A perfect Birthday gift from my lovely wife and partner Paula Fallon. We had all family hands on deck for a magnificent sunset cruise aboard The Schooner Freedom moored here in St. Augustine. We enjoyed a unique opportunity to sail the waters of St Augustine inlet from the Mantanzas River to north past Vilano up into the Tolomato River aboard a Class B tall ship. An authentic replica of a 19th-century blockade runner, Freedom is a double-mast, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner was built by naval architect Merritt Walters in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Freedom was the first sailing tour boat that was certified by the Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire.
Freedom was custom-built for use along the Intracoastal Waterway, with a focus on water depth and bridge height to make her perfect for both inland and offshore sailing. Classified as a Class B tall ship with a sparred length of 76 feet, a deck length of 64 feet, and a capacity of 41 passengers, the Schooner Freedom is regularly inspected under the Coast Guard sub-chapter “T” for safety and always sails with one master and two crew members.
A variety of wildlife can be seen on almost every sail — everything from gulls, pelicans, and even bald eagles to sea turtles and rays and, of course, to dolphins surfacing nearby. Guests are advised to bring along a jacket or sweatshirt, comfortable shoes, a camera and/or binoculars, sunscreen, and some snacks.
Set sail and schedule your trip today!