Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
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Re: How do you rate your marina/mooring ?
We have two moorings. One in Seal Harbor on Mt. Desert Island and the other one on the Cathance River in Bowdoinham. Both in Maine. We keep boats at each location. Our I-28 in Seal Harbor and our Marshall cat boat in Bowdoinham. The town of Mt. Desert (you can pronounce it either as food or a dry expanse) includes SH so the town docks in Mt. Desert are also available. Free dinghy dock, restrooms, showers, laundromat and free Bus service during the summer that travels all over the island. We double up on the Cathance mooring when we sail the I-28 down the coast. There are years when we switch the boats.
The SH mooring has a public dinghy dock (limited to 16' boats), a maintenance dock, two 2 hour tie up docks that can handle a couple of 50 footers, a breasting pier, a gin pole and parking. Clean restrooms that are handicap accessible, a dumpster and free wifi. Fresh water at all docks. All free! I pay $50.00 / year for my mooring location rental (resident). Non residents pay $80.00. There is a 3 year waiting list for a 200 series mooring (20' to 30'). I own the stone and the tackle. We are right at open water there. No river to travel out of. We usually sail off and onto the mooring. The SH Yacht Club is adjacent to the town docks. We maintain our porch membership at the yacht club for the kitchen, showers and friends. I leave my oars in the dinghy, gas in the motor's gas can, bailer, sponge and pfd. I am thinking of adding a "portable battery box with bilge pump. Several boats keep that set up in place. It is a 10 minute walk down the hill from our SH house. Lots of friendly lobster fishermen / women there at dawn every morning.
The Bowdoinham mooring cost me $80.00 / year (non-resident). I own the mooring gear there, too. There is a small marina on the river and they keep an eye on everyone's boats. Great folks. We rent smelt shacks from them in the winter to fish for smelts. A free dinghy dock, dumpster and a boat launch for trailers. Bathrooms, a park with gazebo and band stand and lots of parking. A great little restaurant that makes wonderful sandwiches to take along and a gas station a couple of hundred yards down the road. This is a great hurricane hole. It is up the Cathance River about a mile. 12' of draft at low tide and virtually a fw mooring. Strong tidal / river current. No growth but slime. I haven't repainted the bottom paint for 10 years on the catboat. I just wash it when I haul. No access to power on the docks at either location.
Maine, "The way Life Should Be". Ha! Come visit!
Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper
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