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“Good Choice if you just want a leisurely sail”

Maine Sailing Adventures
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Owner description: Enjoy the heritage and beauty of Casco Bay aboard our 74' Maine built windjammer, Frances. Unwind and absorb as you take in Portland’s working waterfront, and the beautifully rugged islands just beyond. Sailing 3 times daily, May thru October. Frances is available for charter, accommodating parties of up to 42 guests. A sail aboard the Frances is an idyllic and unforgettable Maine experience; unique educational, and fun. We invite you to share in our adventure.
Reviewed 29 July 2012

We chose the Frances because it was a bit cheaper than the Portland Schooner Company and my wife doesn't have the best sea legs. The Frances is a beautiful replica of an older sailing vessel but is much heavier and is designed to hold a lot of people. If you have younger kids or not used to the ocean, I'd say this is the best choice. The sides of the boat are tall so you don't have to worry about little kids only having life lines to keep them aboard and the beam and weight of this vessel doesn't allow it to heel very much so it doesn't get thrown around much. It's still takes a beautiful sail and the crew is great and fun to talk with. However, because it is slower, we weren't able to leave the bay. So, if you are looking to sail on an actual schooner and not one that was just built to look like one, I'd recommend skipping the Frances and going to the next booth and the Portland Schooner company. Their boats are faster with more sail and they can go out farther. You pay a little more but that is probably because those boats can't hold as many people. Either way, the people are super nice and you can't beat a beautiful sail around the bay. This was probably my favorite thing I did while in Maine.

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Reviewed 17 July 2012

I went for my first sail on a schooner during my last visit. It was one of my all-time favorite activities in Maine. The price was reasonable and the staff were friendly, professional, and informative. You can not beat the views from the water and the peace that comes with sailing. They also offer cool beverages on-board.
I highly recommend Maine Sailing Adventures.

Thank oceangirl1
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

We took a nice sunset cruise Labor Day weekend and it was lovely. The crew were all very nice and told us anything we wanted to know about the boat as well as traveling in Maine. They have beer and wine for sale and you can bring your own food on if you want. Highly recommend!

Thank Amanda B
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We wanted to take a sailboat or schooner cruise in the Portland harbor. Maine Sailing Adventures is located right next to the Portland Schooner Company so we checked out both companies. PSC was $5 cheaper and allowed for the carry-on of drinks and food, but they did not have sunset cruise availability. We opted for the MSA option of a sunset cruise because they did have availability and also had an on-ship bar so we did not have to worry about carrying anything with us as we toured the city.

The cruise itself was relaxing and enjoyable. The sailboat makes its way around the Portland harbor area. It was not particulary adventurous, and we didn't see any marine mammals. However, it does provide views of three old war forts, Bug lighthouse, Spring Point lighthouse, and a distant view of the Portland Head Light. You also cruise near Peaks Island.

The return of the sailboat provided amazing sunset views of Portland. The crew was helpful in answering questions when asked, but an overall tour explanation was not provided unless asked. This probably helped contribute to the calm appreciation of the area and sail atmosphere, but if it something you are looking for in a sailboat cruise, be prepared to ask the questions you want answered as they will not be provided by the crew without the questioning.

Overall, it was a nice experience that was incredibly relaxing and provided beautiful harbor views.

3  Thank Loverofoutdoors
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Reviewed 6 August 2017
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