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“A relaxing, beautiful trip!”
Review of Schooner Ardelle

Schooner Ardelle
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 6, 2016

My husband & I love to be out on the ocean & this ride was a highlight of our vacation. Harold, the pilot AND the builder of the Ardelle, was great. He worked his way around the deck talking to everyone, answering questions & making us laugh. There was no wind outside the harbor, so we sailed around Gloucester Harbor, but we didn't mind, it was wonderful to be out on the water, with a gentle breeze blowing, relaxing, smelling the salt water....just what we wanted.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank msdrum
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

Harold, Alden, and Perry provided such a personalized touch to our afternoon sail - such amazing family spirit, admiration and respect. Loved the stories, the history, and the heart and soul that went into building the Ardelle - and the wonderful connection with the community. The sail was relaxing and very picturesque - exceeded expectations!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank lrodericks
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

This was our first time sailing and we loved every minute of it. The weather was perfect for a day on the harbor. The captain and the rest of his staff couldn't have been more professional and nicer. You truly felt like a special guest of theirs. Captain Burnham was sincerely happy to have everyone aboard his beautiful boat and made a point to walk around during the trip and have a personal conversation with everyone there. He and the staff were happy to answer any questions about the area and share their stories. Their enthusiasm for sailing was contagious. We can't wait to go again!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 6, 2016

Not at all as advertised, and a real rip off! We were supposed to board 15 min prior to leaving dock for our "sailing adventure" of 2 hours. We were all were waiting patiently, ship ready but no one came out until 10 min after posted sail time so finally got underway about 15 min AFTER scheduled departure. Once past the dock, the Captain and Captain in training (his daughter) made their pitch for buying snacks and drinks and did hoist the sails, and we sailed maybe 10 min more in Gloucester harbor. Very pleasant folks, would have been lovely to have actually sailed with them. After 10 min and a stone's throw from shore, the ship literally stopped and stayed in one area for about 20 min watching clouds move into Gloucester skyline. Other ships were moving, but we stayed in place.
We were told storm coming in and we then high-tailed it back to dock with sails down and engine roaring. Made it to dock before rain began. Soooo, for $40 a person (not including snacks or drinks- we experienced a 15 min wait to board,10 min "sail" and 20 min hold on water, and 10 min return to dock. Not a mention of some type of comp or discount on another trip or even an apology. I would say this trip qualified as piracy on the the high seas, but as we never made it out of vicinity of dock- that doesn't quite fit. Caution matey!

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

Spontaneously sailed one evening with husband, teen and tween. This was a highlight of our trip to Cape Ann! Captain Harold shared his passion for shipbuilding and was so friendly and enthusiastic. Our kids adored the firing of the cannon, and we loved the dramatic reading of Longfellow's "The Wreck of the Hesperus" as we passed by Norman's Woe. Highly recommended!!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank pamelapancakes
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