Northeast Harbor Maine

Island Spirit and Cutter Loose share a dock float
mid harbor in North East Harbor Maine
After a rain day at Little Cranberry Island, we motored to our ultimate destination, Northwest Harbor, ME, where we are sharing a float with Cutter Loose. We climbed the Asticou Terraces and took aerial pics of the harbor and our boats. Strolling through the Thuya Gardens is always a pleasure and this time we took in Henry Curtis’s summer cottage as well. He was a landscape architect who donated the gardens to the town in a trust in 1928.
Our evening was delightful, having friends Linda, Ray and Tristan join us for dinner aboard. Linda and Radeen taught together for over 30 years. (Really?!) Hard to believe Tristan is now a senior at the University of  Pittsburgh! Since they have vacationed here many times and now own a cottage nearby, they gave us great advice on Acadia’s hikes and carriage roads. We enjoyed another round of Radeen’s homemade chili and we all squeezed into Island Spirit for a sit down dinner for 7 shared with our good “boat buddies” Eric and Patricia.
Photos of the day…
Cutter Loose, IP460, on anchor at Little Cranberry with Mount Desert in the fog

Sutton Island north of the Cranberry Isles on the approach to NE Harbor

Radeen secures Island Spirit to a NE Harbor float

Asticou Terraces overlook, an easy walk up from the harbor

The view over NE harbor, our float is to the left of the tall tree
Thuya Gardens are the reward at the top of the hike

Local artist painting at Thuya Gardens

Island Spirit and Cutter Loose on the harbor float
Thank you, Henry Curtis, Landscape Architect and protector of these hills
Tristan, Ray and Hayden on Island Spirit

Radeen and Linda, friends for over 30 years, teaching school together

Hayden takes the team back to shore after a fun dinner aboard Island Spirit

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

We sailed from Isle au Haut through Merchant Row and up into Eggemoggin Reach just in time to arrive at the finish line of the wooden boat regatta, This location at Brooklin Maine is the home of WoodenBoat School where you can learn to build your own wooden boat. We have never seen so many magnificent wooden boats and perfectly varnished brightwork and wooden masts and spars in one harbor anywhere.

In the morning, we explored the WoodenBoat Bookstore and the WoodenBoat School where we observed students working on their kayacks and small sailing dinghies. This looks like a very interesting program and maybe someday we will come up here to participate in building a boat. Take a look at some of the yachts I photographed below. I tried to show their beauty and their varnish. Enjoy the photos….

White Wings, a W Class yacht!

Team W-Class, White Wings with her FLEET!

Wild Horses, White Wings, Race Horse plus a sailing dinghy

Beautiful varnish

Ticonderoga and her gold leafed dolphin


CANGARDA and the Bow Sprit

The Classic Herreshoff Sailing Dinghy, this is one you can learn to build

Island Spirit off the stern of M/V LITTLE VIGILANT, with her race boat to port!
The RACE Course for the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

Isle au Haut, Acadia National Park Hike

Hayden and Radeen on top of Duck Mountain, Isle au Haut

Following our good friends Eric and Patricia, who are the directors of our “Outward Bound” hiking program, we followed the Duck Harbor Trail up to the peak of Duck Mountain, 314 feet high. Compared to the hike Eric and Patricia did to reach Cadillac Mountain at 1300+ feet, this was a breeze…..for them….and a stretch for us. We love to hike trails, and take in the beauty, but scaling granite boulders and steep grades was a new challenge for us. The beauty of these park trails is breathtaking! hen you reach a summit on a clear day, you are rewarded with a vista across the bay and back to Vinalhaven and the Camden hills. Thank you, Team Cutter Loose for leading us through a beautiful trail and climb.

Here are some photos of the 50+ I shot….

The Park Map, Duck Harbor Trail lower left
Island Spirit IP35 and Cutter Loose IP460 at anchor Duck Harbor
Part way up, with a look back to our boats in the harbor

A great view overlooking the bay

Looking north to Merchant Row
Patricia with Eric pointing to our boats in the harbor

Dew on the local vegetation

One granite rock ledge we climbed, National Park Service has cut hand holds into the rocks, Eric leads us UP!
Patricia easily handles the hike down
Beautiful close up of a mushroom and moss…NO we did not eat this 🙂
Back down to our boats at anchor, before we depart for Eggemoggin Reach


Notice the high tide mark on granite blocks at the dinghy dock!
Tide part way down on dinghy dock.
Tide down, part way, these blocks are about 3 feet thick!

