While sightseeing at the Outer Harbor recently, we ran across this great little shop situated along the bike path near Dug’s Dive. It was the most unexpected encounter imaginable, as it was the last thing that we expected to see. But there it was… a quaint sundries shack set up by Seven Seas Sailing for boaters, bikers, joggers etc.
Waterfront guru Bill Zimmermann, the man who heads up Seven Seas Sailing, is thrilled to have the general store in close proximity to the lake. “It’s called The Shanty and it stocks everything that people need when heading out onto the water,” Bill told me. “We have two fishing charter companies out here, a water taxi, a scuba charter company and sailing schools. We stock nautical items and provide information in order to promote all of the charters all of the time. We worked it out with the NFTA and fixed the shed up nicely and we also operate it. Chris Todorov (Small Boat Harbor manager) has been helping us every step of the way. It’s just another way to help people enjoy the waterfront. We stock towels, hats, sunglasses, suntan lotion, nautical gifts and decor, snacks, t-shirts, crackers and jam… a lot of items that people might forget when heading out on the water.
This is Seven Seas Sailing’s 41st year in business and as of this season the fleet has grown to 30 sailboats. The operation pre-sold 800 (individual and groups – solo and shared charters) Friday night cruises this season as well as over 650 two-hour cruises. There are seven captains working full time and 15 additional sailing instructors. Impressive numbers that continue to grow!