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Old 20-06-2021, 03:32   #1
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What would be a great base for cruising Maine?

Would like to have a slip for the season and the ability to head north or south along the coast.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 20-06-2021, 09:06   #2
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Re: Maine Cruising

Clam,


Rockland is a great harbor if you want to be in the middle of the best cruising. Call Kevin at the Landings Marina or Ship at Journeys End Marina for info on slips.


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Old 20-06-2021, 19:54   #3
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If you're planning to head North or South to cruise, why do you need to pay for a slip for the season? Why not get a much cheaper mooring, since you're not going to be on it much anyway? Portland is an option that might work well. There are jets to get you in to the city. Handy's Marina in Falmouth is perhaps ten minutes from the airport, and Casco Bay provides weeks of cruising options before you need to move beyond that. Bring fender boards if you want to try some of the more rustic locations.
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Psk125 - I’ve never been to Maine....one of these days......

What are the fender boards for? Are you saying the ‘remote locations’ will be crowded and thus no particularly ‘remote’ to my mind.

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What are the fender boards for?
That was my first thought. I'm trying to recall any time I've used them in Maine, and I can't. I guess if I ended up tied to some pier against pilings, I'd use them. Hasn't happened to me in Maine yet, but I suppose it could. I've done that in Massachusetts and Atlantic Canada.

The overwhelming majority of marinas and other places a recreational boat might tie up in Maine have floating docks. And not those stubby little floats you have to back up to and tie the bow to a piling - proper floating docks you can cleat off to.

Where you will see a pier without floats would be a commercial dock. Not always the best choice for a recreational boat. They're generally for short-term tie-ups only, and don't be there when someone wants to unload their catch! Oh, and wear your boots and use old lines. It can get messy.
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Fender boards are for use when tying up against pilings. They hang from your rail outside of your fenders and rub against the piling, so you don't have to worry about the fenders not being in exactly the right position between the boat and piling. We have two six-foot 2x6's, which are big enough to be useful but not too big or heavy to stow. As Capt Tom says, most harbors in Maine do have floating docks, but you may find an occasion 'down east where they could be handy. We needed them for refueling in Stonington CT just last Thursday.
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I've heard slips are pretty tight there in the summer. They might be difficult to find. Good luck
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We chartered out of Journeys End Marina. Penobscot Bay was amazing. We could have explored there for a month. The tidal range was cool. The scenery was perfect. The only downside was the lobster pots.
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Re: Maine Cruising

Rockland or Belfast, and you will most likely get a mooring, slips in ME are not going to be available this summer
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