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“See Acadia from the sea”
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Sail Acadia
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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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Brooklyn, New York
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53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“See Acadia from the sea”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Perfect way to see Acadia. Our party spent two memorable hours on the Alice E. Everything was great: the ship, the views of the islands and Acadia. We enjoyed every minute of the trip. We also were offered a fruit and cheese plate, which was a delicious touch. Captain also was telling us about the history and wildlife. Bring extra jacket or scarf with you. Thank you, Sail Acadia. Thank you, Captain Karl.

Visited May 2014
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Astra H, Crew at Sail Acadia, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We're so glad that you enjoyed your sail aboard the Alice E! Thanks for joining us!
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English first
Endwell, New York
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Private sail, beachfront lobster bake.”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Oct 14th.

This sailing trip was the best part of our visit to Acadia. I was concerned about the government shutdown and what that might mean about our trip to the national park. We booked a sailing trip with Karl on the Alice E. just to make sure no one would stop us from enjoying the area. Turns out we got into the park anyway... but the best part was out on the ocean.

We wanted a wholly Maine experience. That meant lobster, sailing, beautiful sights, and some history of the area. We got all that and more. The weather was unbelievably good. We had a great wind on those sails, warm sun on the face and a Maine captain who had plenty to share in the way of information, history, and experience. The Alice E. is a beautiful ship, cozy and perfect for our adventure.

After sailing around and pointing out the sights (lighthouses, harbor seals, geographical points of interest) we pulled into the cranberry islands and dropped anchor just off shore. We abandoned the ship for a moment and Captain Karl rowed us onto the beach. The beach was ours, I don't know if that is typical but the entire beach was ours. We hiked whistler cove trail and when we returned our Captain had laid out a beautiful spread and a pot of freshly steamed lobsters. We ate, laughed and marveled at how delicious the lobster was this man was able to prepare on a beach... all while the tides slowly rolled in and the Alice E. gently rocking in the waves just off shore.

As the sun began to set Karl began rowing the gear back to the ship leaving us to finish the wine we brought with us on the beach. That's I stole the moment to ask the love of my life to marry me. You almost feel a little guilty with a setup like that. How could a girl say no? After sailing the harbors of maine privately in the oldest friendship sloop on the water, an affable and knowledgeable sea captain at the helm, and eating wonderfully cooked lobster on a beach that you have entirely to yourself... with the sun setting in the background, of course it was a yes! That day was something out of a book, and Karl made it happen.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Joshual L
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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Alice E”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This made our 3rd trip on the Alice E on October 4th. As usual Captain Karl was a most informative and fun host. We have never tired of this trip and will most definitely do it again on our next visit to Southwest Harbor. Captain Karl maintains the Alice E in superb condition and we are continually amazed at her beauty and sailing capabilities.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Jacquie G
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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Thanks, Captain Karl!”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Our final night in Bar Habor, we took a sunset sail with Captain Karl on the Alice E. We learned about the history of the area, of the boat, and about lobstering. The weather was 72 degrees and beautiful and my kids loved raising the sails and learning about the history of the area. Definitely recommend if you enjoy being out on the water. A definite highlight of our trip!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank roxhills
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York Harbor, Maine
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“This is sailing!!!!”
Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

Friendship sloop. Google it . An indigenous Maine workboat design. Originally designed for lobstering in these waters under sail. Old school. Wood. Gaff rigged. Can sail itself. Made for these waters.

And Karl knows his boat and these waters.

This is not some prissy cruise ship, and this was not a cocktail cruise. This was Maine sailing. Blustery, gusty late afternoon in late September. Gray, leaden sky. Winds picked up as we close hauled back, probably 20 gusting to 25. Heeled over. Getting a little spray.

This is what we call sailing in Maine. You like real sailing , on a real boat, with a real seaman; sail with Sail Acadia. You want a flat sail, with a nice dry white and a buffet; don't bother.

A great three hours on the water. One of the best sails I have ever been on.

Friendship sloop, sailing in it's native waters. Dream sail.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Bob L
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