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Whistling Man Schooner Company

1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 598-6504
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Ranked #2 of 21 Activities in Burlington
Type: Tours
Owner description: We offer two hour public and 2-8 hour private sailing tours of Lake Champlain. Departing from Burlington, VT aboard the classic sloop "Friend Ship"We... more » Owner description: We offer two hour public and 2-8 hour private sailing tours of Lake Champlain. Departing from Burlington, VT aboard the classic sloop "Friend Ship"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. « less
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Oakwood Montgomery County, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We were two couples visiting Burlington and the Whistling Man sailing tour was the highlight of the trip! The boat is a perfect size and being low on the water (as opposed to a large cruise ship) was the best feeling. Besides the four of us there was a nice family of four and we fit perfectly. Captain Mike was... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed you time on the Friend Ship. I like to give my guest a feeling that they are on a friends boat, and let the conversation flow and not have that robot flow of facts that you get from sightseeing trips. I hope it works for everybody. Come visit us again the... More

Bridgewater, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Our family took the afternoon cruise on his Friendship, which was a pretty, clean well-kept ship. It was a beautiful day, but low winds which made it a little underwhelming as far as sailing goes. Captain Mike had to motor us on the way back. Still not a bad thing though. The captain was accommodating with seating and moving about... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time on the Friend Ship even though the wind didn't blow enough for a great sailing day. As the saying goes, "If you are lucky enough to be on the lake, you are lucky enough". I hope you come and visit us again, and next time we have better sailing... More

Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Lake Champlain is beautiful, and if you want a cruise there are two very different alternatives. There are larger boats that hold hundreds and have somewhat of a party atmosphere, or you can try the smaller, more intimate sailboat option. Whistling Man Schooner is the second option. The boat is docked right next to the ECHO science center (as in... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your sail with us. You posted some great photos. I hope you come visit us again the next time you are in Vermont. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It was a great outing on the Friend Ship. It's a nice small boat and the views are fantastic. It's also oh, so calm and relaxing! The only improvement I could recommend is that on low wind days, like the one we experienced, that the captain uses a bit of fuel to get the boat out further into the lake.... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I know the winds were light the past few days. On windless days I normally do keep the motor running, but it seemed that most of the folks on-board were enjoying the quiet of not having the motor running and getting a more sailing experience. I hope you visit us again and maybe we'll have... More

Lake George, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband loves sailing so this was a "must do". Captain Mike was awesome, knowledgable and friendly. The weather was beautiful, shipmates pleasant. Nothing but praise for our experience. Hope to do sunset sail someday.

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed you sail with us. I hope you visit us again. You do have to get out on a sunset sail or even one of our 3 hour full moon sails. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Pine Bush, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Sailing was always on my bucket list and Lake Champlain is my favorite lake, so when I picked up a flyer for Whistling Man Schooner Company I knew it was just what I was looking for. The 3 of us took the 3pm trip out on August 1st and, although it was a bit hazy, it really was a great... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed your time on the Friend Ship. It's always a pleasure introducing sailing to people for the first time. I hope you make a sail on the Friend Ship part of your plans the next time you visit Burlington. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Newton, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We did a sunset cruise with Captain Mike. The weather was perfect, the water was calm, I really couldn't have asked for anything better. It's a much quieter and pleasant experience than taking one of the bigger cruises on the lake. Bring some wine and enjoy!

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your sail with us. I hope you come sailing with us again. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Morrisville, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had a great sunset cruise with friends and family to commemorate my hubby's 65th. Captain Mike was full ofinteresting information which many of our guest were thrilled to hear. The first mate (sorry, don't remember his name) was fabulous, serving us beverages and snacks like a pro! we had ample wind and were even able to circumnavigate Juniper Island!... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. It was a great group to have on-board. I'm glad everybody had a good time. It was a perfect night for sailing. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Cleveland, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My family set sail on the Whistling Man Schooner yesterday. We had a noon cruise. The weather was beautiful, perhaps too beautiful as our only complaint was that mother nature did not give us enough wind to stay under sail the entire time. My other complaint is that Cap't Mike did not whistle during our cruise...actually, that is not a... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. You are right a little more wind would have made it perfect. I'm still working on that weather control stuff, but it's not going well. As for the whistling. It was a sailor superstition to whistle on-board a boat. They believed it would bring a gale. So I was really saving your life. We do... More

Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our second time taking a sunset cruise with Captain Mike! Perfect all the way around, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. We will definitely continue to take this cruise every summer. Very pleasant and professional, the right amount of information about the lake and surrounding areas without being overwhelming. We brought wine and snacks, very relaxing slice of... More

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Michael C, Owner at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. It was great having you aboard the Friend Ship. I hope you come sailing with us again. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

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