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Sail on the Schooner Fame

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 34 reviews.Salem, United States

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Experience hosted by Michael

90 mins
Includes drinks
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Haul up the sails! Take the tiller! Or just chill out with a Rum Punch or Deacon Stormy while our historic schooner slides through Salem Sound past lighthouses, forts, and waterfront homes. The captain and crew will explain the significance of the FAME, privateering, and the War of 1812. The firing of the cannon is always a highlight!

We'll set out from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem, motor out a short distance, and then call for volunteers to help raise the sails. Once the sails are up, depending on the wind, we may shape a course toward Beverly... or Marblehead... or head straight out toward the islands!

Our interactive crew point out landmarks, explain the operation of the schooner, and mix drinks with equal facility!

The sails last an hour and forty minutes. When we return to Pickering Wharf, you're right in the heart of downtown Salem — perfectly placed for a meal, a drink, or a stroll!
Haul up the sails! Take the tiller! Or just chill out with a Rum Punch or Deacon Stormy while our historic schooner slides through Salem Sound past lighthouses, forts, and waterfront homes. The captain and crew will explain the significance of the FAME, privateering, and the War of 1812. The firing of the cannon is always a highlight!

We'll set out from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem, motor out a short distance, and then call…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    We sell a range of beverages on all sails, including beer, wine, margaritas...
From $38
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 34 Reviews
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I've been sailing for 40 years now, was hands-on with the building of our traditional wooden schooner in 2003, and recently spent three winters cruising the Eastern Caribbean. When I'm working, I'm sailing... and when I'm playing, I'm sailing! I am equally passionate about history, having minored in history at Penn and later written two books about privateering and the War of 1812. I've presented at nearly one hundred events, symposiums, and conferences. Recently, I was named Chair of Salem's Port Authority, tasked with remaking Salem's waterfront for the next century.
I've been sailing for 40 years now, was hands-on with the building of our traditional wooden schooner in 2003, and recently spent three winters cruising the Eastern Caribbean. When I'm working, I'm sailing... and when I'm playing, I'm sailing! I am equally passionate about history, having minored in history at Penn and later written two books about privateering and the War of 1812. I've presented at nearly one hundred events, symposiums, and conferences. Recently, I was named Chair of Salem's Po…
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Where you'll be

We'll be sailing on the historic waters of Salem Sound. Every trip is different, since we shape our course to take advantage of the wind that day. Sometimes we sail toward Beverly... sometimes toward Marblehead... sometimes straight out toward the islands!

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 34 reviews.

Chelsea
October 2020
The boat was beautiful and the sail its self was perfect to get a true feeling of Salem. The water was beautiful and the views just as amazing. Would do again in the future.
Erica
October 2020
An incredible experience- one of the highlights of our trip! The crew was amazing, the boat was beautiful, the water was calm. Overall, loved this!
Shelby
October 2020
Wonderful crew who were very knowledgeable and made sailing fun and unique. I'm very glad I found this place while visiting Salem. There were amazing views and it was something I had never experienced before. 10/10 would recommend.
Katherine
October 2020
We got lucky and picked a Great time for sailing we had the 3-4:30 pm slot. Perfect winds. Definitely chilly so bundle up! but the warm cider with fireball was a great touch to the excursion. Highly recommend
Sherlie
October 2020
This sailing is a must-do and a great way to top off your Salem visit. Mike and his crew were welcoming and did a great job explaining the maritime history of Salem and features of the boat while having fun. We got to help raise the sails too! Don’t miss this scenic tour!
This sailing is a must-do and a great way to top off your Salem visit. Mike and his crew were welcoming and did a great job explaining the maritime history of Salem and features o…
Amie
October 2020
I had such an AWESOME time throughout the entire sailboat experience! I felt that each group was separated more than enough for me to not worry about covid. I loved that they had yummy margaritas and my boyfriend enjoyed their dark and stormy drink (they even have some snacks for the people who may be hangry). Michael set off a cannon and then shared some awesome facts with us about 1812... so cool!!! My favorite part of the entire experience was the adorable, smiley, mermaid we saw!! YES MERMAID! Such a sweet ending to the ride. Thank you guys for making us feel so welcomed!
I had such an AWESOME time throughout the entire sailboat experience! I felt that each group was separated more than enough for me to not worry about covid. I loved that they had y…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

The trip is weather dependent — we will not sail if steady rain, high winds, or thick fog are expected. Call ahead if you are unsure about the weather. Dress for whatever the weather offers — you are exposed to the elements on our 1812 schooner! This is not a cruise ship or passenger ferry!

What to bring

Comfortable shoes, a light jacket or sweatshirt (it's usually cooler on the water), and sunglasses — and your camera or cell phone!