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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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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My wife, Dalila, and I were spending 24 hours in Burlington, VT: 4pm Sunday to 4pm Monday. Sunday evening we walked down to the lake to watch the sunset. As we did so, we considered taking a boat tour of Lake Champlain the next afternoon. There was one big boat in dock that does dinner cruises and whatnot, but it... More

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip -- a sunset sailing cruise on a old-fashioned schooner (though built more recently). The captain is an old-salt of a sailor, who's likely seen it all, but he's a blast to sail with and, it's clear, he knows how to safely and enjoyable take his guests out on the lake. I'd... 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 sunset sail with us. It really is the best place to watch the sunset. As for the old salt, I may be salty but not so old, and I still haven't seen Champ yet. I hope you do come sail with us again, the next time you are in Vermont.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great sail aboard the Friend Ship! Myself, my husband and our 2 boys LOVED the cruise. It was a windy day, great for sailing. The kids loved feeling the spray from riding the waves. Cptn. Mike and Tripp were both very nice and accommodating. Great price for a 2 hour cruise, and loved that the boat only held 12 people... 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. I hope you plan on sailing with us again the next time you visit Vermont. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Knightdale, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We visited Vermont on a long weekend in early June. The weather had just begun to warm up and it was a balmy 80'ish degrees throughout our time there. On our last night there, we wanted to end with a bang and this ride was the highlight of our trip. The ride is $40 a person which is a great... More

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

Thanks for the great review. You have some great photos of your trip. I'm so glad you enjoyed your sail with us. We have been having a great summer on Lake Champlain. I hope to come sail with us again the next time you visit Vermont. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

Oakwood Montgomery County, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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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

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