Heron - Rockport Maine
Boat Type: Schooner
Year Built: 2003
Length Overall: 65 feet
Length on Deck: 52 feet
# of Passengers: 30
Cruise Options: Island lunch sail, Ecotour, Sunset Dinner
Cruise Price: $50 - $75
Accepts Kids: Yes
Season: June - Mid-October
Port: Rockport Harbor - Rockport Marine Park
Heron is family built, owned and operated by the Bower family of Camden, Maine. During the summer months Heron sails Penobscot Bay from Rockport, Maine and winters in the Caribbean. Heron is a famous & proven design, is fast and comfortable with round the world capabilities. It is one of the most famous classic yachts of all time. The Schooner Yacht Heron is truly one of the finest daysailing schooners in the fleet.
Heron has sailed over 60,000 sea miles since her launching in 2003. The Schooner Heron features as "Sanderson's yacht" in the Johnny Depp film "The Rum Diary" based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson.
Boat Trip Information
The Schooner Heron offers three daysailing trips daily from Rockport Harbor including an island Sail with Lobster Roll Lunch, an educational Indian Island Lighthouse/Eco Tour, and a relaxing Gourmet Sunset Sail.
Island Sail w/ Lobster Roll Lunch
This three hour sailing adventure is the perfect cruise to see Penobscot Bay and enjoy the taste of fresh Maine Lobster. See the harbor seals basking on the ledges at Robinson's Rocks and simply relax as Heron takes the bay in her stride. On our favorite point of sail, Bonnie will serve a freshly prepared lobster roll lunch. Hot tea or coffee and cookies top off the perfect trip.
Indian Island Light / Eco Tour
On this trip, guests learn about the history of Rockport Harbor - the shipbuilding and the export of lime and ice. Guests will hear about the history of magical Indian Island Light and it's decline in the 1930's. Enjoy the educational narrative from glaciers forming the bay to the migration of the marine mammals and seabirds. With fair wind and tide, guests will spot the seals on Robinson's Rock, the birthplace of the famous Andre the seal.
Sunset Dinner Sail
Enjoy good food, good company, great sailing and a beautiful sunset. Includes hors d’oeuvres and Maine Chowder dinner. Let a sunset trip aboard Schooner Heron highlight your vacation. Check with the boat for departure times for the Sunset Sail after Labor Day, as it varies with the length of the day.
Trip Information (2014 Season Schedule)
June to Mid-October (Three daily trips, Monday - Sunday)
|Island Sail w/Lunch||10:30am - 1:30pm||$65/adult, $35/child (<13)|
|Indian Island Ecotour||2:00pm - 4:30pm||$50/adult, $25/child (<13)|
|Sunset Dinner Sail||5:30pm* - Sunset||$75/person|
* Please call to confirm the exact departure time for the Sunset Sail after Labor Day, as it varies with the length of the day.
Capts. Nigel Bower and Bonnie Schmidt
SCHOONER HERON is family built, owned and operated and is fast becoming a legend. Since her launch in 2003, she has sailed over 60,000 nautical miles and carried more than 25,000 guests. She was featured in the movie, “The Rum Diary,” starring Johnny Depp.
During the summer season Schooner HERON sails Maine Coast’s Penobscot Bay from June mid-October, offering daily sailing excursions from Mid-coast Maine’s best kept secret, Rockport Harbor. During the winter season, HERON migrates to the Caribbean as far south as St Vincent and the Grenadines, stopping in Bermuda, BVI’s, and many of the Windward Islands.