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When And If is the quintessential John G. Alden designed schooner, built by FF Pendleton in Wiscasset, Maine for Colonel and Mrs. George S. Patton. She was launched in 1939 and the Pattons planned to sail her around the world "when and if" Patton returned from the war that he saw looming in Europe. Unfortunately, Patton - by then a famous General - was killed in a freak auto accident shortly after the end of the war. But while he never sailed WHEN AND IF completely around the world, he did sail her before his death, relishing her superior ability under sail.

Enjoy a peaceful, serene, comfortable sail that is fun and safe - a completely crewed sailing charter cruise aboard a classic schooner ship - fit for a general. Available for family sailing or special events such as weddings or corporate events, complete with ship's chef!

WHEN AND IF is ideal for several couples, for a family group with young children or teenagers, or for a group of friends to charter for a relaxing enjoyable cruise. Overnight charters (or longer) are limited to 6/7 guests. For a day sail she can comfortably accommodate up to 17 guests a small wedding party, a family reunion, a corporate outing, or a group of friends looking for an extraordinary and truly memorable experience.

A complete schedule of when and where you can charter the sleek yet comfortable WHEN AND IF is on our schedule page.
Classic yacht sailing charter vessel designed by John Alden
John G. Alden is one of the most distinctive and respected yacht designers in maritime architecture. At 65 feet in length, displacing 43 tons with 1700 square feet of sail,

WHEN AND IF is a superbly seaworthy and comfortable vessel with long keel, gaff foresail and Marconi main. She has wide decks (16-ft beam), a large cockpit, high bulwarks, and a doghouse in addition to her commodious accommodations.

WHEN AND IF is now owned by Ruitenberg Charters, who offer you a chance to travel aboard this unique, historical, and sleek vessel sailing between Annapolis and Maine this summer season.

WHEN AND IF has pressure hot and cold water, a shower, holding tank, sun showers (for on deck use) and is well equipped for coastal cruising. She is available with linens, blankets and pillows, all housekeeping and galley equipment, and navigational equipment plus tools and ample spares. She even has a small library. The boat has a certified Captain, first mate, and able cook aboard.

Have you thought about how you will highlight a special event in your life this year? A birthday or anniversary maybe? a wedding, or the proposal that there be one? Or a family reunion? A charter aboard the historic When and If offers the setting for a truly memorable experience. She is an elegant setting for a corporate meeting and a great choice if you want to enter a regatta or simply cruise lazily up and down the northeast coast. Get away from it all, if only for a short while. We are happy to help arrange the catering, flowers, music, etc. to round out the unforgettable pleasure of sailing on a commodious 65 John G. Alden-designed yacht.

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