Chartering On Maine’s Coast
Top: In the classic Maine village of Stonington—an ideal
stop while cruising the coast—the opera house has been
converted to a performing arts center and movie theater.
Above: The state of Maine is going to great lengths to
preserve increasingly valuable working waterfront sites such
as this one, which includes a lobster-buying and bait station.
The wise charter skipper keeps a paper chart at hand
marked with the day’s planned courses, estimated dead-reckoning fixes, and calculated arrival times, and he or she
always knows the state of the tide and current. Tides
average 10–12 feet in Penobscot Bay and up to 20-plus
feet Downeast as you approach the Canadian border.
Tidal currents can run hard in the narrower water
stretches and major river outlets, and you will always want
to keep your eye on which way the lobster buoys are
tending. Remember: if you enter a river or river estuary,
the ebb tide is stronger than the flood tide because you
add the natural flow of the river to the listed current.
GPS notwithstanding, it is very easy to confuse buoys
or to not be able to differentiate between islands. One
headland can look like another. Here are some navigation
tips for cruising the Maine coast:
• Watch the weather. Check the NOAA broadcast
• Long Range Cruising
• Innovative Wave Piercing
Bow Design Provides
• Two or Three Stateroom
• Built by Selene/Jet Tern
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