Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a 2-hr charter and a 3-hr private charter?
2 hour charters are "public" and hold mixed groups up to six people per trip. These cruises sail out of the mouth of the Saco River, past the historic Wood Island Lighthouse, and out to sea to look for seals, whales, Atlantic sunfish, and enjoy the beauty of the ocean and Maine coastline.
For a more exclusive sail, you can book a private charter where you rent the boat for just your group. Group sizes vary, please inquire for details. On a 3-hr private sail, the first 1/2 of the trip is typically spent on the ocean, sailing in Saco Bay and past Biddeford Pool, and around the Wood Island Lighthouse for a spectacular Maine photo. The 2nd half of the trip is a peaceful cruise along the lush vibrant green marshland of the Saco river, where you will see bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, egrets, and sturgeon. We can also incorporate a swim stop in the river, where people can jump off of the boat and float in the river with pool noodles. People are always "wow'd" by the beautiful Saco river and it is often a favorite part of their tour.
What is included in a private sail?
For our private charter guests, we provide a Yeti cooler full of ice, so that you can bring your own food and cocktails on the boat. We find that, with such varying tastes, people appreciate being able to bring their favorite snacks and drinks. The S/V Liberty has wine glasses, plates, cups, silverware, etc. available for our private guests. We also have filtered water on the boat for drinking.
Do you have a bathroom on the boat?
Of course! We have a wonderful electric-flush toilet on the boat, which is clean, comfortable and very easy to use.
What should I bring with me, and what should I leave at home?
The weather in Maine is ever-changing, so we always suggest bringing layers - a tee-shirt and shorts, sweatshirt or windbreaker, and a bathing suit and towel if you are a private charter guest. Sunglasses and hats are great to bring as well. And whatever food and drinks you'd like on your trip! We ask that people do not use spray sunscreen on the boat, as it can create a slippery surface on the boat deck. We also usually go "shoeless" on the boat, because grit from shoes can hurt the boat, so we do ask that folks go barefoot or with socks after boarding the boat. We will provide a storage bin for your shoes at boarding time.