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Review of Sail Acadia

Sail Acadia
Ranked #2 of 8 Tours in Southwest Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We offer private and shared sailing trips aboard our two Friendship Sloops, the Alice E. and Helen Brooks, as well as outings and nature tours on our wooden lobster boat, the Elizabeth T. Escape the crowds of Bar Harbor and view Acadia National Park from the beautiful shores of Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor -- Mount Desert Island's "Quietside".
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 1, 2011

My wife and I booked a shared charter for 3 hours and ended up being the only people on the boat. It was very windy on this particular day but the trip ended up being very pleasant. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and highly recommend.

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Reviewed September 21, 2011

If you are in Acadia try the Quietside cruises and their lobster boat trip. Its was perfect afternoon spent on the water relaxing after a half day hike in the park. The lobster boat Elizabeth T. toured the Somes Sound, around the islands and the grand summer homes. The crew narrated the history of the only "fjord" in US, the trivia about lobsters and lobster fishing. They hauled up about 8-10 traps - plenty of lobsters there! Even stopped at Isleford on Cranberry island to stretch our legs. We saw seals, ospreys, sea birds and ducks - perfect afternoon on the water with knowledgeable and friendly crew.

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Reviewed September 5, 2011

This is by far the best way to experience the waters around Acadia National Park. The antique boat is beautiful, and Captain Karl makes the entire experience both relaxed and memorable. I highly recommend this terrific trip.

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Reviewed August 25, 2011

We go to Maine every other year, and stay a week. We have been on the Margaret Todd (a large sailing ship), and while it was a pleasant trip, the ship itself is so large, you do not get the true sense of being on a sailboat. We had never all been on a small sailboat, and decided this year (on a whim) to give it a try. Two weeks after the vacation, the kids are still talking about it (they say it was “mega epic”)
It is a 31’ boat with a small cabin (with a tiny bathroom if you need it) and plenty of room in the cockpit. We were two adults and three kids, and we were comfortable. Prior to the trip the kids were a bit spooked – they thought the boat might tip over – but once we got under way, they got super comfortable, and spent most of the two hours up on deck.
What makes this charter so great? Captain Lou. This guy was knowledgeable, handled the boat well, and was just so relaxed and pleasant; you couldn’t help but relax as well. It was very much like we were out on a friend’s boat. He let the kids raise the sails, and once we were out a bit, he let them each take turns piloting the boat. My 7 year old was beyond giddy – “He let me drive the boat…and he didn’t even hold the wheel while I was holding it…and I got to do it for a long time.”
Lou lives on the boat with his wife (she works at the Abby Museum – a good stop when it’s raining in Bar Harbor). He seems to truly enjoy the water, sailing, and Maine (he stays for the winter...’nuff said). The boat can be sailed by one person, but he had a girl (college student) on board as a helper. Basic food and drink (cheese, crackers, soda, water, etc) are included in the $250 price we paid for a two hour trip (we chartered the whole boat, since the most they can take is 6 anyway). While out, we saw seals (including one eating a fish) and other wildlife, as well as lighthouses and some amazing homes. Book early. We called the day before planning to go out around 1pm, only to find out the only time open was 10am (was booked for the rest of that day, and the following day).
If you have never sailed before, this is a “must do” – the quite and peacefulness of moving along on the water with no noise or vibration is very calming.
Overall, this was a great time out. While $250 is a LOT of money for us, we would still go again on a future trip.

3  Thank forseeme
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We took the 3-hour sunset sail on the Alice E. with another couple and their two young children. It was a delightful opportunity to be on the water with the wind in the sails of an 1899 era boat. Very relaxing, with the wind dictating our destinations, lots of time for conversation, photography and watching a glorious sunset.

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