Compass Rose

Water Sports
744 Frank Wood Rd, Sherman, TX 75092 744 Frank Wood Rd, Sherman Directions
+19037443825
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Report | 9 months ago
Great experience!!
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Report | 10 months ago
Be sure not to get seasick easily. The people on the ship were wonderful, helpful and caring. I would go again but I'd be better prepared.
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Report | a year ago
Tammy, Ron and Mark were exceptional guides. Learned so much about the Compass Rose and the community that helped restore her.
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Report | a year ago
The Compass Rose was a wondering experience and we are definately going back!
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Report | a year ago
The "pirates" are a hoot! Relax and enjoy the tour. You will learn much more than you ever dreamed! Great for kids and adults. We want to return!
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Report | 2 years ago
They said, "You are the last customers of the season." Walking back to the car, my son, Ian, said, "Let's be their first customers in March." That's how much we liked it!
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Report | 2 years ago
Hosts and hostess (dressed as pirates) took a lot of time to explain about the Compass Rose, and it was very interesting. They were also very interactive with our six year old granddaughter, which she loved. This was a wonderful experience, and we highly recommend it. Now we are considering whether we want to try the more expensive cruise option for a special occasion.
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Report | 2 years ago
Took my grandchildren and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but now they want to sail so I need Groupon to offer sailing coupons.
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Report | 2 years ago
This is great for kids and adults. My grandkids talked about this tour of the Compass Rose for the entire weekend. I did not know this treasure was right in our backyard. If you get a chance to take the tour it is well worth it.

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Tell us about your business.
We're an 1800s replica wooden, tall ship brigantine. Tons of fun is what the "Compass Rose" represents. Hosting everything from moonlight sails to weddings on board, she offers an unforgettable experience for all. Pirate gear or casual—you choose your setting when you charter a private sail excursion for up to 10 and the crew gives your friends and family a whole new meaning to the phrase "all inclusive."

What makes your business stand out?
Top notch, first class service sets the "Compass Rose" apart. Well, that and the fact that she's one of a kind. Completely restored to be the crown jewel on the lake shining brightly as an example of the past. Yardarms, square sails, and a cannon—need we say more? Johnny Depp, eat your heart out.

What inspired you to start or run this business?
Kids were our inspiration for taking the "Compass Rose" public. [She was] originally a private vessel, [but] when we realized her appeal to the children we decided it was time to share her. Then we discovered that every adult was just a kid at heart. They all love the Compass Rose and we love sharing her too.

What is your most popular offering?
Without a doubt our moonlight sails have been a huge hit. People love leaving at sunset and sailing into the moonlight. Romance, fun, and a bit of adventure is always tossed into the mix. You never quite know what surprises are in store with the Compass Rose. We've had everything from a live violinist on board to chinese lanterns! Of course, our parties at the dock are fabulous too. People rent the "Rose" for all kinds of occasions.

Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Coming aboard the "Compass Rose," whether for a short tour or a four-hour sail will be something you will experience, not just something to do. I say that because the "Rose" has a life of her own. It's why she has her own voice on Facebook. She will make you fall in love with her. I don't have to do that. Her beauty, grace, and might stand alone.

What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Said Reese upon having his 18th birthday aboard the "Rose," "This is the best day of my life! I thought it couldn't get any better and then you put me in that thing (the yardarm chair). I will never forget this day." And from another customer, "You made our anniversary the best I can remember. The moonlight sail was dreamy."

What’s your favorite part about your job?
When I, as the "Pirate Queen," finally get to sit down and chat with my customers aboard the ship, it is lovely. I hear how they are feeling about this once in a lifetime experience (that I sometimes take for granted) and it rejuvenates the "why" for me all over again. I truly love to hear about them and their lives, and make a connection. We have repeat customers and I think it is because they become our friends.

Business Basics

Established: 2007
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Most popular offering: Moonlight sails and at-dock parties
Pro Tip: It is a long walk from the parking lot to the ship. Call if you need assistance. Wear comfy shoes.

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