Spirit on the coast of Maine

Sailing the Maine Coast is an extraordinary journey. It’s hard to believe that there’s more coastline than California (3,478 miles). To try and write about every stop and shore excursion would be too much for anyone to bear. In a nutshell the weather is humidity free, comfortable 65 to 75 degree days and cool nights. The landscape is different than any other place we’ve ever sailed – rocky coasts, pine trees galore, hundreds of little coves and no two boats that look alike. The people we met along the way couldn’t have been more welcoming and gracious, making us feel at home.

Maine is a world of wooden boats – classic designs that remind us of what sailing was all about years ago. Also, we were amazed that catamarans that have taken over the Caribbean hardly exist on this pristine Northeast coast. And, a day didn’t go by without a visit from the seals playing and making there way around the coastal waters.

The biggest eye opener was the lobster traps. We’ve always heard they were spattered throughout the Maine coast waters but had no idea to what extent – they’re everywhere! At times, sailing was like being on a slalom course or playing a video game – challenging but fun. So challenging that we snagged a couple. On one Erik had to dive under the boat in 52° water to cut it free from our prop. Not to be outdone, two days later, Leah dove in to free us from another buoy – hot toddies followed both! In Maine each licensed lobster fisherman is allowed 800 traps – there have to be a lot of licenses issued!

And then there are the almost daily fog banks that roll through – on goes the foghorn and an extra layer of warm clothing. The 70 degree days can disappear quickly and the sailing gets real challenging!

We did some kind of hike, or long walk, just about everyday – there were trails everywhere. We spent a few days in Southwest Harbor, part of Acadia National Park, the largest national park east of the Mississippi. The trails and scenic views were incredible, and the hiking gave us all a chance to burn off some calories. Much needed!

Hopefully the photos below give all a glimpse into this very special sailing ground, but now we need to end this post – time to head in for another lobster roll!

Historic Camden Harbor

On the town dock in Castine

A walk along Castine’s shoreline

The Castine lighthouse

Typical Maine coastline

Sunset over Bucks Harbor

Early morning calm in Buck’s Harbor

It’s never too early!

The bridge over Eggemoggin Reach (we let the oncoming cruise ship go through first!)

Bridge clearance of 85′ – Spirit’s mast 80′. Whew!

A lobster trap “minefield” – one of thousands!

Each lobster fisherman has their own uniquely colored buoys to keep track of whose buoys are whose

Lobster fishermen pulling up a trap

…and here comes another fog bank

The tiny fishing village of Frenchboro with Spirit anchored off in the distance

Finding Spirit anchored in the fog after dinner in Bass Harbor

Anchored off Cranberry Island with the backdrop of Acadia National Park

The shoreline of Acadia National Park

Spirit anchored at the head of Somes Sound as a fog bank rolls in

Some careful sailing in the fog

A beautiful quarry on Hurricane Island

Seals sunning on the rocks

Sunset over Stonington

    Spirit’s track around the coast of Maine