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Old 01-27-2011, 12:12 PM
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Great info in here, thanks guys!!
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by lakensea View Post
Here is a link for tide charts, plus quite a bit of other info on this site:

http://maineboats.usharbors.com/mont...Maine-Downeast

You're getting lots of good info from posters here. Even though I'm the only one that actually lives here, I rarely get to venture very far off the island. I do spend a lot of time on the water - about an hour at a time delivering customers boats and testing new boats - can't go very far in an hour. On the rare occasion I have time to take friends/relatives out, they want see up Somes Sound, go sea glassing on Great Cranberry Island, and eat lunch at the Islesford Dock Restaurant on Little Cranberry Island. And when I do get a day off, there always seems to be chores to do, plus our dogs and my classic Corvette are always demanding attention also!

The thing I love about boating around here is the lack of commercial activity - just beautiful, breathtaking scenery uninterupted by big marinas, lights, tanker ships etc.

I do tend to take it for granted, so sometimes I just have to stop and look around when we're up in the sound and think how great it is to actually be making a living out on the water around here. It makes all the hard work and tough financial times the last few years all worth it.

I hope you make it up here, as I know you will enjoy your stay and not want to leave. We have some renters that come every year, and on the day they are leaving, they are already making plans for the next year.
Isleford Dock - one of the last great places to eat on the water. We have many late nights there!

Where on Cranberry do you go seaglassing?
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by lakensea View Post
Here is a link for tide charts, plus quite a bit of other info on this site:

http://maineboats.usharbors.com/mont...Maine-Downeast

You're getting lots of good info from posters here. Even though I'm the only one that actually lives here, I rarely get to venture very far off the island. I do spend a lot of time on the water - about an hour at a time delivering customers boats and testing new boats - can't go very far in an hour. On the rare occasion I have time to take friends/relatives out, they want see up Somes Sound, go sea glassing on Great Cranberry Island, and eat lunch at the Islesford Dock Restaurant on Little Cranberry Island. And when I do get a day off, there always seems to be chores to do, plus our dogs and my classic Corvette are always demanding attention also!

The thing I love about boating around here is the lack of commercial activity - just beautiful, breathtaking scenery uninterupted by big marinas, lights, tanker ships etc.

I do tend to take it for granted, so sometimes I just have to stop and look around when we're up in the sound and think how great it is to actually be making a living out on the water around here. It makes all the hard work and tough financial times the last few years all worth it.

I hope you make it up here, as I know you will enjoy your stay and not want to leave. We have some renters that come every year, and on the day they are leaving, they are already making plans for the next year.
Gary,

Reading your post I realized that I should talk to you about some of the things to do over on your side of the reach. Isleford sounds nice. After our trip back from Bass Harbor last year we made a few more over to SW Harbor and Somes Sound. We are thinking about going to the campground in Somes Sound up in Somesville this season. Do you know anything about that?

Also, for anyone that will be in Penobscot Bay, there is a very nice island off Isleboro called Warren Island. It is a State Park and is only accesible by private boat and was created for boaters. There are very well mainatined campsites out there, they have about 7 moorings and a nice floating pier. The website is http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/par...and/index.html
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by ghargraves View Post
Isleford Dock - one of the last great places to eat on the water. We have many late nights there!

Where on Cranberry do you go seaglassing?
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by sbohlen View Post
Gary,

Reading your post I realized that I should talk to you about some of the things to do over on your side of the reach. Isleford sounds nice. After our trip back from Bass Harbor last year we made a few more over to SW Harbor and Somes Sound. We are thinking about going to the campground in Somes Sound up in Somesville this season. Do you know anything about that?

Also, for anyone that will be in Penobscot Bay, there is a very nice island off Isleboro called Warren Island. It is a State Park and is only accesible by private boat and was created for boaters. There are very well mainatined campsites out there, they have about 7 moorings and a nice floating pier. The website is http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/par...and/index.html
Scott,

I've heard good things about that campground (I think they've been in looking at boats). Islesford Dock Restaurant is very nice. I forget when they open, but they close on Labor Day. He has a large private dock. Make sure you have a reservation as a couple of the tour boats have dinner cruises to there.

I have a few Union River customers, and a Brooksville customer, all with 2020's that like to go up to Roque Bluffs downeast. I think it would be a long trip from Bucksport, but if you were camping up the sound, you could meet up with them on the way. They've been trying to get me to host a Key West Boats cruise for years, but I just can't seem to find the time during the summer. If you want, I'll have them get in touch you next summer.

Did you get stuck in Maryland?
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by lakensea View Post
Scott,

I've heard good things about that campground (I think they've been in looking at boats). Islesford Dock Restaurant is very nice. I forget when they open, but they close on Labor Day. He has a large private dock. Make sure you have a reservation as a couple of the tour boats have dinner cruises to there.

I have a few Union River customers, and a Brooksville customer, all with 2020's that like to go up to Roque Bluffs downeast. I think it would be a long trip from Bucksport, but if you were camping up the sound, you could meet up with them on the way. They've been trying to get me to host a Key West Boats cruise for years, but I just can't seem to find the time during the summer. If you want, I'll have them get in touch you next summer.

Did you get stuck in Maryland?
Count me in. A Key West boat cruise sounds fun. I would love to make the trip. I was planning some trips out of NE Harbor this year so maybe I can do it from there. We will book a room at the motel or the Asticou. Feel free to pass along my info.

