The Cruising Club of America just launched its new digital Maine Cruising Guide, offering detailed information and local knowledge about more than 70 harbors and anchorages along the coast from the Isle of Shoals on the New Hampshire border up to Eastport on the Canadian border.
You don’t have to be one of the CCA’s 1,400 members to access the guide; it’s free to everyone, and it builds on members’ experience with the first guide, written last year. It provides up-to-date local knowledge shared by 30 veteran CCA members who either homeport in Maine or have cruised there for decades.
The guide is constantly updated, richly illustrated and well researched. It supports the CCA’s goals of supporting adventuresome use of the seas, providing reliable information, and maintaining the spirit of helping others,
Each location in the guide is augmented by a Navionics chart, a daily and monthly tide chart, and current wind and weather forecasts. The guide also features more than a dozen topics with specific advice for cruisers, ranging from anchoring to cruise planning and safety procedures.
Here’s what the guide has to say about Tenants Harbor, one of my favorite places and home of my late friend and cruising companion Dan Fales, as well as the home of my other long-range cruising partner Eric Schweikardt (we’ve gone everywhere from Alaska and Prince Edward Island together). There’s some good local knowledge here:
“You’ll find plenty of moorings for rent in Tenants. As you approach the harbor, give the Tenants Harbor Boat Yard a call at 207 372-8063 or give them a shout on Ch 9 or 68. The yellow lobster-type buoys scattered through the anchorage belong to Susan Miller (207 596-6317), whose family used to own the Cod End fish market and restaurant. You can pick up a yellow mooring buoy, and Susan will come find you in her rowboat to collect the $25 nightly fee. If you want Wi-Fi coverage, try to wrangle a boat yard mooring close to the dock. THBY may also have limited dockside space available.”
Once ashore there, my own contribution to local knowledge is that you shouldn’t miss a drink or meal on the porch of the East Wind Inn, just a few steps up the hill from the water. The views are wonderful. Read more at http://guides.cruisingclub.org and see the video below: