Advice for Cruisers From Cruisers

Pretty Marsh from Pirate's Point
Pretty Marsh is a small diverticulum just off the northern end of Bartlett’s Narrows. Those who choose to anchor here will often be rewarded with a rich abundance of diverse avian and aquatic life.
North Haven is a quintessential Maine island with a mix of friendly island residents and well-heeled summer folk. It has rugged lobster boats, well-kept yachts of all shapes and sizes, charming village streets, and all manner of summer "cottages."
aerial view of Blue Hill
As one progresses about ten miles north from the Flye Island light, the bay tapers towards the iconic entrance to Blue Hill Harbor and the charming town of Blue Hill -- all presided over by the eponymous Blue Hill Mountain.
Bucks Harbor is a well protected harbor at the western end of the Eggmoggin Reach that is well protected on all sides.
Port Clyde is a great place to stop briefly for supplies and a walk. It can be a busy place with the Monhegan Ferry coming and going and the large lobster/fishing boat fleet. So, with its ice cream store, well-stocked general store, restaurant, and rental moorings, this is also a good stop for the night.
aerial view of Camden Harbor with Curtis Island in the foreground
Perhaps Camden Harbor has more to offer the cruising sailor than any other on the coast.  Numerous mooring, anchoring, and docking options, comprehensive marine services, more than a dozen restaurants to please any palette.
One the most picturesque and secluded bays for peace and quiet for the best Maine has to offer.
sunrise at SW Harbor
On the quiet, west side of Mount Desert Island, active Southwest Harbor is one of  Maine's top destinations for cruisers under sail and power. If you believe in the Goldilocks principle -- Southwest Harbor is one of those great Maine harbor-and-town combos that’s “just right”.
Bar Harbor sunrise
Bar Harbor offers a host of services, including a well-staffed hospital emergency room, a well-organized harbor with municipal moorings and a friendly harbormaster, and even some wifi wafting out from the resorts complementing strong cellular service.
Northeast Harbor is a well-protected, attractive harbor on Mount Desert Island and provides the full range of amenities needed by visiting yachters.  It is the furthest east port in Maine to do so. It also offers extensive shore-side activities, including easy access to Acadia National Park. 
The head of Winter Harbor has three separate coves, which represent the range of boating in Maine.
Somes Sound is the only fjord on the eastern Atlantic seaboard. At the head of the fjord lies graceful Somes Harbor, where the shoreline levels.
Fort Point lighthouse
In a bight, about 6½ miles in from the Isles of Shoals, lies Fort Point, New Castle, New Hampshire and the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. This river, with swift currents and a tidal range of 9-11 feet, forms a border between New Hampshire and Maine.
Roque Island Archipelago has enjoyed a well-deserved and well-earned mythical status. Located at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, just around the corner from our country's northern border with Canada, this collection of barrier islands is far beyond the cruiser's comfort zone of marinas, mooring balls, dinghy docks, and access to support services.
Six miles up the west side of the Sheepscot River, Robinhood Cove (also known as Riggs Cove) is a well-protected harbor with a full-service marina. It’s quieter, prettier, and more secluded than nearby Boothbay.
aerial view of Rockland harbor
This is the biggest little city in the Penobscot Bay area. It has services galore for visiting yachts and a lively arts community. This, along with several fine restaurants and wide array of provisioning options, makes it the ideal place for getting things done and enjoying yourself simultaneously.
pebble beach, water, island in distance
Uninhabited Cross Island, along with Scotch, Outer Double Head Shot, Inner Double Head Shot, Mink, and Old Man Islands that surround it, is a National Wildlife Refuge (one of five Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuges) encompassing approximately 1700 acres. A few acres around the abandoned Coast Guard boathouse and house were given to the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. It makes a great stop while Down East to go hiking and soak in the views or just relax in a place where you'll likely be the only boat.
Pulpit is one of Maine's classic "must-see" harbors. It's a safe anchorage in nearly all conditions, has beautiful surroundings, and offers mesmerizing views of the Camden Hills at sunset. And it's centrally located on the coastal route up and down Penobscot Bay.
Frenchboro harbor with buildings on each side
The small, tenacious community of Frenchboro is a long standing and constantly evolving tribute to the working people who settled and call home the remote outer perimeter of the three thousand islands along the Maine coastline. From cockpit level your eyes appreciate the small prim well-cared-for houses of the village that line the road. The […]
Sparkplug lighthouse at the end of a long stone pier.
Portland, the largest city in Maine. It has several marinas and chandleries, great provisioning, and it is a big "foodie" destination with dozens of excellent restaurants.
Jonesport Harbor is located at the eastern end of Moosabec Reach and is a hardcore fishing town with only a few resident pleasure boats. This is a well-protected harbor due to its substantial breakwater and is a good place to ride out a blow.
mill pond at Smith Cove
Smith Cove is a gem of a destination with abundant room, great holding, and excellent protection (and a decent cellular signal).
The Mud Hole is located in the center of the east side of Great Wass Island. It is an intimate, extremely well-protected anchorage with high, undeveloped shores and access to beautiful hiking trails.
One of Maine’s most scenic estuaries, the Damariscotta River is also a place of peaceful beauty, especially on a day with fog or stormy conditions on the ocean just outside.
Often passed by, this tight, well-protected, and largely undeveloped anchorage offers boats passing east or west a convenient stopping-off point on the east side of Casco Bay without having to head farther up the New Meadows River.
Long Cove at the northern tip of Orr’s Island is a marvelously secluded and quiet cove - used by locals as a hurricane hole.
aerial view of Castine, Maine
At the head of Penobscot Bay where the Bagaduce River empties, you will find Castine, one of the oldest settlements in North America. Come visit, soak up all the history and wander around the Maine Maritime Campus
Ovens Mouth passage seen from the deck of a sailboat.
The calm waters in the Ovens Mouth basin provide a peaceful anchorage away from fog and tourists and a body of water conducive to paddle boarding, kayaking, or dinghy sailing.
Aerial view of the Islesford docks with boats moored in the harbor.
Anchoring in the Cranberries offers one of the most majestic sights in Maine – a view of sunsets over the Acadia National Park mountains from your own boat.

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