Moonfleet is a steel hulled Gaff Cutter, a 1930s tall ship robustly built by the great seafaring people of Holland. During her early working life she would take cargo from Amsterdam to her neighbouring countries on The North Sea - possibly even Great Britain! After her time carrying cargo, around the turn of the century she was given a major refit in Urk, a small fishing and shipbuilding town on Holland’s inland waterways. Here she was converted to be a Sail Training Vessel and operated as such from Amsterdam for the next decade. Following a minor refit at Mashford’s Shipyard on the River Tamar in Cornwall, Moonfleet is now based in Portland Harbour and will again be used for Sailing to introduce this classic skill to budding sailors of all ages and from all walks of life…
Moonfleet Adventure Sailing is an exciting new activity making its home in Dorset and operating from Portland Harbour. Moonfleet, founded in 2015, have made it their mission to bring a tall ship sailing opportunity to Dorset that isn't exclusive by availability or cost.
Moonfleet aim to provide an affordable range of sailing introductions that are available throughout an extended season (Mar - Nov), whenever the weather allows, and therefore provide a tall ship sailing experience at a time and price that suits you! No previous sailing experience is necessary and no special clothing or equipment is required - just dress sensibly for the weather!
The sailing introduction is all based around a ‘toe in the water’ experience, where you can have a go at the skills and activities needed to take a tall-ship to sea and learn the ropes and how to harness the power of the wind! For those keen to have a go, our crew will provide a supervised hands on opportunity to try most activities that can be fitted into the short voyage, from weighing anchor to hoisting the mainsail - and even taking the helm! However, if you just want to come along for the ride, then be our guest – sit back and enjoy the sail and the views!
As well as the sailing trips on offer, Moonfleet is available for boat charter for bespoke packages for group bookings, educational trips, parties, dolphin watching, bird watching and corporate events.
Moonfleet's crew look forward to welcoming you aboard at Portland Marina.