Classic Day Sailing
in the San Juan Islands


Event Charters on a Tall Ship
Hoisting sails on Spike Africa

How can one make an event really special?  Consider the life time of memories you will create with a special event charter aboard an 80-foot wooden schooner as it cruises among the world famous San Juan Islands.

Whether it be a wedding party or a reunion, schooner Spike Africa and her crew are here to help you create a one-of-a-kind event.  Memorable voyages are what Schooners North is all about.

Half and full day charters are available for 2 or 28 guests.

You may have in mind a site-seeing or whale watching cruise for a family reunion?   Or as part of a business retreat?  Or perhaps a wedding ceremony aboard ship?  (In the nautical tradition, our captain is licensed by the state to perform the ceremony.)

Would you like your cruise to be a catered affair?   We have a relationship with one of the best restaurants in town, The Cast & Schooner.  Whether it be gourmet sandwiches or something more elaborate, the friendly staff at Schooners North and The Cast & Schooner are ready to assist you with creative ideas.

We’re happy to answer any questions.  Call our office at  360-378-2224.

Wooden decks of Spike Africa

Your vessel is the Schooner Spike Africa, the last commercial freighting schooner to ply the Pacific Coast.

Since her days as a cargo vessel, Spike Africa has been outfitted for comfort.  She is in tip top shape following a 7-year complete restoration.  You’ll enjoy classic day sailing at its finest.



The San Juan Islands are unrivaled for their scenic splendor and abundant wildlife. From the mouth of Puget Sound, Spike Africa shares the inland Salish Sea with one of the largest concentrations of Orca Whales in the world.


That’s only the beginning of your unique Adventure. Your crew is friendly, knowledgeable, and exceeds the highest Coast Guard standards. Try your had at the helm.


Help hoist the main sail. Or just take in all the vistas from the deck of this traditional wooden schooner.

Spike Africa, an adventure full of memories

New adventures await you as soon as you climb onboard.


Half Day Sails (3 hrs.) focus on water between the Islands. Wildlife abounds in these spectacular passages. For booking information


Full Day Sails (6 hrs.) give us the time to reach the open waters of the Haro Straights where Orcas spend their summer.

The gourmet staff of San Juan Island’s Cast & Schooner Restaurant is available to provide you with delicious meals.

Summer days are long in the Northwest and the sunsets are often spectacularly beautiful. The perfect setting for a wedding, a reunion, or an adventure with a lifetime of memories.

Another beautiful San Juan Islands sunset
Contact our friendly staff for more information at 360-378-2224. Or you may visit our scheduling page.