Experience the stunning beauty of Casco Bay’s islands and coastline on the schooner yachts Wendameen and Bagheera. Help sail for the afternoon or simply relax and enjoy the wind at your back, the water beneath your feet and the sky above. Many couples have found that Bagheera is the ultimate way to celebrate the vows of marriage.
Whether the vessel cruises within sight of the majestic Portland Head Light or between the many islands that dot the bay, the rugged, natural setting is an unforgettable backdrop to every wedding ceremony and reception.
Portland Schooner Co. works closely with each wedding party -- and caterers -- to ensure a personalized experience.
Some guests have chosen to have Bagheera's captain officiate the ceremony. There is no extra charge for this service. Bagheera is an ideal platform for engaging young people in active learning.
The vessel can be chartered by schools and camps for two hours, all day, or several days. Portland Schooner Co. significantly discounts standard charter rates to accommodate the tight budgets of all non-profit groups. Please contact us for scheduling and rate details. Private charters - Bagheera is the perfect platform to serve as a company retreat – one that the staff will never forget. This vintage vessel has served numerous companies who appreciate the elegance of this Maine icon. The vessel's broad decks are ideal for casual conversation, and the setting--the islands of Casco Bay--are unrivalled for natural beauty. The professional crew work closely with each charter to determine the exact experience expected to ensure a personalized cruise. Please contact us for charter rates and scheduling information.
Maximum Capacity: 48 Boat or Ship
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Bagheera is 72 feet long overall and built entirely of wood (long-leaf yellow pine planks over double-sawn oak frames) and trimmed inside in mahogany and pine and fastened with bronze and galvanized steel. The deck and cockpit are also trimmed in the finest mahogany to world-class standards. She carries a staysail schooner rig and flies five sails in all, a mainsail, main staysail, fore staysail, jib, and fisherman. Bagheera is equipped with an 82-hp Westerbeke diesel engine. The engine room also includes a diesel generator for charging batteries and providing 110-volt AC power. Belowdecks, the vessel features an aft stateroom, a spacious main cabin with a central table and wrap-around settees, and a functional galley, equipped with a sink, stove, and icebox. A two-hour sail on Casco Bay is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Maine coast: lighthouses, seals, seabirds, and the rugged coastline. Bagheera's courteous and professional crew share their knowledge of the sea and ships. Join the crew to hoist the sails, take a trick at the ship's wheel, or lie back and enjoy the scenery. Bagheera's elegant interior is decorated just as she was when the boat was launched in 1924: trimmed in mahogany and illuminated by brass oil lamps and natural light. Pack a meal or bring your favorite wine or beer. Bagheera is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry 48 passengers. All ages are welcome! Whether you're nine years old or ninety-nine, sailing aboard Bagheera is a unique adventure. Bagheera sails from May to October from the Maine State Pier in Portland’s Old Port. Bagheera was designed by one of America's most celebrated yacht designers, John G. Alden of Boston, Mass. Bagheera is vintage Alden, featuring long overhangs, a sweet and graceful sheerline, and a long bowsprit. For construction, Alden turned to the rich ship-building heritage of Maine and found able craftsmen at Rice Bros. Shipyard in East Boothbay. In the 1920s Bagheera sailed in the Bermuda Race at least once before being delivered to the Great Lakes, where she won the annual Chicago-Mackinac Race for several years running. In her more than 75 years of cruising the world's oceans, Bagheera has crossed the Atlantic, cruised areas of the Pacific, including the Galapagos, and spent many years in the Caribbean Sea. In the 1980s Bagheera was fitted out in San Diego for the passenger trade. She was transported back home to Maine in the spring of 2002 to serve Portland Schooner Company.
The vessel features an aft stateroom, a spacious main cabin with a central table and wrap-around settees, and a functional galley, equipped with a sink, stove, and icebox.
Maximum Capacity: 49 Boat or Ship
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The 88-foot schooner Wendameen was designed by the famed yacht designer John Alden. She was built in East Boothbay, Maine and launched in 1912 when she took center stage in the golden era of fast, sleek ocean schooners. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wendameen is Coast Guard certified for 14 overnight passengers plus crew or 49 day sail passengers. The addition of Wendameen adds to your sailing adventures with a regular schedule of overnight sailing excursions.
Experience the stunning beauty of Casco Bay’s islands and coastline as you slice through the water on your way to your evening destination.
Help sail for the afternoon or simply relax and enjoy the wind at your back, the water beneath your feet and the sky above.
Savor a full dinner after we settle in for the night in one of Casco Bay’s many quiet island anchorages. Following dessert, enjoy the setting sun and the wildlife in the sea and air around you.
Wake to the aroma of a delicious hot breakfast served along with freshly baked goods, coffee and tea. Relish the quiet morning aboard this historic vessel, then help raise the anchor, hoist the sails and return to port in time to enjoy a day of shopping, sight seeing and fun in Portland or other points in Maine.
The Wendameen sails from the Maine State Pier in Portland’s historic Old Port on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Available for private charters on a daily, overnight, or multiple night basis, and also for weddings and wedding-related functions (engagement parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners).
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The sailboats set sail from Maine State Pier in Portland’s historic Old Port and sails to other points around Maine.
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Less than 1 mile
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Less than 1 mile
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Portland Schooner Co. offers a variety of summer camp programs for young people. Charters available for schools and camps for two hours, all day, or several days. Please contact Michelle Thresher for details.
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