Originally Posted by caradow
... you cannot anchor in the harbor because there is a lot of chain on the bottom. You must pick up a mooring ...
The harbor bottom is primarily composed of very large flat rocks. Large chains have been laid across the rocks and mooring gear
is attached to links in the chains. Most visitors find space pretty far away from the landing, and moorings in at the landing are usually occupied by residents.
The usual custom at Matinicus is to pick up a mooring and wait until someone shows up to collect the fee. Matinicus is a lovely spot, eerie and beautiful, and definitely "in the ocean." However it's also a working harbor and visitors are not the primary industry.
They may still have the hot dog truck once a week. This was considered a major event in the day.