Re: Maine and North
Cruising to Nova Scotia will give you great sailing. From Boston you are about a 3 or 4 day sail across the Gulf of Maine. Expect lots of Fog, but with the right weather window its an easy sail.
Once in Nova Scotia waters check out Clarks Harbour, Carters Beach, LaHave River Yacht Club (good People warm hospitality), then sailing between West Ironbound and Halifax there are over 365 Islands for perfect cruising with lots of water.
Climate here in Nova Scotia is Med 50's at night and High 70's and low 80's in the daytime from June to September.
Marine life you will find is Pilot Whales, Humpback Whales, Sunfish, Seals, Porpose, if you fish from your boat then expect to catch Cod, Mackrel, Haddock and Polluck. Lots of Blue and Mako Shark in the water, tuna, swordfish, etc.
Let us know if you make it up to the Lahave River Yacht Club, and we will certainly introduce you to some great times. You can google the club and it has a nice website.
Todd n Robin