All of our boats are Coast Guard certified and captained by licensed and highly experienced professionals.
The Friendship Sloop Alice E was built in 1899 and is the oldest Friendship Sloop still sailing today. Her builder and exact location are a mystery but we know that she was built somewhere near Friendship, Maine. U.S. Coast Guard documentation reveals that Alice E. was first used as a working lobster sloop by Herbert Teel. Then In the 1930s she was purchased by a doctor, for recreational use, who renamed her “Depression.” In 1984 she was rebuilt with local cedar and oak here in East Boothbay, Maine by David Nutt. After purchasing her, we rechristened her the “Alice E,” restoring her original name. She sails out of Southwest Harbor and is 42’ overall.
The Friendship Sloop Helen Brooks was built by the Bruno & Stillman boatyard in 1970 and sails out of Northeast Harbor. She was built with a fiberglass hull and wooden spars as a cruising boat of classic design in “modern” materials. She carries a topmast, making her a very capable sailor in light winds, able to fly 5 sails at once. Aesthetically, Helen boasts beautiful varnished teak and bronze hardware, and offers a large comfortable cockpit. The 42’ Helen Brooks is named after Karl’s grandmother who believed in the future of Sail Acadia.
The Friendship sloop Linda was built by Samuel Morse, grandson of the famous builder Wilbur Morse, from Friendship who built many of the original sloops to be eventually known as the Friendship Sloop. She is constructed of mahoghany planks over oak frames and is 42’ overall.
The Elizabeth T. was built in 1986 by local builder “Chummy” Rich, right here on Mount Desert Island. She is 33’ overall, built of cedar planking over oak frames and designed as a 21 passenger Lobster Excursion boat. She carries canvas in the aft deck for shelter from wind, rain and sun making her comfortable in most summer weather.