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“Simply put, The Best Day Sail in Maine”

Bufflehead Sailing Charters
Ranked #1 of 20 Tours in Rockland
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Owner description: Bufflehead is a 32 foot wooden gaff sloop, a classic boat, built in 1964. She is a very pretty boat, superbly swift, comfortable and safe. Captain Daniel Bennett sailed around the Pacific Ocean on a tall ship, and twice across the Atlantic (and back and forth to the Caribbean) on his own small boat.
Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I come to Maine every summer. We try and sail as much as we can and have been out with a good number of day sailers from York to Lubec. None are as good as Captain Daniel Bennett and the mighty Bufflehead. We started sailing with Daniel his first year and try to get passage every time we return to the mid coast. His motto has been from the first day, "What do you want to do?" His has always put his customers dreams first. He truly believes in the lasting friendships created while upon his boat. Totally flexible for the times and where you want to go. You can do a private sail or join a group already scheduled. He can carry 6 persons upon this sweet boat. He is a super safe, extremely competent, and very personable sailor. Check out his great website and go see the beauty of the mid coast as no other canned day sail can offer. Thanks Daniel for another wonderful day on Penobscot Bay!

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed June 29, 2015

We joined Captain Dan for a two hour sail and we got hours of pleasure from it. He sailed us out of the mooring and out of Rockport Harbor along the breakwater where we could exchange greetings and halloos with those doomed to roam afoot through the port as they trudged out to the lighthouse. We sailed on, in a brisk breeze, to Owl Light and then jibed back to cross most of the entrance to the bay before taking up a heading to intercept an outbound windjammer. Captain Daniel and I both regretted that he had left his cannon ashore along with his First Mate.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the sail and the setting sun as we returned to port along the outside of the breakwater. Dan is a wonderful skipper and his knowledge of the local area is deep and sublime. He knows everybody in the area and left us with a desire to find Cafe Miranda.
Every day is a great day for a sail. Bufflehead and Dan made it both a wonderful lesson in history of the area and a fantastic sail in a most unusual boat.

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Curtis W
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Reviewed June 27, 2015

My wife scheduled a nice tour with Bufflehead as part of my 50th. We ran a few minutes late but no worries from Capt Daniel or first mate Raya. We were welcomed aboard and from the moment of casting off, you forget about anything that may have been stressful i.e. the construction on highway 1 :)

The Bufflehead is the perfect size for a small group (we had another couple with us). I've found you always get along with anyone who wants to just relax being a common goal. Weather was perfect and there was a nice wind which just provided the perfect ingredients for a nice trip. We enjoyed a nice tour of the bay including several lighthouses. What made the trip memorable was Capt Daniels history. I won't go into it but his telling if his background in vessel making/repair and how the Bufflehead came to be, as well as history of the area and the locale, just added to the total experience.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a relatively small boat, best for about 4-6 people. We took the 3 hour cruise and enjoyed every minute of it. That gave time to get to some small islands and back. Captain Daniel is an interesting guy: Very polite and well mannered. The day we sailed he brought his 7 year old daughter along as mate and performed her her duties with real professionalism.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

Captain Daniel & First Mate Raya (Daniel's seven year old daughter) made sure our afternoon sail was excellent. They were both very friendly and knowledgable. The Bufflehead was well stocked with everything we needed (glasses, napkins, corkscrew) to make sure we had the best time possible. Daniel pointed out many interesting landmarks and kept the boat sailing smoothly. Raya would jump in eagerly to help the Captain. The next time we are in Rockland, we are definitely going out on the Bufflehead again! Thanks so much, Daniel & Raya!!!

Date of experience: June 2015
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