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“Got a beautiful private tour and shared a beer with the shipbuilder himself!”
Review of Schooner Ardelle

Schooner Ardelle
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed July 17, 2017

We booked a 3:30 PM tour during a weekend visit to Cape Ann in July expecting it to be very busy. (Your ticket purchase also includes entry to the small "Maritime museum and Touch tank aquarium." The children there seemed to enjoy this part and as students we really enjoyed reading about the local development of the fishing industry, recent sustainability efforts, and the development of eco-friendly boat bottom paint. It's a small space (2 rooms), but worth it if you get there early and read the carefully placed exhibits). It was a cloudy day with no rain, but we ended up being the only 2 to board! We enjoyed a beautiful tour of the harbor and got to personally hear from Harold about his passion for shipbuilding and the area's history. He informed us of the changes in the fishing industry and local economy and also showed us pictures of artist's paintings of the harbor including the work of Fitz Henry Lane. A very relaxed trip with a mixture of education, story-telling, guitar playing, and quiet time to enjoy the picturesque scenery. Drinks (including alcohol) and snacks available for purchase on board, reasonably priced. Since we were the only 2 on board we even got to help with the raising of the sails and got to watch as Harold and his crew attached a topsail with the American flag for added speed. Definitely a one of a kind, amazing experience. As long as the weather cooperates, it s a good deal. If you're any kind of student (high school, college or graduate, we're medical students), be sure to purchase the tickets at the discount rate, an even better deal!

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Maisie O
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

Went on the Ardelle with 12 scouts and 8 adults on our recent trip to Boston. The Captain/builder was kind, interesting, and very accommodating. He encouraged the scouts to take part in the departure, raising and lowering the sails, and steering the ship throughout the trip. The second crew member was equally if not more informed about the area, pointing out interesting sights, birds and fish, Gloucester and the fishing industry.

They both shared great anecdotes about the area, their personal experiences and the building of the ship.

Overall, a great experience for scouts, highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Brooke H
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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
Thank Travel_Queen603
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