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“Magical Sunset Sail”
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".
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Oakton, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Magical Sunset Sail”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

On a recent visit to Southwest Harbor, our three generations of family chartered the Alice E for a sunset sail. We all agreed it was by far the best thing we did while visiting MDI. Captain Karl was fantastic, sharing lots of great information about the area and the wildlife. He spotted multiple porpoises and harbor seals, as well as an osprey flying overhead. We watched an incredible sunset with a bottle of wine. Captain Karl also brought along delicious fresh-backed bread, apples and cheese, an unexpected surprise. If you are visiting MDI, this is a must do!

Visited August 2013
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

This is a must do if you visit Acadia. The boat is great and the views are incredible. Caption Carl is really cool also.

Visited July 2013
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Portland, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Worth a trip here just for the chance to sail around Acadia”
Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

A perfect sail on a hot but windy day brought our group of 6 onto the Alice E. This historic Friendship Sloop built in 1899 is like taking a scenic sailing time travel vessel around the scenic waters around MDI. Owner and Captain Karl is gracious and earnest, sharing stories and inviting participation in hoisting the sails if you are interested. We enjoyed seeing seals, birds and dramatic scenery as well as some seriously fun sailing. Don't miss this experience of Downeaster Maine.

Visited July 2013
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“ONE FOR THE BUCKET LIST...A MUST DO!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

To start the beauty that abounds the Mt Desert Island is AWESOME! How can it get BETTER? Take a sail on the friendship sloop the "Helen Brooks" with Capt'n Karl....First you embark out of Southwest Harbor..you motor out the harbor ..then the sails are hoisted ...passengers are given the honor of raising the sails ...after that you are cruising by the winds of Maine...Once under sail Capt'n Karl gives you the local lore and knowledge of the area....this alone is priceless! I hope you are as lucky as we were we saw a sleeping sea lion,Apparently they sleep floating and not a care in the world! Hey Maine the way life should be!....Half way in the sail Capt'n Karl brings out quite the spread of cheese crackers and fruit!...Byob is allowed ...if you are taking a sunset cruise bring your camera...awesome colors...the Helen Brooks can accommodate 6 passengers WITHOUT A QUESTION WE RECOMMEND A SAIL ON THE HELEN BROOKS!

Visited June 2013
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Astra H, Crew at Sail Acadia, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thanks for sailing with us again this year! It’s always nice to have you on board, and it’s great to hear how much you enjoy the trip. We hope to see you again next year!
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Titusville
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“Sunset Cruise on the Helen Brooks”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We took our grandchildren on the sunset cruise out of Southwest Harbor and were fortunate to have the boat to ourselves. Next, there was a fair wind and finally a beautiful sunset...all of which the company had no control. So, we rate the experience very high as we could not ask for anything more. The crew was informative and friendly and we just felt it was very pleasant experience from start to finish. I would suggest you read the 5 day weather report before booking a sail; however,in Maine if you want the weather to change "wait a minute'". But this might increase your odds for seeing a sunset and enjoying a wind in your sails.

Visited August 2012
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Astra H, Crew at Sail Acadia, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for sailing with us last year! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your sunset cruise and hope you'll join us for another sail next time you are visiting Mount Desert Island!
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