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Sailing Vessel Friend Ship

1 College St, Burlington Community Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-598-6504
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Mathias, the best captain of Lake Champlain

The best way to learn about the lake and the history of the area is to take a trip on the Friend... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Philadelphia, Pa
Sailing trip on restored historic sailboat

We had a great time and sailed far out into Lake Champlain in a good wind. Both men running the... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Poultney, Vermont
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The "Friend Ship" provides a Lake Champlain experience steeped in the traditions of the Lake's long sailing history. We offer daily sailing cruises as well as half day and full day private charters from late May until early October. The Friend Ship departs from her slip next to the ECHO Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain at the foot of College Street in Burlington. We are also known as the Whistling Man Schooner Co.
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1 College St, Burlington Community Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-598-6504
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The best way to learn about the lake and the history of the area is to take a trip on the Friend Ship. Mathias made the trip fun and enjoyable.

Thank JHD22
Reviewed 27 July 2017

We had a great time and sailed far out into Lake Champlain in a good wind. Both men running the tour were knowledgable, friendly and very capable boat handlers. Everyone on board seemed to be relaxed and enjoying the journey. Mathias, especially, had a knack...More

Thank maryO1585RG
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The boat was beautiful and Mathias was a great captain. Didi was the perfect deck hand and gave amazing customer service the entire time. We brought wine and cheese and had forgotten a opener and a knife and the captain and deck hand were quick...More

Thank Paige M
Reviewed 14 June 2017

I had an amazing time on the Friend Ship - Mathias was so knowledgeable and welcoming and you can see how much he cares about his business. As an amateur sailor, I was very impressed with the schooner and how well it is kept up....More

Thank Klare N
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We spent a delightful afternoon on board the Friendship. Captains OConnor and Mathias ably assisted by First Mate Mr Wing sailed us on Lake Champlain and entertained us with its history.

Thank Megan O
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Captain Mathias was an excellent guide for our sunset cruise on America's 6th largest lake. Mathias and his lovely crew provided history, folklore, and a few good laughs. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area -- it's the best way to see the...More

Thank Gabe A
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Had a great time on my first sailboat cruise. The captain and first mate told great stories and myths about things we saw on the water. Highly recommend We went on the evening sunset trip. Beautiful sunset with the mountains and the water reflection. Breathtaking

1  Thank Patty W
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

This is Heaven! Lake Champagne in Burlington Vermont is so magical. My Father, who Parked his Sailboat on Boston Harbor on Lewis Wharf would have loved this. Hope to get there again this summer-

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Enjoyed our two hour tour with Captain O'Connor and First Mate Evan. The weather and winds were perfect. We appreciated the good company of the crew, and the historical information offered up by Evan. Lucky us, we were the only guests. I would recommend the...More

Thank RustyLockett
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I'm sure glad that I choose to join captain O'Connor and Wing man Evan to guide my tour of lake Champlain, they were both very friendly, experienced people who made the experience a very interesting tour. I, for sure, recommend this tour to friends and...More

Thank tikiwiki2016
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