A trip aboard the Taber is a unique chance to experience a very personal, heartfelt approach to hospitality.

Captain Noah and Jane Barnes are always thrilled to welcome new guests into the Taber family and to reunite with familiar faces. Between Noah’s lifetime of experience in the charter world and Jane’s extensive career with hospitality and fine wines, they have built a solid reputation for excellence.

Since 2004, they have operated the Taber, an endeavor they took over from Noah’s parents who captained the vessel for 25 years.

This marvelous schooner and experience has left us speechless with emotions running freely. While it might be organic and spontaneous, we know the coordination, leadership, and teamwork required. We loved every moment. Thanks for the memories.
— Tena + David, Loring, VA


Captain Noah is known to add some guitar notes to the evening air. Photo: Nadra Edgerley

Captain Noah

Captain Noah Barnes began sailing on the Stephen Taber at the age of seven, soon after his parents took to the helm. With a decades-long history between himself and the Taber, he immensely enjoys maintaining and sailing this historic landmark.

Although he spent many years sailing and traveling in other parts of the world, Noah considers the magnificent coast of Maine his true home. He is thrilled to be aboard the Taber, where every trip is like a dinner party with friends at sea – great sailing, exquisite food, and plenty of laughter.

If you call us, chances are Jane's voice will greet you on the other end. Photo: Nadra Edgerley


A native New Yorker, Jane Barrett Barnes has worked over 20 years in the wine industry. A bonafide landlubber, she never dreamed that when she met Captain Noah in 2002, she would eventually find herself living in Maine, helping to run a historic windjammer.

During our wine cruises, Jane sails in company as our on-board wine expert. Otherwise, she runs our office and will be happy to answer any of your questions. Jane has immensely enjoyed getting to know the coast of Maine.

The Taber and Ladona crew family.

Your Crew

The Taber sails with a full complement: Captain, Mate, Deckhand, Steward, and Chef.

All of our crew members are thoroughly trained sailors and enthusiastic hosts.