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24 hours on Penobscot Bay.

We escaped the sweltering heat last weekend, with a close reach on a 5 to 10 knot Southwesterly breeze. It was as refreshing as a dip in a cool mountain lake.



Sailing into our anchorage, we had ample time to raise the cockpit awning as towering storm clouds approached from the West.

Thundering on the awning overhead, the torrential rain refreshed the hot air and left us cool below, overnight.



The sights and sounds of the sunrise, were riveting. By the warmth in the dawn light, it promised to be another scorcher.



Daybreak ends as motors and voices break the spell. Soon we're swimming off the boat; rare, especially in mid July.



We sailed out mid-day into different conditions: A light 1 to 5 knot Easterly wind.

With all sails raised - needed for a meager couple knots of boat speed and shade from the noon sun - we dragged our toes in the cool ocean for miles.

It's Fire and Ice on the water in Maine right now.


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Re: 24 hours on Penobscot Bay.

Nice write up Tom. Anyone who hasn't sailed in Maine, owes it to themselves. Short season, but beautiful. We were about Penobscot, Casco and Boothbay last season, so we're staying closer in this year. Hope to be back next year.
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Re: 24 hours on Penobscot Bay.

Its hot. Massive thunderstorms every afternoon pop up out of the pea soup fog. There are billions of lobster pots. Every anchorage is 50' deep. Moorings are $$$$. Uncharted rocks are EVERYWHERE. Mosquitoes by the trillions are bigger than drones. Water temps are barely above freezing.
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Re: 24 hours on Penobscot Bay.

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Its hot.
Huh? We've only gone in early July. Perfect during the day, actually cool at night.

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Massive thunderstorms every afternoon pop up out of the pea soup fog.
We certainly saw fog, but never all day. Wait it out, if one prefers. Also saw thunderstorms, maybe one or two over two weeks each time. Nothing out of the ordinary for New England.

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There are billions of lobster pots.
Yes, there certainly are. A shaft cutter is a good idea, but I've never wrapped one. Once, at the southwestern entrance to Eggamoggon Reach, I was motoring and they were so thick, I had to drop to neutral and drift out.

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Every anchorage is 50' deep.
Not every, but certainly plan enough rode for 30ft min. If you can carry enough rode for 50ft, options are unlimited.

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Moorings are $$$$.
We mostly anchored last summer, but mooring fees were not extraordinary, when we picked one up in Camden and Bucks Harbor. 40ish, iirc.

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Uncharted rocks are EVERYWHERE.
Yes, but I've never had an issue, when staying within ATNs. If you're gunkholing, there is a ton of published local knowledge available.

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Mosquitoes by the trillions are bigger than drones.
I broke out all the screening for our cockpit enclosure, to prepare for this event. Never used it once. Maybe it's the specific time we've gone, but bugs were a non-event on the water. Hiking deep in the woods may be a different matter.

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Water temps are barely above freezing.
More accurately, mid 50s. Swimming is out. More importantly, one should be sure they have cold water survival capabilities (i.e. a liferaft). God forbid, you were waiting for rescue in a remote area, exposed to the water. The Orange pfd would simply be for identifying the body during recovery.

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Re: 24 hours on Penobscot Bay.

Temps are always over 90 except when they're below 40. It horrible.
Thunderstorms every day by noon till midnight with squalls to 80 knots. Thousands of boats hit by lightning every day.
Boats are sinking at an alarming rate, dozens per day from snagging stainless steel wire lobster pots.
All water less than 50' is full of mooring balls that are $75 and up.
Every day the vhf is ablaze with reports of sinking boats who hit uncharted rocks in the fog or in a thunderstorm.
Thousands of cases of zika mosquito bites per week.

Its horrible here. Truth.
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Re: 24 hours on Penobscot Bay.

Penobscot's a lovely place, but you will want good line cutters on your prop. Diving to remove the ~3/8" braided potwarp was an experience I could have missed out on.

You can find just about anything between Owl's Head and Bar Harbor.
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