The Halie & Matthew is a 115’ gaff rigged schooner with a fiberglass hull. Built by Butch Harris and John Bishop in Eastport, Maine. The boat was launched in 2006 in Deep Cove off the coast of Eastport. This is one of the largest fiberglass schooners built in Maine. Below deck you will find beautiful woodwork in the salon and cabins. Builder and co-owner Butch Harris named the schooner after his two children. The vessel is licensed to carry 100 passengers on board for day trip sails.
The schooner requires a licensed captain, and a minimum of 4 deckhands to hoist the sails. Captain, Suzanne Driscoll, grew up on Maine’s coast with an interest in boating. She has experience from going on family whale watches, working as a deckhand on sailboats and ferries, and being part of a family-owned schooner. She has followed in her father’s footsteps(also a captain) by getting involved with The Halie & Matthew, the schooner that sparked her interest in the first place. You can usually catch her father Patrick at the helm not wanting to turn the boat around when it's time to head back to port.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a ticket cost?
Adult tickets: $57
Children 12 & under: $52
(plus taxes and fees )
Where can we park?
There are many places to park in downtown Portland. There is metered parking close by on commercial street.
Do I need a life jacket?
Our vessel is fully equipped with life jackets for children and adults. You are not required to wear a life jacket. If you feel more comfortable wearing a life jacket, feel free to bring one with you.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Tickets are nonrefundable, except for whenwe cancel a sail due to weather or other circumstances. If this is the case, we try to reschedule your tickets for another time. If you cannot rechedule we will give a full refund.
Can we bring food?
Yes, feel free to bring food and drinks along, including beer and wine.
How early do I need to arrive?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure to check in and board the schooner.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes, we have a head at the bottom of the stairs in the main salon.
What if I get sea sick?
We try to stay in the calm waters of casco bay. If you have a history of getting sea sick, we suggest taking motion sickness medication both the day before and day of your trip.
Do we tip the crew?
The hard working crew is part of the service industry. 15-20% gratuity is customary.
Should I bring a coat?
It is always a little cooler on the water than on land. We always suggest bringing an extra layer.