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Schooner J. & E. Riggin Day Cruises

Rockland, ME, USA
About Schooner J. & E. Riggin Day Cruises
Gourmet sailing cruises, daily. Departing and returning from/to Rockland, Maine.
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SchoonerFan wrote a review Sep 2019
Middleboro, Massachusetts14 contributions
OK, I'm prejudiced. My husband and I have been sailing on the J&E Riggin since 1984 (54 trips so far)--when you find something good, you stick with it. This is a journey into a simpler era, when it took time to sail from Point A to Point B. You can experience all kinds of weather (so pack for it), take the time to enjoy getting to know your fellow passengers, eat wonderful food (prepared on a wood-fired stove, no less), get away from the craziness of life, learn to sail, photograph the amazingly beautiful scenery of the Maine coast, learn to cook, knit, read, contemplate your navel--and did I mention the food? Fresh, handmade, farm-to-table, breads and desserts appearing daily, seemingly out of nowhere--the galley is about 6' x9', with much of the space taken up by the afore-mentioned wood stove. I read the one bad TripAdviser review with interest. Apparently, the reviewer had no experience on boats or did not read the Riggin website. Yes, the cabins are tiny (the one that person was in is one of my favorites). Most of your time will be spent on deck or in the main cabin. The heads are adequate for the needs of 30 people if everyone follows directions. There are even USB ports in each cabin (if you're one of those people who can't exist without their phone). My husband calls it "camping with luxury". We've already made our reservation for next year.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Vicky V wrote a review Jul 2019
Fortville, Indiana2 contributions
Camping and B&B all in one (but breakfast, lunch, appetizers, AND dinner AND all fabulous)! Plus the fun of sailing, lobster boil on an island, seeing beautiful lighthouses, meeting people and sharing stories, hearing Capt. John, Annie and their daughter sing (and Louie), seeing what it takes to sail a 1927 Schooner, and pitching in with raising sails, pulling anchor, etc. Quarters are very tiny, only 2 toilets for everyone, No problem! And all was explained before you book the trip. Would do it again in a minute! Thank you Capt, Annie, and crew. You were all great!
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Date of experience: July 2019
rashburn wrote a review Jul 2019
13 contributions3 helpful votes
You have to go in to this with a spirit of adventure, Boat is beautiful! The accommodations were like camping without the tent. We were assigned berth11. It contains 2 beds, sink and the ladder goes down the middle of the berth so only one person can stand at a time. If you get this one beg for another one. It is directly below the head and you can hear everything that goes on in there all day and all night, We bought ear plugs after the first night which helped. the crew are amazing and very friendly and informative. They allow all on board to hoist the sails and anchors. The suggested list is exactly what you need. Do not bring too much as you have extremely limited storage space. We did not attempt the shower as it is located in one of the head we brought wet wipes that worked well. You do not need to bring the chair backs they recommend as they have them on board. We anchored each night. Annie is amazing on the stove in the galley which is the only shelter onboard besides your berth. The galley stays warm all day. There is coffee and hot water for tea provided all day. There is a cooler with ice if you need your own cold drinks. Annie provides some kind of breakfast bread with coffee and tea each morning before the meal. The lobster bake on the beach was so much fun, We hiked all over the island while the crew prepared the meal. I am glad I went but would not do again. Just not my cup of tea! The crew in the evening will sing and play the guitar and get everyone involved.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Sawmill Creek Fiber Events wrote a review Jul 2019
3 contributions
We sailed on a Knitting Cruise with the J&E Riggin in June, 2019 (and a year ago, in June 2018) and it was one of the best experiences ever. The company was excellent, the crew of the Riggin is friendly, efficient, and very competent. (No worries when you are in their hands!) One of the true highlights of the trip was the food. Annie is an excellent chef, presenting an incredible variety of fresh, simple and wholesome foods. No wonder I came home with a cookbook - she makes it look so easy, so appetizing, and so....good! The itinerary is flexible, the pace very relaxed, and the scenery is breath-taking. I can't recommend it enough. Already looking forward to next year's trip.
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Date of experience: June 2019
GoPlaces595648 wrote a review Jun 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The best knitting adventure you could ask for! Friends new and old, knitting instruction, Awesome Food, a sailing experience, “retail therapy“ and a great crew! Captains Jon and Annie make this an experience to remember! This was my second excursion and I can’t wait to choose my next one!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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