The Freedom is Saint Augustine’s premier tall ship.
She’s the only schooner charter vessel between Charleston and the Florida Keys and she was built in Norfolk, Virginia and sailed to Northeast Florida in 2001 by owners Captain John Zaruba and wife Sarah, also known as the “Admiral.” With nearly 2,400 square feet of sail, the Freedom is a testament to naval history and the blockade runners of the early 1800s. Family owned and operated, Captain Zaruba and his crew’s vast knowledge of sailing history and their deep passion for the ocean make an excursion about the 76-foot vessel a truly memorable experience.
So just us for this private outing featuring beautiful scenery, delicious food and libations and experience the Nation's Oldest City from a whole new perspective.
During this Jacksonville Magazine Explorers Club outing, guests will be treated to gorgeous views of historic St. Augustine from the perspective of a classic sailing vessel. Enjoy a leisurely two-hour sail, and keep an eye out for dolphins or cuddle with someone special while sipping a cool drink. Passengers are always welcome to help set the sails and maybe even take the helm. The voyage has no set course—as we go where the wind takes us—but passengers will enjoy the setting sun and the beauty of the picturesque waterfront and downtown historic district.
The Freedom is an authentic replica of a 19th Century blockade runner. She is a double-masted topsail schooner, built in 1982. Her main mast height is 62 feet and her beam (the width of the deck) is more than 15 feet. Freedom was built with stringent attention paid to water depth and bridge height along the Intracoastal Waterway, making her the ideal vessel for both inland and offshore sailing.
During the Explorers Club sail, passengers will enjoy a selection of light bites provided by one of Saint Augustine’s most popular restaurants, Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille, as well as a selection of beverages including beer and wine—all included in your ticket price. Guests are encouraged to bring a sweater or light jacket, and don’t forget the camera.
Only 38 seats are available!
Guests must arrive before 5:30 PM. The vessel departs from the dock at 6:15 PM sharp, with or without all registered passengers. And there are no refunds for late arrival and missing the boat. So don’t be late.
The day of your charter you want to arrive at their office 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Their physical address is:
St. Augustine Municipal Marina
111 Avenida Menendez
St. Augustine, FL 32084
HELPFUL HINTS FOR PARKING:
Please make sure to leave plenty of time to find parking as it is either on the street metered or paid lot parking and it can take some time to locate a spot. Also, please be aware that they monitor the metered parking until 5:00 p.m. so you may need to pay for some parking. You may put quarters in the meter or use cash or credit at one the marked pay boxes. It will print a receipt and you can use it even at a meter.
There are additional lots listed at www.parkstaug.com. There number is (904) 825-1037.
Traffic in St. Augustine is also be a huge issue, so please leave adequate time to navigate the downtown area, especially if you are coming over either the Bridge of Lions or the Vilano Bridge.
You can also use www.Uber.com to be dropped off in front of the Marina.
Explore tours and pickup will transport you in the town of St Augustine for a fee. Please contact them for information and charge (904) 853-1500.