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School by the Sea


    • Student on the bowsprit of Tabor Boy during 4th of July fireworks

A Most Unique Asset

Part sail training vessel, part classroom, and part lab, the SSV Tabor Boy is a unique educational asset of our school by the sea. The Tabor Boy is a ninety-two foot, gaff-rigged, two-masted schooner that has been a part of the school since 1954. SSV stands for “Sailing School Vessel” and is the U.S. Coast Guard’s designation for the schooner. She is one of two Coast Guard inspected vessels in her class that operate in the northeastern United States.

Team-Building and Character Development

Each fall and spring the schooner is used as a sail training vessel. The crew is comprised of twenty-two students under the leadership of Captain Jay Amster and a student executive officer (XO). Team-building and character-building are hallmarks of the program in addition to sail training and seamanship. During the summer the schooner takes groups of 12-15 incoming Tabor students on one of six, week-long cruises off the coast of Massachusetts, combining an ocean ecology and sail-training curriculum. Close to 100 students participate in this orientation program each summer. In addition, every few years, the Tabor Boy heads south to the Caribbean where students participate in coral reef ecology research during our REEF program (Research and Environmental Education Focus). 

Where is the Tabor Boy?

Track the SSV Tabor Boy on iBoatTrack.

SSV Tabor Boy 360 VR Tour with Captain Jay Amster



Admissions Office: 226 Front Street, Marion MA 02738 | Mail: 66 Spring Street, Marion MA 02738 | 508.748.2000 |