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Schooners North

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
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Ranked #23 of 28 Activities in Friday Harbor
Type: Ships
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Goodyear, Arizona
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife and I very much enjoyed our evening sail on Spike Africa, a nicely restored wood ketch. We were invited to bring along wine and snacks which added to the pleasure of sailing through the islands as the sun was setting. This was our single most enjoyable outing during our three days at Friday Harbor.

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We wrapped up our San Juan Trip with a sunset cruise on the Spike Africa. From the time I confirmed our sail to the actual night of, EVERYONE was AMAZING. The Spike Africa is BEAUTIFUL. The crew is AWESOME. You can bring your own snacks/drinks on board. It's perfect for couples to big groups. It truly IS a San Juan... More

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Missouri City, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

WE went on the sunset cruise and had a great time!!! Bring your own picnic, the sail was amazing, we had wine and cheese and chatted with the other couples on the trip. The captain was professional and informative, the boat is gorgeous and has a rich history! We saw porpoise and harbor seals and had a gorgeous sunset!!! We... More

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We did the evening sail, and had a great time. Beautiful boat, spectacular scenery, relaxing way to spend the evening. The crew was great, very relaxed, and they taught us a ton about sailing and about the boat itself. I thought it was a pretty fair price, too!

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Lake Oswego, OR
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We chartered the Spike Africa for a week long sailing/camping excursion for our Boy Scout troop. I am active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and know boating well. I'm also a manager at one of our country's largest banks, so I know customer service. The vessel and crew were exceptional in every regard. They are extremely polite and accommodating. Nothing... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Its all about the experience of being on a nice sailboat. Its sailors out sailing with passengers aboard. If you want tour guide narration with severs distributing drinks this is not for you. If you want to see what its lIke in a sailboat then its great. I liked it just because of the quiet and the scenery. One great... More

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Friday Harbor, Washington
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

The Spike Africa is beautiful........the scenery of the San Juan Islands is gorgeous. We had such a great time. The Captain and crew of the Spike Africa were friendly and knowledgeable. The Captain was so charismatic.........even let us take the wheel. We were very lucky to have excellent weather conditions that day because you cannot control mother nature. When the... More

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Bellingham, WA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

We went out on a 6 hour tour on the Sea Pirate. There was no wind and thus we did not sail but motored around at a very tedious and slow pace. All in all it made for a quite boring 6 hours and actually I was wishing we would just return to the dock after the first two hours.... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

OK, you have to understand we're landlubbers from Colorado and rarely get to enjoy messing around on boats, so this was a little intimidating from the beginning. Luckily the dismal weather forecast turned out to be completely wrong as did any doubts we might have had about sailing on the beautiful ketch "Sea Witch". There were only four passengers aboard... More

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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

The San Juan Islands are the gem of the West coast. Spectacular views, abundant wildlife , and generally very laid back. We wanted to charter a half day sailboat trip with a few couples that would give us an offshore view of San Juan Island. We found Schooners North on the web and talked with them a few times before... More

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