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Saltwater is in My Blood

Windjammer Captain

Barry King

For more than 20 years, Barry has been at the helm of the Schooner Mary Day. Navigating, voyaging and guiding has made him a natural captain who takes pleasure in sharing his quests. He believes Maine is defined by its natural setting, especially the coast. Always longing for adventure, Barry roams the great waters exploring tucked away places on and off the map. Navigate through Barry's Windjammer blog.


I have lived along the New England coast all my life. To say saltwater is in my blood would be too cliche. To say it stirs my very being would be just about right. Aboard our Maine windjammer, Mary Day, that love, that tingling excitement, is what makes my heart leap and sing. If you have never taken the wheel of a hundred ton schooner as she glides silently between the myriad of islands that make up the Maine archipelago, you are in for a treat.

With graduate degrees in experiential education, my wife, Jen, and I are teachers at heart. The schooner is our chalkboard. The coast is our classroom. Our guests not only see Maine, but they taste, smell, feel and touch it...firsthand. Our passion is getting people off the beaten path, unplugged, unwound and with daily cares far astern. As a USCG licensed mariner and a Registered Maine Guide with a strong background in folkore, natural history and decades of experience, I couldn't possibly share it all in one visit to Maine. I guess that is why so many folks keep coming back again and again and again.

The question most often asked is: "what do we do during the winter?" We hike, canoe, live and work in the woods, ski, snowmobile, volunteer in our community, and we cherish our family time. We find ourselves doing a lot, both inside and outdoors. And the schooner keeps us busy all year long. In our neck of the woods, you have to be able to do a little bit of everything. The Maine thing? Come on down east, have a seat in the rocking chair, or help us sail our schooner, and we'll be glad to share it with you. But be prepared to visit more than once!