by Joanna Citrinbaum, 06/24/2011
"Shearwater." Courtesy, Manhattan by Sail
Tie the Knot at 10 Knots
Give new meaning to the term "love boat" with your very own nautical nuptials. Drop anchor in New York Harbor on one of Manhattan by Sail's two magnificent vessels. Shearwater, the more popular and more intimate option, is a vintage 1920s schooner that can hold 48 passengers. Clipper City, meanwhile, a tribute to a 19th-century boat of the same name, was built in 1984 and overhauled 20 years later; it has room for as many as 150. Ceremonies can take place on the go, as you sail by the New York City skyline, or at a standstill, under the Brooklyn Bridge or near the Statue of Liberty. The captain of the boat can even serve as your officiant. Bateaux New York will also help you embark on your lifelong voyage together. Its curved glass ceiling and glass walls allow you and about 300 guests to take in even more sights from the inside of the ship. And if you're looking for a luxurious liner, set course for the Lady Windridge. The flagship of the Florida-based Windridge fleet, she features a smart layout, plush leather seating in the salon and accommodations for up to 500. You'll feel like you're on your own private yacht, if only for a few hours.