Maine Boat Charters and Rentals

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.

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 in Southwest Harbor. This will likely be followed by a cruise 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.

• Maine Charter Destination Ideas
• Common Questions, Inventory List
• Charter Booking Procedure/Policy

Select a Boat – For a brief description & calendar.

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.

Jericho - Bunker and Ellis for Rent or CharteringThe Bunker and Ellis "Jericho" - 42 feet of maritime history

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.

Hinckley Talaria

Hinckley T40 - "Timbuktu" 

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.

Wilbur 38 Flybridge Cruiser "Ariel's Song"

The Hinckley Picnic Boat EP is a classic and fun-to-drive Maine yacht. This boat has a Yanmar 400 Engine with a single Hamilton Jet Drive. Hire a Captain or bareboat this vessel yourself. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.

A 2003 Hinckley 36' EP Picnic Boat


Custom Designed and built by Ellis Boat Company, this beautiful Ellis 36 Express Cruiser features a custom top design, 465 hp Yanmar diesel engine, Garmin electronics, generator, and more. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS

The Ellis 36 Express Cruiser - "Emily"


This Ellis 36 Express Cruiser, “Hathor” includes a Yanmar diesel engine, tender/outboard, generator, air conditioning (and heat), enormous galley with propane cooktop/oven, head & separate shower, dinner set up for up to eight people. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.

"HATHOR" - A pristine Ellis 36 Express Cruiser

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 DETAILSEllis 36 Express Cruiser available for Bareboat Chartering

The Ellis 36 Express Cruiser - "Liberty"

This Ellis 36 Express Cruiser "Exit Strategy" 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 a Yamaha outboard. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.

Maine's Ellis 36 Express Cruiser - Boat for CharterEllis 36 Express Cruiser (extended cabin model) - "Exit Strategy"

"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.

Ellis 36 Extended Top Cruiser - "Queen of the Cove"

The Ellis 28 "Andiamo" was restored by Ellis in 2021. Upgrades: New Awlgrip finish (hull and topsides), bow thruster, Garmin plotter/radar, all new hatches, new windows, new canvas, new seating, side-table in the shelter, and a raised hardtop with 6′ 4″ headroom. Features a 315 hp Yanmar engine and a cozy cabin with an enclosed head/shower. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.

The Ellis 28 Lobster Yacht - "Andiamo"

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"