Schooner Summertime

Discover the treasures of the Maine Coast 

From the decks of the Schooner Summertime.


Summertime Maine Windjammer Cruises

Photo by Benjamin Mendlowitz

Available for Lunch Cruises, Dinner Cruises & Private Charter

The lines of the Summertime are that of the New England pinky schooner, well known for its seagoing qualities and its ability to weather storms. The pinky, which originated in Europe in the 1600's, receives its name from its uplifted or “pinked” stern. The pink-sterned hull with schooner rig appears to have been used in the New England fishing fleet prior to the Revolution. These sea-worthy vessels became popular for mackerel fishing after the invention of the mackerel jig.

Launched in 1986, the pinky Summertime was built on the Maine coast using traditional methods by Bill Brown and George Allen. Construction of the Summertime incorporated a variety of locally cut, seasoned woods, including oak for the keel and frames; locust for the stem and trunnels, or “tree nails,” that hold the double-sawn frames together; cedar for the planking; hackmatack for the top timbers and deck beams; and white pine for the deck.

The stability of the pinky design is featured in the following tribute taken from The Fisherman's Memorial, an 1873 Gloucester, Massachusetts, publication:

"These little vessels from their extreme buoyancy and offering so little resistance to the power of ocean waves, would make comparatively good weather at times when larger ships would be laboring, plunging, and straining every plank and timber to its utmost capacity of endurance. They would mount almost on even keel upon the crest of the highest seas and settle into the hollows with the ease and grace of a wild duck."

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Accommodations:  3 cabins each with 2 single beds

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