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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