Schooner Mary Day - Camden Maine
Boat Type: Schooner
Year Built: 1962
Length Overall: 126 feet
Length on Deck: 90 feet
# of Passengers: 28
Cruise Options: 3, 4, or 6 day trips
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Cruise Price: $550 - $1050
Accepts Kids: 12+
Season: May - October
Port: Camden Harbor
Launched in 1962, the 90' Mary Day was the first windjammer to be built specifically with comfort, safety, and performance in mind for the windjamming trade. Carrying on the Maine shipbuilding tradition, she is the first pure sailing schooner built in Maine since 1930. When she was launched in 1962, the Mary Day placed very high regard in the comfort and safety of passengers for cruising the Maine coast. Passengers will certainly find the Mary Day very comfortable, as she has plenty of comfortable seating areas and beautifully appointed cabins. Speed was also one of the major factors that was considered in the construction of the Mary Day. She regularly participates in the yearly Great Schooner Race. The boat can comfortably hold 28 passengers and can tour shallow waters where other boats cannot. This windjammer is also certified and inspected by the US Coast Guard as well as the State of Maine, and is under the careful supervision of captains that have extensive sailing experience.
Every Monday morning, the Schooner Mary Day sets sail from Camden for a week of poking about among the bays and islands of mid-coast Maine. The region’s many offshore islands and inside passages offer a wonderful variety of adventures as well as the choice of sailing in the shelter of the islands or on the broad ocean, depending on weather and sea conditions. The Mary Day makes every effort to stay off the beaten path, visiting islands and out of the way places on the mainland. The crew of the Mary Day does its best to get passengers off the boat to explore ashore each day. To a great extent, each day's itinerary is determined by the wind – it takes the Mary Day where it’s blowing but the ship always anchors for the night in a snug harbor, whether at an offshore island, salty downeast village, or larger seaside resort. The Mary Day returns to Camden on Saturday before noon to complete this memorable windjammer cruise.
Rate Information (2013 Sailing Season)
2013 Cruise Schedule - RESERVE NOW
|Cruise#||# Days||Sail Date||Rate||Special Events/Moon Phase|
|526||3||5/23/13||$550||Memorial Day/Full Moon|
|527||6||5/29/13||$915||No set itinerary, just relax|
|528||4||6/4/13||$650||Lighthouse Cruise/New Moon|
|529||6||6/10/13||$930||Nature & Cultural History|
|530||6||6/17/13||$955||Craft of Ale Sail|
|531||6||6/24/13||$930||Nature & Photography/Full Moon|
|6||7/1/13||$950||Great Schooner Race|
|533||6||7/7/13||$950||No set itinerary, just relax|
|535||4||7/22/13||$725||No set itinerary, just relax|
|536||4||7/27/13||$725||Delta Aquarids Meteor Showers|
|537||3||8/1/13||$625||No set itinerary, just relax|
|538||6||8/5/13||$975||Sweet Chariot Folk Music Festival/New Moon|
|539||6||8/12/13||$1050||Seamanship Course/Perseids Meteor Showers|
|540||4||8/19/13||$725||No set itinerary, just relax/Full Moon|
|541||3||8/23/13||$625||No set itinerary, just relax|
|542||4||8/27/13||$750||Camden Windjammer Festival|
|543||4||9/4/13||$650||Lighthouse Cruise-New Moon|
|544||6||9/9/13||$950||Wooden Boat Rendezvous|
|545||4||9/16/13||$650||Fall Foliage/Full Moon|
Guest Cabins Aboard The Schooner Mary Day
Mary Day, the first schooner built specifically for passengers, accommodates 28 passengers in eleven double, two triple, and two single cabins. All have full headroom and opening skylights and windows to provide plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Our cabins offer maximum headroom, light and air, and are furnished with comfortable mattresses, crisp sheets, warm woolen blankets and comforters, towels, sinks, and soap.
All cabins have cold fresh water for washing; there is ample hot fresh water available. Each cabin has a hot water radiator tapped in to the fireplace to ward off the chill on cool evenings. There are 2 showers, one private and one on deck for rinsing off after swimming. The two heads are on deck.
In the main saloon, there’s a parlor organ for entertainment, and a fireplace to add to the cozy atmosphere. The gentle rise of the saloon staircase makes access to the deck especially easy. On deck, the spacious cabin houses and deck chairs provide plenty of space to relax with your favorite book, good company, and magnificent scenery.
Galley Goodies: food on a Maine windjammer cruise satisfies!
The combination of sun, salt air, and sailing brings on big appetites. Having witnessed this phenomenon for years, the Mary Day is well prepared to handle it. The ship's galley serves generous helpings of such old-fashioned favorites as Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings, New England ham dinner, plenty of salads and fresh vegetables, pancakes, muffins, savory chowders and soups, and even hand-cranked ice cream — all made from scratch and served in generous portions. All of the breads and desserts, including cakes, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and pies brimming with fresh fruits, come straight from the woodstove. And of course every cruise includes the Mary Day's signature meal, their famous all-you-can-eat lobster feast cooked on a secluded beach over a fire.
Captains Barry King & Jennifer Martin aboard The Schooner Mary Day
Rest assured that you will be in the care of widely experienced professionals when you sail on the Schooner Mary Day. Your hosts, Barry King and Jennifer Martin are both Coast Guard licensed masters and have extensive sailing and educational backgrounds.
Barry has voyaged to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and along the Canadian maritimes to Newfoundland. Barry is a Registered Maine Guide, and a Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT. Barry also sails as an officer aboard the 1877 barque Elissa. Jen’s sailing career took her to Florida and the Bahamas before becoming captain of Figaro IV, a classic ocean racing yacht, here on the Maine coast. Jen is a nationally certified Wilderness First Responder.
Jen and Barry met as students with the Audubon Society’s Expedition Institute while earning master degrees in experiential environmental education. This program gave them in-depth experience in a diversity of human and natural communities ranging from a sub-artic fishing village in Labrador to the native American desert southwest. Barry and Jen were married aboard Mary Day and live year round in Maine with their children Sawyer and Courtney. Combining their enthusiasm for people, wilderness, and beautiful traditional sailing vessels, Barry, Jen, Sawyer and Courtney will be happy to welcome you aboard.