Cruising Maine September 2011 XI
20 September 2011 | The Goslings, Casco Bay, Maine
Cruising Maine September 2011 XI Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 9 AM The Goslings Casco Bay, Maine Water temperature 59 F
Sunday was another fine fall day here in Casco Bay, Maine and we took advantage of it by going to Jewell Island. Jewell is a popular location with a small anchorage but we hoped that by early afternoon on a fall Sunday there would be room to anchor when we got there. As we arrived at Jewell, one boat was pulling anchor and there was plenty of room for us to anchor. The bottom there is reported to be good holding mud but the first time we tried to set the anchor, it didn't hold. That was the first time this summer that the anchor didn't set first try. When I pulled the anchor up to reset it, it was covered with a thin, soupy mud; not the thick, heavy mud we usually see here in Maine. I think so many boats anchor at Jewell that over the course of the summer that they plow up the bottom. The second time we set the anchor it held.
Jewell is a State owned island that during WWII was an island outpost guarding the Portland harbor. There are two concrete lookout towers on the island and assorted bunkers, crumbling barracks, and gun pads. We climbed the tallest tower and were rewarded with a scenic view of Casco Bay..
By Sunday night, we were the only boat anchored at Jewell and we had the place to ourselves. Monday morning we pulled anchor and moved a few miles to The Goslings. This is another very popular weekend spot with many permanent mooring balls. We picked up a secure looking mooring and went ashore on the easternmost Gosling. After beachcombing for awhile it was time to head back to the boat and go to work. We are getting ready to store the boat here in Maine for the winter and the list of things that need to be done is fairly long. Yesterday I changed the engine oil and pickled the reverse osmosis water maker. Two chores down, 28 more to go.
It's time to drop our mooring and head to Royal River Boatyard. We pick up a rent car this afternoon and go retrieve our van and trailer.