I sail Maine
a lot, and did the P-town to/from Downeast 4 times this summer.
You do not need a sea anchor
. You really don't need a life raft, especially if you have a dink. You plan on going ashore, right?
allows you to travel on days you would otherwise be staying put. I like the integrated system with overlay - if it's not on the chart, but it's on the radar
, it's a boat. That said, it's expensive, and might not use it much in your home waters. Maine
is our home water
, we use it enough to justify.
Do you have a laptop
? Go to P-town, download GRIB's from sailmail, go when the wind
is favorable. Same thing for the return. I'll take 20-30 knots downwind in a heartbeat. I'd rather motor
in a dead calm than sail overnight upwind in 20-30 with family
aboard. This is supposed to be fun. If you play the weather
windows, this is a nice trip. You'll see lots of whales.
Take the drysuit, in case you foul your prop and need to swim. Watch out for "toggled" pots. These are 2 buoys connected by a line shallow enough to cause a headache.
East of Cranberry Island there are very few services, and lots of fog
. You need to be self sufficient if you're going to Roque Island, Mistake or Mud Hole.
Don't miss the lobster roll on Frenchboro at The Offshore
Do you have a friend who sails
these waters? If so, borrow a copy of Taft and Rindlaubs "Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast". It's a good start. If not, PM me and I'll send you my spare copy.
Blue Hill Bay has fewer lobster pots than other inland waters because it's deep.
Once you're past the entrance, Eggemoggin Reach has basically no pots, and is one of the most beautiful sails
on earth. Once you're finished, go to Holbrook, just south of Castine. You can thank me later.