Saturday Public Sails

1:00pm to 3:00pm during September and October

10:00am to 12:00pm during August

Nathan usually sails from May through October. Each sail is two hours long and generally includes an oyster dredging demonstration. Sails are unique depending on wind, weather, captain and crew. Advance reservations are recommended and accepted ONLINE, until midnight of the day before the sail. We carry up to 20 passengers per trip and the boat leaves the dock promptly on schedule.

During summer Saturdays in July and August we sail from 10:00 to 12:00 noon to escape the hottest part of the day. Check the booking page for details and dates when we sail earlier in the day!



Adults Children Aged 4–12 Children Under Age 4
$40.00 $15.00 Free

Last Minute, Day-of-Sail Reservations

Last Minute, Day-of-Sail Reservations

Call 410-228-7141 before 11am. We'll let you know of any remaining spaces. You can pay at the dock by cash or check only.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Sails are subject to cancellation due to weather and unforeseen conditions. A full refund will be made if the sail is canceled by the Dorchester Skipjack Committee due to weather or other circumstances.

You may cancel your reservations for refund up to three days in advance of sailing date. A credit for the amount of your payment, less a $5 processing fee, will be issued to your credit card. No refunds will be issued for reservations canceled less than three days prior to sailing date.

Cancellations may be made and refunds requested by calling the Dorchester Skipjack Committee at 410-228-7141, or by email to

Special Sails start in May

We offer several special sails during our sailing season.

Celebrate with that special someone while enjoying a spectacular sunset on the Choptank River. Light fare and non-alcoholic beverages are included. You can also bring along your own alcoholic beverages. Email for more information.

Seats go fast! Book early for these special sunset sails!

Celebrate Chesapeake Style!

Create Your Custom Charter

Make that special celebration even more memorable with a sail aboard a traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack. Groups of up to 20 may charter the Nathan for any occasion, seven days a week, from late April through early November.


  • Family reunions
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Weddings
  • Corporate outings
  • Any occasion!

Food, Drink, Docents & Ministers

Bring your own food and beverages to make the event even more enjoyable. We can provide a trained docent at no extra charge to add an educational dimension to your excursion. Ordained ministers can be arranged for onboard weddings. More information on sailing with us can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page, or email for more information.

Educational trips for school groups and team-building sails for business groups are also available.



Our basic charter rate is $750 for a two-hour sail departing from Long Wharf in Cambridge. Contact us for rates for longer or shorter trips, departures from other locations and for additional services.