Never implied ignorance of LIS, but chose to comment about the hyperbole regarding “an order of magnitude more interesting”. Comparing Maine to other areas is a lot like apples and oranges. Each area has its own characteristics that include positives as well as negatives.Thanks, I grew up in NYC and sailed LIS with my dad out of Branford CT for many, many years. We sailed from Branford to MDI, Halifax NS. and Bermuda, so I have been to Fisher's Island, Block Island, Shelter Island, Gardner's island, Cuttyhunk, Nantucket, Martha's Vinyard, Provincetown, Montauk even up the CT river etc. multiple times. I then spent 20 years exploring the coast of Maine in my own boats. My comparison is not based on ignorance of LIS.
I’ve made a couple of cruises to Maine and appreciate what Maine has to offer, but it isn’t an order of magnitude more interesting IMHO. One of my more memorable experiences was rescuing a fellow cruiser who got knocked down several miles off York and couldn’t reestablish the raw water prime for his engine. With no SeaTow or TowBoat US to help, I took him under tow unit he could work on the problem and motor under his own power through a serpentine, rockbound narrow channel into York Harbor. That experience was certainly was “interesting” and it was a reminder of how you need to be prepared for a more rural experience when you sail to Maine. Of course, that is also part of the charm—less crowded waters, at least in some places.