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06-25-2011 06:04 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by rikhall View Post
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.
06-25-2011 12:36 PM
rikhall
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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
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.
06-25-2011 12:26 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by TomMaine View Post

PS Rockport where we live and keep our boat, is a quiet working harbor. Not too much going on. Mainesail is right, over rated.
Just doing my part to keep the riff-raff out...
06-25-2011 08:23 AM
TomMaine
I enjoyed your commentary.

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We've done some serious hiking and really hoped to give IAH a try.

To this visitor, Seal Bay was better (much more than Camden or Tenants). The later just were not as Disney ad I expected, which was good.
Some come downeast for the solitude only. I think they miss something. Maines an eclectic coast and some attractions, like Camden, are more seasonally geared toward the tourist industry. But they also have a long working harbor history that's interesting if you like that sort of thing.

We live right in Rockport Harbor but still enjoy going to Camden (I can walk there in 15 minutes) every now and then on our sailboat.


The trick is not to overnight on the moorings in Camden, but get an inner float or spring for a dock inside(as it sounds you did). It's quite a harbor to watch it all go by, especially knowing the seafaring history there. Solitude,...not.

Conversely, I can be in a secluded anchorage just a couple hours from my mooring in Rockport. In fact you can go from secluded to crowded (Maine crowded is relative), just by changing your tack in Penobscot Bay.

We've been sailing Penobscot Bay now for nearly 2 decades and still feel there's much to explore. The sailing conditions here are fantastic! Second to none.

I think that's what I enjoy most about living and sailing this area. It's the old Maine and the New Maine. Take your pick. For some, Penobscot Bay is too new and they head farther downeast. It's good to have that option so close.

Every few years, we hang a right out of the bay and head to the Cape.

While it's a little more difficult, I can find enough seclusion down that way as well. The area too is rich in history and beautiful.

We're lucky to be right in the middle of all of it!

Glad you enjoyed yourselves and took many areas in.

PS Rockport where we live and keep our boat, is a quiet working harbor. Not too much going on. Mainesail is right, over rated.
06-24-2011 11:01 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
We've done some serious hiking and really hoped to give IAH a try.

To this visitor, Seal Bay was better (much more than Camden or Tenants). The later just were not as Disney ad I expected, which was good.

Seal Bay is really one of the best. The Basin on Vinalhaven is even more of that but you need big brass man jewells to go in there..
06-24-2011 10:28 PM
Minnewaska
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That sucks about the weather because you truly missed one of the crown jewel's of the Maine Coast. The island is spectacular and the hiking is amazing. Frenchboro is another one. We spend an entire day every year hiking IAH island and have still not hit all the trails. The thorofare is a true working harbor and one of the few that is friendly to visiting Yachtsman. As a local you appreciate this type of spot a lot more than a place like Camden or Tennants but as a visitor places like Camden probably seem better...

I've been cruising this cast for over 37 years, since I was just a kid with my parents, and have still not seen it all.... Just hiked a new island this past weekend we had never done..
We've done some serious hiking and really hoped to give IAH a try.

To this visitor, Seal Bay was better (much more than Camden or Tenants). The later just were not as Disney ad I expected, which was good.
06-24-2011 10:07 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post

Isle au Haut Tboroughfare..... Hiking is supposed to be good here, but it rained every minute we were there, so we didn't get the chance. We thought the harbor was just okay. Lots of wakes from lobster boats and the ferry. If I was looking for nothing to do, I would rather be back at Seal Bay or Winter Harbor.
That sucks about the weather because you truly missed one of the crown jewel's of the Maine Coast. The island is spectacular and the hiking is amazing. Frenchboro is another one. We spend an entire day every year hiking IAH island and have still not hit all the trails. The thorofare is a true working harbor and one of the few that is friendly to visiting Yachtsman. As a local you appreciate this type of spot a lot more than a place like Camden or Tennants but as a visitor places like Camden probably seem better...

I've been cruising this cast for over 37 years, since I was just a kid with my parents, and have still not seen it all.... Just hiked a new island this past weekend we had never done..
06-24-2011 08:40 PM
Minnewaska This is worth noting. We returned to RI today and the Blue Angels were practicing for their weekend show. As we came up West Passage, they were banking directly around us. Honestly, while I heard the USCG securite call, I swore I wasn't supposed to be where I was. One banked (honestly 100 ft above our mast) and we saw the pilot in the cockpit. They were practicing their "low show"' for the weekend as ceilings were 800 ft.

My wife said, "isn't that nice that they brought the Blue Angels out to celebrate our return". I thought it was funny.

Nailed the docking by the way, which is really the highlight of the entire trip.
06-23-2011 09:10 PM
chef2sail Sounds like you had an awesome trip....and cant wait to do it again. My two times in Maine we had weather from the extremes of the spectrum. What struck me most was the unbridled unspoiled beauty and the friendlieness of the locals..


Thanks for the update/

Dave
06-23-2011 08:46 PM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by rikhall View Post
Come back and enjoy again. Next time, come mid July until Mid August - it will be very different and just a beautiful.

Rik
Thanks Rik. I hope to. We have a lot of plans and it's the one thing that made me sad. I'm not sure when it will fit in the rotation again. Probably not for a few years. Nevertheless, we really enjoyed it.

We picked these weeks intentionally to avoid all the traffic of Jul and Aug and I would recommend them to anyone willing to be a bit more on their own. Many places would have been tougher to sneak our LOA into without a reservation and we didn't want to make any.

Again. Many thanks.
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