American Beauty Cruises & Charters

Among the most fun activities in the Hamptons.

Since 1992, we’ve been one of the few attractions of its kind in the Hamptons. Docked at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, we offer private boat charters aboard the American Beauty II. When we are not hosting a private charter, we offer narrated 90 minute nature cruises during the day and 2 hour sunset cruises in the evenings. Please let us show you Sag Harbor in a whole new way! 

Ticket stand sign at American Beauty Cruises & Charters

American Beauty II

American Beauty II is a custom built 44 foot boat. It is US Coast Guard inspected and approved to accommodate up to 33 passengers. Amenities include a bathroom, a shaded area and many seats for a comfortable cruise. We also have two tables that can be used to handle your food and beverage requirements. 

Captain Don Heckman

A native of New Jersey, Captain Don Heckman discovered Sag Harbor in the 1970s when he was attending Southampton College. He worked for a time as a commercial fisherman, but surgery to remove a brain tumor put an end to that career. It did not keep him off the water, though. After recovering, he obtained his captain’s license and bought his first tour boat, which he replaced with the American Beauty II about a decade ago. Captain Heckman said he would probably keep at it “until I die or win the lottery. And if I win the lottery, I’ll probably do it another 10 years.” The reason? “I enjoy it. Really, I love it,” he said. “I meet a lot of nice people.” (Excerpt from an article by By Gavin Menu – August 3, 2016 in Sag Harbor Express)

Captain Don Heckman aboard American Beauty in the Hamptons
Photo by Michael Heller photos