Appledore - Camden Maine
Boat Type: Schooner
Year Built: 1978
Length Overall: 86 feet
Length on Deck: 65 feet
# of Passengers: 49
Cruise Options: 2 hour trips & Special sails
Cruise Price: $30 - $45
Accepts Kids: Yes
Season: June - October
Port: Camden Harbor
Launched on August 22, 1978, the Schooner Appledore II is proud of her colorful history. The Appledore II is the largest of her four sister ships, Appledores I, III, IV, and V. The Appledore was the last schooner custom built by the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine. Previously, the Harvey Gamage Yard had built and launched some of the nation's more famous tall ships. This list includes the Mary Day, the Harvey Gamage, the Shenandoah, the Bowdoin and the Spirit of Massachusetts.
The Appledore was built traditionally, using centuries old techniques of shipbuilding. The ship instantly brings to mind the phrase, “iron men and wooden ships.” Famed boat designer Bud McIntosh designed the ship. His design is now recognized worldwide for the Appledore's heavy weather, open ocean capabilities. The ship is strong, stable and swift, with a ten-and-a-half-knot hull speed and 110-degree knockdown rating. In laymen’s terms, this ship will get you there, quickly without incident.
For the last 20 years the ship has served double duty offering daysails from its homeports of Camden, Maine and Key West, Florida. Twice a year the ship makes a 2000-mile off shore voyage between these two ends of its cruising rainbow. From the moment you set foot upon her solid deck, you sense something special about the Appledore. You are taken with the massive spars, the symmetry of the halyards and sheets coiled on their pins, the glossy grain of varnished wood. Nothing stirs the romantic heart more then the Appledore's classic wooden hull gliding its way through a restless sea. The Appledore – more then a boat, it is a tradition.
Boat Trip Information
Spring, summer, or fall, a cruise on the 86-foot Schooner Appledore - the largest vessel offering short daysails out of Camden Harbor - is the very best way to experience the coast of Maine. The Appledore sails four times a day, seven days a week, past evergreen islands and picturesque lighthouses. During the two hour daysail of Penobscsot Bay, guests routinely see lighthouses, magnificent coastal estates, surrounding islands, porpoises, eagles, seals and marine wildlife. Watch lobstermen haul their traps. Enjoy the majestic vistas of the coastal mountains and glorious sunsets aboard a traditional sailing ship.
The Appledore departs from and returns to Bayview Landing at the heart of Camden Harbor. The Appledore has an abundance of comfortable seating, plus a broad deck you can stroll without ever having to duck the rigging. You are welcome to stretch out and relax, help raise the sails or take a turn at the wheel and experience first-hand the thrill of sailing a tall ship.
Rate Information (2010 Season Schedule)
June to Mid-September (Four 2-hour cruises daily, Monday - Sunday)
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* Appledore departs between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for its daily Summer Sunset Cruises. Please call to confirm the exact departure time, as it varies with the length of the day.
Mid-September & October (Three 2-hour cruises daily, Monday - Sunday)
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* Appledore departs between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for its daily Fall Sunset Cruises. Please call to confirm the exact departure time, as it varies with the length of the day.
Captain Justin Bernhart
The Appledore is under the careful supervision of Captain Justin Bernhart. Justin has a 100 ton near coastal license. He spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard in Fire Island, NY. He has an associates degree from the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. Justin is an avid sailor who has extensive sailing experience. He has sailed Lake Erie, the waters of Key West, the Pacific Ocean and, of course, Penobscot Bay. Justin hails from Breckonridge, Colorado.