Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What time of day do you schedule scatterings?
Ans. We usually schedule scatterings for the late afternoon (approximately 3:30- 4:00 p.m.)
Q2. How do I pay for the scattering?
Ans. Once we have settled on a date, we request payment in advance. We will provide you with instructions when we book the date. We only take cash, Master card or Visa as well as a money order.
Q3. Will weather conditions effect the arrangements we make for a specific date?
Ans. Weather may very well cause us to reschedule the scattering. The Captain will determine this and will advise you. If we have to reschedule your date, we will apply the prepayment to a future date.
Q4. How big is the boat, does it have a bathroom?
Ans. The RIPTIDE is 40’ long, fiberglass, and includes an inside cabin area and toilet.
Q5. How many people can come?
Ans. The vessel is certified to carry a maximum of 17 passengers. You can have up to that amount. There is a $2.50 per person harbor charge for everyone aboard the vessel.
Q6. Can we bring wine for a toast?
Ans. Yes, you can provide your own beverages for toasting your loved one.
Q7. Can we bring a floral wreath for the scattering?
Ans. We encourage you to memorialize your loved one in an ecologically sound fashion. Our clients bring cut flowers that can go in the water without causing any problems to animals, fish, or birds. We cannot allow any plastic, cardboard or other artificial products that are not biologically friendly.
Q8. What should we wear?
Ans. Even for a one hour cruise to scatter ashes, we always remind people to dress warmly, wear flat shoes with non-skid soles.
Q9. Do you take credit cards?
Ans. YES at this time, RIPTIDE also accepts payments in cash or money order.
Q10. Do you scatter ashes for us if we cannot accompany the cremains to Half Moon Bay?
Ans. Yes, We can accommodate those who wish to send a loved one unaccompanied. We ask that you telephone us to make preliminary arrangements and so we can answer any questions that you may have. In addition, we require that you complete the authorization form and mailing instructions as outlined on our page entitled "Mailing Instructions." A certified copy of the Death Certificate is also required.
For More Info, Call Us At (650) 263-4130
Burials at Sea
27 Johnson Pier Half Moon Bay, CA 94019