Guys and Boats


What’s better than an aquatic adventure for Dad? Here’s a list of day sails and boat rides:

Uncover the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Connecticut River aboard the Onrust, a replica of Dutch Explorer Adrien Block’s 1614 ship – the first European vessel to enter the Connecticut River. Enjoy live music, too!

Set sail from Mystic on the 81′ Argia, a modern replica of a 19th-century sailing schooner. Public day sails and charters available or consider the Argia for an unusual kid’s birthday party: a Marine Science Expedition to learn about oceanography, coastal ecology, and the marine environment.

Tour the Thimble Islands aboard the Volsunga IV, sailing from Stony Creek.

Mystic Seaport is known for its fleet of rare and historic boats. Enjoy all manner of nautical excursion from rowboat rentals to a 61′ schooner sail to an afternoon on a classic wooden motor yacht.

Climb aboard Riverquest, a 64’ catamaran for a comfy daytime, sunset, or educational cruise on the CT River.

Looking for a longer cruise? Charter the motor yacht, Real Escape, from Saybrook Point Inn and head out for a weekend with Captain Graham.

Joy Sherman of Joy Ride Charters provides one-on-one lessons for new boat owners and first mates, or if you just need a few tips to dock with confidence. Charter the 35′ Hado and she’ll take you out for a sunset, full-day, or therapeutic cruise.

A Sunset Champagne cruise for two on the Ocean House’s Dandy is right up my alley.

Captain Chip and The Seabird, a new charter based in Old Saybrook, offers delightful “picnic” and sunset cruises plus all-day charters for up to 6 people.