Schooner Adventure Sailing FAQ’s
Is advance ticket purchase required?
Reservations are strongly recommended, but you will be able to purchase tickets up to 30 minutes before sail time. To register for a sail, visit our online Calendar, select the sail date and complete your purchase. Or contacts us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-281-8079.
Where do we board?
Community Sails aboard Adventure will depart from the pier at Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop.
Metered parking is available on the street or in the city lot at the corner of Harbor Loop and Rogers Street. Please do not park in the Maritime Gloucester lot.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you are unable to join us for your scheduled sail we will honor your tickets for a future sail. 24-hour notice is appreciated so that we can fill your spot if possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds. However, if rescheduling your trip is not possible we will acknowledge the ticket fee as a tax-deductible donation.
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
New England weather forecasts are not entirely reliable, the Captain may decide whether or not to sail very close to departure time. Severe weather, heavy winds or heavy rain may cause postponement. If the sail for which you purchased tickets is rescheduled due to the weather, we will welcome you on another member sail.
What happens if it rains during the sail?
You get wet! There is limited space below decks and you will be out in the weather. Please dress accordingly — on sunny days, bring a hat & sunscreen; on cool days, bring a sweatshirt; if there’s a chance of rain, bring a hat and a rain slicker.
Do you really raise the sails and turn the motor off?
YES! Giving our passengers the experience of working sail is what we’re all about. We only use the engine when we have to.
Can we participate?
Of course! We always ask for volunteers when we raise the sails. Our crew especially loves getting kids involved. Guests may be invited to take the helm at the Captain’s discretion.
Where do we go?
Since our objective is sailing, we don’t have a set path – it depends entirely on the wind, weather, and currents.
What will we learn?
Schooner Adventure’s mission is to inspire, educate, and connect our members and guests to the heritage of the Gloucester fishing schooner. There will be a presentation led by one of our docents or knowledgeable crew, and they will be available to answer your questions throughout the sail.
Is there a bathroom on board?
Yes. Below decks, accessible by descending a short ladder, so those with limited mobility may wish to do their business ashore before coming aboard. As on most traditional vessels, our bathroom uses a marine head, which is a bit different than a conventional toilet. Instructions are posted, but the crew will be happy to explain its operation.
Are food and drinks available during the sails?
Passengers are welcome to bring their own food and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are allowed and may be consumed within moderation. The Captain reserves the right to limit consumption. Coolers are not allowed.
Am I going to get seasick?
Seasickness is rarely a problem on beamy schooners like Schooner Adventure operating in protected waters close to shore. Those prone to motion sickness may wish to take precautions before boarding.
Do you have life jackets/is it safe?
Yes! We are a United States Coast Guard certified sailing vessel, and are inspected annually to maintain the highest standard of passenger safety. We are always more than happy to answer any and all safety questions.