USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


Aquidneck is a gaff rigged, coasting schooner designed and built specifically for the passenger charter trade.   She is an accurate reproduction of a late 1800’s coasting schooner that was built in Long Island specifically to take guests sailing in safety and comfort. She is named after Aquidneck Island on which Newport, Rhode Island is located. Aquidneck is named after an Indian name meaning “Isle of peace.” Close sister ships include the schooners Freda B (ex Liberty), Spirit of Independence, and Inland Seas. Aquidneck offers daily scheduled day sails abd private charters and to guests of all ages from historic Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, RI.

Sightsailer is 46′ custom sloop with a very large cockpit, perfect for day sailing.  She was designed by Yves-Marie Tanton, a Newport based naval architect.  Sightsailer is USCG inspected for 13 guests and is operated by one Master and one crew.  She is available for private charters as well as spirited sailing cruises through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Newport, Rhode Island
LOA: 80
LOD: 65
LWL: 52
Draft: 6.5
Beam: 17
Rig height: 63
Freeboard: 4' 6''
Sail Area: 2000
Tons: 37
Hull: Steel


Who Sails? Adults
Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Private Charters
Normal cruising waters: Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound
Season: May-October
Built: 2003
Crew: 3
Contact: John Hirschler
Tel: 401 862 4718
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