I grew up on the Cape, so there are a lot of 'touristy' things that I never did. This year, a friend and I decided to take a sail on the Schooner Bay Lady II, and I'm very glad we did! This is a pretty small boat, and on the day we went, though the boat must hold more than 20-25 people, there were only seven of us sailing (not including the crew). It felt like a private cruise.
The crew is fun, experienced, and informal. When they get you out of the harbor, they shut off the engine and unfurl the sails, and then all you hear is the sound of the waves lapping against the boat. It's so peaceful and beautiful that it feels like a meditation.
A couple on the boat remarked that they were used to a little more 'action' on the cruises they've taken - they were surprised that there was no music, for example. We all agreed that the sound of the waves was better than any music; in fact, music would have taken away from the experience.
The cruise lasts two hours, and you can bring snacks and drinks. The couple I met had brought wine, and they happily shared it with me. Next time, I think I would bring some. We brought water, but we could have bought it on the boat (take it out of the cooler and leave a dollar! Cheapest water in town!)
We did the day cruise, and I would love to try the sunset cruise sometime. I didn't feel at all like a tourist; I felt like a sailor. I highly recommend this if you are looking to get out on the water and want to relax.
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