Sailing out of Belfast, Maine

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Teacher — Boatbuilder — Skipper


Captain Hans Vierthaler has been sailing, teaching, and working on boats for 35 years and has had his USCG Captain's license for 25 years. He previously owned and operated Abigail, a 39' Alden ketch, which he used as a sail training vessel. He teaches coastal cruising courses at The WoodenBoat School, and schooner Actress is his charter business proudly running out of Belfast, Maine. He knows all the best spots and events happening in and around the rich cruising grounds of Penobscot Bay, loves meeting new people, and looks forward to sharing the experience of sailing.


and Passion

A Life Lived on the Water


Years of Experience




Cruising Specialty


About Captain Hans

About Actress

About Penobscot Bay

"Hans teaches not so much through explanation as by example, and he allowed us all to take on as much of the tasks and responsibilities as each of us was comfortable with, and maybe just a little bit more, to push us a bit beyond our comfort zone, while all the time paying close attention to safety and security of the boat and crew."

— A.R., Ester, Alaska 

“Actress is a unique boat and I learn something new every time I go out.”


- Joanne M., Maine

“You could cruise Penobscot Bay for a decade and still find new, beautiful places that stick to your heart and mind, calling you back year after year.”


- Anne B., Cruiser on Pen Bay