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Schooner Heron

Schooner Heron

Schooner Heron

Heron - Rockport Maine

Schooner Heron

Boat Type: Schooner

Year Built: 2003

Length Overall: 65 feet

Length on Deck: 52 feet

# of Passengers: 36

Cruise Options: Island Sail, Ecotour, Sunset Sail

Cruise Price: $45 - $55

Accepts Kids: Yes

Season: June - Mid-October

Port: Rockport Harbor - Rockport Marine Park

Boat Description

Heron is family built, owned and operated by the Bower family of Camden, Maine. During the summer months Heron sails Penobscot Bay from Rockport, Maine and winters in the Caribbean. Heron is a famous & proven design, is fast and comfortable with round the world capabilities. It is one of the most famous classic yachts of all time. The Schooner Yacht Heron is truly one of the finest daysailing schooners in the fleet.


Heron has sailed over 40,000 sea miles since her launching in 2003. The Schooner Heron features as "Sanderson's yacht" in the Johnny Depp film "The Rum Diary" based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson.

Boat Photographs

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Boat Trip Information

The Schooner Heron offers three daysailing trips daily from Rockport Harbor including an island Sail with Lobster Roll Lunch, an educational Indian Island Lighthouse/Eco Tour, and a relaxing Gourmet Sunset Sail.


Island Sail w/ Lobster Roll Lunch

This three hour sailing adventure is the perfect cruise to see Penobscot Bay and enjoy the taste of fresh Maine Lobster. See the harbor seals basking on the ledges at Robinson's Rocks and simply relax as Heron takes the bay in her stride. On our favorite point of sail, Bonnie will serve a freshly prepared lobster roll lunch. Hot tea or coffee and cookies top off the perfect trip.


Indian Island Light / Eco Tour

On this trip, guests learn about the history of Rockport Harbor - the shipbuilding and the export of lime and ice. Guests will hear about the history of magical Indian Island Light and it's decline in the 1930's. Enjoy the educational narrative from glaciers forming the bay to the migration of the marine mammals and seabirds. With fair wind and tide, guests will spot the seals on Robinson's Rock, the birthplace of the famous Andre the seal.


Gourmet Sunset Sail

Enjoy good food, good company, great sailing and a beautiful sunset. Includes hors d'oeurves, BYO beer/wine. Let a sunset trip aboard Schooner Heron highlight your vacation. Check with the boat for departure times for the Sunset Sail after Labor Day, as it varies with the length of the day.

Trip Information (2010 Season Schedule)

June to Mid-October (Three daily trips, Monday - Sunday)

Cruises Trip Times Rates
Island Sail w/Lunch 10:30am - 1:30pm $55/adult, $30/child (<13)
Indian Island Light / Eco Tour 2:00pm - 4:30pm $45/adult, $20/child (<13)
Gourmet Sunset Sail 5:30pm* - Sunset $55/adult, $30/child (<13)


* Please call to confirm the exact departure time for the Sunset Sail after Labor Day, as it varies with the length of the day.

Captains Nigel and Bonnie Bower

Nigel & Bonnie - Captains of the Schooner Yacht Heron Heron is family built, owned and operated by the Bower family of Camden, Maine. Nigel (Twig) and his wife, Bonnie, live aboard the Heron with their two daughters, Rachel and Elissa. The girls are home-schooled aboard the Heron. During the summer months, the Heron makes its home in Rockport, Maine, sailing the pristine waters of Penobscot Bay. In the winter, the Schooner Heron heads 2000 miles south and winters in the Caribbean. Both Nigel and Bonnie are 100 ton USCG licensed captains, having sailed extensively in the Gulf of Maine, trans-Atlantic and the Caribbean, sailing skiffs, schooners and square riggers. They have been doing tours from Rockport Harbor for more than 15 years.

Location Map

Heron Location

Contact Information

111 Pascal Ave.
Rockport Marine Park
Rockport, ME 04856
TF: 800-599-8605
PH: 207-236-8605
Email: click here

Heron Website

Heron Video

Schooner Heron video


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The Schooner Yacht "Heron" is a 65 foot schooner that sails three trips daily on Penobscot Bay from Rockport Harbor, Maine.



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