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What’s your Sign?

Close your eyes and imagine this.

You board the sailing vessel, stow your gear and return topside. Oh, did I mention it’s a schooner with masts that are 12 stories tall. The captain and crew will be primarily taking care of the navigation, but, they ask you if you want to help sail this majestic 160 foot long historical work of art through the San Juan and Gulf Islands. This isn’t a fantasy! You can enjoy a cruise on the Zodiac and have an experience of a lifetime.

The Schooner Zodiac began its life in Maine, built in 1924 at the Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard for the Johnson and Johnson family. During their ownership the Zodiac competed in a transatlantic race in 1928.

As the depression took hold of the country Zodiac moved west when the San Francisco Bar Pilots acquired and renamed the Zodiac the California. As the California she tended the waters outside of San Francisco. This would be her home until retiring in 1972, as the last working pilot schooner in the United States.

In the mid 70’s, the California was purchased and the Zodiac maiden name was restored. A group of talented maritime workers came together with their time, passion and resources to return her to her original glory. In 1982 Zodiac was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Zodiac

So how do you experience the Zodiac?
The Zodiac now resides here in the Northwest and is here to be enjoyed. There are scheduled cruises available to experience Zodiac as a guest/crew member. You can choose from a simply day cruise or really dive in and sign up for a 10 day Desolation Sound adventure.
You can take your school or youth group for educational programs as well as fun island adventures. A variety of sail training programs are available for all ages, the Zodiac is a member of the American Sail Training Association.
Zodiac is also available for charter. Zodiac has hosted Weddings, Memorials and Family Reunions. Take your team out for a Corporate Retreat or a Team Building exercise. Again, you can charter her just for the day or for an overnight cruise. Whatever you group, the Zodiac experience will be remembered for a long time.
This one belongs on your bucket list. After your trip… please send us a note, or more importantly some picture!
Get out on the water!

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