Captain Jeff Beck holds a U.S. Coast Guard license to operate motor and sailing vessels up to 100 gross registered tons.
Although he first began sailing in the Florida Keys aboard catamarans that ran snorkel trips and sunset sails, it didn't take long for him to realize that the true sailing to be done was aboard one of the many tall ships in the harbor. With thick wooden masts rising high out of their decks these schooners were constantly being maintained and improved by crews of hardy sailors.
We happily offer private sailing charters for up to 6 guests and all occasions. One flat rate covers the cost for our boat and the efforts of our captains for any of our four regularly scheduled departures.
Customized times are often available so don’t hesitate to ask.
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Less than a month after inquiring about openings aboard the Schooner Appledore, Beck found himself offshore and northbound from Key West to Camden, Maine. The job was supposed to only last through that delivery, but having done his best to learn the ropes and basic rules of navigation, Beck was invited to stay aboard for the summer sailing season. He knew he had found his passion and decided that he would one day captain his own vessel!
Fast forward to today and you'll find that Capt. Jeff is the proud owner of the classic Sloop Heritage. While the waters of Key West, FL and Camden, ME will surely remain amongst his favorites, Beck has also delivered yachts from Camden to Newport, RI, Antigua, and sailed the U.S. Virgin Islands. Even before recieving his Coast Guard license, he was asked to fill the role of first mate aboard the 130' Schooner Liberty Clipper. Capt. Jeff has worked on almost all the commercial day-sailing vessels in Camden harbor having crewed and or captained trips aboard the Schooner Olad, Schooner Surprise and his first love the Schooner Appledore.
Now he is excited to offer up his knowledge and passion for sailing aboard the classic Sloop Heritage. What he loves most about the boat is her ability to sail and handle seas the same way as the larger boats in the harbor while providing a much more private and peaceful sanctuary from Camden's summertime hustle and bustle. Small group charters aboard Heritage make for a more meaningful and intimate experience, something that Captain Jeff values greatly.