Originally Posted by Laffangurl
Thanks seagull and toyoung! We've looked in Belfast and Camden, as noted different personalities! Walked all over Belfast, one house was tempting and close enough to walk to water
and few in Camden also. Still have one in school
so that's a differentiator also.
How hard is it to get space for boat? I understand is moorings only, only brief docking
. I'm more used to marina docks, will take getting used to!
What's the biggest differences in the harbours?
Schools; Rockland, Belfast and Camden/Rockport are each separate school
systems. All three systems are good, you'll want to check out each yourself to decide what looks best to you.
We put our 2 kids
through the Camden/Rockport system and were very pleased. There are many leading programs in the CRS system that we wanted available.
Schools and strong realestate values(I'm a design builder-don't worry, I don't need anymore work
), were primary reasons for us to choose this area of the coast.
Realestate is tricky! The good news is, this is a good time to buy(I believe). Have a long term plan in mind.
Harbors; The info here is accurate. Rockland is the better protected of the three(Camden Rockport)harbors that are fairly close. Waiting lists vary and you'll want to update each. An important thing to know, if you're considering Camden or Rockport Harbor, you can put yourself on the waiting list now for about 15.00 /year. You don't need to be a resident to be on the waiting list(or to have a mooring in our harbors). Depending upon many factors, you may get a mooring sooner than you think.
Rockport is sleepy! We get a handful of transient boats each season(I walk to the harbor several times a day, all year round). Getting dockspace to load-unload is still no problem.
Our mooring fees
are around 150/ season. I store my boat right on the public landing(38' storage
400.00). We have a strong lobstering side which keeps public costs and access affordable. "We" own most of the land around Rockport Harbor and enjoy the parks, beach, trails,picnic tables(we locals have regular "Harborques,...), and the best scenic walks around(I'm partial, of course).
I personally think the benefit to keeping your boat in this area, are the prevailing winds and the lay of Penobscot Bay.
That is what is unique. It's no secret why there is a strong historic Schooner trade
out of this area that continues today. Wind
power. Many of these boats are engineless and use the prevailing winds to make circuitous week long treks out of here, mostly under sail. That's not easy to do out of most coastal harbors and we have sailed the entire east coast
a couple of times.
It's a tough choice to those looking to relocate in this area. In my biz and life, I meet a lot of people that go through that. I caution anyone to get a real sense of each choice and not make a quick decision. It's not unusual to move to this area and soon find out you want to move to someplace nearby(for instance, do you want to walk to most everything or spend a lot of time driving).
One more thing, if you don't enjoy winter recreation(we have the local town owned Camden Snowbowl that our kids
grew up at), consider what winter will mean to you. Winter on the coast of Maine
is great or miserable, it just depends on the person.