History of Classic Harbor Line
Scarano Boat Building designed and built the schooner Adirondack in 1994 for, Sailing Excursions Inc, a day sail operation in Newport, RI, primarily owned by the Scarano family. In 1999 the Scarano family formed another company, Chelsea Excursions, LLC, to operate a second schooner in New York Harbor. Although very similar in size, the layout of Adirondack was more practical for the NY operation and the Adirondack II layout made more sense for the Newport operation. The two entities essentially traded boats and Adirondack began its first full year of operation in New York Harbor in 2000.
Because of the increase in sales every year since 1999 it was decided in 2004 to expand the NY operation with another boat. While maintaining the character and elegance of Adirondack, Scarano Boat designed and built a powerboat based on the commuter yachts of the early 20th century to be the second boat in New York. Manhattan was put into service in March, 2005. At that point a name change took place; the larger operation became Classic Harbor Line, anticipating the addition of more period style boats being added to the small fleet. In June of 2007, Classic Harbor Line truly became a fleet when their 3rd vessel, the schooner Imagine, was acquired for operation in NYC. Imagine was a schooner previously built by Scarano Boat and had been operated by a separate company in Baltimore, MD up until then. Imagine is now known as Adirondack III.
During the fall of 2008, Classic Harbor Line made the decision to open up a schooner sailing operation in Key West, Florida. This operation would employ the schooner Adirondack II November through April, 2008-2010. In the fall of 2010 a decision to keep Adirondack III in Key West year round was made.
Scarano Boat Building is also responsible for building Key West’s former pride, Schooner AmericA.
During the winter of 2009, Scarano Boat Building started the construction of Schooner America 2.0. In 2011 America 2.0 began her operation in NYC and at the end of the season she headed down to Key West, FL. America 2.0 splits her season between NYC (May through October) and Key West FL (October through April). America 2.0 is a "green" boat featuring electric propulsion, carbon fiber rigging, and extremely light hull materials. She is certified for 75 guests.
In 2012 the yacht Beacon, formerly operating in NYC, was upgraded to a high-end water sports yacht for the Key West operation. She arrived in Key West in December of 2012 and began her first season as the first boat in Classic Harbor Line to offer in-water activities. The decision was made to keep Beacon in Key West year round.
We are excited to announce Adirondack III will start up operation in the newest Location of Classic Harbor Line; Boston, Massachusetts. Schooner Adirondack III will operate from May through October at Rowes Wharf.
Construction of Yacht Kingston is currently underway at Scarano Boats. Yacht Kingston will operate out of NYC with all the charm that has become synonymous with Scarano boats and Classic Harbor Line. She will be 54 feet over all and able to accommodate up to 49 passengers.