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Re: NY to Penobscot Bay--fall or spring?

We often store in Maine for the winter at the end of our fall cruise. We love the trip up, hate the trip back in the spring.

Fall: Dry, less (hardly any) fog, water still "warm" (this is relative), less rain, less drizzle, beautiful fall colors, etc. We take our time and cruise.

Spring: Rain, drizzle, cold even on a warm day as the wind blows off across the cold water, fog, etc. We wait for a weather window and do long days or dead head if we can stand the cold (like ripping off a bandaid).

Besides, IMHO, storage, and any service required are lower cost in Maine and of higher quality than MA, and I suspect NY as well but don't have direct experience there. YMMV.
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Re: NY to Penobscot Bay--fall or spring?

One consideration when making your decision is that there's a huge amount of nearly fully submerged flotsam coming out of the major Maine rivers until well into June. Trees, stumps, washed out bulkhead timbers with nasty spikes sticking out, broken up floats, dead mooses... well, maybe not that many dead mooses, but you get the idea.

The beaches for miles around are littered with this stuff and that only represents a small fraction of what actually washes out offshore.

My advice, come up in early to mid September and catch the best sailing weather of the summer before the tourist services all shut down. This is haulout season, however, so it's important to arrange your haulout/ storage early or you may be backlisted.
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Re: NY to Penobscot Bay--fall or spring?

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We often store in Maine for the winter at the end of our fall cruise. We love the trip up, hate the trip back in the spring.

Fall: Dry, less (hardly any) fog, water still "warm" (this is relative), less rain, less drizzle, beautiful fall colors, etc. We take our time and cruise.

Spring: Rain, drizzle, cold even on a warm day as the wind blows off across the cold water, fog, etc. We wait for a weather window and do long days or dead head if we can stand the cold (like ripping off a bandaid).

Besides, IMHO, storage, and any service required are lower cost in Maine and of higher quality than MA, and I suspect NY as well but don't have direct experience there. YMMV.
You're very accurate on all counts. I'd often trade the whole month of June for one October weekend on Penobscot Bay.
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