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About Schooner Lewis R French
We offer 3-6 day overnight Windjammer trips along the coast of Maine. Homeported in Camden, the French was built in 1871 and is the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the USA. We take 21 guests, with single, bunkbed or double bed cabins available.
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Kathy D wrote a review Jan 2020
28 contributions2 helpful votes
This was the trip of a lifetime. Five days and four nights on a beautiful old schooner, the Lewis R. French, with 19 other guests and a crew of four. Departed from Camden Maine and sailed up the coast. Beautiful scenery, unbelievably delicious food and great company. Totally relaxing and you could participate in sailing if you wanted to. I hope to be able to do it again sometime.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Barbara S wrote a review Oct 2019
New Haven, Connecticut2 contributions4 helpful votes
I recently spent a week sailing on the Lewis R. French. This was my 13th trip. This year, 44% of the passengers were repeat passengers. People keep coming back year after year because we just love the French! The passengers are always nice. Every year I enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing people I have met on previous trips. The food is amazing! Meals, snacks, and desserts are always excellent. Every Friday night the passengers make ice cream. Every trip includes a visit to a beach for a lobster bake. The atmosphere is always very peaceful and quiet. People read books, knit, talk, and take pictures of the beautiful scenery. No computers, TV, radio, or newspapers. I love being away from civilization for a week. People are welcome to help sail the boat if they want to. The captain and the crew are very nice and very professional. They go out of their way to make sure everybody is comfortable and has a good time. The weather is always unpredictable, of course. I have had trips when the weather was warm and sunny and trips when it was cold and rainy. If the weather is not nice enough to sit outside, there is always the galley. The woodstove keeps the galley warm. I have already made my reservation for June 2020. I highly recommend the Lewis R. French.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Kathy D wrote a review Oct 2019
28 contributions2 helpful votes
The 5 days/4 nights spent sailing on this beautiful schooner were amazing. The perfect experience for anyone who loves being on the water.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Steven B wrote a review Oct 2019
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Sailing on the Lewis R. French was a bucket list life experience which we hope to repeat in the future. Getting to steer a two masted schooner was on my wish list and I got to do so. Garth and his crew were top notch. They were courteous to the passengers and each other. They had a laid back atmosphere; but, got the work done quickly and timely when a task needed to be done. The food was great. Obviously the lobster bake on the beach was the highlight; but, the lobster chowder at lunch the next was exceptional as well. They had a variety of food that was well prepared and plentiful. I was partial to the breakfasts. If you choose to help work the lines, raise the anchors, steer the boat you will work up an appetite. You won't go hungry. Also, we slept well. The schooner was well maintained and beautiful to look at. My wife took a large number of pictures with her phone. Every picture could be in a travel magazine, one outstanding view after another. The experience exceeded our expectations in every way.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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vtflamingo wrote a review Oct 2019
Orlando, Florida30 contributions6 helpful votes
Fantastic voyage aboard the Lewis R French! 4 day sail with Capt Garth and a wonderful very hard working crew who all made the trip that much more enjoyable. Food - cooked on a wood burning stove mind you- was fantastic- fresh and healthy and just perfect every day. Capt Garth and crew were super friendly, down to earth and never minded answering questions, telling us about the boat etc and were always willing to have us help crew. So much fun the help raise and lower the sails, take a turn at the helm and boy - hauling up the anchor was quite the cardio workout-but you definitely should give it a try! Very authentic feel to the entire experience. Enough land time to get the legs stretched out, but sailing along was very relaxing, pleasant and exactly what I was looking for! I would definitely do this again aboard the French!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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