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Old 01-25-2011, 06:40 PM
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Default Anyone boat around Acadia National Park

I want to get up there for a few weeks this summer. Will trailer from MA and hopefully spend a week up there....maybe leave it on a mooring or transient...

Anyone have any experience in the waters there?

Looking for some good areas to dock or moor. I am familiar with Mount Dessert Island, which is where I want to be, but not from the waters perspective.


Despite the storm coming I think its time to start planning for summer!!!!
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:39 AM
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There are several areas for dockage around that area. SW Harbor, NE Harbor, maybe something in Sommes Sound...

A couple things to make sure you have:

1. Radar - the fog can roll in instantly and be as thick as pea soup. Without radar you can still boat.....but be careful.

2. A wet suit and good knife - I think you can actually walk across the whole area without getting wet by just stepping on lobster pots. WHEN you do wrap a pot in your prop remember the water is bitter cold (hence the fog). If you need to go in to cut the pot lose you will want a wet suit. A dry suit is even better.

3. A good GPS is helpful. It is a very rocky area so you don't want to stray out of the channels..... and remember the fog.

It is a fantastic place. Enjoy.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:03 AM
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Default Hey Dennin

I did Outward Bound Hurricane Island when I was 19. We sailed up into Sommes Sound etc. There's probably many transient slips/mooring to choose from, as pointed out by Mike. Don't miss cruising into Sommes Sound. There's a spot where a waterfall dumps into the ocean up there.....really nice spot.

A couple of thoughts, as I am planning trip there in July for a week, but going by boat (to see the Lobster Boat races). Join MITA (Maine Island Trail Association).

http://www.mita.org/

They are stewarts of many of the smaller islands (private and public) in that area. Some you can go ashore and camp, others allow you to drop a hook, in their peaceful cove. Membership gets you a large spiral bound book that outlines the islands they have permission to use.

Casco & Penobscot Bays are littered with the lobster pots, many of which are strung together, not singles...Wetsuit /knife is no joke. If you are Inboard or I/O, you might add mask/fins & waterproof flashlight to the list.

I'd also look at getting some of the coastal cruising guides. They are a wealth of info on local knowledge (of waters and land sites etc). They do outline methods to avoid the pots etc too.

Just my .02

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As you probably already know, the area around Mt Desert and Merchants Row is considered one of the world's premier cruising grounds.

Joining MITA is an outstanding recommendation and the guide book is very helpful. However, there are many islands that are not listed but are open to the public, such as those managed by Acadia (such as Bakers and Placentia) or those managed by the Maine Cost Heritage Trust (such as Marshall or the Black Island closet to Gott); check out their websites for more info

There are many great public boat ramps (particularly Northeast Harbor) and plenty of public and marina moorings available, as well as dock space.

PM or email me with specifics, I can provide much better guidance.
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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)?
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PM lakensea for advice: http://www.thehulltruth.com/members/lakensea.html

He is in Bar Harbor: http://www.lakeandsea.com/
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
ahhhh... a dream of mine!!! How long of a trip is it from Boston to make it up there (20 or 25 knots)?
Birdy,

180 miles from the eastern end of the Cape Cod Canal.... 150 from the tip of P-Town.

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Thanks Gordon. I also have two weekly vacation rental homes (not on the water), and a mooring in Somes Sound and in Pretty Marsh Harbor. One house is right next my house/boatyard. The other is in Pretty Marsh on the other side of the island.
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Lots of great places to boat around MDI and in Penobscot Bay. Check out Stonington, Isle au Haut, NE Harbor, Somes Sound. There is a good cruising guide http://www.mainecoastguide.com/

I boat out of Bucksport Maine and have gone all over Penobscot Bay and over to MDI. There is alot of protection from the islands so as long as you keep an eye on the weather, you can cover alot of ground. If you go throgh the reach into Penpbscot Bay be sure to check out Castine, Bucks Harbor, and Camden/Rockland.
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Lakensea......I spent some time on the pretty marsh side last time I was up....In a kayak...but my girlfriend and I covered a lot of ground. We put in at Seal Cove and paddled up to Pretty Marsh bumping island to island...we loved it.

Now I want to bring the boat up....very much looking forward to it. I got some good boating under my belt now so I am much more confident about navigating which should serve me well.
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it's all a great area, there are places to anchor and yours so far inland there the tide wash would be the worst thing, a wicked 20 foot tide moves some water, and comes up quick, but you can tuck in behind any island and be safe. And them dam lobster pots, if you get your anchor stuck into them, best anchor you can have, but it's hard pulling it up if you pull by hand. I like Casco bay my self cheaper and closer to everything. And it's 100 miles to p town, 250 gallons of fuel, 5 hours a easy day trip in the summer
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Default ghargraves....

I went to the MCHT website, but there doesn't seem to be an emphasis on using (or publishing) the land in their trust. It seems more oriented towards education and the "why" of conservation (and donation).

This seems like a fine organization and no one could ever question their dedication, just can't seem to find anything concrete....just seems vague on the "where".

Is it me or did others find the website vague? (from a use perspective) If anyone can direct me differently, I welcome inputs.....

(Dennin don't mean to hi-jack your post....hopefully this info would be of use to you as well)

Just my .02

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Originally Posted by pgkeating View Post
I went to the MCHT website, but there doesn't seem to be an emphasis on using (or publishing) the land in their trust. It seems more oriented towards education and the "why" of conservation (and donation).

This seems like a fine organization and no one could ever question their dedication, just can't seem to find anything concrete....just seems vague on the "where".

Is it me or did others find the website vague? (from a use perspective) If anyone can direct me differently, I welcome inputs.....

(Dennin don't mean to hi-jack your post....hopefully this info would be of use to you as well)

Just my .02

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I have a pdf that I downloaded from Old Quarry Adventures (a kyack company) that has a great listing of islands and permittable uses. I cant find it on thier website anymore but if you PM me with your email address I will send it to you. It is too large to attach to this post.
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Default Hey sbohlen....

Thanks. PM'd you.

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We are based in Penobscot Bay (Bayside) during the summer ... we really enjoyed a side trip to Southwest Harbor. One of my favorite trips was to Monhegan Island. It's a nice way of life up there.
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Originally Posted by Bayside Bert28 View Post
We are based in Penobscot Bay (Bayside) during the summer ... we really enjoyed a side trip to Southwest Harbor. One of my favorite trips was to Monhegan Island. It's a nice way of life up there.
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.
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What do the different MITA memberships get? (individual, family, sustaining ect)...i can't find details as to how they differ..

I will definitely have to learn the tides up there. I thought it amazing that at low tide cars were going out to the island outside bar harbor...and kayaking I remember going out looking at the trees and coming back looking at 12ft of rock ledge...pretty neat...the dolphins and seals were also great
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Marshall Island (near Swans) is another good one - has 'sand' beaches, good anchorages, and campsites.
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Default Just to give you an idea.....

When we were sailing through Merchant's Row, we would tack and site a spot on land, come about (tacking further, so we thought), then when come about again, only to be looking at the same spot on land.

We'd have to come about and find a broader, less swift piece of water.

Planning with the tides, knowing which way the waters flow (into/out of estuaries) on tidal changes and wind can make all the difference.

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Originally Posted by dennin7418 View Post
I will definitely have to learn the tides up there. I thought it amazing that at low tide cars were going out to the island outside bar harbor...and kayaking I remember going out looking at the trees and coming back looking at 12ft of rock ledge...pretty neat...the dolphins and seals were also great
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.
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