Experience the Real Maine on Acadia’s Quiet Side as we sail among the Cranberry Islands and Somes Sound. Enjoy the breath taking vistas of Acadia National Park, unspoiled by cruise ships and resort hotels. Sit back and relax as we sail past the lighthouses, lobstermen, and magnificent summer “cottages” that make this world-class cruising area unique.
Hosted on a traditional Maine-built wooden sloop, the Friendship Sloop SURPRISE carries a maximum of only 6 passengers.
Delighting scores of Downeast Rusticators since 1964, your cruise aboard the Friendship Sloop SURPRISE is sure to be the highlight of your Acadia National Park visit.
Offerings include: Day Sails, and Private Charters out of Southwest Harbor.
For a truly unique sailing adventure check out our Friendship Sloop Eastward, custom built in 1952 for Roger Duncan, author of The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast.
The only Lobster Boat tour on MT. Desert Island hosted on a traditional 47' Downeast Wooden Boat. Hurricane was built right here in Southwest Harbor in 1967. We cater to families... making M/V Hurricane the most affordable and unique cruise on MT. Desert Island.
During our cruise watch as Captain Andrew demonstrates how lobster traps are hauled. Captain Andrew describes all the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters are attracted to the bait inside. Did you know that lobsters actually smell their food by using four small antennae on the front of their heads and tiny sensing hairs that cover their bodies? Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine Lobster. Once the trap is on board, you can learn about and touch all the various sea creatures that find their way into the traps (gloves provided). There is plenty of room on Hurricane for everyone to get involved.
Explore the Islands of Acadia
to walk along an almost deserted beach...enjoy a lobster picnic on an island...explore a Lighthouse commissioned by President John Quincy Adams...or just enjoy lunch on the dock at one of our quaint island fishing villages? Take our custom boat
tour aboard our Water Taxi to one of our nearby islands.
Phone 207 288-2216 for reservations and current schedule.