About Shearwater City Lights Sail - Manhattan By Sail
The Shearwater City Lights Sail from Manhattan by Sail is a nighttime boat tour around New York Harbor in an elegant yacht that dates back to 1929. This 90-minute voyage gives passengers the chance to drift away from Manhattan's busy pace and crowded streets for a while, soaking up stunning views of New York City's glittering night skyline and famous landmarks from an entirely different vantage point.
The genteel Shearwater schooner departs from the fittingly upscale North Cove Marina, whose location adjacent to the World Financial Center provides great photo ops of this landmark and other iconic downtown buildings – including Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) – before the sail even begins. Once aboard the Shearwater, passengers can settle in on the various benches and order a drink from one of the crew, as white wine, beer, soda and water are available for purchase.
With a capacity of less than 50 passengers, the Shearwater City Lights Sail provides a more intimate experience than some other sightseeing boat tours. Once the Shearwater makes its way out of the North Cove Marina and along the Hudson River, the captain will cut the motor and the crew will hoist the sails, making for a truly tranquil ride around New York Harbor. The late hour of the sail means that there is little boat traffic along the waterway, so passengers can bask in a quiet ambiance that seems far removed from the streets of New York City.
The Shearwater slowly circles the harbor, offering fantastic opportunities to take photos of the shimmering New York City skylines – as well as New Jersey – from many different angles. The yacht will glide past Ellis Island and hover for a bit in front of Liberty Island, giving passengers time to snap photographs of the illuminated Statue of Liberty, whose glowing torch and crown make for a dramatic display.
One hour and 30 minutes
Did you know?
It took about 40 men to build the Shearwater, which was constructed from hand-hewn white oak.
In 2009, the Shearwater was declared a national landmark.
From the late 1970s through the early 1980s, the Shearwater sailed entirely around the world.
The Shearwater garnered second place in the American Schooner Cup held in San Diego in 1995.
Tourists and locals alike are sure to love the Shearwater City Lights Sail, as it provides a lovely respite from the bustling streets of New York City. The hushed ambiance and romantic backdrop of the city's lights may especially appeal to couples.
Good for kids?
Older children and teens may get the most out of the Shearwater City Lights Sail, whether they have an interest in boating or just want to view the city from afar at night. Parents of younger children might be better off choosing one of Manhattan by Sail’s daytime boat tours.
Manhattan by Sail’s Shearwater Daytime Sail Location Information:
North Cove Marina, Battery Park City
New York, NY 10038
Shearwater City Lights Sail – Manhattan By Sail
North Cove Marina - World Financial Center, Battery Park City, New York, NY
E to World Trade Center; A, C to Chambers St.; R to Rector St.; 4, 5 to Fulton St.