Thank you for your patience during the closure due to COVID-19.  We are currently operating at a 50% capacity rate. We have updated sanitization regulations and are limiting customer contact with social distancing to help reduce the spread of any potential harmful bacteria or viruses.


Please call to make reservations. 

**Please be aware we are not accepting cash at this time.  Any cash rates you see online are suspended until further notice.**

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 blockade runners 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.




Call for Future Reservations 904.810.1010
Limited seating on all our Sails for Comfort & Social Distancing
 Schooner Freedom will be closed from Sept 28th– Oct 23rd for annual USCG maintenance. We will be answering the phone and emails during this time.



Full Moon/Haunted Waters Sail                                                          

Back from the depths of the Matanzas, Schooner Freedom is reinstating a few haunted sails for this Halloween season.  We are bringing back our classic stories of St. Augustine’s most haunted seaside history. Including spooky tales such as Mendedez’s massacre, the haunted natives at the Coquina pits, and the tragic tale of Andrew Ranson. All our tales are based on the true history of Saint Augustine’s more grimm past.  The nation’s oldest city is full of spirits, and there’s no better way to try and catch a glimpse of one than on the silent waters of the Matanzas.
Join us for our Haunted Waters – Spirits on the Schooner Sail
With your professionally haunted guide,
Captain J.S. Kent formerly with HMS & an accomplished Gentlemen Adventurer.
Reservations are highly recommended.

Oct 30th & 31st at 8:15pm 1hr 15min
$55.00 per person plus tax


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. MORE INFO

***PLEASE NOTE – due to bridge closures we will be sailing south.***

Length of Sail: 1 hour 15 minutes

Complimentary refreshments provided.
Local Story Teller $55.00 per person Complimentary Refreshments

Nights of Lights

    St Augustine’s Annual “Nights of Lights” starts earlier this year and is better than ever!!

                                                                         Saturday November 14th

                                                            Kick off your Holiday Season with Us!!

                   Our Family would love to become part of Your Family’s annual Holiday Tradition!!

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 to approximately 26 ppl per trip to provide comfort and social distancing to all.
                                                                                                 Sailing Daily 
                                                                    Call for Reservations and Availability 904.810.1010


 Fins and Freedom Sail

Coming in Spring 2021 – Call for more Information

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!

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 valuables!*