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Sailing the granite-crusted, heavily-forested, 3500-mile (5600-km) coast of Maine, dodging among its hundreds of islands swept along by the wind—a Maine windjammer cruise is among New England's finest outdoor experiences.

Windjammer Victory Chimes sails under Deer Isle Bridge, Penobscot Bay, Maine
Windjammer Victory Chimes about to sail under the graceful Deer Isle Bridge, Penobscot Bay, Maine




Cruising on a windjammer along the beautiful coast and islands of midcoast Maine may be the quintessential New England experience. If you have the time, you certainly should do it.

Here's all the information you'll need to get started:

What's a Maine Windjammer?

A sailing ship—a sloop or schooner—that cruises the New England coast. More...

Who Can Cruise?

Windjammers are real sailing ships—usually historic sailing ships—built for hearty seamen, so they are ill-adapted to those with mobility challenges. Children are usually welcome if they are age 12 or older.

Life Aboard a Maine Windjammer

What do you mean I can take the wheel and steer the ship?! More...

When to Cruise

Not in the winter (thank goodness): May to October. But don't think the weather will certainly be like summer. More...

What to Bring

A Maine windjammer cruise is not at all like a big-ship cruise. Just the opposite. Space is at a premium, but you'll have all you need. More...

Maine Windjammer Ports

So where can I board a Maine windjammer? Midcoast Maine is the place with the prime ports. More...

List of Maine Windjammers

Here are some of the finest Maine windjammers for cruises.

Windjammer Organizations

Windjammers may be independently owned and marketed, or part of a group of windjammers that unite for marketing and quality control.

The two major organizations are Maine Windjammer Cruises and Downeast Maine Cruises. There's also Eastport Windjammers out of way-Down East Eastport, Maine, on the Canadian border.

Five Maine windjammers of the Maine Windjammers Association have been designated as National Historic Landmarks by the US National Park Service.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Next: What's a Maine Windjammer?

Life Aboard a Windjammer

When to Cruise

What to Bring

About Maine

Midcoast Maine

New England Outdoors

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Maine Windjammer under full sail, Penobscot Bay

Maine windjammer under full sail—
a magnificent sight!.

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