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Whistling Man Schooner Company

1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 598-6504
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Ranked #2 of 22 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We very much enjoyed our recent visit to beautiful Vermont, and our sunset cruise on the Friend Ship. Capt. Mike and his able assistant were friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about the lake and the history of the area. Guests are encouraged to bring along beverages and food if they wish. On our trip the winds were uncooperative but the crew... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We spent most of an afternoon sailing with Captain Mike on Lake Champlain. After clearing the harbor, the sails were raised and we cruised in silence and enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage around the lake shore. Captain Mike was quite entertaining and provided helpful tips on other sites and information about the Lake and his schooner. Despite having to motor... More

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Groton, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The sloop is the most comfortable and refreshing way to experience the lake, short of having your own boat! It was a lovely day and we gently sailed around the bay. A small group of fellow travelers were outgoing and we shared refreshments. My daughter and I brought along a bottle wine, bread, cheese and fruit. I hope to go... More

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

Our ride in the Friend Ship provided a wonderful view of Lake Champlain. The seating encouraged socializing with the other passengers and crew. It was easy to become engaged in conversation with total strangers. A great introduction to sailing for children. You are encouraged to bring food and drinks including wine and bear. The crew will serve what you bring.... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My husband and I sailed on an overcast day with cool temperatures and loved it all! The captain and his mate were totally comfortable with navigating sails and rudder and engaging in great conversation at the same time. We loved seeing the harbors, cliffs, islands, varying shorelines and lakeside communities, as well as hearing more of the history of Lake... More

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Waterbury, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

i decided to celebrate our 4th anniversary with Whistling Man ! it was awesome!, Captain and Trip! u guys Rock! was really nice sunset , the old fashioned schooner is beautiful! very friendly and professional. If u decide come to Burlington u have to try this sailing cruise !!!! bring your food your drinks! i even forgot my glasses and... More

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

Thanks for the kind words. It's great to hear that our sailing friends enjoyed their time on the Friend Ship. I hope you come sail with us every year. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

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

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

Thanks for the great review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time on the Friend Ship. Even though I always like to have a full boat, one passenger or twelve, we always sail. I do hope you come sail with us again, and always make it a part of your time when visiting Vermont. Thanks, Capt. Mike More

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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135 reviews 135 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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

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