chips with black bean dip or house salsa
- Bruschetta, an Italian salsa served with crostini and Romano cheese
- Marinated mushroom caps
- Peel-n-eat shrimp with sauce
- Guacamole with pita triangles
- Hummus with pita triangles
- Ginger-honey-soy glazed barbecued salmon skewers
- Seared sesame crusted tuna over citrus & jalapeno salsa, wasabi aioli, avocado, soy reduction on a marinated cucumber slice
- Caprese Bites (Mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, reduced balsamic)
Hot Hors d’oeuvres
- Beef satay with Oriental dipping sauce
- Swedish meatballs in a rich brown sauce
- Bacon-wrapped sea scallops
- Mushroom caps with your choice stuffing (seafood, sausage, vegetarian)
- Baked brie soaked in Kahlua with crackers
- Beef Sliders
Choose any 6 from both the cold and hot hors d’oeuvres selections, $16.95 ++ Choose any 3 from both hot and cold for $10.95 pp ++ Optional, at additional cost
- Peeled and deveined U-12 shrimp with sauce (market price)
- Beef tenderloin at a carving station with rolls & horseradish sauce (market price)
- Lollipop Lamb Chops (market price)
- Glazed bacon
You should make your own arrangements for a traditional wedding cake. Donna can give you the names of local bakers in the area or you can contract with your own baker or maybe a friend wants to make your cake as a wedding gift.
(Raquette Lake Navigation is fully insured.) There are five options. Beverage Manager Rachel Pohl will advise you on various bar options after she has interviewed you to find out your preferences. You may not bring your own liquor, wine, beer, water or soft drinks.
Premium Open Bar
- Pouring the wines and liquor (well, call & premium) we carry + our beers
- $10.95 for the first hour and $9.95 for each additional hour per person for every guest age 21 and older, plus 8% tax and 20% service charge.
- Non-alcoholic options options consist of iced tea, lemonade, soda, juice, NA beer, bottled water and any of our NA frozen drinks.
- $15 per person under age 21 for the whole hour charter , plus tax and service charge.
Classic Open Bar
- Pouring well liquor, 2 red wines & 2 white wines + domestic beer we carry
- You may choose the 2 reds and 2 whites from a list beverage manager can give you upon request
- $8.95 for the first hour and $7.95 for each additional hour per person for every guest age 21 and older, plus tax and service charge.
- NA options consist of NA beer, iced tea, lemonade, soda, juice and bottled water.
- $15 per person under age 21 for the whole hour charter plus tax and service charge.
Modified Open Bar
- $7.95 for the first hour and $6.95 for each additional hour per person for every guest age 21 and older, plus tax and service charge.
- The hosts pay for wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages , The modified open bar limits selection to two red wines, 2 white wines, the beer we have in stock and NA options are limited to NA beer, iced tea, lemonade, soda, juice and bottled water.
- Mixed drinks are available on a cash basis.
- $15 per person under age 21 for the whole charter plus tax and service charge
Private Tally Bar
Sometimes the host will request a private tally bar where the bartender keeps a private tally of drinks as they’re ordered, whether spirits, wine, beer or NA. X number of tokens, say 2 or 3, are given to each guest to redeem at the bar for any drink, any price. The bartender keeps a private tally of the drinks ordered with the tokens. After the tokens are spent, drinks are on a cash basis. The bartender adds up the private tally at the end of the cruise and figures in tax and gratuity. Bar prices on the Durant as follows: well spirits $5; call $6; premium $7. Martini, Manhattan $8; Specialty drinks $7-8; Wine $6-7/glass. Beer $3-5, both cans and bottles.