The old timbers creak and the deck sways. Tall masts soar overhead. Huge sails luff and flap in the wind. The clean salty smell of the sea washes over you. In the distance, a schooner is bent over in the breeze. You can almost imagine it's 1888. Welcome aboard a Maine windjammer.
Some boaters consider the Maine coast one of the finest places to sail in the world. With island-studded bays, pretty harbor towns, views of the Camden Hills and the mountains of Acadia, leaping porpoises and whales, there are few places like it. And there are few better ways to sail the Maine coast than aboard the classic schooners of the state's windjammer fleet.
What an armada it is. Dozens of windjammers cruise the coast of Maine each summer, every one unique and with its own appeal. How about a ride aboard the largest passenger sailing vessel in America? Or a weekend tucked away in the cabin of the oldest continuously operated sailing ship in the country? Maybe a visit to a remote island in a National Historic Landmark? It's all here.
Whether you're looking for a weeklong vacation, a day trip, a sunset sail, or a private charter, you'll find a ship to your liking. Windjammer cruises are perfect for couples – or for a family cruise. Pitch in and help if you want, hauling in sails and coiling ropes. Or simply sit back and relax. With charismatic captains, great cooking, star-filled nights, and the romance of the sea – a trip aboard a schooner is a vacation you'll never forget.