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Address: 1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone Number: +1 802-598-6504
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We offer two hour public and 2-8 hour private sailing tours of Lake...

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.

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Beautiful evening on the lake

My wife and I took a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain. It was a beautiful evening. The crew was very accommodating and interesting to visit with. Thanks!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
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Sabetha, Kansas
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Etters, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

You want to talk to the captain, he'll talk. You want a peaceful quiet sail, no problem. You need a blanket because it's October and the wind off the lake is freezing your hands, they've got 'em. You want an amazing value, you'll get more than your money's worth.

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

It's nice to hear how much you appreciated your trip. We're committed to making sure our customers have a nice experience with us for a good value! Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Sabetha, Kansas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My wife and I took a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain. It was a beautiful evening. The crew was very accommodating and interesting to visit with. Thanks!

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

We're so glad you and your wife enjoyed your cruise and we appreciate you taking the the time to tell us about it. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Los Angeles, California, Usa
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

The beauty of Lake Champlain is what brings us back to Burlington year after year. What better way to experience it then from the lake itself? Grab a bottle of wine in town and head out for a spectacular tour with Captain Mike. Relaxing and beautiful - this is now a part of our annual VT tradition!

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

We certainly share your love of our beautiful Lake Champlain! I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves and appreciate you letting us know about your good experience. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Gravesend, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Lovely boat, was sunny and fairly wind when we went so boat was moving well in water but because it is a lake does not get too choppy. Capt. Mike Crowley gives a good commentary and makes it a great sail, had a great time and would definitely like to go again next year.

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

We agree that the personal experience on our boat is pretty special and are so glad you enjoyed it. Nothing like sailing on Lake Champlain on the Friend Ship! Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We had a wonderful experience with Whistling Man Schooner sunset cruise! We couldn't have picked a more perfect sunset and enjoyed the cruise around Lake Champlain! I would have enjoyed more historical information as I believe Lake Champlain ended up being a competitive advantage during the Revolutionary War. We loved the experience...and recommend it for others...and suggest you bring a... More 

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself so much. You would probably have some arguments with other passengers, though, about whether your sunset was the absolute best. The skies here are pretty special over the lake! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Lindenhurst, New York
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We did the sunset cruise in September. It was relaxing and the views were amazing. The lake was very calm that day so it was enjoyable. The captain and his assistant were very friendly and helpful. They told us great information about the area and lake. The sunset was gorgeous tat night. We also liked tat we could bring our... More 

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

Thanks for being willing to spread the news about your good experience with us. September is a pretty time to be here on the lake--especially on those warm and calm days. The opportunity to picnic on the boat has created a lot of good memories for our customers. I'm glad you got to experience it, too. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

we were fortunate enough to get a nice windy day and sailed for the whole 2 hours. Great time. We will plan to go again next time we are in Burlington.

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

Yes! Although we always do the full two hours (barring dangerous conditions) it is best when we have plenty of wind to keep us moving without the motor. Lake Champlain tends to be a good lake for a steady breeze. Good to hear you plan to come back. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Stafford
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The only complaint I have would be that there are too many people for this size schooner to enjoy it comfortably for 2 hours!! I sat right next to the wheel and the captain which forced me to have to sit in an awkward position and avoid contact with the wheel and his toes which I couldn't. The captain and... More 

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

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed most aspects of the trip and sorry to hear you felt crowded. 12 can generally sit quite comfortably but it depends a lot of on how those 12 space themselves around the boat, too. Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Vermont
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We had a lovely sail with Captain Mike and his first mate. There were about a dozen of us on the schooner and everyone got along or felt fine just being there. The wind was perfect, we saw the sun set over the Adirondacks and the full moon rise over Burlington. It was nice. Chris

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

There is something about the sunset cruises that make it an especially good time to visit with people from all over who are sharing a lovely experience together. The sun going down over the mountains and the moon coming up in the other direction is an amazing sight! I'm glad you got to enjoy it with us. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

Jackson, New Hampshire, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A warm fall evening with a nice group of people and a very comfortable boat. We would do it again! Captain Mike is able and well versed on Champlain history and Friendship sloops.

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

Yes, this fall has certainly had some exceptional weather and I'm glad you got to enjoy it out on the lake. We are very proud of our Friendship Sloop and enjoy talking about it with people who are interested. Thanks, Capt. Mike More 

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