The Boothbay Region Land Trust [BRLT] maintains two guest moorings. The mooring in the channel in front of the stone wharf is in 12.5 feet at MLW, but the narrowness of the channel warrants a stern anchor. The mooring in the inner pool, north of the dinghy dock, carries just 3.5 feet at MLW. (The Taft/Rindlaub Guide’s report of 6 feet contradicts both my and the caretakers’ observations.)
The holding ground south of the stone wharf is decent, but one’s scope is limited by the proximity of private moorings. A stern anchor is strongly advised. The number of vessels that can cram in here depends on their size, the skippers’ ground tackle, risk acceptance and ingenuity — and everyone’s friendly cooperation (almost always evident). In settled weather, some opt to anchor south of the moorings at the harbor entrance, but it tends to be rolly. Note that Damariscove (pronounced locally “Dammerscove”) is popular with day-trippers who depart late afternoon or early evening. If you find the best mooring occupied, it never hurts to inquire as to intentions. Finally, although it has sheltered vessels for 400 years, it is not a good place to be in a blow.