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Cruising Itinerary 10 days in Maine

Jul 6, 2016
5
Baltic 51 40878 Perth Amboy
So if you had 10 days to sail from Mt. Dessert Island to Portsmouth, NH, where would you go? Best anchorages? Best moorings? Best sight seeing?
 

TomY

Alden Forum Moderator
Jun 22, 2004
1,870
Alden 38' Challenger yawl Rockport Harbor
So if you had 10 days to sail from Mt. Dessert Island to Portsmouth, NH, where would you go? Best anchorages? Best moorings? Best sight seeing?
For the best in the Mt. Dessert through Penobscot Bay, I'd spend a couple days sailing and overnighting through the Merchant Islands and the Fox Island Thoroughfare. Many anchorages to pick from and a few rental mooring options. Good in any wind. (Anchorage off Hells Half Acre. Moorings in the Thoroughfare: Browns Boatyard in North Haven, Perry Creek has private moorings but they are used by transient boats).

In the middle, Tenants Harbor has protected moorings, great food at Luke's Lobster (opens tomorrow) and this is a good spot to push off out of the bay and head Southward.

Weather will then become the greatest factor in your timing when you leave Penobscot Bay. Boothbay is a convenient spot to overnight, moorings and protected anchorage.

Casco Bay has several good island anchorages in the outer bay, pretty and convenient(Jewel is a good one).

Biddeford Pool is a great stop, moorings and anchoring options.

Isle of Shoals is a great overnight. You can usually pick up a vacant mooring but odds are better during the week. You're 10 miles off Portsmouth.

That's only scratching the surface but will use up 10 days .
 
Feb 14, 2017
29
Mainecat 38 Anacortes
Midcoast Maine provides the most options for a 10 day itinerary. Use Rockland as your 'base' for supplies and head across towards Vinalhaven and surrounds. Pulpit Harbor, Seal Bay, Merchants Row, Eggemoggin Reach, Castine, Blue Hill Bay (to gain respite from the lobster buoys, but not necessarily Blue Hill itself) Southwest /Northeast Harbor, and perhaps down towards Pemaquid all offer the 'Maine experience'. 10 days only scratches the surface...
 
Feb 11, 2017
85
former Tartan 30 41971 now in Rockland, ME
I may be repeating the above, but spend as much of the 10 days in Penobscot Bay (and East) as you can. Time to get to Portsmouth depends on weather and engine size.