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05-05-2008 08:55 PM
sgkuhner The URL didn't post on the last message so here it is:
05-05-2008 08:54 PM
sgkuhner Kitty and I have sailed around the world twice and we still consider Maine to be THE BEST cruising grounds anywhere in the world. It is best to go to Maine in August as the seems to be less fog then. In 2006 there was almost no fog for the last half of July and all of August. I put together a few of our favorite places to visit and have posted them at the URL below. Then if you are heading south for the winter, do not rule out crossing over to the Bahamas. From that URL you can click on messages and read about our fun n the Bahamas and going down the ICW.
05-05-2008 03:49 PM
DaveEv From someone who has cruised the Maine coast for over 10 years and running, you will not regret the trip. Be prepared for extensive fog, especially prior to September, and don't even think about making the trip without "A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast" by Hank and Jan Taft and Curtis Rindlaub. This is one of the better guides I have seen from any region and will significantly improve your planning. Maine alone has more coastline than the entire USA west coast. In a couple of months you will be able to visit all of the major regions, but will not come close to exploring everything there is to offer. Don't bother with anything south of Casco Bay, but do consider venturing east of Mt Desert, a boundry often self-imposed by most cruisers. Enjoy!!!

Dave E

(Also, don't travel all that way to just freeze your ---es off in October!)
03-24-2008 06:24 PM

We had a great time that night - it felt like cruising to pull into a harbor and meet interesting people. Also, its always a treat for us to have guests! Frenchboro is one of our favorite places, beautiful scenery, nice people, and great hiking trails.
03-22-2008 04:35 PM
soulesailor We met Bill and Susan last summer at Frenchboro, Long Island, a gorgeous gem along the coast of Maine. We met for cocktails aboard Rondo and gabbed it up good. They are awesome. They loved the Bahamas.
03-20-2008 10:03 PM
sgkuhner That would be the very same Rondo. Bill and Susan Henderson from St Georges Maine. We had more fun with them that winter. I hate to admit this; but, we would leave an anchorage 15 minutes behind them on our trip down the ICW together and would pass them as they were sailing and we were powering. Then at the end of the day we would find an anchorage and damn if they didn't sail in only 20 minutes after we had put our anchor down.
03-20-2008 08:35 PM
JiffyLube The California coast would be a greater place to cruise, if the government would build us some islands.
03-20-2008 08:20 PM
camaraderie Chapter 18 was the best! But words do not do justice to Scot's description of his singing in the Karaoke bar. The applause was because he stopped...but it died off quickly lest he think someone wanted an encore! Miss Kitty remains a saint among women.
03-20-2008 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by sgkuhner View Post
As I used to tell our friends on Rondo before they left for the Bahamas, "you don't have any idea about what it will be like! It will be much better and more fun that you can even imagine now!"
Hey, I know a couple who sails on a triton named Rondo that sailed to the Bahamas.
03-20-2008 02:06 PM
sgkuhner If you don't use a cutter on your prop shaft, at least bring a shorty wet suit, a weight belt and a mask and snorkel with you so that you can dive on your prop if you do pick up a lobster pot. The water is cold.

By the way, I usually write some newsletters of our trips an post them on a website for our friends to read. If you want to read about our trip down the ICW in the fall of 2005 just go to:

Yahoo! Groups

Then if you want to read about our time in the Bahamas that winter you can navigate your way back to the messages and scroll down o message 18 to read about that winter in the Abacos.

As I used to tell our friends on Rondo before they left for the Bahamas, "you don't have any idea about what it will be like! It will be much better and more fun that you can even imagine now!"
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