Seal Cove 43° 53.17’N 69° 34.07’ W
If there is such a thing as a 5-Star anchorage, Seal Cove is it. It’s a bit tricky getting to it, but it’s worth the trouble of dodging lobster pots and using extra caution in avoiding the surrounding rock ledges. From East Boothbay, we head up the Damariscotta River between The Narrows, threading the green can “11” and red nun “12”, which can sometimes be awash in the wicked current. Rounding Hodgsons Island, we stay in the middle and drop our hook .75 miles inside to the east of a tiny islet and cove and south of another islet and long ledge. It’s best to enter here on a rising tide, about an hour after low tide, so that the ledges are visible. We’re surrounded by deep woods, a few private homes and only one or two other boats. Launching our dinghy, we land on Hodgsons Island and find a trail that we follow through the woods and along the shoreline. Later in the afternoon, we hail a local lobsterman returning from working his traps and buy two big, meaty lobsters that we steam for dinner. This must be boating heaven.
Monhegan Island 43° 45.87’ N 69° 19.35 W
There are two ways to get to Monhegan Island, located 10-miles in the ocean off Port Clyde – you can take your own boat and hope to find an empty mooring in the small harbor, or you can take a tour boat from Port Clyde. We pick up a mooring in Port Clyde, and early the next morning we take a ride on the 65-foot Laura B, which has been delivering passengers, freight and mail to Monhegan for the past 50 years. Arriving an hour after our departure we see that space is very limited in the small harbor, so we’re glad we left our boat in Port Clyde. The landing wharf is a center of activity as passengers with luggage are met by pickup trucks taking adventurous vacationers to their inn. We head out to find the rugged trails that cross the island and follow the high cliffs overlooking the ocean. It seems everywhere we look we see artists with their easels under the shade of their umbrellas, trying to capture the spectacular scenes as Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent did years ago. After spending a good part of the day hiking and gazing at the incredible views wee head back to the wharf to get the last boat ride of the day back to Port Clyde. Resting our tired legs, we start planning the next leg of our one year, virtual cruise along the East Coast.
Virtual Cruise of the East Coast: Portland, ME
This small city has New England charm and is home to weathered salts and urban hipsters alike.