**Celebrating our 21st 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 on a sail, chances are one of his children, Sydney or Jack, are on board as first mate. 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

Nights of Lights

Our Family would love for your Family to Kick off your Holiday Season with us!
Book your Reservations early for St. Augustine’s 29th Celebration of
The Nights of Lights for the best seat in the City!
Grand Illumation Celebration kicks off Nov 19th.
We will be sailing nightly throughout the Holiday Season!
Call 904.810.1010

$65.00 per person plus tax

2 hrs

Catch a beautiful sunset and then watch the Nations’s oldest City dazzling light display come to life in the best seat in the City

onboard St Augustine’s Only TALL SHIP; FREEDOM!!



Nights of Lights
St Augustine’s Bayfront




Freedom All Decked out in Lights!
photo Cody Burgdorf

Give the Gift of  Sail This Holiday Season!

 Full Moon Sail

Wed Dec 7th

Departs at 6:45 with live music

**Reservations Recommended**


Seating is limited for Comfort and Social Distancing

Enjoy the beauty of St. Augustine bathed in moonlight, listen to the waves lap the hull, dolphins surfacing, and the distant hum of the sea buoy. 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 some 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
Returns Spring 2023

Narrated by Terran McGinnis
Local Biologist and Community Educator of Marineland.


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 Here.



***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 valuable