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A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast - 4th Ed.

There is hardly a bad place you can go in Penobscot Bay. I would skip the itinerary and just explore.

Enjoy.
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yep...

Lose the itenerary! Go where the wind takes you and enjoy! You won't find a bad spot and each one is better than the last..

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There is no "season" for fog. It rolls in just about anytime in Maine. The last two summers, the fog has not been too bad. Most days were sunny with good visibility. You need a good GPS chartplotter to keep you out of trouble. I don't have radar and manage pretty well picking my days and staying put when there is no visibility.

As far as anchorages on Penobscot Bay, you will need a couple months to explore them all. Some of my favorites are Holbrook Island / Ram Island just outside of Castine. Travel up the Bagaduce and you will find more spectacular places. Try Warren Island in Islesboro. It is a state park as well.

You must sail through Fox Island therofare. It splits North Haven from Vinalhaven. There are nooks and crannies to drop a hook there. Don't miss Isle au Haut. Beautiful hiking trails and home of Linda Greenlaw. There is also a group of islands between Isle au Haut and Stonington. It is obvious on your chart and a great place to spend a night or two. Stonington is a fun place to explore but not a good anchorage since it is so busy with lobstermen producing a lot of wake.

Spend a night in Pulpit Harbor, drop your hook behind Butter Island and row to shore to visit the sheep, find Horseshoe Cove and see if you can navigate inside, don't miss Buck's Island in Brooksville and don't miss Brooklin where you can drop a hook at Wooden Boat. They have a dock that welcomes visitors to walk their grounds and visit the boatbuilding shops.

For provisioning on Penobscot Bay, it is hard to find a better harbor than Belfast. EVERYTHING is there for a boater including laundry, library, hardware, marina, pubs, groceries, movie theater, etc. All within a half mile walk of the harbor. You can usually get a couple free hours of dockage at the public docks, get diesel, water and pumpout.

Camden is also a great stop but harder to anchor. Rockport has very little and Rockland also has everything you need.

It will be a memorable summer for you. Enjoy.

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Castine (on the Penobscot Bay) is my home port. The entire bay is filled with excellent cruising destinations. The advice in this thread has been excellent. There are many island to explore and wonderful, safe anchorages to spend the night.

I'd add two warnings to what has been written so far:

1. Make sure you understand the architecture of how lobster pots are put together. I do some fill-in diving for TowBoatUS here cutting pots off the rudders and props of boats cruising through. Lobster pots are easy to avoid but you have to know what you're looking at or else you'll get snagged.

2. The Maine marine patrol is doing a little too good of a job this year. They now have spiffy Protector boats zipping around. We recently returned home from cruising from Florida to Castine and weren't bothered until we were boarded by the Maine marine patrol on the Penobscot Bay. A Maine boarding is much simpler than a Coast Guard one. Just make sure you have proper registration/documentation, PFD's, and flares. It's all they look for.


It's looking to be a nice Summer here on the Penobscot Bay this year. Come visit us!
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I hope you have radar and watch out for lobster pot buoys... there are a billion of them to dodge.

The fog is a by-product of the warm moisture-laden summer air and the cold waters in New England. Pretty common from Buzzards Bay north.

Carry a spare anchor just in case.

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watch out for lobster pot buoys... there are a billion of them to dodge.

Dawg..you keep getting your facts wrong....ther are actually a TRILLION pots!! (G)
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If you're going to correct someone you should make sure you do your research first. There's OVER a quadrillion of those damnable pots! I heard they are going to stop building bridges and just give out more permits to put pots in - you'll just drive your car across them. It seems like they are already successfully testing this out in various places.

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There certainly are plenty of pots and you need to be careful in some areas. But then again, some say the taste and cost of the lobster you get while here is worth it...
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watch out for lobster pot buoys... there are a billion of them to dodge.

Dawg..you keep getting your facts wrong....ther are actually a TRILLION pots!! (G)
Umm... you don't have to dodge them all.. just the ones in your way....

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Jeff...you are right about the taste...but I found that I can buy MAINE lobsters in NY grocery stores cheaper than in Maine!! Now if you can throw a few bills at a lobster boat guy...that is a fresh and tasty BARGAIN!

Dawg...right...so we're back to a billion eh?
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