We recently had the pleasure of experiencing a chartered sailing aboard the Peniel, captained by David Howitt of All Aboard Sailing. Captain David is knowledgeable, ethical and accommodating. Our reasonably priced, six hour excursion included two hours of following a transient pod of Orca whales (from a respectful distance), visiting a sea lion haul-out, enjoying the beautiful scenery, steering the Peniel, and going ashore to Yellow Island to see the abundance of spectacular native wildflowers in bloom. Without a doubt, those six hours were the highlight of our four day stay on San Juan Island. We were scheduled for an afternoon sailing, however, David contacted us in the morning to inform us that there were Orca whales near Friday Harbour and that he would take us out immediately if it worked with our schedule. If you are visiting San Juan Island, we highly recommend chartering a sailing excursion with Captain David Howitt of All Aboard Sailing!
It was a very relaxing trip on Captain David’s sail boat! There was plenty of room for our whole group. He was very accommodating to our needs and was available by phone when I had questions about the trip. The day turned out to be beautiful and we even got to see a whale! I highly recommend sailing with Captain David. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!
Ive decided to take activity the day i went aboard to sail with friends.It was warm an beautiful, i sun bated an sailed off to lopez island hiked to eat at a resturant an even got a sniff of lilac flowers which today remind me of theat day, David was Agracious Captain an maintain security an procedure throughout this great exxoerience, ill never forget this day , I even dived into the ocenan osme where way out there with whales or fish or even sharks , howeever i did it an I was sur-rinseafied for life a dedicated iIsland boy. Thanks ffor the ride of a lifetime with great showmanship on ALL ABOARD SAILING! I recommend it for all. Period.
Being an off the beaten path traveler, I don't usually like to share my amazing local finds. I want to keep them all to myself but this find is just too good to keep secret. One crown jewel of the San Juan Islands is All Aboard Sailing.
Dave took our group out for a day of sailing in the beautiful San Juan Islands. He was so knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife, and we were treated with sightings of seals, sea lions, and killer whales. He knew exactly where to wait and watch these animals, and we even had a killer whale swim right under our boat! Will never forget such a memorable day on the water, thanks again for such a great trip!
I had a wonderful time sailing with Captain Dave on a trip from San Juan Island to Lopez Island. It was my first time sailing and Captain Dave made it a worthwhile and fun adventure. I learned a lot about sailing, saw beautiful wildlife and took in the spectacular views of the islands. All Aboard Sailing was an All Around Fabulous experience.
It's been a while since we took our day trip, but there's not a week goes by that my 11-year old son doesn't talk about it. Between the seals, sea lions porpoises, an incredible close up with some transient orcas, and the incredible scenery, it was day to remember. Captain David is clearly a capable sailor, but he's also an excellent tour guide and a very friendly, genuine person. He made quite an impression on both me and my son (who's now enrolled in sailing lessons and is determined to captain his own boat on day!). All in all, a wonderful, memorable experience, I highly recommend!
In September of 2013 I had the most amazing time cruising the San Juans for three nights with David Howitt and All Aboard Sailing Charters.
Really beautiful boat and David is the most friendly, capable and knowledgeable captain. Learned so much about the islands and their wildlife from him. We got to visit the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend then cruise the northern islands in search of Orcas. David boat "Peniel" -is smooth and sturdy -would make a great base for a film project or perfect for a unique getaway. Can't wait to get back up there
Captain David has always been very flexible and accommodated whatever cruise or expedition I have thought up. He cares immensely for his guests safety and comfort, and freely shares his vast knowledge of sailing and maritime lore with all aboard. He is my go to for exploring the waters of the San Juans.
We had a fantastic time sailing with Captain David. We've sailed with him three times, including one starlit evening cruise where we were surrounded by Orca whales! David took us ashore at Lime Kiln to hike and explore old kilns and to Yellow Island which was covered in wildflowers. David is a very knowledgable wildlife and natural history guide. The boat is beautiful and comfortable. This is a must-do activity when you are visiting the San Juan Islands.
The charm of the vessel and the charm of the surroundings blended to make one of the finest recipes. Sailing with David is a must.
Captain David reefed the main and adjusted the sheets and we had a blast rail-down in the winter winds. We were the only boat on the water slicing down the San Juan channel under a peeking sun and a glorious rainbow. Thanks, David.
I went on the ship with Captain David back in November and had just an absolute blast! Since it was my first time sailing, David made sure to go over a lot of the details to ensure that I had a fantastic experience. I would definitely sail with All Aboard Sailing again and look forward to the next time I get to!
I went sailing with a group of friends on Captain David's sailboat (All Aboard Sailing) and had a wonderful time! Captain David let some of us help out and showed us how to steer, he took us to a smaller island where we got to hike around, he pointed out wild life, he made us all juice and was more than happy to listen to our wants and try to cater to them. It was one of those experiences that you just don't want to end. I would do it again in a heart beat. Thank you Captain David!
My friends and I went sailing on Captain David's sailing boat last month, and we had the time of our lives! Captain David is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable of the San Juan Islands. He caters the experience to what the client would like to see and do. I have recommended this company to several family members and friends.
This was my very first experience sailing in the San Juan Islands. It was the most serene and surreal eperience ive ever had. David was very infomative on sailing and on the marine life He made me feel at home on his boat. He is an amazing man. It was the best vacation ive ever had!