Maine Archives - Ed Hamilton

Traditionally most of the popular charter yachts visiting New England during the summer are booked during August for the New Yacht Yacht Club Cruise, or various other cruising clubs. The 155th annual NYYC cruise this summer is July 29 to August 6, finishing in Newport, but they are also running a cruise in Maine, from August 8 to 14. If you are dreaming ...

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Right now we’re only dreaming of summer up here in Maine, but it will arrive before you know it! Our good friends Bonnie and Earl McKenzie have announced they will be running their Seamanship Classes in Maine again this summer, on their beautiful schooner ‘Bonnie Lynn’. This is of course in addition to the regular private crewed sailing charters they offer. ‘Bonnie Lynn’ ...

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For most people, it’s 3 to 4 months before the boat goes back in the water. Here in Maine we’re told we are having an easier winter than states further south. We’re certainly more comfortable coping with snow, but in reality, most of us are already ready for winter to end. Book a Caribbean yacht charter in late February or March, and when ...

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The popular crewed charter yacht Anahita will sail to the Mediterranean May 1st. If you have ever dreamed of sailing the Atlantic, she has two berths still open. Anahita is a 62′ Dynamique monohull. Bijan, her owner, has sailed her thousands of miles from Newfoundland and Maine, to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. He came to the US from Persia in 1957, and ...

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Bold Island was just as beautiful in the morning! We motored through the Thorofare, past Stonington, which is a busy fishing harbor and not a good choice for an overnight – the lobster boats will have you awake before dawn! The coast of Maine is a perfect cruising ground as it is possible to choose a number of relatively sheltered passages between the ...

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Bucks Harbor is a pretty, well protected cove. It has an active sailing club with a popular kids program. Bucks Harbor Marine have several moorings (the $30 charge includes the use of a welcome shower), as well as fuel and friendly staff. The weather was again calm and we enjoyed the shear beauty of Maine as we motored down Eggemoggin Reach and past ...

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Friday afternoon, we left Wiscasset for a 5 night mini vacation on the Maine Coast. Motoring down the beautiful Sheepscot River, we passed through the busy swing bridge to Southport Island and headed out past Boothbay Harbor. Our destination that night was Christmas Cove, on the next peninsula. We took a mooring and enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Coveside Restaurant. In the ...

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We told readers how to use an iPhone as a GPS/Chart plotter in our recent newsletter, but have just learned that it’s not just us that think this is a great idea!  Navionics, the people who make these iPhone charts, has won an NMMA Innovation Award at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Orlando. One judge commented that ‘nowhere is the convergence ...

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If sailing a 35′ classic wooden Hinckley around the coast of Maine is your idea of heaven, take a look at Huntress. She is the first Hinckley Pilot – hull #1, lovingly maintained by her owner. Naturally she has far less space below than a modern 35′ sloop, but sailors used to this type of yacht will appreciate and enjoy her. Technically she ...

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Ask any cruising sailor from the 70’s and 80’s about a Bowman – they were one of the great world cruisers we all dreamed of owning back then. ‘Elysian’ is an 84′ Bowman, built in 1984 and in great condition for her year. Owners have thankfully resisted the temptation of changing her 80’s styling below, which is a combination of metal and fine ...

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