Whistling Man Schooner Company

Whistling Man Schooner Company

Whistling Man Schooner Company
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Sailing cruises on Lake Champlain aboard two beautiful, wooden-rigged sloops: the Friend Ship and Wild Rose. Cruises are two hours and are BYO food and drink. Experienced crew members create a safe and entertaining sailing experience with their wealth of knowledge about the area and Lake Champlain history. Capacity is limited to 6-12 guests per ship which creates a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, not to mention picturesque views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. Sailing on Lake Champlain is the perfect way to reconnect with friends, family, and the outdoors. Sunset and daytime cruise options are available for public or private charters mid-May through mid-October. Bookings are accepted online and over the phone year-round. Friend Ship and Wild Rose are classic sailing sloops featuring bronze hardware, intricate rigging, and rich, highly detailed woodwork reminiscent of a time gone by. Lake Champlain is exceptional sailing territory for these historic ships.
Burlington, Vermont

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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KatyB
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We had a wonderful sail around. The captain and crew (Tom, Oliver, and Lazlo) were knowledgeable, fun, and laid back, and the Friend Ship is a beautiful, clean boat. We brought prosecco and snacks and enjoyed ourselves, learned a lot from Tom's stories and loved relaxing on beautiful Lake Champlain. Now I need to learn how to sail....
Written June 14, 2022
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Mark M
San Antonio, United States13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Absolute Hidden Gem! Anyone can go on the big sight seeing ship for a cruise around the Lake. But this is intimate and you can bring your own food and drinks. In the long run, it is much cheaper and a fantastic outing! Please look at the almost perfect 5 Star ratings. Why??? Because they deserve it. I can not say enough of how it was a perfect day for a sailing outing. The boat does not travel the enormous lake, but rather travels mostly in their bay area. It travels along the shore to view some of the fantastic rock formations as well as the cool houses. Our two person cruise was captained by the owner, herself. Customer service amazing. Their fleet consists of two schooners. Our boat held a total of 10 plus the crew. However, there were only three couples. The ride was silent and smooth. Plenty of space for comfortable travel.
Written May 27, 2021
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Lynn S
Concord, MA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Had a spectacular sail on July 5 with Cap'n Periwinkle and Oliver. Lake Champlain is gorgeous, with the Adirondacks and the Green Mts beckoning, and we had such clear skies and good winds. Peri was also a fount of knowledge about the history (geological and human) of the Lake and its environs, we learned a TON. Thanks to all!
Written July 11, 2022
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Vacationer504396
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I highly recommend taking a cruise with Whistling Man Schooner Company! Our captain Corey was super knowledgable and friendly as was our first mate Eddy! They explained every detail and was very accommodating to everyone on board. Perfect for first timers or anyone wanting to relax for a couple hours on Lake Champlain. If you want to dip your feet in the water, I would recommend wearing sandals and shorts. And be sure to use sunblock, wear your sunglasses, and a hat (we were out on a very hot and sunny day at high noon. Our original afternoon cruise was canceled due to thunderstorms but we were able to reschedule for a couple days later which was great. I'll be back next time I'm in Burlington!
Written July 25, 2022
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John M K
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We had a wonderful sail with the very kind, welcoming, and hospitable Captain O and Captain Lucia on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT. They both shared captivating stories of the lake—everything from Abenaki creation and Champy myths and 1812 naval battles to contemporary events relating to waterfront revitalization and improving water quality. Even more enthralling were their personal stories about boat running, transatlantic crossings, and competitive racing. The day was gorgeous, the wind mostly cooperative, the fellow passengers fun and friendly, the water dancing and sun-spangled and refreshing. Watching Captains O and Lucia expertly and deftly manage the myriad tasks and minute adjustments necessary to keep us under sail was a privilege and a joy, as were the insights they offered regarding good seamanship. The boat—The Wild Rose—is a beauty and, with a capacity of c. 6 passengers, and wonderfully intimate experience that allows you to witness the art and craft of sailing close-up at at firsthand. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Written August 8, 2022
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Dale
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Our sail with Cory and Kara was outstanding! Both were very experienced and made us feel comfortable and safe for our first time on a sailing outing. Loved the engaging discussions on a variety of topics related to the lake and its history. We sailed the sunset cruise, and they delivered with a magnificent and color filled sunset to cap off our adventure.
Written August 5, 2022
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Laurel B
Milford, CT5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
MEMORIAL DAY, 2022
I have been on dozens of sailing excursions, and Whistling Man was, by far, the best of any I’ve ever taken! What a fantastic day we had! We booked a sail on Whistling Man’s “Friend Ship,”which was a perfect size. There we’re a total of eight people on the boat, all seated comfortably within earshot of the captain. Laszlo and Captain Cory made it a phenomenal experience for everyone. The weather was perfect, and the breeze was delightful. Captain Cory was very knowledgeable about the history of the area, both in regard to the Native Americans who once lived nearby, and especially about the Revolutionary War. He imparted this knowledge in such an interesting and entertaining way! We found out quite a bit about Benedict Arnold, who, we learned, was a war hero long before he was a traitor. We were all so happy that we chose to go on such a wonderful sail that day, and we highly recommend Whistling Man to anyone who is in the Burlington, Vermont area.
Written June 10, 2022
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Storyteller625442
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Just a very pleasant experience. My wife & I enjoyed the Captain's story telling and were very impressed with her sailing expertise. She also owns the company. We highly recommend this company to anyone interested in sailing. Lake Champlain is also beautiful.
Written August 12, 2021
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Jim W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Just sailed around Lake Champlain on the Friend Ship and had a fantastic time!
Captain (and owner) Ditty was a great host and told us all about the boat we were sailing on, some history of the lake, and even tales of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys. The views were spectacular and the lake is just beautiful.. Even dipped my feet in the lake to cool off - the water was very warm! Can’t recommend this trip enough.
Written August 3, 2022
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Davie M
Oklahoma City, OK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Bubba and Diddy were timely, informative, and entertaining resulting in a relaxing overall sailing adventure. My first sailing trip but the peace and quite, beautiful scenery, and narration made the initial voyage spectacular. I can't say enough about the professionalism and personality of the crew. Hope to return soon!
Written October 5, 2021
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