Frequently Asked Questions

Which boat should I choose?

We have two amazing sailing vessels: the Schooner Olad and the Cutter Owl! A sail aboard either of these boats will be an enjoyable and unique experience, however, there are a few key differences between these boats and the kind of trips they offer:

The Schooner Olad is our larger vessel with a carrying capacity of 22 passengers. The Olad provides the perfect opportunity to get out on the water with a group of friends or family. It is also a wonderful setting for special events or gatherings such as family reunions, wedding ceremonies or receptions, business meetings, lobster bakes, etc. The Schooner Olad offers two-hour day sails as well as customizable private charters.

The Sailing Vessel Owl is our smaller vessel and offers a more private sailing experience. The Owl holds up to 6 passengers and is the perfect place for intimate gatherings of friends and family, offering two-hour day sails and private charters in a smaller setting.


What will we see?

Every trip is different so it is difficult to predict exactly what we will see on each trip, but here are some things you can expect to see: Maine's beautiful rocky coastline, Curtis Island Lighthouse, other traditional sailing vessels, visiting yachts, mansions along the coastline, and marine wildlife. In addition to shorebirds (such as seagulls) we often see bald eagles, guillemots (a cousin to the puffin), seals, and porpoise. You may see lobstermen hauling traps, and the occasional celebrity visiting town on their mega-yacht! 

Camden Maine Lighthouse

Where will we go?

We will sail where the wind is best! That may mean that we hug the shoreline and cruise North towards Lincolnville Beach, or South towards Indian Island lighthouse at the edge of Rockport Harbor, or we may head out towards one of the thousands of islands that grace Penobscot Bay (such as Mark Island where many bald eagles reside). We may also go and look at some of the magnificent mansions that you can only see from the water. 

Sailing Penobscot Bay

When is the check-in time?

Please check-in 30 minutes before your departure time! If you do not show up ten minutes before your departure time we reserve the right to sell you space to someone else. Thank you.

Check In

What to wear?

We always suggest bringing a long sleeve shirt or a light jacket because it can sometimes get chilly out on the bay. Sensible shoes with a rubber sole are suggested but not a necessity. In addition, we recommend a hat/sunglasses and sunscreen. We have warm blankets on board if needed.

Don't forget to wear your Olad hat and sweatshirt! Grab one before your sail by visiting our online shop, or Camden Main Street storefront! 

Should I bring food?

Feel free to bring any food that you would like aboard our vessel! A snack, a meal, a picnic, etc. - anything is welcome! We want you to be comfortable while you enjoy the beauty of the ocean and Penobscot Bay.

Food while sailing

Beer & wine?

All alcohol is B.Y.O.B. Lily, Lupine & Fern has the largest selection of wine in the area (in addition to their wonderful cheese selection). French & Brawn Market Place has a great selection of beer, wine, and grab-and-go sandwiches. Both of these shops are only a block away from the Public Landing.

Beer and wine sailing

Is there a bathroom?

Yes! We have a modern head (also called a marine toilet). It looks just like a toilet at home except you push a button on the wall. No messy pumps or foot petals.

camden maine sailing

Where to park in Camden, Maine

You can park along the downtown streets, which are free two-hour parking, or at the Public Landing which is a Pay by Plate lot, $2.00 per hour for up to three hours. There are free all-day parking lots conveniently located close to downtown and the harbor area. One is located on Washington Street just past the fire station on the right.  There is also a large lot located behind the Knox Mill just past the lot at the fire station.  You can access this lot from Washington St or Knowlton St.  Follow the big blue P signs.  The other lot is on Atlantic Avenue just past the Camden Public Library, on the left. These all-day lots are at no cost to you and are within walking distance (see map).

Parking Camden Maine

Cancellation policy

Refund Policy

We will give a complete refund in the event of poor weather or unsafe conditions at the time of sail. Also, we will give you a refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before your sail. There are no refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours before the date of your sail, but we are happy to give you a credit towards a future sail. Refunds may take up to a week to process.

For Special Event Sails: Cancellation notice must be received two weeks prior to the sail date to receive a full refund. If canceled due to weather the trip will be refunded.

For Charters: Charters must provide a cancellation notice two weeks prior to the sail date to receive a refund. If the sail is canceled due to weather the charter will be refunded, but catering is non-refundable. 


sailing cancellations

What if it rains?

If it rains:

We will try to reschedule you for another day, but if that does not work we will give you a full refund.

sailing rain

Contact Information

Schooner Olad & Cutter Owl

Phone: (207) 236-2323

E-Mail: [email protected]

Mailing Address: P.O Box 432, Camden, Maine 04843

Store Location: 29 Main St., Camden, Maine 04843

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