Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Maine
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Many boat yards in the Portland area and even further east allow DIY. I am not sure about the live-aboard on the hard though. Portland has a major airport and is Amtrak's most northern stop on the east coast. The only yard I would trust in Portland would be Maine Yacht Center but it is just outside of town and would be a long walk to town. There are certainly others in this area but none that I would recommend. If you have to be in town, Portland Yacht Services would be best but I would not recommend them. I live at DiMilllo's Marina in town but they do not do haul outs.
South Freeport is 15 minutes(by car) northeast of Portland. They have a nice protected harbor and 2 very nice boatyards(Brewers, Stroud's point) but nothing else. You pretty much have to drive everywhere.
There are many must see places in Maine. Just travel along the coast you will have a great time as there really are no bad places. Roque Island, Penobscot Bay, Monhegan Island, Quahog Bay, The Gosslings, Jewel Island are some of my favorites.
Portland Does have a nice Anchorage on the east end where they have a beach(I would not swim there though) and you can dinghy in to town. Nice walking trails right at the anchorage.
Feel free to contact me directly for more info.
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Last edited by Tim R.; 03-08-2011 at 06:54 AM.