Schooner Yacht Heron
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sail the Maine Coast aboard Schooner Yacht HERON, a 65' John Alden designed Classic Schooner Yacht. Experience the thrill of sailing a classic wooden schooner. HERON is fast and steady as she sails among the pristine islands of Penobscot Bay. The Schooner Yacht HERON is truly the finest daysailer in the fleet. Quality sails offered daily from Rockport. Enjoy an educational Eco history wildlife tour with Bonnie, our environmental educator. Captains Twig and Bonnie can tell you all about the building of the HERON from John Alden's 1928 plans. For a relaxing sail with friends, try our Sunset Sail with happy hour snacks. The tranquility of Rockport Harbor at sunset is stunning. BYOB or purchase drinks on-board. Special Fireworks sails, Windjammer Parade of Sails and Photography cruises scheduled throughout the summer. Private sails, group and custom lunch and dinner charters also available for groups up to 30. HERON is family built, owned and operated by the Bower family of Camden, Maine.
Rockport, Maine

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2022

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Stephen M
36 contributions
Jul 2022
One of our favorite things to do when in Rockland is sailing aboard the Schooner Heron. We sailed 2x with them in 2020 and the first thing we did when we got back to Rockland this year was to look at the weather and book a trip with them. I picked an afternoon with an expected 14mph wind, so I knew we would sail smartly.

I was surprised that Taylor was captaining the boat this trip instead of Twig, but his boat handling was conservative and flawless. Of coarse Bonnie was aboard to do her excellent narration regarding the history of Rockland’s lime, timber, ice, shipbuilding and lobster industries and also tell us all about the lighthouse, islands, and seals we saw. Twig and Bonnie’s personable adult daughter Rachel was also on board as crew. Bonnie and Rachel handled hoisting, trimming, reefing and tacking the sails as a well-oiled team. We started out conservatively with the fore mast and main mast sails both reefed, but were later able to shake out the reef on the fore mast sail for a little more speed without heeling the boat. We were able to sail near Robinson’s Rock and saw that there were several seals sunning them selves there.

We sailed midweek on a Thursday and there was lots of room for everybody on board. Taylor and Rachel cheerfully answered my many questions about the boat, the boat’s offshore passages to and from the Caribbean each year and about local events. This was the first time sailing for the family seated across from us, but they had a good time. There was another group forward of us that pretty much kept to themselves so I didn’t have a chance to chat with them, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves too. I did a bunch of small boat pleasure sailing and medium sized keelboat racing while I was at the University of Texas. I don’t own a sailboat so the only sailing I have done since has been on Hobie Wave catamarans at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. I really enjoy chances to sail on bigger boats like the Schooner Heron.

The Schooner Heron sails three trips daily from Rockport Harbor: Private morning sail, an afternoon Educational Eco Tour, and a Happy Hour Sunset Sail. Custom charters are also available on request. There is free parking in the harbor lot.

