Ellis Boat Charters offer high quality, fully insured, and professionally maintained boats for cruising the Maine coast. Fully immerse yourself in boating by living aboard as you venture the Maine coast for an extended vacation. Or enjoy an Ellis Charter boat as an extension of your sea-side residence, making day-trips to all of your favorite local retreats. Our charter fleet currently includes a number of Ellis 36s, a Hinckley Talaria, and a Wilbur 38 Flybridge Cruiser. All Charter vessels include a small tender on davits and proper cruising/safety equipment. Additionally, you can be assured that all of our charter boats undergo a thorough and professional turnover process. Explore Maine and New England’s offshore islands and diverse coastal harbors with a classic Maine-built boat – available through Ellis Boat Charters out of Southwest Harbor, Maine.
Your bareboat charter starts with a full tutorial on the operation of the vessel. This will likely be followed by a cruise out of Southwest Harbor or Northeast Harbor up Somes Sound surrounded by Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. If you choose, you can hire a Captain who is familiar with local Maine waters. Click the links below for destination ideas, common questions, and booking procedures.
This Ellis 28 Express Cruiser, fully restored in 2017, features a 225 hp Volvo Diesel engine, Fatty Knees rowing tender on davits, bow thruster, Garmin plotter/radar, full canvas enclosure, opening front windows, v-berth, heating system, head, hot water, salt and freshwater washdown, anchor system, drop-in fridge & sink in the galley: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
The Ellis 28 Express Cruiser - "No Altitude"
Added to the fleet in 2020, this Wilbur 38 flybridge Cruiser is ready for cruising the Downeast Maine coast. A tender and outboard will be included. This vessel will be fully equipped for overnighting and lengthy cruising. Additional information & photos: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
When you charter a Hinckley Jet Boat, you avoid the prolific lobster trap lines that populate the Maine coast. The Hinckley Talaria charter boat is outfitted for overnight stays, although many charter clients use this vessel for day-trips in conjunction with a Captain and sea-side accommodations. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
The Hinckley T40 "Timbuktu" - Cruise in style & speed, avoid lobster lines.
NEW TO THE FLEET - This Ellis 36 Express Cruiser, “Hathor” includes a Yanmar diesel engine, a large tender/outboard, aft bimini, generator, enormous galley with propane cooktop/oven, head & separate shower, dinner setup for 8 and sleeping for 4 people. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
A NEW 2019 Ellis 36 Express Cruiser. Special features include 6' 6" of headroom in salon AND cabin, navigation station and breakfast bar in the cabin, transom door, large swim platform, and an electric remote control davit system for the tender. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
Designed and built in Maine by Ellis Boat Company, this beautiful Ellis 36 "Downeast Cruiser" is available for bareboat chartering. Start your bareboat charter in Southwest Harbor and cruise throughout Downeast Maine, or travel South as far as Capetown Mass. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS
The Ellis 36 Express Cruiser - "Liberty"
"Queen of the Cove" - An Ellis 36 Extended Top Cruiser. Accommodations include a generator, heat/air, a freshwater head, separate shower, and full galley. The "Queen" is powered with a 420 Yanmar, which gives her a nice cruise of 15-18 knots with a top end of 23 knots. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
"Queen of the Cove" - No longer RED, she has been painted BLUE.
This Ellis 36 Express Cruiser is built with an extra long cabin allowing for a settee and extra sleeping accommodations below. Charter features include a large mounted grill in the cockpit and a big tender with 9hp Yamaha outboard. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.
Available for day-charters or multi-day rentals with a Captain, this classic Bunker & Ellis 42' "Jericho" is widely considered to be the most famous of the Bunker and Ellis vessels built in the mid-1900s, and is the ideal boat for those seeking a historical Maine maritime cruising experience. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.