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About Sailing Vessel Friend Ship
The "Friend Ship" provides a Lake Champlain experience steeped in the traditions of the Lake's long sailing history. 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. We are also known as the Whistling Man Schooner Co.
Burlington, VT, USA
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

We had a very nice trip on the Friendship. The crew were super friendly and knowledgeable about sailing and the area. The size lends itself to a more intamite time to ask questions and find out more of Lake Champlain. We had very little wind...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ceeceemari
Reviewed August 6, 2018

My wife and I visited Burlington to see old friends. The friends booked a trip on the Friend Ship, a beautiful reproduction of a Friendship 7 sloop of the early 20th century. Capt. O was both the perfect host and an obviously competent sailing ship...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ebrolin
Reviewed August 12, 2017

The best way to learn about the lake and the history of the area is to take a trip on the Friend Ship. Mathias made the trip fun and enjoyable.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank John D
Reviewed July 26, 2017

We had a great time and sailed far out into Lake Champlain in a good wind. Both men running the tour were knowledgable, friendly and very capable boat handlers. Everyone on board seemed to be relaxed and enjoying the journey. Mathias, especially, had a knack...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank maryO1585RG
Reviewed June 26, 2017

The boat was beautiful and Mathias was a great captain. Didi was the perfect deck hand and gave amazing customer service the entire time. We brought wine and cheese and had forgotten a opener and a knife and the captain and deck hand were quick...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank PaigeM1044
Reviewed June 14, 2017

I had an amazing time on the Friend Ship - Mathias was so knowledgeable and welcoming and you can see how much he cares about his business. As an amateur sailor, I was very impressed with the schooner and how well it is kept up....More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Klare N
Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

We spent a delightful afternoon on board the Friendship. Captains OConnor and Mathias ably assisted by First Mate Mr Wing sailed us on Lake Champlain and entertained us with its history.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Megan O
Reviewed June 5, 2017

Captain Mathias was an excellent guide for our sunset cruise on America's 6th largest lake. Mathias and his lovely crew provided history, folklore, and a few good laughs. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area -- it's the best way to see the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Gabe A
Reviewed June 1, 2017

Had a great time on my first sailboat cruise. The captain and first mate told great stories and myths about things we saw on the water. Highly recommend We went on the evening sunset trip. Beautiful sunset with the mountains and the water reflection. Breathtaking

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Patty W
Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

This is Heaven! Lake Champagne in Burlington Vermont is so magical. My Father, who Parked his Sailboat on Boston Harbor on Lewis Wharf would have loved this. Hope to get there again this summer-

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Lisa S
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