Isle au Haut, Acadia National Park 1

Island Spirit IP35 and Cutter Loose IP460 Isle au Haut

We departed Rockland Maine for the Island of Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park system and to connect with our good friends Eric and Patricia on the dream Island Packet 460 from our home port of Rock Hall, MD. We anchored in Duck Harbor on the west side in a narrow rock lined cove with pine trees rolling up the hills. In the Taft Cruising Guide, this is rated a #4 out of 5 so it is spectacular in its beauty. I keep taking photos and none of them look half as beautiful as this place is in real life. Everyone says there is something special about the light, the colors, the water,  this place, and we both have to agree, Maine is truly beautiful. Last night we had a wonderful meal aboard Cutter Loose and we enjoyed re-visiting with our good friends Eric and Patricia. Today, we plan to hike a few easy trails here and then sail over the Eggemoggin Reach for a wooden boat show.

Here are some photos, the best I can do, enjoy the beauty….

Eric and Patricia on Cutter Loose welcome us to Isle au Haut

Island Spirit anchored in 30 feet, high tide, look at the rocks. Tides 10′
Our view from the galley port, notice the tide dropping, look at the rocks!
Granite shores with beautiful sea grass and pine tree lined hiking trails
Duck Harbor Cove on Isle au Haut, Acadia National Park

A local cabin on the water, Isle au Haut

Well, that’s it for now. I am nearly freezing here this AM. I get up at daybreak to blog, 5:30-6:00, it is now 7:40, slow connections! The temperature here in the boat is 55 degrees. I have a fleece top and fleece pants on and socks and I am still COLD! Topside the boat is soaked with morning dew, the enclosure is fully covered with moisture. The tide is down and it looks like we could be up on the rocky shore, but I am in 25 feet of water! The anchor chain wakes you up as it grinds over the granite rocks on the sea floor. The 10 cups of coffee help me to warm up. When we head for the trails today….I will be taking my jacket! Brrrrrr

Have a great day! ACADIA IS B E A U T I F U L……

Sunsets, Fog & Lobsters

AM Fog, this was good viz, about 100 yards!

Long Cove off Tenant’s Harbor is a popular and beautiful Maine anchorage. We have been here before with Bobby W. who guided us into the narrow entrance after we were totally lost in the fog. Sure enough, we got fogged in this time here again. Lucky for us, this time it was the next day, in the AM when the fog set in, so we decided to just stay put and read and work on the boat. It is one thing when you are underway and you run into a fog bank with zero visibility as opposed to choosing to go out a tight channel and into zero viz…so staying put was far easier.

While here on anchor in Long Cove, we enjoyed another beautiful sunset off the stern….

The sunset zoomed in over the pine trees

The sunset panoramic and Long Cove, Maine from our anchor.

AM sunrise over the islands off Long Cove, Maine

The Loons with their beautiful calls work the AM fog, notice the house…
FOG LIFTS, next day: Same view as top picture, but NOW we can see the exit
Owl’s Head Lighthouse to the south as you enter Rockland Maine
Local artists painted these cool signs all over town
Lobsters Lobsters everywhere. Full dinner costs $14.00, what a deal.
Schooner and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
The Breakwater was built in 1902 and is 1 mile long! SOLID Granite
Trouble in Paradise:
NEW OIL leak on the transmission oil seal. We had a similar problem in 2009 when we were up here.
Looks like we will have to deal with this again. For now, it time to enjoy a LOBSTER ROLL 🙂

Maine Island Packet Rendezvous 2011

Lobster at the IP Rendezvous Dinner

The Maine Island Packet (IP) Rendezvous is a wonderful event held in one of the best towns in America, Boothbay Harbor. The IP dealer, Norm Pierce and his gracious wife, Mary, plan and organize the three day event! They schedule the restaurants for multiple meals, they organize the speakers and outline the seminars, they write supporting documents and helpful handouts, share information about their town, and they accept your mail, UPS, and FedEx packages, all to support the Island Packet Fleet. This is our second time to attend this bi-annual event and Norm said there will be another one in two years, so make plans now to COME ON UP by boat or by car!

I have taken hundreds of photos of the event and I have posted 60 photos on our Island Packet Yacht Owner’s Web site. Here is a link to the direct photo albums…

60 photos from Friday:

20 photos from Saturday:

Here are a few more photos:

10 foot tides allow for easy bottom work on your boat

Low tide on an Island Home

My favorite spot, Island Spirit with chimes from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church

Boothbay Harbor town, looking down into the harbor at dusk

Reading: Ride a Magic Carpet with Books at the public library

This is the Humpback Whale, the kind that swam across our bow!

The IP ESTERO at Norm’s Dock for the Rendezvous

The Island Packet Flag and Logo

A beautiful church with wonderful chimes that play over the harbor

Norm’s Dock where he gave a demo on rig tuning a new IP460

The fleet and Cap’n Fish’s

How beautiful, notice the tide is down, 8-10 foot drop!

No picture can show the true beauty, this is the best I can do….

Low tide from the foot bridge

Hayden and Norm…..thank you, Norm, for all you do for the IP Fleet!

Island Packet Lobsters ! NICE Touch!