Frequently Asked Questions

 

BOARDING

Where is the boat docked for getting on board for our sail?

  • The dock is at 11 Front Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

When should we be there for our sail?

  • Boarding for Day Sails or dinner cruises is 15 -20 mins. prior to departure.

 

What should I bring for my sail?

  • For pleasure drinks, The BOYD N. SHEPPARD is the only schooner sailing out of Rockland that has a liquor license and onboard bar, "The Red Lead Drinkery". We offer cocktails, beer and wine for sale onboard.

  • For basic hydration, there's an ice chest on board where you can put waters or, if you've discovered a tasty beer

  • Seasonal temperatures vary from the mid-fifties and mid-seventies.

  • The dress is casual and outdoorsy, no formal attire needed.

  • Bring clothing that can be layered as temperatures fluctuate.

  • The sailing essentials: Sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat. 

 

CELL PHONE RECEPTION

 

  • Cell phone reception depends on your carrier, but it’s okay it’s nice to unplug for a few days.

  • If you need to leave an emergency contact with someone at home (207) 593-8811.

  • Messages are checked on a regular basis.

 

MEALS / DRINKS & THE LAW

  • The BOYD N. SHEPPARD has a liquor license and onboard bar, "The Red Lead Drinkery". We offer cocktails, beer and wine for sale onboard.

  • There’s an ice chest for guest's use.

  • Please use moderation with alcohol consumption, USCG law, no illicit drugs on board the vessel. If it’s illegal to the Fed’s, it’s illegal on the boat.

  • Guests are responsible for their own actions please respect each other, the boat, and the crew, have fun.

Still have questions?

Overview

  • We sail morning cruises on Monday and Tuesday lasting three hours each.

  • Morning sails begin at 10:00 am. We will return to the dock by 1:00 pm. Please arrive 15 - 20 minutes prior.

  • Dinner Cruises are 5-8 pm throughout the summer, until Labor Day when we switch to 4-7 pm to be docked prior to sunset.

  • Food and drink are available for sale (sales tax will be added).

  • Two Heads (restrooms) on deck. 

  • Happy Hour cruises are 21+.

  • Gratuities are very much appreciated by the crew at the end of your sail. 10% is customary. 

Where is the boat docked for getting on board for our sail?

  • The dock is at 11 Front Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

When should we be there for our sail?

  • Please arrive 15 - 20 minutes prior to any sail for boarding, greetings from Captain and crew and our safety instructions.

 

What should I bring for my sail?

  • For pleasure drinks, The BOYD N. SHEPPARD is the only schooner sailing out of Rockland that has a liquor license and onboard bar, "The Red Lead Drinkery." We offer cocktails, beer and wine for sale onboard. Sales tax will be added.

  • For basic hydration, there's an ice chest on board where you can put waters or, if you've discovered a tasty beer

  • Seasonal temperatures vary from the mid-fifties and mid-seventies.

  • The dress is casual and outdoorsy, no formal attire needed.

  • Bring clothing that can be layered as temperatures fluctuate.

  • The sailing essentials: Sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat.

How much are children's fares?

  • 5 and under: free

  • 6 -13: 45 

  • 14 and over: Adult Fare

How big is the Boyd N Sheppard?

  • Booking Capacities:

    • Day-sails: 34 passengers

    • Dinner: 25 passengers​

  • Vessel Specifications:​​

 

  • 58.8' LOD (Length On Deck) 

  • 19.5' Beam (widest point)

  • 99' LOA (Length Overall)

  • 52 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage)

  • Official hull number 003362

  • Year Completed 1886

  • Built-in Mauricetown N.J

  • Hull Material, Wood

  • Call Sign WDJ9164

 

CELL PHONE RECEPTION

 

  • Cell phone reception depends on your carrier, but it’s okay it’s nice to unplug for a few days.

  • If you need to leave an emergency contact with someone at home (207) 593-8811.

  • Messages are checked on a regular basis.

 

MEALS / DRINKS & THE LAW

  • The BOYD N. SHEPPARD has a liquor license and onboard bar, "The Red Lead Drinkery." We offer cocktails, beer and wine for sale onboard.

