Captain Dave

Captain Dave Doles has been sailing the waters of the northeast from New England to the Chesapeake Bay for over 40 years.  Most of that has been spent cruising the beautiful New Jersey coast, exciting New York Harbor and the bucolic Long Island Sound.  His sailing resume also includes experience racing and chartering in Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean, and he has sailed off-shore to Bermuda and the Virgin Islands. Dave is a US Coast Guard licensed captain and a certified sailing instructor with the American Sailing Association.  

Sailing on New York Harbor

There is nothing like sailing on New York Harbor.  You will enjoy breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York City skyline.  Sit back and relax, or work the sails and take the helm. Whether you're an experienced sailor, or trying it for the first time, you will have an unforgettable experience.

Celebrating a special occasion?  Our New York Harbor Cruise is an ideal way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or engagements.  We are happy to work with you to make your special day unforgettable.

For the more adventurous, full day and multi-day sailing excursions to local destinations are available.

If you want to improve your sailing skills, sailing instruction is offered on an individual basis aboard our boat or your own.    

The Sailboat

DARK STAR is a 38 foot Ericson sloop designed by Bruce King and built in 1988.  She has been beautifully maintained and upgraded with safety and comfort in mind.  The large cockpit and spacious decks provide plenty of room for relaxing while the crew tends the sails.  Down below is a complete galley with refrigeration, seating for six at the dinette and a fully enclosed head.  Two private staterooms and berths in the saloon provide comfortable overnight accommodations.