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DonScribner 02-27-2013 12:50 PM

Penobscot Bay
My wife and I are headed to the other chart in July. We haven't gotten past Muscongus Bay yet. It takes about three days to get there from our side, so with 6 days to cruise, it's turn around at Port Clyde and head back. Well, this year were going to sail dead up wind at 65 knots to Camden to launch. So, the question is:

Where are some good, secluded islands/anchorages in that area? W'eve picked out a couple of places but we want to be able to go ashore, maybe a trail run or explore a little, but not trespass or offend, bad form. We are also not into the touristy stops. We are not "from away". (My family's been in-state since 1640.) We've got a shoal keel so we sail thin water pretty well.



Tim R. 02-27-2013 01:22 PM

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Don, one of the best places I can think of is Perry's Creek on Vinalhaven. It is right off the thoroughfare across from Northhaven. Very secluded anchorage. You will be able to get way up in away from other boats and they have nice trails.

The next best place I know of is Holbrook Island across from Castine. Public moorings and nice trails. Less secluded although Castine is a quiet town off the beaten path.

Warren island(Isleboro) also has trails and moorings but is used quite a bit for camping, family BBQs and such.

Seal bay on Vinalhaven is a great anchorage but limited shore access and no trails.

Pulpit Harbor is a more crowded anchorage. You will see schooners overnight here. You can go to shore but no trails. Some island roads to run on. A real party atmosphere on the weekends. Similar to Snow Island or the Goslings in Casco Bay.

If you want to head a bit further east, I highly recommend Buckle Island/cove off of Swan's Island. Good place to stop if you are doing the reach. Another great place in that vicinity is Isle Au Haut which has trails in the section that is part of Acadia National Park.

Those are the ones I can think of for now. If you want less crowded, start the last week in August(or later) as the kids are back in school by then.

BTW, this post is strictly confidential. Don't tell any other sailors about these spots;)

DonScribner 02-27-2013 07:19 PM

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Thanks! I won't tell a soul!

Minnewaska 02-27-2013 09:53 PM

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Has a bit more than you're looking for, but we started this trip from Camden as well. There were many great ideas and you'll see our recap as the thread goes along. I'm thinking another cruise for us out there in 2014. More to see.

DonScribner 02-28-2013 01:30 PM

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I'm at work (lunch) right now but I'll dig deeper when I get home tonight! Looking forward to the season.


Dharmabum 03-02-2013 06:32 AM

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We have a home in Camden and can truthfully say there is absolutely nothing like sailing in Maine. We have spent the entire summer cruising, and did not visit the same place twice.
We have recently purchased another boat and will be sailing in Narragansett Bay for a year or two (trying to sell our farm in central Mass), but am already missing Maine.
I've sailed the Narragansett Bay for several years prior to moving to Maine and say it is nice-but it's not Maine. I do think that the only place that comes close to sailing Down East may be Nova Scotia,
Good luck and following seas,


Minnewaska 03-02-2013 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Dharmabum (Post 997233)
.....We have recently purchased another boat and will be sailing in Narragansett Bay for a year or two (trying to sell our farm in central Mass), but am already missing Maine......

We love both and can't wait to get back to Maine. To be fair, if you want to be warm, you have to be in Penobscot in Jul or Aug. We were there in late June and felt in character in our foulies, with cold misty fog and rain, but would come the next time in warmer weather. There is something special about the pace of Maine.

Narragansett and vicinity has many great places to sail as well, but its certainly different. The Newport area gets very touristy, but there are more remote places. Although, you'll never be without neighbors. Within a half day's sail, there are more destinations than one could really get to know in a lifetime.

Sounds like you are already familiar with Narragansett, but if you need any advice, just ask. I'm not a walking encyclopedia, there are places we've never gotten to in the 20+ we've been coming here. But that says something in itself.

Dharmabum 03-02-2013 05:20 PM

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[QUOTE=Minnewaska;997256]We love both and can't wait to get back to Maine. To be fair, if you want to be warm, you have to be in Penobscot in Jul or Aug.

I hear you. I will say that Sept and Oct sailing in Pen Bay can be life changing!

I spent several years at East Passage Yachting Center, in fact still have a very good friend up there. We have opted to be on a mooring at Dutch Harbor, for at least this year.

We will be spendiing some time in Maine this summer. I have always loved the overnight from Onset up to Rockport, especially passing over Stelwagen.


AirborneSF 03-02-2013 05:41 PM

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'LOVE PORT CLYDE"!!!!! Sorry, had to say that.

CaptainForce 03-02-2013 06:31 PM

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Six days! We take two months to get up to Penobscott Bay from our home port in Florida. We like Pulpit Harbor and tuck into that little cove to starboard after entering,...
We also frequent North Haven, Bass Harbor, Ilesborough (I think it's called Warren Park). Actually there's no point in me listing favorites,- I like everything up there! Of course, as a Florida boy, I can't get into the frigid water!

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