So you come to one of the windiest places on the planet and what should you do? Why sail, of course. The Downeast Rover, located on the Manteo Waterfront, offers daytime and evening cruises on their red sail boat, they call a modern reproduction of a 19thcentury topsail schooner.  Sail Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound, historic waters that made famous by English colonists coming to the area in the 1580’s.  The tall ship cruise makes for a relaxing family or sweetheart outing. The stately Downeast Rover is 55 feet long and suited to carry up to 29 passengers. She has a living area below deck as well as a ship’s store and head. But it’s on deck you’ll want to be to witness glorious sunsets, dolphins, osprey, heron and sea birds. The Outer Banks is a hotspot for wildlife as it is located on the East Coast Flyway as well as the dividing line for Northern and Southern animal species. You trip can include being part of the crew by helping to trim the sails or taking a turn at the helm.

Whether you are reserving a private charter or enjoying one of their three daily cruises, the Downeast Rover has reasonable rates for adults and children. Cruise from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunset cruises also available! It’s great to tip the crew; refreshments are available for purchase on board. Call for information on private charters.

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