**Celebrating our 22nd year in St Augustine**

Our family invites yours to join us on a sail

Reservations are recommended for all sails Please call 904.810.1010 

The Freedom is the largest United States Coast Guard Certified Sailing Vessel in St. Augustine. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional and safe experience to all our guests. We are certified for 41 passengers, but we have reduced our capacity on all our sails to provide a comfortable and relaxing experience  for all.



Who We Are

The Schooner Freedom is St. Augustine’s Premier tall ship.  76 feet of steel, Freedom was built in Norfolk, Virginia and brought to St. Augustine in 2001 by owners Captain John Zaruba, and his wife, Admiral Sarah. Freedom is the only schooner charter vessel between Charleston and the Florida Keys.  With nearly 2400 square feet of sail, she is an honorable testament to naval history and to the privateers of the early 1800s. 

Freedom is a gaff-rigged topsail schooner, and a highlight to any Saint Augustine vacation. Family owned and operated, love, grit and honor is poured into every crevice of this ship, and it shows in our Captains’ and Crews’ vast knowledge of sailing history and their deep passion for the ocean.  If you don’t happen to catch Captain John or Admiral Sarah on a sail, chances are one of their children Capt Jack or Sydney will be onboard. Come for a sail on board, learn about the unique history of our nation’s Schooners and beautiful Saint Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.  Hoist sails and enjoy a drink on the waters, you won’t regret it

The Schooner Freedom has been sailing the waters of historic St. Augustine since 2001 and is listed as one of the top ten attractions in St. Augustine by USA Today. We offer relaxing Day, Romantic Sunset, and Enchanting Moonlight Sails, as well as a variety of special events throughout the year. Our family invites your family to join us for an amazing sailing experience.

Schedule is subject to change.  Call for the most up-to-date information.Reservations are recommended for all sail times. Please call for more information on available sails.



Join us  Aboard St Augustine’s only Tall Ship

 Call for Future Reservations 904.810.1010 or email us at schoonerfreedom@gmail.com


Photo: JZ’s Photography

**Gift Certificates Available**


 St. Augustine’s Famous Nights of Lights 

Sailing nightly through Jan 2024
Never to Early to Book !
Call for reservations and availability

Jackie Hird Photography

                              “It’s the Most Wonderfull time of the Year!!”
    Our Family would love to become part of Your Family’s Holiday Tradition!

              Sailing daily from the Municipal Marina in the heart of  St Augustine’s Historic District. 
                        Nights of Lights 
                      Call  904.810.1010
Freedom All Decked out in Lights!
photo Cody Burgdorf

                                             Full Moon Sail
                                             Tues Dec 26th

Departs at 6:45 with live music by local artist 

**Reservations Recommended**


Seating is limited for the Comfort of our guests

Enjoy the beauty of St. Augustine bathed in moonlight, listen to the waves lap the hull or dolphins surfacing. Live music sets the mood. This sail takes place every month on the day before and the day of the full moon – keep an eye on our calendar.

***PLEASE NOTE – due to bridge opening restraints we will be sailing south on moonlight and full moon sails.***

Length of Sail: 1 hour 15 minutes

Complimentary refreshments provided.
 $55.00 per person plus tax
Complimentary Refreshments Included

Limited seating on all our Sails for Comfort

Gift Certificates are available either online through our Ship Store or

by Calling 904.810.1010


Fins and Freedom Sail
See you Spring 2024

1:15 2 hr day sail

Hosted and Narrated by Terran McGinnis
Local Biologist and Community Educator of Marineland.
The best in the area!


Watching a pod of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.

Set sail with Marineland and Schooner Freedom Charters, Inc. for a one-of-a-kind sailing experience! Come on board, help raise the sails, and then kick back and relax while you learn fascinating new facts about St. Augustine’s local marine life and their habitats. It’s very common to see wild dolphins, turtles, birds, and more, on these trips, so come prepared to ask lots of questions!
Complimentary refreshments are provided onboard the boat. Passengers may bring snacks or a picnic.
Your Fins and Freedom charter includes a pass to use for future admission to Marineland!
$60.00 per adult
$45.00 per kid 2-16 under 2 free

Learn more about our Fins & Freedom Sail Her



***Schooner Freedom Charters and it’s employees are not responsible for any lost or damaged items while on board.  Please remember this is a fully functioning working schooner and things move around.  Please be sure to secure all valu click