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2021 Charter Boat
Editors’ Choice

When And If


In 1939, Gen. George S. Patton commissioned elite shipbuilder John Alden to construct a schooner, with the goal of sailing around the world “when and if” World War II ended. More than 70 years later, Dough Hazlitt, an expert in ship restoration, bought the vessel and painstakingly refurbished it. Today, his hard work is your good time: The public is welcome on regularly scheduled daytime and sunset cruises.

10 Blaney St, Salem, 978-594-6299,

Fishing Charter BOAT
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Captain’s Fishing PARTIES


This third-generation family business offers fishing cruises informed by decades of experience and knowledge of the waters off Plum Island. Full-day and half-day trips are offered, as well as cruises targeting specific species; daily fish reports on Facebook keep anglers up to date on what’s being caught. The fleet’s four vessels are also available for private charters if you want to take an exclusive group out to search for stripers and hook some haddock.

10 82nd St., Newburyport, Plum Island, 978-462-3141,

Readers’ Choice

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon


First, there’s the ship, a grand wooden schooner built by a traditional Essex shipbuilding family. And then, there’s the scenery. Sailing out of Gloucester Harbor, passengers will spy scenic lighthouses, rocky coastline, and magnificent historic waterfront homes. Public cruises and chartered events are available to suit your sailing style.

63 Rogers St. rear, Gloucester, 978-281-6634,

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