The town of Stonington has been called Maine’s “frontier town,” and with good reason. Here, the local lobstermen rule, and pleasure boats are more or less tolerated. As such, finding an empty mooring is not easy, as commercial lobster boats (there are reportedly over 300 working lobster boats in the area) have priority. So, we drop our hook just north of the Deer Island Thorofare between red nuns 16 and 18. Because we’re exposed to prevailing southwest winds, we’d get a slip at Billings Marine on nearby Moose Island if we were planning to spend more than one night. We find a long, floating dinghy dock in town and begin our exploration by foot. Years ago Billings did some major mechanical work for us, and so we stopped by to see what was new. This is a huge yard, and with their marine railways and travel lifts, they can handle boats (ships) up to 425 tons. If you ever need work of any kind, this is the place to get it done. Back in town, we stop by the Opera House Arts office to buy tickets to tonight’s jazz concert. Recently, a new digital cinema was installed in this historic building for showing today’s latest movies. We’ll enjoy a light dinner at the Harbor Café before the concert. The next day we head south to Isle Au Haut.