We will greet you at the top of the gangway in North Cove just 100 yards from the World Trade Center. You will be invited on board our 1929 Nationally Landmark, the classic schooner Shearwater, given a short safety speech and orientation where questions will be answered, you will then be offered a refreshment (for sale) by one of the crew; and we will motor off the dock and get underway. We will raise sails once we have cleared the marina and sail around the harbor for somewhere between 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the time of day. You will be able to walk around the vessel and tour the below deck cabins and are invited to engage my knowledgeable crew with any questions you might have as we sail past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, in view of bridges and other landmarks of NY Harbor. With the wind in your hair, Seagulls, bouys, foghorns and passing ships and tugboats will add to the serene and exciting respite from your busy NYC day that will leave you energized and ready for more.
I was born and raised in NYC and first began volunteering aboard historic sailboats here in NY Harbor approximately 30 years ago. I and my carefully selected crew hold U.S. Coast Guard issued 100-ton captain's licenses; we have been sharing our love of sailing large vintage schooners under the majestic gaze of the Statue of Liberty and the NY Skyline with locals and visitors to NY for the past 19 years. My boat, the SHEARWATER, was built in 1929, the "Gatsby Era," at the height of the Roaring '20s, and was designated a National Landmark in 2011. Your host will be either me (Tom) or one of my captains. We pride ourselves in offering an intimate, casual and un-narrated experience here in NY harbor as an alternative to the large ferry boat sightseeing trips to the Statue of Liberty. Come down and enjoy a little part of NYC's history...
Simple Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Prosecco & Soft Drinks Available for purchase.
Unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, Colgate Clock, NY Skyline from the deck of a restored historic classic yacht celebrating her 90th anniversary in 2019.
It is an Outdoor Experience: Please bring Hat, Sunscreen, Light Jacket
Sailing is an outdoor experience. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen, hat, etc. Please confirm trip w. AirBnB 24 hrs prior. Arrive 15 mins early. Duration varies from 60 - 90 mins based on day & time.