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Maine bound & back

Planning to head north from Salem Ma to Maine Labor day week. So I have 9 days total to leave and get back. We like a mix of going in for drinks/dinner and going in to places to look at ruins and coming back to the boat to eat (already been to Jewell Island).

We don't want to have to get a slip, so either moorings or anchorages only. We are willing to do either a long run to get to the first stop or a long one to get back, but this is a cruising trip not a 3 day each way sail trip.

Looking for suggestions for places to see.

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Re: Maine bound & back

Go to booth bay. Check the weather then decide. Remember home takes longer than going down east on the usual se erlies from where you are starting.
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Boothbay, is that the best SNers can do

been there, done it, plan to avoid a repeat of it

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Re: Maine bound & back

You could gamble a bit with weather, and hopefully ride a prevailing southerly to Penobscot Bay. Because of the curve of the coast, it's not that much farther than Maine points to the south.

Then sail in the bay for a few days. Just cruising around the Fox Islands will give you great options for anchorages, moorings and sailing grounds(Try Nebo Lodge for drinks from your mooring in North haven village).

Then plan to meander southward in short hops, along the coast. That time of year, odds are good you could pick up a land warmed westerly breeze that can send you nicely along the coast in flat water.

Pick your stops along the way.
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Nice anchorages in upper Casco Bay: Snow Island, The Basin. Moorings at Dolphin Marina. Bathrooms, showers, and pretty decent restaurant. They take mooring reservations. Can be rolly depending on wind.
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This thread I will like below was extraordinarily helpful when we went. I highly suggest you read through it.

We planned to return this year, but had the opportunity to cruise a bit with the kids and that was too far to connect with them. Perhaps next year.

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I'm just going to head to Rockland and worry about the rest when I wake up each day!

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Sooo much to see and do in Penobscott bay and Acadia Nat Park.

Seal Bay on Vinalhaven
Frenchboro on Long Island
Somes Harbor on Mt Desert
The free bus in Acadia takes you to many great places: Bass Harbor, SW Harbor, NE Harbor, Bar Harbor. And lots of great hiking trails to climb for great views. You could spend your whole time in Acadia. We spent 10 days anchored in Somes Sound and rode the bus everywhere.
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In the end; once again a schedule works against your plans. I went, but after going North to Maine the past 2 years now I think between the fog and the 10 zillion lobster pots I'm not going again! It is like playing pinball with a blind fold on.

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... after going North to Maine the past 2 years now I think between the fog and the 10 zillion lobster pots I'm not going again! It is like playing pinball with a blind fold on.

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