Cruise New York Harbor By Sailboat

Cruise New York Harbor By Sailboat

Manhattan By Sail offers passengers a chance to cruise the New York Harbor and see the magnificent Manhattan skyline from the decks of luxury sailboats.

Shearwater (an 82-foot schooner) sets sail from the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place, while Clipper City (a 158-foot tall ship) departs from The Battery, Slip 2 in Battery Park. Guests can choose from a wide array of public sails—or hire private charters—to take in the sights of NYC.

Clipper City (Courtesy Manhattan By Sail)


Though Manhattan By Sail has been around since the early 2000s, its fleet of two has quite a history. Shearwater was designed by naval architect and marine engineer Theodore Donald Wells and launched on May 4, 1929. In the 1940s during World War II, this ship became part of the United States Coast Guard’s Coastal Picket Patrol.  In the early 1980s, Shearwater completed a 2.5-year global circumnavigation and over the years has participated in a number of yacht races. Now a charter vessel, Shearwater can host 49 passengers during their harbor sail.

Clipper City can carry the most passengers of any passenger sailboat in the country, comfortably accommodating up to 130 people. This massive sailboat originally was built as a Pre-Civil War cargo schooner and after much use was decommissioned in 1890. In the 1980s, she was rebuilt by naval architects DeJong & Lebet and was used as a charter vessel in Baltimore for 20 years. Following another overhaul, Clipper City has been sailing for Manhattan By Sail since 2009.

There are multiple sails offered on both boats every day. Daytime Statue Sails take folks right past the Statue of Liberty on top of having great views of One World Trade Center and the rest of the skyline.  There are Sunset and Twilight sails that take advantage of the gorgeous views as the day fades into night, as well as City Lights and Harbor Lights sails so passengers can see NYC all aglow.

Manhattan By Sail also offers Champagne Brunch Sails and Happy Hour Sails on Shearwater, as well as Craft Tasting Beer Sails on Clipper City, on select days of the week. For more information on additional special sails, times and tickets, click here for the most up-to-date schedule.

People can also book private events on these sailboats including birthday parties, corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, photo shoots, film locations and more.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable and truly NYC-specific boat outing, Manhattan By Sail has the trip for you.

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