Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Gloucester
Standout Qualities: The gorgeous wooden Schooner Thomas E. Lannon offers public sails of Gloucester Harbor, and is also available for private charters that are perfect for everything from family reunions to intimate weddings. The 65-foot fishing schooner can also host catered meals, like lobster bakes or even potlucks.
Insider Tip: On Saturday mornings in July and August, kids sail free with the purchase of one adult ticket.
Fun Fact: The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is named for owner Tom Ellis’s maternal grandfather, who fished out of Gloucester from 1901 to 1943.
Seven Seas Wharf, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-6634, schooner.org
Erica Lee II Charters, Newburyport
Standout Qualities: Fish in comfort with lots of elbow room on the Erica Lee II with Captain Bob Bishop, who has been fishing in the waters off of Plum Island and Newburyport for over 35 years. The boat’s heated cabin and comfortable seating will allow you to relax on the way to the fishing grounds out on Jeffreys Ledge. And the skilled crew will prepare your bait and gaff and fillet your fish for you!
20 Columbia Way, Newbury, 978-462-2017, ericaleeii.com