Fishers Island Harbor Seals Cruise:  

One of our area’s best kept secrets is the annual visit of the Harbor Seals to Fishers Island Sound. The fascinating creatures migrate south from cold, northern waters to enjoy Rhode Island’s warmer water temperatures and sunshine. Fall & Spring are ideal times to catch these gentle beasts hauled out on rocks,resting, socializing and sunning in groups.  Captain Jack Spratt, offers tours in October & November and April & May for a chance to get up close and personal with the seals aboard his very own classic wooden motor yacht, Encore. During the two-hour cruise, Captain Jack provides a wealth of knowledge about the wildlife, Fishers Island Sound and strives to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience. The tours depart from Watch Hill.

CALL 860.227.2339

Departure Watch Hill Cove. By Appointment




Capt. Jack donates scholarships to young men and women 15-19 yrs. to spend 10 days on Mystic Seaport Museum's Sail Training Vessel BRILLIANT

Capt. Jack donates charter fees to support scholarships for deserving young people to experience marine science while mastering sailing and water craft skills

Capt. Jack is a volunteer firefighter and operates the Search & Rescue Boat for Watch Hill Fire Dept.

Capt. Jack is Certified in Search & Rescue by the U.S.C.G.

Capt. Jack joins Capt. Meredith for sea trials aboard the 140Ft. Schooner COLUMBIA

Capt. Jack is excited to add PIXIE, Sail NO. 7 from the drafting table of the "Wizard of Bristol", Nat Herreshoff an original 1923 Watch Hill-15 to his historic sail and motor vessel charter fleet out of Watch Hill, RI.

PIXIE NO 7 0f 11 Watch Hill 15’s (HMC #880) were delivered to the Watch Hill Yacht Club in Rhode Island. These boats were Marconi rigged, drew 2’3” with the board up, and had a few minor modifications to the trim and freeboard.


"These boats are thrilling sailors. They are fast, stiff, and responsive. The hull is slippery, and even at speed such little turbulence is created that the boat leaves virtually no wake. Even at 100+ years old, a 15-footer can give a modern go fast machine a run for its money". Herreshoff Registry


"Watch Hill is known for historic Catboats such as TRIM AGAIN and TIGRESS and the Herreshoff Watch Hill-15 fleet. PIXIE joins the historically important catboat TRIM AGAIN and sword boat ENCORE in offering sailing, motor yacht historical, Harbor Seal, Light House Tours. Sailing options including;  day sailing or sunset cruises. Through the charter of these historic vessels Capt. Jack provides financial support to the Historically Significan Watercraft collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum including BRILLIANT, CHARLES W. MORGAN, GERTA, L.A. DUNTON."


Come join us for a thrilling sail on the beautiful Little Narragansett Bay on these impeccable, romantic sail craft.


Capt. Jack Sail's aboard WHEN AND IF, a John Alden Schooner built for General George S Patton. Named When And If as it was launched in 1939 and GSP was not sure When or If he would have the oppotunity to sail her around the World with wife Bea

Capt. Jack Sail's aboard WHEN AND IF, a John Alden Schooner built for General George S Patton. Named When And If as it was launched in 1939 and GSP was not sure When or If he would have the oppotunity to sail her around the World with wife Bea

Captain Jack joins Capt. Meredith for sea trials aboard COLUMBIA.

Volunteer of the Week


Jack Spratt is another “two-fer.” He is not only Volunteer of the Week, but he will deliver the First Thursday Lecture on February 6th. His remarkable efforts in raising money for the Museum engaging his boats and wide range of nautical skills has been a unique success in the annals of volunteerism. In addition, his daughter Meredith has created a positive impact with her work in the Shipyard, earning a silver pin for her 500 hours plus.


Mystic Seaport is grateful for the energy and dedication exhibited by Jack, and expresses profound appreciation to this outstanding volunteer.


His February 6th presentation will be held in the Marine Science Center at the top of the South parking lot. He will speak of his seafaring adventures and his unique fund raising efforts on behalf of Mystic Seaport. His support of the Museum is epic, and his passion for all things nautical is impressive.


As always, staff and volunteers are welcome to share coffee and donuts at 8:30 in the morning and to hear Jack Spratt at 9 a.m. In order for sufficient refreshments to be available, please call the volunteer office at 572 5378 to reserve your space.


–Rhoda Hopkins Root


 Horseshoe crab matting. May 25 Capt Jack will be offering an evening excursion to watch horseshoe crabs matting. A very memorable evening.


Captain Jack Spratt offering Historic Harbor Tours based on his soon to be released History of the Sea book; "From These Shores" 1640-1960.

Packet Ships sailed regular routes through whatever nature had to offer carring news

Trim again featured in Movie Hope Springs starting Meryl Streep


June 2012, Encore, 30' Wooden motor Yacht Private Mystic Seaport Tour. Capt Jack Spratt to offer his classic wooden motor yacht for the benefit of Mystic Seaport. Leaving Watch Hill Dock arrive by sea to Mystic Seaport.


Yacht charters benefit Seaport

MYSTIC – Mystic Seaport and  Captain Jack Spratt, master of the catboat Trim Again, have announced an opportunity for day, sunset, moonlight charters sailing from Watch Hill Cove on Little Narragansett Bay and Fishers Island Sound with the proceeds going to benefit the museum.


Trim Again will sail out of her homeport of Watch Hill, R.I., on private charters for Guests of  Ocean House, Watch Hill.


Trim Again is a Majestic Yacht catboat designed as a luxury cruising boat of an earlier era. She was commissioned by successful coffee merchant Stanley W. Ferguson, who built her to the highest standards possible – he had a boatyard on his property constructed for the project. Noted shipwright Merton Long and Edward Ryder dedicated almost two years to crafting her out of the finest white oak, white cedar, teak, and mahogany available.


Captain Jack Spratt purchased the boat from the Ferguson family over 25 years ago and has maintained her to exceptional basis.


Trim Again is available with a captain for two-hour, half-day sailing charters, as well as cocktai sunsetl or dinner cruises for up to four guests.


For information on booking a charter, contact Captain Jack 860-227-2339, Mystic Seaport or Ocean House.