The Schooner Freedom gives St. Augustine visitors the unique opportunity to sail the waters aboard the city's only tall ship. An authentic replica of a 19th-century blockade runner, the Freedom is a double-masted, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner built by naval architect Merritt Walters in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the largest sailing tour boat certified by the Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire in St. Augustine.
Since she was custom-built for use along the Intracoastal Waterway, with a focus on water depth and bridge height, the Schooner Freedom is perfect for both inland and offshore sailing. Classified as a Class B tall ship with a deck length of 64 feet and a capacity of 41 passengers, the Schooner Freedom is regularly inspected and always sails with one master and two crew members.
Schooner Freedom offers daily two-hour day sails and sunset sails as well as 75-minute moonlight sails each Saturday night and during the full moon. During the winter holidays, they host Nights of Lights sails each evening from the Saturday before Thanksgiving and continuing through the first week of January.
The ship is available for private charters, such as weddings, corporate retreats, birthdays, and photo shoots. Those interested in scheduling a charter sail can call (904) 810-1010.