Sailing Adventures - Cruising the Maine Coast
The Ultimate American Cruising Destination
to the Maine Coast is the true bible for those intreseted
in sailing Maine. There is not a serious Maine cruiser
out there without this book aboard.
Cruising the Maine coast is arguably one of the greatest
sailing adventures in the United States. With countless islands,
harbors, inlets, and even a fjord, there is an unbelievable
variety of things to see and do. The coast of Maine primarily
consists of rocky shores that have been carved out by ancient
glaciers. This means that if you are looking for sandy beaches,
you will probably want to look somewhere else. The water is
not particularly warm, but occasionally the Gulf Stream dips
into a harbor or two, raising the temperature to a comfortable
70 degrees. Maine has an endless number of things to see and
do, below we will try to list a few of the most interesting.
Mount Desert Island - Part of Acadia National Park, and one
of the most beautiful destinations in Maine. Mount Desert
is beautiful both on and off the water. On the water, probably
the nicest inlet to visit is Northeast Harbor. On the land,
the most prominent feature of Acadia National Park is Cadillac
Mountain. You can drive or hike to the top and if you are
there for the sunrise, you will in fact be the first person
(you and whoever else happens to be up there) to see the sun
hit the United States that day.
- Hinckley Yachts - One of the most famous luxury sailboat
manufacturers in the world is nestled in Southwest Harbor.
Southwest is the other half to Northeast Harbor, and is
just a quick hop away. Take a tour to see what true craftsmanship
is all about.
- Somes Sound - The only fjord on the east coast of the
United States. Carved out by a glacier, you can sail right
up to the vertical face and still be in well over 100 feet
of water. Get the binoculars out and you might spot some
bald eagles flying at the top.
Matinicus Rock - Want to see a real, live Puffin? This is
one of only 4 locations in the United States (all in Maine)
where Puffins can be seen, thanks to a successful Puffin re-introduction
program in the 70's.
Monhegan Island - A seemingly remote island that is far enough
from the mainland to let you feel truly detached from the
rest of modern society.
Whale Watching - The Gulf of Maine is a fantastic place to
see whales of all different types, including the rare Right
Island Exploring - Perhaps the most exciting thing to do
while cruising the coast of Maine. Anchor off of an uninhabited
island and just spend the day exploring. There is an endless
number of choices and plenty of wild blueberries to reward
your efforts. Just don't forget to bring the bug-spray.
This is a small list of a few things to do and see in Maine.
To really get into the details, buy the book!