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The Shearwater Classic Schooner

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Breathe fresh sea air as you take in the city's most spectacular sights from the deck of this magnificent 82-foot schooner. Whether by sun or city lights, the views are thrilling, the crew is friendly, and your drink is complimentary!
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New York City is arguably most beautiful when viewed from a distance. Its instantly-recognizable landmarks comprise one beautiful cityscape that makes The Big Apple one of the most highly regarded tourist destinations in the world. Rather than just hitting all the classic stops by foot on your next trip to New York, why not check out a maritime alternative? Manhattan by Sail allows you to board an elegant schooner for either a 90-minute or two-hour journey into the waters off Manhattan, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty and the phenomenal skyline of Manhattan from a different point of view.

Boarding The Shearwater at lower Manhattan’s North Cove Marina, guests will be greeted by the crew and enjoy a complimentary beverage before setting sail. The boat’s capacity only allows for 48 passengers at a time, making these scenic cruises intimate and peaceful, rather than loud and touristy.

The Shearwater received its National Landmark status in 2009, 80 years after her maiden voyage. This boat has not always been a cruise ship. She has a rich history of her own, having been commissioned in 1942 to serve as a Coast Guard vessel on picket patrol during World War II. While she is a New York native, The Shearwater has also done some international traveling, sailing through the Panama Canal in 1946 and completing a two-and-a-half year circumnavigation in the 1980s. This ship has competed in many yacht races, and has even been used as a marine laboratory for the University of Pennsylvania! The Shearwater, while certainly an antique, has been lovingly preserved and continually passes rigid Coast Guard inspections, deeming her seaworthy and more than safe enough to regularly ferry passengers to and fro on their Manhattan by Sail excursions.

When you visit New York, be sure to book a trip on this vintage vessel and experience a romantic and rarely-seen view of the city and its skyline. The Shearwater sails at intervals throughout the day, evening –and on certain dates, by moonlight. A Manhattan by Sail cruise gives passengers the perfect vantage point for capturing breathtaking photos of New York City that will be the envy of everyone back home, so be sure to get on board when you’re in town!

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Comments about Smart Destinations Shearwater Schooner Sails:

To celebrate our anniversary we decided to take a sail on the Shearwater and it was a great choice. The crew was friendly and the views were wonderful. It was so peaceful and relaxing and a nice way to spend a special occasion and enjoy the city.

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The Shearwater Classic Schooner details

  • Seasonal attraction
Phone: 212-619-0907
Departs from the North Cove Marina, at the World Financial Center; at the End of Liberty Street on the Hudson River.
New York, NY
Sailing season is April 26-October 13, 2013
Daytime Sails: Monday-Saturday, 12:30pm and 2:45pm, Sunday, 2:00pm
November - March
  • Seasonal
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations required

Directions and transportation

Departs from the North Cove Marina, at the World Financial Center; at the End of Liberty Street on the Hudson River.
New York, NY
Public Transportation

By Subway:E to World Trade Center. R/W to Rector Street to Fulton Street. Go West on Liberty Street crossing West Street (West Side Highway) via footbridge.

Driving Directions
West Side Highway, head west on Liberty Street.

Admission and Offer Information

Reservation required

Reservation Instructions

All passengers MUST make reservations for this sail in advance by calling 212-619-0907. You will need to leave your credit card number to reserve a spot; however, your card will not be charged unless you do not show up for the tour.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled sail departure at the North Cove Marina, at the World Financial Center (the End of Liberty Street on the Hudson River).

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