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Welcome to Down East Maine! My name is Capt. Winston Shaw, and I am the owner of Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours located here in Bar Harbor. I would like to invite you to join me aboard my vessel Reflection for a close-up look at world famous Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island.

Simply put, Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours represent a highly personalized and totally private alternative to the oft-times crowded and impersonal boat trips more commonly encountered along the Maine Seacoast. When you sign up for a relaxing boat tour with Sea Venture, departure times, destinations and the many other all-important details of your trip are all "Custom Designed" around your own personal interests and timetable.

Founded by myself in 1995, Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours are especially popular with visitors to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park who hunger for an authentic Down East experience. In fact, over the past two decades, hundreds of guests from every state in the USA and dozens of foreign countries have found their Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour to be the highlight of their entire vacation! Additionally, complimentary reviews of my tours have appeared in Forecast Magazine, Down East Magazine, Out & About, Better Homes & Gardens, Maine Home & Design, Boston Globe, and the Mount Desert Islander.

In order to ensure that my guests experience a highly enjoyable and painstakingly personalized custom boat tour, all trips are limited to private parties of no more than 6 passengers. Sign up for a Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour and your party consists entirely of family and friends. You are not forced to share the precious hours of your vacation with people you don't even know.

Plus, as I have more than 3 decades and 50,000 miles of boating experience in the MDI area alone, you can rest assured that your captain and guide is extraordinarily well qualified to show you a side of the lovely Mt. Desert Island area that few visitors ever experience!

All trips depart and return at your convenience and last from one hour to all day long. And with more than 30 trips to select from Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours has something for every taste and budget.

When booking your trip you may choose from a wide variety of tour themes:

  • Wildlife Observation
  • Acadia National Park Cruises
  • Lighthouse Cruises
  • Island Exploration
  • Nature & Scenic Photography
  • Estate Cruises
  • Historical Cruises
  • Island Picnics
  • Water Taxi Service
  • Sunset Cruises

Highly personalized service, extensive local knowledge, the widest variety of trip options to be found anywhere in Maine, and "Custom Quality" at an affordable price are what Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours are all about. And all of this comes with my personal guarantee that whichever trip you select on the day of your cruise the pace will be relaxed, the tone informal and friendly, and the experience memorable!

Remember; you can't say you've seen Maine until you've seen spectacular Mt. Desert Island and you can't say you've seen Mt. Desert Island until you've experienced a relaxing, educational, and highly enjoyable Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour!

Thanks for your interest in my company & I look forward to introducing you to a side of the lovely Mt. Desert Island area that most area visitors never even realize exits!

Capt. Winston Shaw

For Information or Reservations Call 207-412-0222



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As appeared in the May 14-16 Issue of USA Today WEEKEND Magazine ©2010 Winston Shaw All Rights Reserved
As appeared in the May 14-16 Issue of USA Today WEEKEND Magazine ©2010 Winston Shaw All Rights Reserved

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