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The Basin on Vinalhaven is even more of that but you need big brass man jewells to go in there..
Yup, we circled, we looked, we circled, we said "Maybe not! There is probably a trick to it"

But - we do want to try it. Maybe this year.

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Yup, we circled, we looked, we circled, we said "Maybe not! There is probably a trick to it"

But - we do want to try it. Maybe this year.
The trick is to go in with the dinghy. There are MANY non-charted erratic boulders thrown like marbles along the entrance. It can be done but I won't do it again after going in at low tide in the dinghy and seeing the sheer number of gigantic erratics along the entrance.

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Re: Maine

Maine is back on the rotation!! We're planning a two week cruise this summer and will try to hit a few more of the above recommendations. Thanks again to all!

This time, we're planning the 24 to 30 hr direct sail from the Cape Cod Canal to the Maine coast. So I'm looking for the best landing spot when we get there. Here's what I'm hoping for......

No brainer access (my wife may not do well with the watch system and I may have been up for 30 hrs straight)
Well protected so it's not vulnerable to Murphy's Law and exposed the day we arrive.
No concern over anchorage or mooring availability, but no reservation.
Probably a Sun or Mon arrival, if that matters for accessibility.
A little town would be nice to get off the boat and have a meal (maybe after I sleep). Not mandatory.
Prefer not to motor or jibe up a long inland passage. Once we see land, we're going to want to drop the hook soon.
We're think of Penobscot area, give or take, but open to all recommendations.

We're very excited about coming back.

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Maine

Head straight for MDI and grab a mooring at NE Harbor. This is a good spot to begin meandering your way back West....

If you really want to enjoy Maine do a Man's delivery trip the week before and grab a one way rental home. Start your trip in Maine and maximize......

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Re: Maine

Thanks MS. We've been to MDI hiking before, but have never been by boat. Is NE harbor going to have both moorings (54ft swing) and anchorage easily available without reservation, in July?


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Re: Maine

Thanks for restarting this thread.
If you only had 12 -14d and you were starting in Barrington R.I. Where would you go?
Limitations 6'6" draft. Just me and the bride for watches.
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Thanks for restarting this thread.
If you only had 12 -14d and you were starting in Barrington R.I. Where would you go?
Limitations 6'6" draft. Just me and the bride for watches.
Essentially identical requirements and crew resources. One other factor is your swing. Many mooring fields don't have many options over 50 ft.

To do Maine in two weeks, at least one way will need to be a long couple of days to get it done. Our plan is to bang that out early and hop back. Last time, as you read above, we had her delivered out and we sailed her back. Luxurious. This time, my wife actually wants to give the overnight a try. She's only been sailing for 6ish years now. So that I don't ruin my chances on future longer passages she will be willing to come along on, conditions are going to need to be ideal.


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Re: Maine

I'm a little luckier. Although wife is new to sailing (3+ yrs.) she was a powerboat live aboard in her youth. She is safe to stand single handed watches and stare at the screens but needs me on deck for major evolutions ( reefing, changing sail plan or major wind shifts). We did go to Maine last year with just the two of us. She has done multiple long coastal hops ( back and forth to Hampton, Norfolk and Annapolis) so I trust her to be safe even in fog or at night.
She's still working so options are there and back during her limited summer vacation or there and her rent a car to get home leaving me on the boat until she gets another multi day break and does another one way rental to help get back to homeport.
In past we get to Penobscot with in a long day as its "down east" ( no beating and can count on 7+ knots) but back is another thing and takes 2 days.
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Love Penobscot and will definitely head there again. Saw about 2% of it in a full week. Shore hop down to Casco, perhaps, then may try Marblehead in one shot back from there.


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Thanks MS. We've been to MDI hiking before, but have never been by boat. Is NE harbor going to have both moorings (54ft swing) and anchorage easily available without reservation, in July?
It is my understanding that the moorings in NE Harbor are first come first served. They do have some for your size boat, see this rate schedule:
http://www.mtdesert.org/Public_Docum...er%20rates.pdf

There is no good anchorage there. You might be happy anchoring near the Cranberry Islands, but an even better choice is go up to Somes Harbor. There is plenty of room to anchor there, there is a dinghy landing and dumpster, and one of the free bus routes passes right by, making it a 15 minute ride to Bar Harbor.

I usually want to stretch my legs, so I will walk down to the bus stop at the Somesville Library, a short and easy trip, plus you can sit and enjoy the view of the water or of the flowers along a little bridge nearby. If you have a heavy load of laundry, etc. you can flag the bus down. If the bus is full (which happens later in the morning/day) it will not stop, since it will have picked up a full load in SouthWest Harbor and other points along the way, so best to plan your errands earlier in the day.
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