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The Annapolis 44
The Annapolis 44
Captain Cathy
Captain Cathy
Surrounding Beauty
Surrounding Beauty

Chariot is an Annapolis 44 sloop, designed by Bill Luders in 1938 and built of fiberglass in 1963 at United Boat Builders in Bellingham WA. These boats were originally designed for the Annapolis Naval Academy for teaching mid-shipmen sailing skills while racing competitively along the Eastern Seaboard for over 50 years. Chariot is one of six sloops built for private ownership. She has been carefully restored and is ready to take you for an exciting day of sailing on Bellingham Bay or for weekend or weeklong sailing lessons in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Guests often see bald eagles, sea lions, orcas and dolphins, birds and wildlife alongside the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Captain Cathy Franklin is a US Coast Guard Licensed Master and a sailing instructor certified by the American Sailing Association. She has sailed Chariot up and down the California coast and the coast of Mexico, Costa Rica and through the Panama Canal and from Cartegena Columbia up through the Western Caribbean to the Bay Islands of Honduras and the Yucatan Peninsula, Florida and the Bahamas. She has also cruised the Grenadines and done deliveries from Grenada in the West Indies to North Carolina and several along the California coast. She has sailed Chariot here in the Pacific Northwest from Bellingham to Tacoma and throughout the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

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Sailing Lessons

Day Charters


We teach the American Sailing Association curriculum through level ASA 104. The six day and night 'Cruise 'n Learn' is highly recommended and will certify you to charter a boat on your own. We specialize in working with couples to help improve skills, communication and confidence! If you are a single, we will put you on a crew with other singles, or make your own group by inviting a friend or two to join.

CHARIOT can take groups of up to six people for day sailing in Bellingham Bay or smaller groups for longer trips out to the San Juan or Canadian Gulf Islands. Our summer evening Wine and Cheese cruises are very popular. We can cater your cruise or you may bring your own picnic. Call to schedule your outing!

We can help you transport your boat from where it is to where you want it to be! Cost will depend upon your unique situation. Please call for more information.


Our evening sail with Cpt. Cathy on her beautiful Chariot sailboat was a delight. It was a perfect evening with a breeze that kept the sails full and the boat moving swiftly on our way out into the bay. Cathy treated us royally with a spread of cheeses and great wine. Two other couples were onboard and the group was quite harmonious. We would highly recommend this special excursion to anyone. Cpt. Cathy's sailing experience and talents were quite evident and her relaxed manner and ease in allowing those of us who wanted to participate with sailing aspects made it such fun. Great evening---thank you Cathy.

- Chris and Fred Symonds

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