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Whistling Man Schooner Company

1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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Wonderful time!!

We had a great time on the ship. Staff was great and told us many interesting facts about the lake... read more

Reviewed yesterday
rutgersrob
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Burlington, Vermont
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Wonderful!

We really enjoyed the 2 hour sailing trip on Lake Champlain. The captain and first mate were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LMKB12
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Sail aboard a traditional sailing sloop on the grand and gorgeous Lake Champlain on a two-hour tour. Or charter this classic sloop for your private enjoyment with up to 12 people. The Friend Ship departs from her slip next to the ECHO Center at the foot of College Street in Burlington.
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1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time on the ship. Staff was great and told us many interesting facts about the lake as we sailed. I recommend this trip highly!!

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Hannah L, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to write a review! We are so lucky to be able to share gorgeous Lake Champlain with our guests. Fair winds and following seas, Capt Diddy

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the 2 hour sailing trip on Lake Champlain. The captain and first mate were knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. The sailboat was a unique way to see the lake. The trip was really fun and definitely worth the...More

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Hannah L, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your wonderful review. We're so happy that you enjoyed your experience on Lake Champlain and an intimate and relaxed experience on Friend Ship. Thanks again! Capt Diddy

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We would highly recommend using this schooner company for a sail around Lake Champlain. The captain was a great story teller and we learned a lot about the history of the lake and the geography of the area. It was a very relaxing sail. We...More

Thank lisazatko
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WhistlingManCaptain, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so happy that you had a relaxing and informative sail aboard our vessel! Thanks for taking the time to write your review, hope to see you aboard again :) Capt Diddy

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had so much fun on this 2+ hour sail. Very relaxing, quiet, and you're right on the water. The 2-man crew were very competent and friendly, with lots of good local information. Even with a full load of 10 passengers, it was not crowded...More

Thank Paul T
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Hannah L, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We hope the memories you and your family made on Friend Ship will last a lifetime! Thanks for your wonderful review, we hope to sail with you again sometime soon! Capt Diddy

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

10 of us took a trip with the crew of Friend Ship for a bahlorette party. They were very accommodating and were involved but also let us have our own space. Captain brought us our drinks, food etc throughout the trip. One thing missing was...More

Thank Jessica124_12
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Hannah L, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for writing! We will definitely look into having a speaker on board for the next group who wants to "rock the boat"! Great suggestion. Thanks again and glad you enjoyed the celebration with your friends! Capt Diddy

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had such a great time with Captain O and KW! Very relaxing with wonderful conversations and history of Lake Champlain. Thank you so much for making a good memory of my visit to Burlington. Despite Gray weather things were calm and sunny on board! Jen

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Hannah L, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

KW and Captain O are wonderful, aren't they? Thanks for writing, hope you take out the memory of your sailing experience on the next rainy day :) Fair winds, Capt Diddy

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The “Friend Ship” is a modern version of a traditional Downeast Maine working sailboat, the Friendship Sloop. And it is a beauty, and a very nice way to spend a couple of hours on the lake. As a sailor, I was disappointed with the unnecessarily...More

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WhistlingManCaptain, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for writing such a detailed review. We appreciate your feedback - safety and comfort are our first concerns on board, and our captains sail conservatively, especially on windy days. After all, we want to "keep the drinks level"! Thanks again for your review...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Mathias and his able ship's mate Kirsten (K-Dub...she did not Dubstep for us) provided us with an entertaining and informative 2 hr. sail on the beautiful Lake Champlain. The Captain was quite the storyteller, mixing humor with historic accounts that were sometimes reminiscent of...More

Thank Bill B
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WhistlingManCaptain, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sherman and Peabody - I think KW and Mathias might have their Halloween costume picked out! Thank you so much for your review and I'm glad you had a good time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ten of us took an afternoon cruise with Captain Mathias and Mate Kirsten on a beautiful June day. We had a wonderful time, celebrated a 75th birthday with cake and champagne and enjoyed lots of stories. We also learned about sailing and some interesting facts...More

Thank Wynne G
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WhistlingManCaptain, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm glad you loved our little ship and we could help you celebrate a special birthday! Thanks for coming here to TripAdvisor to write a great review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned this outing as a surprise 75th birthday gift for my husband. It included 3 generations, plus friends. It was smooth sailing with great stories & much help from the crew. They thought of everything & kept us entertained, safe & comfortable.

Thank tmmarrone
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WhistlingManCaptain, Manager at Whistling Man Schooner Company, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's easy to be good story tellers when there are so many interesting stories to tell about our beloved Lake Champlain. Thanks for taking the time to post your wonderful review.

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Merykein F
May 27, 2018|
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Response from WhistlingManCaptain | Property representative |
Daytime cruises are $50 per person and sunset cruises are $55 per person. More pricing information can be found on our website! Thanks for your interest!
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David U
August 8, 2017|
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Response from WhistlingManCaptain | Property representative |
Sorry, I'm joining the answers so late, but as you've heard from previous guests: there are no restrictions on alcohol. We have wine glasses and corkscrews and bottle openers, and if we must, we'll saber the darn bottle to... More
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melscats
July 4, 2017|
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Response from WhistlingManCaptain | Property representative |
If I have to cancel because of rain or strong winds, then I refund your charges 100%. No sense in getting charged for something you can't experience. Hope to see you aboard. -Mathias
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