It's been an interesting trip to MD. Lots of wet heavy snow this week. Got some performance testing at the plant tonight and driving North in the morning. hopefully the roads are cleared up.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:59 PM
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Rented a little mako in Bar Harbor. Went off of Acadia a mile or so and saw a giant tuna jump out of the water. It was awesome!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by lakensea View Post
My wife's secret - if I told you I'd have to kill you, then she'd kill me. Of course, I think she could be bought - buy a boat or engine from us and she'd probably let me tell you (of course I'd probably still get a beating!)
I will stop by the shop in August and ask again!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by ghargraves View Post
I will stop by the shop in August and ask again!
New Key Wests (211CC, 2020DC, 186CC, 176CC, 166SK) and Seaways (21 Seafarer & 18 Sportsman) now in stock - Which one would you like, and who should I send the contract to? We'll have it all ready when you get here so we can take you seaglassin'!

All kidding aside, your name sounds familiar - have you been in my shop, or have we ever done buisiness?
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:16 AM
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Wow Acadia is a lot farther than I remember.

I'm in MA and am hoping to plan for a trip of 300miles towing a 28ft vessel....should be fun
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Originally Posted by lakensea View Post
New Key Wests (211CC, 2020DC, 186CC, 176CC, 166SK) and Seaways (21 Seafarer & 18 Sportsman) now in stock - Which one would you like, and who should I send the contract to? We'll have it all ready when you get here so we can take you seaglassin'!

All kidding aside, your name sounds familiar - have you been in my shop, or have we ever done buisiness?
Yes - sent you a PM
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:16 PM
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Were you able to dock on Monhegan? I hear Monhegan is a hard place to visit by boat with very limited docking or mooring options. i would like to make the trip myself but I am not sure if it's a great idea on a 20 foot boat.
Sorry for the delayed response ...

There are several moorings in the little Monhegan harbor ... they are largely owned by the commercial fisherman but it's ok to grab one, take the dinghy to shore and find the harbormaster to get formal permission.



Here is the Bertram 28 on the mooring at Monhegan Island



spectacular spot



the kids want to swim regardless of the water temperature ... this was Bar Harbour.

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I ran my 30' Sea Ray from Connecticut to Acadia visiting many places in between. Get A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast by Taft and Rindlaub (highly recommend), a Maptech Chart Book and a Embassy New England Coast Guide. Each tells a little more and different. There are so many harbors and moorings, I can't begin. There is a pretty mooring area at the top of Somes Sound that might be right for you. Don't forget the islands off Deer Isle. Lots of incredible places to see. When navigating, what shows as a rock on a Maine chart might be bigger than you expect - elsewhere something that size would marked as an island. The navigating can be challenging there are so many islands and the GPS may not have them located to 50 yard accuracy. Be aware that there are stretches of water approaching Mt. Desert that are exposed to open ocean and can kick up quickly like the run across Blue Hill Bay. Other areas are nicely protected. It is true about the lobster pots. A pole with a knife taped to it helps. Learn about toggles. Expect a high tidal range (12')' may affect ability to launch or get into a harbor. Radio plus handheld. Forget about cell. No reception in many places. A gps with good maps, radar if you are doing more than a run around the bay on a sunny day.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:49 AM
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Thanks Bert. It looks nice out there. I may have to make the trip. Do you keep your boat in Northport off Bayside during the summer? If you find youself in Bucksport look me up. There is a good festival in Bucksport the weekend of July 30th. Excellent fireworks.
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Thanks Bert. It looks nice out there. I may have to make the trip. Do you keep your boat in Northport off Bayside during the summer? If you find youself in Bucksport look me up. There is a good festival in Bucksport the weekend of July 30th. Excellent fireworks.

Ok ... will do ... have not made it North of Searsport yet but a run up to Bucksport sounds like fun. Yes .. I have a mooring at Bayside but also realized it's tough to do much maintenance and cleaning while on a mooring so I'm enjoying a slip at Consumers Fuel Belfast too.

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I sailed up there 25 years ago and stayed in Northeast harbor. Lots of fog and lobster pots.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:41 AM
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There is a nice article on the Maine Island Trail Association in the latest issue of Points East Magazine. It's availabe free at most yacht clubs, boat yards, dealers, etc. in New England.
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ahhhh... a dream of mine!!! How long of a trip is it from Boston to make it up there (20 or 25 knots)?
I'll tell you when I do it. Will be doing shinnicock to peaks island (casco bay)end of July this year. Not quite Arcadia but should be a good ride. Planning on 5 days, knowing it could be 2 or much longer. But there are plenty of cool places along the way to wait out the weather.
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Just got my campsite reservations for Warren Island this summer. The weekedends were filling up fast. Bring on the sun!!
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It's great hearing other people talk about a boat vacation around MDI. My wife and I have been vacationing there almost every year for a week or so for 16 years, and I have always wanted to have a boat while we were there. Thought about chartering a Hinckley, but I don't have enough experience. The name of the campground is Mount Desert Campground, and it is a fantastic spot with waterside campsites at the top of the Somes Sound. They have a little coffee hut called the Gathering Place that gets pastries from various bakeries changing daily from all around the Island, and sell hand dipped ice cream at night. Man, you guys are killing me.......hmmm
I wonder if I can trailer my Shamrock 600 miles, where would I moor it while staying at MT Desert Campground?....oh boy this is gonna cost me.
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