Life On Board
The WANDERBIRD is Owner Operated & Family
Personal, friendly atmosphere (only 12 passengers per trip)
Knowledgeable, Experienced & Friendly Crew Members
Our Two Black Labs, Pilot & Maggie, Sail With Us!
Our Special Interest Excursions:
on the Bay
Our first trip of the season finds lovely Penobscot Bay practically
deserted. The air is clear and crisp with summer life emerging in
full view. This is a great time of the season as we all find ourselves
pleased to be back on the water after a long snowy winter.
of the Maine Coast
Come aboard as we set a course for the lighthouses of Penobscot
Bay. Each one is beautiful and unique with interesting history and
even some spooky legends! Some of the Lighthouses we are likely
see are: Owl's Head, Whitehead, Pumpkin Island, Dice's Head, Grindle
Point, Hockamock Head, Indian Island and many more.
(June 8-11, Sept. 18-25)
Islands, Whales and Seabirds
We head East out to the offshore waters of Mt. Desert and Matinicus
Rocks where we will have a great chance to see many varieties of
whales as they begin to arrive in our local waters. The hydrophone
will be deployed to give us a chance to listen to, as well as observe
these gentle giants. We will also look for Puffins, Shearwater,
Gannets, and many other types of Pelagic seabirds.
(June 14-19, Aug. 22-28, Aug. 30-Sept. 4)
One of our most popular cruises! We spend extra time each day hiking
on some of Penobscot Bay's most beautiful Islands and State Parks.
The exertion level is up to you. Some of our favorite hiking locations
are; quaint North Haven Village and the surrounding countryside,
Holbrook Island Wildlife Preserve, Fort Point Seaside Trails and
State Park, picturesque Swan's Island and Warren Island State Park.
(June 21-26, July 5-9, Aug. 14-19)
Karen's passion, besides her dog Maggie, is birding. This trip is
for all of you who want to see and learn more about Maine's seabirds
and spend time with others who share a passion for birdwatching.
These trips fill quickly so let us know if you would like to reserve
a berth. Bring your Audubon life list!
(July 12-17, Aug. 14-19, Aug. 30-Sept. 4)
Trip, Listening for Right Whales!
We'll head offshore for this very special trip where we will be
working with Dave Mellinger of Oregon State University. Here's how
Dave describes what we will be doing on this incredible voyage;
This experiment is for monitoring the activities of Right Whales,
the world's most endangered whales. We know that some of these whales
show up each summer off the southern tip of Nova Scotia, where they
fatten up by feeding on plankton. But we don't know how many might
be present in other areas off the coast of Nova Scotia, nor do we
know where many of them go in winter, when much of the population
disappears to unknown places. The Scotian habitat appears good for
them, and a few have been seen there in the past, but very few systematic
surveys have been done. In this project, we'll do such a survey
using autonomous hydrophones, instruments placed on the sea floor
that record sound continuously for a year at a time. After a year,
we'll retrieve the hydrophones, then analyze the sound recordings
to see where, when, and how many right whales have been present.
By doing this, we hope to find out where right whales move throughout
the year, study how they use differing ocean habitats, and contribute
to the understanding and conservation of these whales.
(June 28-July 3)
This is our first, of hopefully many, vegetarian cruises. Karen
has been a practicing vegetarian for twenty years and she has a
great variety of absolutely delicious recipes.... click
here for a sample vegetarian menu. Captain Rick is a "meat
and potatoes" type of guy- however, even he raves about Karen's
veggie cooking. We would love to share our favorite recipes with
Let's head to "Downeast Maine" where the tides are large
and strong and the folks are the stuff of great stories. East of
Schoodic Point, Frenchman's Bay brings us to a coastline that is
still very much the same as it has been for the last 50 years. We
won't see many yachts down here and the magnificent rugged coastline
will keep us glued to our binoculars, not wanting to miss a minute.
the Coast of Northern New England
Our course is West by South West as we work down the coasts of Maine,
New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Some of our historic Ports of call
might include; Bath Maine, Portsmouth NH, The Isles of Shoals NH,
Gloucester MA, Marblehead MA and Provincetown MA. This cruise will
also find us visiting Stellwagon Bank, one of the world's most frequented
summer feeding areas for large migratory whales.
Manan and The Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy boasts one of the largest tides in the world...up
to 45 feet! This enormous movement of water, twice a day, contributes
to the incredible abundance and large diversity of marine life found
in this area. We will visit famous Grand Manan Island in Canadian
waters six miles off the eastern most point of Maine. We will explore
this wonderful Island, and tour of The Grand Manan Whale and Seabird
Center. This small whale rights powerhouse was instrumental in enacting
legislature tore-route the federal Shipping Lanes around sensitive
areas where Right Whales and their calves feed in the summer.
Commercial Fishing here in Maine is rapidly becoming a thing of
the past. Over fishing by large, often foreign, factory trawlers
has drastically reduced the resource to its now critical level.
The economies of these tiny villages are dependent on the fisheries.
The village communities hang on... like the tough little spruce
trees that cling to these barren, rocky islands. The Lobster fishery,
however, is still strong and we'll meet several colorful characters
as we visit the island villages. We will invite some of the locals
aboard Wanderbird for supper, stories and maybe just a wee bit of
the old black rum. This is a fun trip!
You've never seen the foliage like this before. Look across the
decks toward the mainland for colors that go on as far as you can
see. Northern Lights often grace our skies on these late season
(Oct. 4-9, Oct. 11-16)
It's goodbye for some and hello for others. We witness the great
"V" formations of Canadian geese and flocks of many others
on their incredible yearly voyage. Northern Fulmar, other pelagics
and winter ducks begin to turn up in great numbers too. The cool,
clear fall air makes this an exceptional time for wildlife photography.
Salts' Winter Voyage
It's back... you know who you are. We've had numerous requests to
bring back this old Timberwind Classic.. so here it is. Join us
one for last weekend of crisp clear days and mulled cider on the
All excursions take part in our Interactive
On-board library and sensing instruments available, onboard
wildlife education, wildlife surveys reported to conservation
Relaxation & Comfort:
Feel free to relax and enjoy the space & splendor of life at
catch up on reading or needlework, take pictures, write
we have restored the WANDERBIRD with your comfort in mind.
The below-deck salon is laid out in the typical style
of a 19th century pilot schooner, with a warm comfortable wood interior.
It was designed for educational films and natural history demonstrations,
and can double as an informal classroom. At night, the salon is
filled with lantern light, song and stories. Musical instruments
are always welcome!
Cabins are cozy and comfortable - public areas are
spacious! The topside observation decks provides amazing views for
birdwatching or stargazing. Relax in one of our classic teak steamer
Everyone enjoys fine meals together in our large open
bright wood galley.
Read more about the layout
and decor of our vessel.
Educational Charters Welcome - Family