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.

“Nena” is a comfortable and spacious cruiser that sleeps 4 people and has ample space for guests (up to 12). The generous galley is located up in the shelter. Operational helms and comfortable settees are located both in the shelter and up on the flybridge. Additional information and photos here: CHARTER BOAT DETAILS


The Back Cove 41 “Freyja” is fitted with an efficient single Cummins 600hp diesel engine. The yacht is also equipped with bow and stern thrusters, a gen set, and reverse cycle heat and air conditioning. Down below there are 2 staterooms, each with a private head. This vessel sleeps up to 5 people. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.

Fast and Nimble - The Hinckley T40 "Timbuktu" provides a fun boating experience while avoiding the prolific lobster trap lines that populate the Maine coast. Timbuktu is outfitted for day-cruising and/or overnighting, with or without a Captain. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.

Hinckley Talaria

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.

Charter a NEW 2023 Ellis 36 Express Cruiser. The vessel includes a galley with breakfast bar & multimedia station, Ellis Cantilevered seats & Ellis fold-out tables, a davit system with tender, diesel heating & cooking, solar charging, smart alternator, and DC-AC inverter. Sleep 2 in the cabin and 2 in the salon. Ample seating for up to twelve people. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS

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

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.

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

Formerly "Too Priceless" this Ellis 36 has seen quite a few upgrades from Ellis Boat Company recently, including a new Garmin plotter, generator, heat and air conditioning, induction cooktop, built-in grill, and a full shelter enclosure. CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.


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.

This Ellis 28 Express Cruiser, fully restored in 2017, features a 225 hp Volvo Diesel engine, bow thruster, Garmin plotter/radar, v-berth, heating system, head, hot water, salt/fresh water, anchor, small galley, and tender on davits CHARTER BOAT DETAILS.