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Hi,
A friend is planning a trip from Huntington LI to Jonesport Maine, which is north of Bar Harbor and I was wondering if you could give me any hints on the best harbors to stop along the way and how long you think it would take. I know, but he is oblivious to reality.
A trip I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole !!!!! But trying to help him!!!!
A Good friend!!!! Cruiser vs 2 hr. racer. Not a good combo I am finding out.
A little knowledge and a lot of knowledge on two different planes of thinking.

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Sue,

There are literally dozens of great places to stop enroute. A little more info would be useful, e.g.,

- what type/size boat?
- condition of boat?
- experience of crew?
- timetable?

The trip COULD be a great one. It's not particularly hard (I just moved my boat from Washington, DC to Penobscot Bay in Maine....a good 5-day trip). Lots of cruising sailors up in Maine about now, including two friends who went by Jonesport a few days ago and are today headed for Manan Island area in Canada. However, these are experienced cruising sailors with several years Maine experience.

Depending on the timing, weather at this time of year will bring mostly SW winds, light to 20-25 knots max. Fog is often present, sometimes very thick fog, but August is perhaps the most fog-free month. Still, a cruising boat should be equipped to deal with it (GPS, radar, fog horn, etc.).

If you have specific questions, I'll try to help. Lots of others on this Board have good knowledge and experience of this area as well.

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Sue - why is it a trip you wouldn't touch? Maine is one of my favorite places to cruise, and the trip through the Long Island Sound and such should be interesting too! Check out this website for an online cruising guide to Maine. They also publish a book based on the information here - "A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast" which I find wonderful.

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This person has no experience with cruising.
He has a Farr 37 racing boat, no dinghy, has never turned on his stove, but knows all about sail trim I have cruised for years and know what it is really all about. Weather, shower bags, needing to touch foot on solid ground, the best harbors with the best showers etc. He, not a clue!!! Just go!!!! Be there in 3 days. Ho, Ho, Ho!!!! Good luck

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I know

I know it could be great but with an inexperienced person it could be awful.
Been there, love Maine, just really trying to help this guy out but have no confidence in the crew I guess. Lots of ????? Just trying to help him look at the reality of a cruise and time involved.

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If he can read a chart and navigate...he'll muddle through somehow.
It is not a difficult trip this time of year. He sounds like a competent sailor.
Get a copy of the northern waterway guide for him.
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Sue,

Depending on how fast you want to get there etc. You might consider the following.

Huntington to West Harbor, Fishers Island or Stonnington, CT
From there shoot over to Cuttyhunk in the Elizabeth Islands.
From Cuttyhunk, go through the Cape Cod Canal (on an fair or slack tide and go for Provincetown, or Marblehead MA.
From there go for Portland ME
From Portland you can make down east ME.

I used a 2 volume Don Johnson cruising guide to ME. Good local knowledge.

You need a dink to cruise. Watch the rocks and radar.

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You'll need..

You'll need this cruising guide for Maine: http://www.mainecoastguide.com/guides.html

Beyond that be sure he knows how to navigate in thick fog with visibility sometimes less than 30 feet. Carry a wet suit, mask, fins and a sharp knife on a wrist lanyard because you will catch a lobster pot if you're new to sailing Maine waters. Get a dinghy because there are very few launch services in Maine and you WILL want to go ashore and explore the beautiful islands.

Oh and one question why Jonesport of all places? There are far better sailing destinations in Maine than way Down East!

Check out these Maine Coast Cruising Photos and decide on spots you might want to drop the hook and visit..

Maine Coast Cruising Galleries
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising

This is not even considered fog in Maine just over cast...


This is about 60-70 foot vis:

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Thank you for your answers they have been very helpful and I will pass them on.
I know how wonderful that trip could be with a lot of time to adventure on shore.
He wants to go to Jonesport as he plans to move there and leave his boat there.

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I hope he has a job..

I really hope he has a job there waiting for him or he's independently wealthy because the economy is poor and jobs are almost non-existent..

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