Friday, September 2, 2011

We Are Ready to Roll! Certificate of Operation Is OK and We Are Ready to Charter

Schooner Ardelle is now available for public and private charters - starting now!

One year ago, Labor Day 2010. We have come a long way!!!

What a difference one year makes. On Sept 6, 2010 we held Frame Up day at the boatyard. See photo above. On Sept. 3, 2011, at the start of Labor Day weekend we are now Coast Guard certified and holding our first public sail today, Friday, Sept. 3 at 430 p.m.  We will also offer sails tomorrow, during Heritage Days at Maritime Gloucester from 9 to 11 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m., and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

It has been an amazing experience since we began construction of the schooner a little less than one year ago. There are so many people we are grateful to for all of their assistance. That is why on Sunday we are entering the schooner race with the shipwrights and their families so they might enjoy sailing on the Ardelle after the long hours of building her. Harold has been going around the clock to get the boat wired and ready and after two days of inspection - and a year of working with the US Coast Guard each week - we have everything in place from horns to lifejackets to fire extinguishers and we think the able crew can make the public sails unique and fun - as was the whole process of building the Ardelle.

We hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend and if you are in the area please do come by and see us! For more information on charters, please go to  We are scrambling now to shift gears but we are going to be around all fall until the snow flies so do plan to book a sail.

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