The desire to slow down in a world that seemingly demands haste can often be arduous and sadly for many, unobtainable. What can we do to slow down? First, can we recognize the importance of taking a break, to nourish our hearts, mind’s and bodies to feel refreshed and renewed? If given a sliver in time, what would you do to find your inner peace and clarity?
The feeling of being encapsulated in a moment is how we would describe our time with captain Sean O’Conner on his sailboat, the schooner LazyJack II, The experience of being underway with only the hearty wind in our sails is in fact a humbling concept.
Having spent most of my childhood and adulthood boating, I feel equipped to inform you of the hard work, time and dedication it take’s to own a boat for pleasure, let alone for business. It’s evident though that captain O’Conner and his crew clearly possess the qualities it takes and have a passion for sharing their love for the ocean with others.
O’Connor ran his first schooner, The LazyJack, from 1998 until 2004, then sold it to finance the building of the larger LazyJack II. A larger passenger capacity and sleeker hull line results in a more tactful sail, and due to it’s modern hull material (fiberglass) it is much easier to maintain. The boat was designed in 1935 by L. Francis Herreshoff and the original design was known the Mobjack Ketch. Many versions have since been built with schooner rigs such as the LazyJack II.
Sean built the vessel in 2004 in Hope, ME with the help of his friends. Since her launch, he has operated the schooner every summer from Camden Harbor, running two hour sails. He does most all of the maintenance and repairs himself, and you can see his love for the craft in her gleaming paint and varnish.
The LazyJack II measures about 47’ on deck and 58’ overall. She has a beam of over 12′ and draws 5′ of water with her long full keel. Her deck plan is very open with several areas to sit back and relax. The cockpit is lined with canvas cushions for passenger comfort as you sit around her brass binnacle (compass) and wooden wheel.
During the season (May – October) visitors can sail on the Lazy Jack II for just $43 —a seemingly nominal price for the ethereal experience. The cruise creates a perfect contentment — an opportunity to just ‘be’ on the open water; a superb way to renew the soul.
The undemanding nature of the cruise allows you to participate as little or as much as you’d like. Friendly deckhands, like Heather Stout (pictured above) can help show you the “ropes”. Hoist the sails as you pass by Curtis Island Lighthouse, learn about the historic granite haulers that once frequented the port —or sit back and relax with your friends, both new and old to take in the breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay.
Once the hues of the coastal cliffs have turned, the atmosphere of the harbor begins to shift. The northerners buckle down for the winter, which is imminent and make preparations for the long season. The LazyJack II is pulled from the water at the end of October; when crew and captain look to other prospects. Since moving to Maine in 1984 from New Jersey, O’Connor is no stranger to Maine’s hardscrabble winters; and turns to working on some of the Ferries that transport full time residents to the plethora of islands that are scattered along the coast.
Upon the arrival of spring — when the snowbirds return, you will find the smiling and eager faces of crew members at the Camden Harbor Public Landing, excited to welcome the season, and “sea’s the day”. Plan your trip to cruise with Captain Sean O’Conner aboard the Schooner LazyJack II and take in the quintessential views of Camden Harbor; where the mountains meet the sea.
Call to reserve tickets at 207-230-0602
Lazy Jack II sails four times a day at 9:45 AM, 12:00 noon, 2:30 PM, and 5:00 PM. You can book tickets online through their website, over the phone, or visit their booth on the water at the Camden Public Landing under the blue umbrella.
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