Looking for a unique holiday gift? Give the gift of sail!

Schooner Ardelle is offering our biggest discounts of the year on pre-season sailing passes. Pre-season sailing passes are redeemable for tickets on any of our regularly scheduled 2-hour public sails* throughout the season (May-October). Get your pass now and book your sail any time during the season.

Save up to 45% off our regular ticket price!

One passenger pass $24 - Two passenger pass $46 - Four passenger pass $88

Sailing passes are available for purchase at Maritime Gloucester’s Museum Shop or online here.                            



*Sail Pass vouchers can be redeemed for 2-hour regular public sails between Saturday, May 5 and Monday, October 8, 2018. Vouchers must be used for a single sail. Can be used for both adults and children. Reservations can be made online or redeemed in the Maritime Gloucester store. Expired vouchers are worth the amount paid for them and can be put toward the purchase of tickets with the pass holder paying the difference between voucher price and the regular ticket price for 7 years after the original date of purchase. Departure times are subject to change based on demand. Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Captain, generally due to safety or weather conditions. Voucher is subject to forfeiture if you cancel or reschedule your reservation with less than 48 hours’ notice. Not valid for Special Event Sails, Seamanship Sundays, Fireworks Sails, Parade of Sails, or Circumnavigation Cruises. All sails subject to weather conditions. Gratuity and tax, if applicable, are not included. This deal cannot be combined with any other offer.

For Gift Certificates for Private Charters call (978)-290-7168.  

Trunnel Tickets can be purchased for $40 a piece by calling (978)-290-7168.  

See the explanation about what a trunnel is below. 

About Trunnels

We know of no other yard where vessels are consistently fastened with trunnels or tree-nails (wooden pegs) cut and milled on sight. The locust trees for the trunnels are felled locally and delivered to the yard where they are cut into trunnel stock on our mill and dried in boxes above the bench. When the shipwrights need trunnels (used to fasten the frames and planks) they make only the trunnels they are going to use that day which ensures tight fits. Once the trunnels are driven the “square ends” of the trunnels used to drive them are cut off and the trunnels are split and wedged on both ends so that they act almost like a rivet.

“Trunnel tickets” are made from the “square ends” of the trunnels after they have been cut off and so each one corresponds with an actual part of the boat. To use your tunnel ticket you simply go to the schoonerardelle.com like you are buying tickets for a public sail. Just before you have to spend your money you will be prompted “do you have a trunnel ticket” and you check yes. Then you will be prompted “how many” when you tell us you will not be charged for that number of the highest priced tickets you want to purchase and you will be told to bring your trunnels as they are your tickets.  When you use your trunnel to get on board the captain or crew will cut a notch in it to show it is used and hand it back to you for a keep sake.