I'm looking at the Marina situation in Maine and there isn't much up there. What is up there looks more geared toward people with deep pockets.
Are there many good places in Maine that are friendly to living off the anchor?
We would like to find someplace in the NE so spend a couple of months.
In very general terms, in venturing anywhere north of the Chesapeake in the summer season, brace yourself for some serious sticker shock regarding marinas, moorings, and so on... Those around here who've been railing against the new mooring field in Beaufort, for instance, or who might believe they should be able to anchor anywhere they please, for as long as they want, well... chances are they might not as thoroughly enjoy cruising LIS or New England during the summer season, as those of us more inclined to accept certain 'realities'.... :-)
Not to suggest it can't be done, of course, the coast of Maine alone affords a virtually limitless array of anchorages and possibilities. New England in the summer and fall has to rate as one of world's finest cruising grounds, but it's our equivalent of the Med in terms of also being the playground of many of great wealth, so in certain regards can be a bit of a challenge to those of us cruising on a tighter budget...
If keeping your costs to a minimum is of primary concern, you might consider venturing beyond Down East, up into New Brunswick, or across to Nova Scotia... Absolutely marvelous cruising ground, wonderful people, far fewer boats (and no lobster pots), shoreside access less restricted, and your dollars will stretch a bit further... Cruising in a modest boat, you'll still be welcomed everywhere you go up there, sadly the same cannot be said through much of the NE beyond NYC...
Still, summer cruising doesn't get much better than Maine... as long as you don't mind the 'occasional' spot of fog, of course... :-)