Frequently Asked Questions

What boat should I choose?

We have two amazing ships in our Camden, Maine fleet: the Schooner Olad and the Sailing Vessel Owl! A sail aboard either of these boats will be a very enjoyable and unique experience. However, in addition to the physical differences between the boats there are some differences in the kind of trip that each one offers.

The Schooner Olad is our larger vessel with a carrying capacity of 22 passengers**. The Olad provides you with the perfect opportunity to get out on the water with a group of friends or family. Come sail the beautiful Penobscot Bay and enjoy each others company. The Olad is also a wonderful place to hold special events or gatherings such as family reunions, wedding receptions, business meetings, etc. The Schooner Olad offers two-hour, half-day, and full-day charters.

If you are looking for a smaller, more private trip then join us aboard the Sailing Vessel Owl. The Owl holds up to 6 passengers and is the perfect place for imitate gatherings of friends and family. The Owl also offers two-hour, four-hour, six-hour, or full-day charters in addition to several specialty charters.

Schooner Olad       Sailing Vessel Owl   

What will we see?

Every trip is different so it is difficult to predict exactly what we will see on each trip. However, we will see Maine's beautiful rocky coastline, a lighthouse, other traditional sailing vessels, visiting yachts, mansions along the coast, and marine wildlife on every trip. In addition to shore birds (such as seagulls) we often see seals, bald eagles, guillemots (a cousin to the puffin), and porpoise. Also, we sometimes get to watch a lobsterman haul up his traps and if we're lucky we get to see a famous person vacationing on their mega-yacht.

Camden Maine Lighthouse

Where will we go?

We are always are going to sail where the best wind is! That may mean that we hug the shoreline and go toward Lincolnville beach/Indian Island lighthouse or we may head to 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

What 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

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

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.

what to wear sailing

Beer & wine?

All alcohol is B.Y.O.B. Feel free to bring your own! Lily, Lupine & Fern has the largest selection of wine in the area (in addition to their wonderful cheese selection). Also, French & Brawn Grocery has a great selection and both of these shops are only a block away.

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 or at the Public Landing, but all parking is two-hour parking and you may get a $10 ticket. We suggest that you park at one of the available 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 with one week notice for a regular sail and two weeks notice for a private charter. There are no refunds for cancellations received less than one week before date of your regualar sail, two weeks before your private charter, and there are no refunds if you miss your sail. Catering orders must be cancled no later than 2 weeks befor the time of sail to recieve a refund. If the sail is cancled due to weather, catering is none 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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