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Old 05-29-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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Default Sail Chartering in Maine

I am looking to charter a sailboat for a couple weeks in Aug in Maine with my family (wife and two boys 6&8). Never been there but the sailing looks great. Can anyone recommend a reliable yacht charter company - looking for 30-36 ft sloop.

Also, any info on the different sailing grounds - pros and cons. We like less crowded cruising areas - crabbing, collecting oysters and clams, visiting quaint villages and the occasional warm sandy beach.

Thanks
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:28 AM
 
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do you mean captain it yourself?
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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Yes. I am looking for a bareboat charter
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:46 AM
 
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Here's one company:
Bareboat Charters Midcoast Maine - Johanson Boatworks

Don't know much about them but we have a Cape Dory 36 and that would be a fine boat for a family cruise.

The location is good as well, Rockland is in Penobscot Bay which is the heart of Maine's cruising grounds. You could easily go to Acadia, and tons of places more deserted from there. It's a great base to start with. You could go west toward Boothbay as well.

There are some good cruising guides for Maine...the book by Taft is the best.
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: some where maine
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i like to sail its fun . one time we went up to moose head and ranted a boat saild around a cpl hours then we lost the wind and sat there for about 2 hrs or so.my wife said whats hapening my reply to her was well dear we just ran out of sail boat fuel.
that didnt go over well.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the info
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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i like to sail its fun . one time we went up to moose head and ranted a boat saild around a cpl hours then we lost the wind and sat there for about 2 hrs or so.my wife said whats hapening my reply to her was well dear we just ran out of sail boat fuel.
that didnt go over well.
LOL! Pack oars next time Or, start blowing real hard....
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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Are you looking to sail downeast? Hinckley Yacht Charters is very popular....they're out of Southwest Harbor which put you close to some of the greatest sailing grounds in the world. But are you very experienced? Sailing the coast of Maine is very challenging, especially east of the Sheepscot River, which is where the best sailing is. Lots of hidden ledges, strong currents, heavy fogs which come up quickly...not for the inexperienced or faint of heart .
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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You will LOVE sailing in Maine. I used to sail in Casco Bay until we sold our sailboat but I would highly recommend Penobscot Bay for the most interesting places to sail, anchor and explore.

Here is a couple of websites that might help you out:

Points East, the New England Cruising Magazine

Maine Harbors

ps: what Toria said is absolutely right..be prepared for fog and make sure whoever you chart from provides charts ..you need to be experienced in reading charts to stay out of trouble on the coast of Maine

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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Thanks for all of your info. I was thinking of starting around Penobscot Bay. It looked very interesting.

I used to own a catalina 30 and sailed for many years out of Vancouver, Canada in the Gulf Islands. From what I can see it looks to be similar sailing - large tides, large currents, lots of rocks. I haven't sailed much in fog though. I think that I will stay at anchor until it burns off. How much fog is there in August? Is it common to be socked in for days at a time or does it usually burn off by noon??
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