Sailing with Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters
Our sailing tours depart from Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor and run three times a day. Book your charter by first choosing a harbor and then one of the following trips.
The above trip descriptions are based on a typical summer day in Maine but our weather varies greatly especially in early or late season. While our summer weather is generally beautiful, please keep in mind that fog, rain and thunderstorms are all part of the Maine experience. For up to date weather information and trip expectations please call the office and review our cancellation policy.
Sailing excursions are booked as Shared or Private Charters. Shared trips are enjoyed between two or more different parties and priced per person. Private charters are excursions exclusively for your party and are priced at a single rate for the whole boat. A private charter allows us to cater the cruise more to your wishes, such as sailing instruction, island picnics and a dinner cruise. For more information about private charter options please call us.
All trips have a six passenger maximum and include a snack on board and water. You are welcome to bring along your own favorite beverages or food. We have an ice box on board, wine openers and cups.
Comfort and Safety
Sailing aboard a Friendship Sloop is a safe, comfortable experience immersed in history and Maine maritime heritage. These refurbished working vessels handle very well as they were designed without an engine to navigate the rocky coast of Maine in all seasons. The deep keel and wide beam keep them steady and safe but more importantly, all our trips sail within the protected waters of the Cranberry Islands, so there’s no big ocean swell or rough waves. The boats have large cushioned cockpits, ensuring plenty of room for guests. There is a small toilet on board and blankets for cool weather.
You may cancel your reservation without charge up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. If you cancel within the 48 hour period or fail to show up at boarding, you will be responsible for the full amount of the charter/cruise. Weather related cancellations will be determined by the Captain. If your charter/cruise is cancelled due to weather and we are unable to reschedule the trip to your satisfaction, you will not be charged.