Whether you have sailed before or just want to try it on vacation, I highly recommend sailing on the Schooner Heron as a solo, couple or family activity. You will have fun and be entirely comfortable with the ship and crew. They will treat you right. We’re back in Rockland in a couple of weeks and will surely sail with them at least once more before heading back to Texas.
Written August 3, 2022
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cheurich
Mountainville20 contributions
Jul 2022
During our family reunion, we booked the Schooner Heron for a private Eco Sail. Seven of our group of 25 were children, aged 4-10. My husband and I had sailed on the Heron ten years ago and wanted our extended family to have this experience. We were delighted that Bonnie and her husband, Twig, still own and captain the boat, with their now-grown daughter as first mate. As a long time resident of the area, Bonnie knows the waters and the surrounding islands and coastline well. It was wonderful to hear her stories and appreciate her knowledge of Rockland's history. It was also inspiring to see Bonnie and her daughter handle the rigging and the sails so effortlessly. The sail was definitely a highlight of our trip.
Written July 12, 2022
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Jonathan H
Gray, ME70 contributions
Oct 2021
Any day on the coastal waters of Maine is a good day. We had perfect weather, a good group of fellow travelers and and excellent Captain and mate and saw all the things that they say they will show you which included close up views of a lighthouse and sea life including seals and porpoises. We also say several of the older schooners out sailing as well. The mate gave an excellent narration of the older days in Rockland and Lime making as well as pointing out various features and marine life. Only a little more wind would have made it any better.
Written October 6, 2021
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Thanks for the review! We are glad the sail was everything you had expected. Every day on the bay is a different experience but all are pretty amazing on board the Schooner Heron. Hope to see you sailing again one day.
Written January 7, 2022
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Charlestonian
Mount Pleasant, SC10 contributions
Aug 2022
The Heron experience is the best on Penobscot Bay. We enjoyed the afternoon sail with Bonnie giving an educational and interesting narrative filled with local history and lore. Twig is a very capable and pleasant captain who navigated to a seal sighting as part of a beautiful and safe trip. The Heron is a special schooner built by Twig, who is a master boat builder among his many talents.
Don't miss this one!
Written August 8, 2022
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Lisa O
Winsted, CT21 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The sunset sail was wonderful! There were beverages available for purchase which were served by the fun and friendly crew before we set off. Our captain was a girl! This made me happy!! My husband and I were in Maine for a little get away and I really wanted to go for a sail. Another lady and I helped to set one of the sails, directed by the two male crew members. I’m sure they did most of the work, but it was fun to be a part of it! It was a nice long ride and the sun setting was quite beautiful. The crew took pictures for us and were very friendly. It was great watching them bring the sails down and hearing the calls between the crew members that kept everyone safe as they did so. (One I had never heard before, “Flag in the face!!” Which I thought was very funny!!) Definitely a ‘gotta do’ if you like being out on the ocean.
Written September 15, 2022
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HenryN3
Webster, MA3 contributions
Jun 2022
We motored out of the dock space with Captains Bonny and Twig at the helm. Once we made in out into open water the sails were hoisted Heron's dance in the wind began. The speed of Heron is thrilling. A wonderful experience provided by an equally wonderful family. This adventure turned into the highlight of our visit to Rockland Maine.
Written June 29, 2022
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Dan D
1 contribution
Aug 2022
We were fortunate that there was a strong wind for the afternoon sail and the Captain showed us what the Schooner Yacht Heron can do. It was exciting to have all the sails unfurled and full of wind. So great. Bonnie's narrative of the history of the area was rich and not the usual stuff. We had a wonderful time on the water.
Written August 15, 2022
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Jill W
1 contribution
Jul 2022
This sail is perfect for an unhurried and relaxed afternoon or evening on the water. The Heron is a beautiful schooner run by a wonderful crew and captain out of Rockport Harbor which is quaint harbor without the noise and toursity bustle of busier harbors like Camden or Boothbay. We live in Maine and book a trip at least once a summer on the Heron for a lovely sail out to Penobscot Bay.
Written July 15, 2022
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Wheelbo78
2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a lovely sunset sail aboard Heron. She’s a beautiful boat. The departure point - Rockport Harbor is stunning. It is also easy to get too, far less crowded than Camden and parking was easy and free.

The skipper and first mate were great, approachable, engaging and patient with my many questions about the boat and it’s construction.
Written September 20, 2021
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Thanks for your review of the Heron! Glad you enjoyed the sail and our special harbor as well. Look forward to taking you sailing again some day.
Written January 7, 2022
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Ron L
1 contribution
Jul 2022
Glad to have sailed on the Schooner Yacht Heron again! Took a sunset cruise with Bonnie & Twig two years ago and was fortunate this year to join them again sailing along with the Great Maine Schooner Race! No finer Schooner than this John Alden-designed beauty, family built and family operated. Another amazing sail for me and certainly not my last. Many thanks to Bonnie, Rachel and Twig.
Written July 15, 2022
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