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2 Weeks Ago 01:29 PM
seaner97
Re: Maine

Quote:
Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Thanks for the alternate Portsmouth referral. I might have otherwise truly gone out of my way to avoid the harbor next time.

As for being cold, we certainly anticipated. It wasn't finger numbing cold, just damp and piercing. I wore the following:

Ski thermal base layer
Ordinary long sleeve shirt
Barbour Storm sweater
Mid-weight foulie
Watch cap

I've been comfortably outdoors in the winter with nothing but that sweater and a t-shirt on. If anyone is unfamiliar, look them up. Classics. Worth every penny

I swore I was prepared. I did the 8pm to 10pm without issue, then slept in the cockpit. 12am to 2am ended with a dash below to shake off the damp cold. 4am through sunrise was just as tough.

Still, all worth it.
What does an overnight at Wentworth cost? Place is pretty swanky- can't be cheap.
2 Weeks Ago 12:11 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Maine

We got to Freeport on the last trip. Very developed, but worth seeing. I recall a pretty good current up there, but we were tied to a Brewer's slip for that visit.
2 Weeks Ago 09:59 AM
warren22
Re: Maine

I sailed "upper" Casco Bay of 29 years. Check out South Freeport (Harraseeket river), well sheltered. Also, the area behind "The Goslings" Depending on the wind, there are many islands you can duck behind for an overnight.
2 Weeks Ago 02:14 PM
jhwelch
Re: Maine

The room to anchor is just NW to SE of that pier. To the north there is the jetty. I have seen boats anchor on the ocean side of that jetty. The holding there is excellent. I once watched a large yacht plunge on its anchor for at least a day during a storm (why they anchored on the wrong side of the jetty for that storm I did not understand).

http://i.imgur.com/CI3OxDp.jpg
2 Weeks Ago 01:57 PM
jvlassak
Re: Maine

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Originally Posted by jhwelch View Post
I have been working at the Isles of Shoals and running the launch for a little bit this year. In settled conditions there is an anchorage with adequate swinging room and holding in the NE corner of the harbor, close to the pier that juts out from Cedar Island. I've anchored there in the past when the harbor was full and my only problem once was another boat arriving late and anchoring too close and after we bumped in the night we rafted up so we all could go back to bed quickly.

Every weekend is going to be different out there. Last Friday was a beautiful day and boats only started to arrive very late in the afternoon. By Saturday morning the harbor was quite full, with several largish-rafts.
I've been told that one can anchor on either side of that peer depending on the conditions - have you ever tried anchoring at the other side?
2 Weeks Ago 12:49 PM
jhwelch
Re: Maine

I have been working at the Isles of Shoals and running the launch for a little bit this year. In settled conditions there is an anchorage with adequate swinging room and holding in the NE corner of the harbor, close to the pier that juts out from Cedar Island. I've anchored there in the past when the harbor was full and my only problem once was another boat arriving late and anchoring too close and after we bumped in the night we rafted up so we all could go back to bed quickly.

Every weekend is going to be different out there. Last Friday was a beautiful day and boats only started to arrive very late in the afternoon. By Saturday morning the harbor was quite full, with several largish-rafts.
2 Weeks Ago 12:39 PM
cthoops
Re: Maine

Thanks for the report. Maine is on our bucket list. Glad you had a good time (well, except for the collision of course).
2 Weeks Ago 09:01 PM
seaner97
Re: Maine

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Last trip, we did grab a mooring at the Isle of Shoals, but it was tight. It's my understanding that anchoring is not good. You might grab a rock and think you're set, but I read in one of the cruising guides that its just a pool table with a few rocks on it down there.

I did check the PYC website and, indeed, their moorings are free, as long as a member does not arrive and need it. You are required to vacate if they do. I also noted they set a 42ft limit.

We arrived at Portsmouth at around 7:30. It was closer to 9pm by the time I gave up trying to get the hook set and made it over to the yacht club. I bet I tried 6 times in separate places. I noted reviews of the anchorage that said it was good holding. I will bet they never tried to back down on their anchor.

We just made about 5 or so hours down from Portland and I was highly tempted to just bail out of the harbor and do another overnight. If the sun weren't setting, I would have. Getting past the lobster pots at the harbor entrance and the random fields offshore were the deterrent.

Taking Portsmouth out of the equation, the one issue with a cruise to Maine is this leg, between the Maine Coast and either Provincetown or the Rockport/Glouster area. There's little between.

I hindsight, I should have departed Portland at sunrise and made Provincetown or maybe Marblehead by sunset.
Yup- The Piscatiqua sucks because of the tides and the current, and if you can't pick up a vacant mooring at the Isle of Shoals, the anchorage can be very hard.
Fun sailing, crappy place to stay.
2 Weeks Ago 08:20 PM
jvlassak
Re: Maine

Thanks for the report - it was very helpful. We're leaving for Penobscot on Sunday. Idea is more or less the same: go straight to Penobscot from Salem, spend time there (Camden, Castine, North Haven/Vinalhaven, Isle au Haut...) and then sail back with several stops along the coast. We have about two weeks, so should be doable I think.
2 Weeks Ago 01:01 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Maine

Quote:
Originally Posted by capecodda View Post
Nice trip report! Good going. Glad swans was on the money, worked many times for us.

Our favorite stop in Portsmouth (although wicked pricey) is the Wentworth Marina. Nice people, a few good restaurants, courtesy car to add provisions, fuel, and lots of old friends. They are very accustomed to handling boats your size and bigger on the docks.

I cannot think of a dead head to Maine when I was warm on night watch.
Thanks for the alternate Portsmouth referral. I might have otherwise truly gone out of my way to avoid the harbor next time.

As for being cold, we certainly anticipated. It wasn't finger numbing cold, just damp and piercing. I wore the following:

Ski thermal base layer
Ordinary long sleeve shirt
Barbour Storm sweater
Mid-weight foulie
Watch cap

I've been comfortably outdoors in the winter with nothing but that sweater and a t-shirt on. If anyone is unfamiliar, look them up. Classics. Worth every penny

I swore I was prepared. I did the 8pm to 10pm without issue, then slept in the cockpit. 12am to 2am ended with a dash below to shake off the damp cold. 4am through sunrise was just as tough.

Still, all worth it.
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