Hi PPollard and welcome to the newsgroup.
We keep our boat in Rockland and usually stay in the Massachusetts
to Nova Scotia
area. Basically the Gulf of Maine. We are pretty hearty when it comes to sailing but as we get older we get softer. Tranditionally we have put the boat in the first week of May and many years we have been the first sailboat in the mooring
field. For the past few years we have waited until the week before Memorial Day and that has been fine with me. May and even June are chilly out there. We routinely take our ski clothes to the boat after Sugarloaf closes and we use them for a few weeks in May/June and October. I mean full gear
, hats, mittens, parka, etc.
When you think of sailing the Maine coast you just have to look at the water
temperature (currently 41 at the Penobscot Bay bouy) and then add the wind
chill and you see why the mooring
field does not fill up until the end of June or the 4th of July.
That said, you can put in whenever you want. There is nothing like sailing on a beautiful, sunny day and looking around and seeing nobody else but the fishermen and the ferries. You can drop a hook in any cove and be by yourself all night. Also the colder weather
decreases you chance of being enveloped by the fog
Enjoy your boat, and give us a call if you are up our way.