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Address: 1 College St., Burlington Community Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone Number: 802-598-6504
Description: The "Friend Ship" provides a Lake Champlain experience steeped in the...
The "Friend Ship" provides a Lake Champlain experience steeped in the traditions of the Lake's long sailing history. We offer daily sailing cruises as well as half day and full day private charters from late May until early October. The Friend Ship departs from her slip next to the ECHO Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain at the foot of College Street in Burlington. We are also known as the Whistling Man Schooner Co.
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We went with our 2 year old daughter and had a blast. Captain and first mate were first rate and as I injured myself earlier in the day, they even had ice at the ready. One of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2014
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Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went with our 2 year old daughter and had a blast. Captain and first mate were first rate and as I injured myself earlier in the day, they even had ice at the ready. One of the best things to do in Burlington - a must see.

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Michael C, Owner at Sailing Vessel "Friend Ship", responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us and I hope your foot feels better. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Burlington, Vermont
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My friends and I have gone out on the Friend Ship three times over the past few summers, and It is always a great experience. Compared to the Spirit cruises, the Friendship is personal, quiet, and natural. Even when the ship was full, the setting was intimate and there was space to relax up on the cabin (and it is... More 

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Michael C, Owner at Sailing Vessel "Friend Ship", responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed you sail with us. You posted some great photos. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband and I were signed up for the sunset cruise on the Friendship on our August vacation to Vermont. The day we chose turned out to be windy and chilly, but we were prepared to sail anyway. While we were pulling into the parking lot, we got a call from Captain Mike, saying he had decided the weather just... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I don't often write reviews but feel compelled to do so for the "Friend Ship". We did the sunset sailing cruise on Lake Champlain and it was fantastic. The captain and first mate were friendly and professional, and made every effort to make the trip enjoyable. This was the perfect way to experience the beautiful lake, at an appropriate price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I enjoy sailing whenever possible, so we booked a cruise with Captqin Mike and first mate Shawn while visiting the Burlington area recently. To our surprise it was just them and the two of us, and what we got was a personalized afternoon on Lake Champlain. Mike and Shawn shared some interesting facts about sailing, the lake,... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Had a great time on the boat for the sunset cruise. It was really calm, and beautiful. First mate Shawn was really kind and friendly. Lake Champlain is superb. Really not expensive for what you get. Bring a bottle of wine and you will be in paradise !

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Michael C, Owner at Sailing Vessel "Friend Ship", responded to this review

I'm so glad that you enjoyed your sail with us on the Friend Ship. I love the pictures you posted. I hope you will come a sail with us again. Thanks, Capt. Mike Crowley More 

Virginia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Seven of us, 4 Adults and 3 young teens, went on the noon 2.5 hour cruise. Two other couples we did not know were also aboard. The Friend Ship was easy to locate and there are many places close by to get sandwiches or snacks to take with you. We enjoyed Captain Glenn and First Mate Katie who made the... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2011

Booked this sunset sail as a birthday treat for my wife and brought along some friends including a 9 and 13 year old. I got a good feeling about this even over the phone from FL. When I asked if I needed to provide payment or deposit in advance, Captain Glenn said I only had to pay after a safe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

My wife and I try and take a sail where we go on vacation. This was truely one to remember. It was just Captian Glenn, Katie, and us. We had a very pleasant sail and felt like we were with old friends. I was even allowed to pilot and help with the sails. Thank Glenn and Katie for a wonderful... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2011

We were looking for a unique experience at the lake while visiting Burlington. We searched the travel sites and found many lake tour excursions. But the reviews of those did not sound like what we were looking for - until we found the Friend Ship from the Whistling Man Schooner Company. It is a much smaller, much more personal and... More 

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