Vessel Type: Gaff rigged
Homeport: Bailey Island, Maine
Sparred length: 70'
Rig height: 60’
Sail area: 1866 square feet
Power: North East Ford 135
All photos courtesy Captains Perry Davis and Bethany McNelly-Davis
In 1992 Schooner ALERT was launched and christened TALL COTTON. She was designed and built by Paul Rollins in York, Maine. As a private yacht she was bought by a fisherman named Roger Woodman in 2006. Woodman changed her name to ALERT and fitted her out for commercial ground fishing and research. ALERT operated in the commercial fishing industry out of Portland, Maine until 2012.
In 2013 ALERT was sold to Captains Perry Davis and Bethany McNelly-Davis. They had been sailing out of Bailey Island, Maine hosting charters on their ketch TEVAKE since 2006. They converted ALERT from a commercial fishing schooner to a commercial passenger carrying vessel. In September 2013 ALERT was awarded a certificate of inspection by the United States Coast Guard to carry 28 passengers.
Currently Schooner ALERT Windjammer Cruises collaborates with schools to offer a tall ship sailing experience that caters to their curriculum. They operate the Schooner ALERT and the Ketch TEVAKE doing two, four, and six hour public and private sailing charters. Island Adventures trips are offered to students and private parties. Sail to one of the hundreds of islands off the coast of Maine, anchor to go ashore and explore. This Harpswell, Maine based Tall Ship aims to serve the community and get the best out of every day we are given.