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“Wonderful relaxing day on the water”
Review of Schooners North

Schooners North
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Estes Park, Colorado
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing day on the water”
Reviewed 13 July 2011

OK, you have to understand we're landlubbers from Colorado and rarely get to enjoy messing around on boats, so this was a little intimidating from the beginning. Luckily the dismal weather forecast turned out to be completely wrong as did any doubts we might have had about sailing on the beautiful ketch "Sea Witch". There were only four passengers aboard on this particular day, my wife and I plus another couple, and of course Captain Rob and his able assistant Ann. Just as we couldn't thank them for the gorgeous weather we could not blame them for the absence of whales or stiffer winds. They did provide us with a splendid six-hour sail around the beautiful waters surrounding the San Juan Islands, though, and we saw plentiful seals and porpoise and dolphins and bald eagles. But mainly we valued the opportunity to spend a day of complete relaxation with time to sit back and reflect on this gorgeous coastal area, a rare treat for two landlocked Coloradoans. If we return to Friday Harbor we will do it again!

Visited July 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Just an Average Boat Ride”
Reviewed 23 June 2011

The San Juan Islands are the gem of the West coast. Spectacular views, abundant wildlife , and generally very laid back. We wanted to charter a half day sailboat trip with a few couples that would give us an offshore view of San Juan Island. We found Schooners North on the web and talked with them a few times before booking the trip, very nice people to deal with. The price was fair, along with a tip we found it reasonable. The vessel " Spike Africa" is absolutely beautiful and the crew OK. The skipper had good experience and was a good communicator as was the deck hand, He was willing to let guests take the wheel if they desired. Once we left the dock and motored out of the harbor the sails were set aloft and the motor turned off. Since there was not much wind we just bobbed around the bay on the East side of Brown Island for about two hours. It would have been nice to actually motor out of the shadow of Brown Island and head for the Southern end of San Juan Channel where the wind was but that never happened, we just bobbed around listening to "skipper stories" The wildlife was minimal, a few sea birds, and a seal or two as the whales weren't in at that time. The snacks were chips, a few chocolates and soda's. We were all disappointed in the crew's ambivalence and satisfaction with just bobbing around in the bay, the unwillingness to search for wind, and the chips and soda...I mean a few beers, a glass of wine, and a few appetizers would have gone a long way. All in all it was just average, nice people, but no motivation...which I guess is what happens when you live on the islands. Would I go back, no I don't think so but at least it was not Captain Ron.

Visited June 2011
4 Thank Lorenzo1317
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