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Sailing on the Liberte During Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, February 3, 2020

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When you take a vacation to the Cape, you'll undoubtedly have a lot of activities to fit into your time here.

After all, you'll likely want to hit the beach, do some antiquing, explore some hiking trails, and play a round of golf, to name a few possibilities.

You might also wish to take a boat tour into one of the bodies of water that surround Cape Cod, as there are sailings into Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, and Vineyard Sound, as well as trips into the Atlantic off the Cape's East Coast.

Perhaps the most impressive option to consider is the Liberte, a 77-foot schooner that was custom-built for Captain Chris Tietje and his wife, Jane.

This boat, which is based out of Annapolis, Maryland, spends its summers in operating out of Falmouth Harbor. When you book your vacation rental on the Cape, look into the schedule of the Liberte because it provides a classic sailing experience that is difficult to replicate anywhere else.

About the Boat

The Liberte is a custom-made ship, and its design fulfills a few different purposes.

First of all, for Chris and Jane Tietje, the Liberte is more than a boat. The couple lives on the vessel for much of the year and, therefore, requires additional features. As a result, there are living quarters below the deck that have everything they need on board.

In addition to running boat tours in the waters off Cape Cod and Annapolis, Chris and Jane also sail the world in the vessel. Because the boat spends so much time away from shore, they designed it with safety features like a motor that prevents it from getting stuck when the winds aren't cooperating and plenty of interior space for those long nights at sea.

The Liberte also uses the hull of a Hout Bay 70 and has custom sails and rigging that make it easier for one person to operate the vessel alone. That way, Chris can operate the boat while Jane handles other duties on board, if necessary.

The Tietjes had an idea in mind and brought multiple designers and boatbuilders together to put the craft of their dreams together. Now you can participate in this dream by booking a sailing on the Liberte this summer.

Where it Sails

The great thing about sailing on the Liberte is that no two journeys are the same. Although the boat has a motor, Captain Chris uses it as little as possible. As a result, the route of your tour will depend on the wind.

Every sailing departs from Falmouth Harbor. The boat docks on Clinton Avenue, which on the south end of the harbor, and there is plenty of on-site parking.

From there, your sailing might head west past the Nobska Lighthouse near Woods Hole and around the Elizabeth Islands, west to Waquoit Bay, or south around Martha's Vineyard, depending on the direction of the wind.

The Liberte runs three times per day, seven days per week between the end of June and Labor Day weekend. There's a morning sail, an afternoon sail, and a sunset sail, and the cost depends on which option you choose. Book your excursion before arriving on Cape Cod to ensure there's room at your desired time.

The Sailing Experience

Sailing on the Liberte is meant to be a relaxing experience that will take you to some of Cape Cod's most scenic locations. From the second you board the ship, you will be treated to first-class service and stories from Captain Chris on his life at sea.

There is seating for 49 people on the Liberte, and even when it's at full capacity, there's enough room for everyone to spread out and have their own little area. This abundant space comes in handy if you sail as a group because you can head to a private part of the deck to appreciate the atmosphere.

The boat has a cash bar that operates throughout the sailing, and you can even enjoy some music as the vessel moves through the waves around the Cape.

Private Bookings

Are you planning a party or gathering on your Cape Cod vacation?

If so, it's possible to make a private booking on the Liberte to give your group the entire boat to itself.

When doing so, you can choose the day, time, and length of the tour, in addition to extras like meals and specialty drinks from the bar.

A private booking can make your trip to the Cape even more special and is worth considering if you're planning an event.

A Unique Experience on Cape Cod

From the second you set foot on the Liberte, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time, as the entire experience is much like it would have been in the 1850s.

Of course, at the same time, you will have access to modern amenities, so you can enjoy your sailing in any way you see fit.

Since every journey on the Liberte is a little bit different, this is the type of excursion you could do multiple times during your Cape Cod vacation.

A boat tour can add a lot to your vacation on the Cape, and the Liberte has all of the options you could ever want when exploring the area's waters.

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