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Whistling Man Schooner Company

1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-825-7245
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Perfect June afternoon -- great crew, great boat, great weather.

Unhurried 3:45pm cruise. Made for a perfect anniversary trip. Mathias and Evan were most gracious... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Taipei, Taiwan
You never really visit a place unless you've been on the water.

GREAT crew! Comfortable boat. Even though the winds were very calm we staill had a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jay K
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Sail aboard a traditional sailing sloop on the grand and gorgeous Lake Champlain on a two-hour tour. Or charter this classic sloop for your private enjoyment with up to 12 people. The Friend Ship departs from her slip next to the ECHO Center at the foot of College Street in Burlington.
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“friend ship” (36 reviews)
“sunset sail” (26 reviews)
1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-825-7245
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Reviewed yesterday

Unhurried 3:45pm cruise. Made for a perfect anniversary trip. Mathias and Evan were most gracious, informative and accommodating. All around a great experience. Highly recommended.

Thank planes777
Reviewed 2 days ago

GREAT crew! Comfortable boat. Even though the winds were very calm we staill had a wonderful afternoon on Lake Champlain.

Thank Jay K
Management response:Responded yesterday

I love your opening quote. That is so true. Being on water changes your perspective of land. And, by extension, it changes your view of life. Thank you for taking the time to post that wonderful quote and review. -Mathias

Reviewed 2 days ago

It was awesome hanging with Captain O and Didy. They were both super knowledgeable and made me and guests from out of town really comfortable. Would recommend for sure!

Thank Kelly C
Management response:Responded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to write how awesome it was and how comfortable you were. -Mathias

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful sunset cruise on Lake Champlain! Captain and crew were great explaining about sailing and shared history of Lake Champlain, Burlington area, and Vermont. Highly recommend!

Thank Martha T
Management response:Responded yesterday

Glad you got to see how our sunsets on Lake Champlain are so stunning. I think they are the most beautiful in the world. Thanks for taking the time to post a review. -Mathias

Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband, daughter, and I signed up for the sunset cruise without really knowing what to expect. What we experienced, thanks to the graciousness of Ditty and Captain O was a beautiful, relaxing evening on the water with breathtaking views. Their sailing expertise was top...More

Thank kkerr2017
Management response:Responded yesterday

You touch on something which I think is the best thing time on the lake offers: good memories. Something you will not forget. I often tell guests that the cruise might be over after two hours, but the memories will linger and can be used...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

The schooner Friendship is the way to enjoy the lake, peaceful and quiet. The sunset views were incredible. Captain O was informative and it was fun watching him calmly keep everything shipshape along with his two man crew. We took wine and a small picnic...More

Thank pusdoc
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

I love the image you smiling, with a glass of wine, and watching the sunset. Thank you for posting your review and noting how shipshape we like to run our small ship. -Mathias

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We certainly enjoyed the Captain and his crew on a gorgeous Sunset Cruise experience covering parts of Lake Champlain. Intimate and interesting conversation on a two hour journey flew by as we indulged in the awesome views leading to a super Vermont sunset. We highly...More

Thank Jane S
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

I like your word "indulgence." Being on Lake Champlain, surrounded by beauty does, indeed, feel like being indulged. I'm so glad you got to experience that. Thank you for taking the time write such a wonderful review. -Mathias

Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Burlington Vermont recently and went on the Sunset Cruise with 2 friends. The boat was great, small/intimate and the crew was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Captain O and Diddy made the trip extra special with their personal stories and accommodating personalities... they even...More

Thank JaxGiddes
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

I'm so glad you liked the postcards. I started offering that because I have sent postcards to my daughter from everywhere I travel and she loves it. Thanks for you high recommendation and for taking the time to write. -Mathias

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My gf gave me an awesome b'day suggestion to take this short cruise, I was little apprehensive at first but when I boarded the schooner , I was sure it was going to be fun. I was one of the best budget luxury experience I...More

Thank Atirek W
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Again, a happy birthday. It's so good to hear you like your girlfriend's present of a sail on the lake. I hope you have a wonderful year of your life. Thanks for taking the time to say how much you enjoyed it. -Mathias

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the sunset cruise to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. It was our first time in Vermont and on Lake Champlain, and I couldn't imagine a better way to see it. Captain O and Evan were entertaining and very knowledgeable. The two hours passed quickly...More

Thank mollykate88
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

You paint the perfect pretty picture: Picnic, sailboat, surrounded by beauty. I'm glad you enjoyed your time aboard. Happy birthday to your boyfriend. Thank you for taking the time to write. -Mathias

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What is the sailing schedule? We are 2 couples anticipating being in Burlington July 23-24 to celebrate 2 birthdays
10 July 2016|
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Response from MDubilier | Property representative |
I'm so sorry that I'm only seeing this message now. If you have not booked yet through the webpage, then please give me a call and I can help do one with you on the phone. -Mathias
We are in Burlington Oct 2 - Oct 9th. Please let me know the cruise times that week, and fees. There will be 4 adults.
23 March 2016|
Response from MDubilier | Property representative |
Ahoy! Our sailing schedule for the two-hour tours that week is 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and the sunset tour is 4:30 p.m. Fares are $50 per passenger. Please visit our website to make a reservation or if I can answer more questions... More
Will there still be sunset cruising on Oct 16 th? Can I make reservations? Price ?
9 October 2015|
Response from Michael C | Property representative |
Hi, our last day of sailing is October 12th. Thanks,