  • Please use moderation with alcohol consumption, USCG law, no illicit drugs on board the vessel. If it’s illegal to the Fed’s, it’s illegal on the boat.

  • Guests are responsible for their own actions please respect each other, the boat, and the crew, have fun.

Questions?

Daysail FAQ

Overnight FAQ

 

BOARDING / RETURNING

 

  • The dock is at 11 Front Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

  • Boarding for all Overnight cruises is 0900, with dock return by 3pm. 

  • Boarding is 15 - 20 minutes prior to departure.

  • Gratuities are very much appreciated by the crew at the end of your sail. 10% is customary. 

 

PACKING

 

  • Seasonal temperatures vary from the mid-fifties and mid-seventies.

  • The dress is casual and outdoorsy, no formal attire needed.

  • Bring clothing that can be layered as temperatures fluctuate.

  • Bring rain gear, jacket, pants, and boots if you have it.

  • 2 pair of soft rubber soled shoes with non-skid soles, along with sandals and rain boots, comfortable and safe.

  • Sunscreen if you use it.

  • Sunglasses.

  • Hats! A warm watch cap for the evening and a brimmed hat is recommended.

 

LUGGAGE

 

  • Canvas duffels or soft-sided totes stow better than hard case luggage.

  • A couple of smaller bags are better than one large.

  • Flying with a hard case or traveling after? You can repack into a soft canvas duffel and we can stow your luggage ashore.

  • If you have a small backpack for day trips we recommend it.

 

CABIN ACCOMMODATIONS

  •  Children's Fares:​

    • 5 and under: sail free with 2 adult fares* 

    • 6 -13: 25% off with 2 full Adult fares*

    • 14 and over: Adult Fare

  • Sink with running hot and cold water.

    • Two Heads (restrooms) with hot showers on deck. ​

  • Tap water is potable.

  • Reading lights over the berths, but we like headlamps with a red light too, please be cognizant of night blinding those on watch with white light on deck at night.

  • USB outlets in all cabins for charging.

  • Some cabins have AC outlets for sleep apnea. Please notify us.

  • Please use earphones for external audio.

  • No need to bring a hair dryer or curling iron, the wind and humidity will take care of that!

BOOKING CAPACITIES:​​

  • Over-night sails: 20 passengers, 11 Cabins

VESSEL SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 58.8' LOD (Length On Deck) 

  • 19.5' Beam (widest point)

  • 99' LOA (Length Overall)

  • 52 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage)

  • Official hull number 003362

  • Year Completed 1886

  • Built-in Mauricetown N.J

  • Hull Material, Wood

  • Call Sign WDJ9164

 

LINENS

 

  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided.

  • Bath, hand and face towels are provided.

 

CELL PHONE RECEPTION

 

  • Cell phone reception depends on your carrier, but it’s okay it’s nice to unplug for a few days.

  • If you need to leave an emergency contact with someone at home (207) 593-8811.

  • Messages are checked on a regular basis.

 

MEALS / DRINKS & THE LAW

 

  • Wicked fine meals are provided, all cooked fresh aboard by Chef Adam. 

  • On multi-night cruises, dinner is not provided on boarding night.

  • Coffee and hot water are almost always available after 7, 6:30 if we’re lucky.

  • One day wonder's first meal is lunch; Multi-Night cruises, first meal is breakfast the next morning. 

  • Tap water is Potable, no need to bring bottled water

  • The BOYD N. SHEPPARD has a liquor license and onboard bar, "The Red Lead Drinkery". We offer cocktails, beer and wine for sale onboard. Sales tax will be added.

  • There’s an ice chest for guest use.

  • Please use moderation with alcohol consumption, USCG law, no illicit drugs on board the vessel. Though newly legal in Maine, marijuana is still illegal on a Federal level. Beause our ship fall's under government inspection and so Federal Law, this means that any substance that is illegal on the Federal level is prohibited aboard. 

  • Guests are responsible for their own actions please respect each other, the boat, and the crew, have fun.

  • Meal times are 8ish, 12ish, and 6ish along with a cookie course, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert. 

 

Questions?

 
 
 
 

Schooner Boyd N. Sheppard

11 Front St

Rockland ME 04841

1-877-238-1325

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