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Explore Penobscot Bay by yacht
Don’t let summer pass you by! Take advantage of the beautiful summer days and warmer temperatures by spending more time cruising on the water! Experience Maine’s majestic coast up close on board a private charter yacht! Check out our five day cruising itinerary in Penobscot Bay:
Day 1 – Board in Belfast, Maine
Belfast is a quaint seacoast town located in mid coast Maine. It is the ideal location to begin exploring mid-coast Maine. Guests typically board at noon. After stowing luggage and getting acquainted with the boat and crew, we set sail for Islesboro. A hearty lunch is served en route. The first night’s destination is Seal Harbor on Islesboro in West Penobscot Bay. After an evening stroll ashore, kayaking in the harbor, or simply relaxing aboard guests enjoy drinks and appetizers followed by a full course lobster dinner.
Day 2 – After breakfast we set sail to Butter Island in East Penobscot Bay, where we anchor for lunch and a possible walk on the beach or a short hike to the top of the hill for a panoramic view of Penobscot Bay. After lunch we sail through East Bay Island to Eggmoggin Reach, beginning between Cape Rosier and Little Deer Isle. At the eastern end of the Reach we anchor off of the Wooden Boat School. Again, guests have the opportunity to explore by kayak, sailing dinghy or go ashore to visit the Wooden Boat School (home of Wooden Boat Magazine). Again, guests are served their choice of drinks, an array of appetizers and full course dinner.
Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, we set sail up scenic Blue Hill Bay with the mountains of Acadia National Park visible in the background. Depending on conditions, lunch is served either at anchor or under sail. We anchor for the evening off of Pretty Marsh or Bartlett Island (summer home of the Rockefellers), in the lee of Mt. Desert Island.
Day 4 – Sail across Blue Hill and Jericho Bays into Merchants Row, which is known for its many photogenic, uninhabited islands. One of our favorite anchorages is off of Wreck Island in the midst of the group. The anchorage affords a stunning view of the hills of Isle Au Haute, part of Acadia National Park.
Day 5 – After breakfast we motor the short distance to Stonington, lobster capital of Maine. Stonington is famous for its history of granite quarrying, as well as it eclectic mix of artists and fisherman. For many years Stonington provided the crews for the America’s Cup. After guests have a chance to visit ashore we set sail for Fox Island Thoroughfare (pictured below), the picturesque passage between Vinalhaven and North Haven. We either anchor off of the village of North Haven for a brief visit or continue onto Pulpit Harbor, our anchorage for the night.
Day 6 – Next, we sail up West Penobscot Bay passing through the group of islands just south of Islesboro and continuing on through Gilkey Harbor (Dark Harbor) and arrive back in Belfast midday, where our guests of depart.
From powerboats to catamarans and classic schooners, Nicholson Yachts offers a variety of affordable yachts available for charter in the New England area during the summer season. Contact us TODAY to book the vacation you will treasure for a lifetime.