Maine or Bust

Toms River, New Jersey to Maine trip. July-August, 2010.

15 August 2010 | Isle Au Haut
14 August 2010 | Acadia National Park
11 August 2010 | Acadia National Park
09 August 2010 | Vinalheaven Island
01 August 2010 | Maine
31 July 2010
30 July 2010 | Cape Cod
29 July 2010 | Elizabeth Islands
27 July 2010
26 July 2010 | New York
25 July 2010 | New Jersey

Duck Harbor

15 August 2010 | Isle Au Haut
This is the tightest anchorage I've ever seen. Three boats were here overnight and no room for one more. The constant motion from the waves coming in provide for a lively night. The mosquitoes here are really hungry, they also laughed at our citronella candle buzzing right past it.
The trails here are beautiful. Most of the island is part of Acadia National Park. The dinghy dock is very convenient for dog walkers.

The Somes Harbor

14 August 2010 | Acadia National Park
This morning we got off the mooring in Northeast Harbor and moved to The Valley Cove in Somes Sound. Anchoring was a mess since it is very deep and bottom is rocky. We rafted up with Carina and decided not to spend the night since it wasn't in any way protected and rollers were coming in from the sound.
Hiking was superb. Beautiful views of Somes sound from the top of the mountain.
After lunch we moved in to The Somes Harbor. The most protected harbor from all sides. Anchoring was no problem in 20 ft. @ high tide. The dinghy dock and dumpsters were close by. Dog walking - no problem.
There were plenty of available moorings that were yours for taking according to one cruising guide.

Northeast Harbor

11 August 2010 | Acadia National Park
Three nights is definitely not enough. Plenty of moorings @ $30 a night. We should have stayed 10 nights. There is so much to do here.
Our first trip on the FREE Island Express was to Bar Harbor. Great town, no wonder the cruise ships stop here. The Quarterdeck restaurant food sucked. I ordered a Lobster Bisque and got soup from a can. I didn't expect this in Bar Harbor, Maine. The shopping is second to Freeport.
Explored the Village of Northeast Harbor. A lot of unique boutiques including the biggest kitchen supply store I've seen in a while.
Took a Horse and Carriage ride in the park. Superb. This was the bridge tour, exploring the bridges that were built by John D. Rock for carriage roads by Italian immigrants in early 1900's. Had lunch at The Jordan Pond House. Great food and service for an establishment this size.

The Basin

09 August 2010 | Vinalheaven Island
This anchorage was worth our whole trip, well, may be except for Acadia. I don't recommend this anchorage to anybody.


01 August 2010 | Maine
Lunch at The Isles of Shoals. Then on to Bidderford Pool.

Gloucester Harbor

31 July 2010
Left Provincetown Harbor at 7 am. Held an almost straight course for
Gloucester Harbor, Mass. Wind was North @ 15-18mph. We were going up wind swiftly @ almost 7 knots.

Arrived in Gloucester at about 2:30. No township moorings available. Anchored right outside the mooring field. Actually we were pretty close to the dinghy dock and the center of town. Not many attractive stores, a lot of empty stores. No dogs allowed in most of the stores we went in to except one, a beautiful furniture store on the corner, where the owner makes most of his own furniture.

Basically a fishing village that's not too eager for sailing tourists. This is where the Andrea Gail got lost at sea. There is a memorial statue for the lost sailors here in town. This is the place The Perfect Storm movie was about.

Not a port I would visit again. Even the Harbormaster wasn't friendly.
Vessel Name: Aquaries
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 373
Hailing Port: Ocean Gate, New Jersey
Crew: Bob & Lia Rizenko
About: Retired 5 years ago. Cruising in the summer on our Benne 373 and traveling the mainland in the winter in our Airstream.
Extra: This trip is from Toms River, NJ to Maine. Traveling with 2 boats. Carina a 40 ft Beneteau & Aquaries 37 ft Beneteau. Carina is managed by a 2 year old, cream standard Poodle and Aquaries is managed by a 10 month old, white chocolate Schnoodle.

Who: Bob & Lia Rizenko
Port: Ocean Gate, New Jersey