(just reread my post. Comes off as belligerent. Sorry. Meant to be a friendly berating. Add a grain of salt, sea salt)
Are you nuts? Maine is premier sailing territory. We don't have the BVI bar-on-every-beach nightlife, I'll give you that. But we have thousands of coves and harbors where you drop the hook, crack a bottle of Merlot and enjoy the company of your sweetheart or friends amid the gurgle of slapping waves, the cry of gulls, the screech of osprey fishing along shore. If pulling up and going to a restaurant or a bar is your thing, we have some of that too but most of Maine is real Maine. Fishermen, lobstermen, plying the water at sun up. Schooners taking passengers on that dream excursion to Pulpit Harbor. Ferries taking people to work on the mainland or to the islands. Most of Maine is real life, real people going about their lives, not tourist stops trying to slide a couple extra American Dollars from your wallet. Along the coast you'll find McMansions. Massive mansions and 10000 SF homes owned by out-of-staters often occupied for a fraction of the year. These swelled the tax base so all the hardworking Mainers had to sell (or lose) their properties and move inland. So, don't look at those. Instead, try Seguin Is, Damariscove Is, Harbor Island, Round Cove, Burnt Cove, SW Harbor, NE Harbor, Perry's Creek, Stover Cove, Wills Gut, Hell's Half Acre, The Basin, Bucks Harbor. To name a very few of the places I have gone to and nothing Downeast.
And RI isn't in Maine. It's nothing like Maine. And as far as we can see, they own a fair share of the McMansions.
Family's been in Maine since 1634.
We've been considering doing the Maine coast, but after my experience in LI Sound and regions, I'm very trepidations about it. I found few anchorages and really no seeming interest in accommodating visiting sailors. Lovely harbors on the chart were filled to overflowing with residential moorings with no visitor moorings or spots to anchor. In the places where there was room to anchor, it was in the worst part of the harbor, with vile currents and/or foul bottoms.
The dinghy dock in Bristol RI for instance, had a half hour maximum stay under penalty of a stiff fine. Hell, one can't even get to the supermarket and back in a half hour, let alone do some provisioning. Let's rush on through lunch or dinner in less than a half hour, because that makes for a pleasant meal ashore, right?
I've got about 8 grand wrapped up in my ground tackle/windlass and I know it is secure. Some mooring???????????????? No thanks, not even for free.