Maine Boating Destinations – some good and some bad – from our Tax Accountant

As I sat down with my tax accountant a couple weeks back (that time of year). I did not necessarily expect a conversation to ensue beyond the invariable discussion of tax codes, liabilities, and write-off potentials. However, as it turns out, my tax accountant is an avid boater with some valuable boating opinions. In particular, we discussed many “friendly need-to-see harbors” vs a few “not-so-friendly” harbors that boaters may want to avoid. Here is the list, friendly harbors first.

The Friendly Need-To-See Harbors

Warren Island – great hiking & picnic location. The 1.5-mile hiking trail encompasses the entire 70-acre spruce covered island offering views of Penobscot Bay and nearby Camden Hills. Warren Island is a bird watchers paradise with many types of birds that can’t be readily seen from the mainland…

Hurricane Island – Hurricane Island is an island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Beautiful pinkish-grey granite was quarried here from 1870 to about 1914. The island is now uninhabited, but during the time granite was produced there was a company town with a year-round population of about 250. There was also a small Catholic Church, a school, and a company store. Read about the Island history HERE.

Round Pond – A little further down the coast (inside Muscundus Bay) is a wonderful little harbor and town – a vintage Maine village with an appealing blend of charm and liveliness and just enough amenities (restaurants, marina services, shops, and a couple local inns) to make your stay enjoyable. The harbor has exceptional protection and guest moorings. Looking to get off the boat in the evenings? This may be the ideal place to stay: The Inn at Round Pond

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Pond Pond Harbor Photo from Maine Boats Homes and Harbors – Buddy Poland

Pulpit Harbor – Located on North Haven Island’s northwest shore – a truly beautiful and secluded spot. There’s not a service to be had in Pulpit Harbor, but the town dock at the northwest extremity of the cove is a gateway to the Island community.  It’s an easy mile-and-a-half walk to the North Haven Grocery and Restaurant, open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Or call (207) 867-2233 and they will pick you up. ANCHORING: Holding is good in mud inside the half-mile-long convoluted harbor —15- to 20-foot depths near the shore, closer to 30 in the center. Cabot Cove (first on the right) offers anchored boats the best protection, while the harbor’s southeast end has unobstructed sunset views. Tides range around 9 feet. There are usually a lot of moorings available, but nobody around to rent them from – such as it is. Borrow at your own risk and never fully trust what is on the other end of the line.

Holbrooke Island – Just a 15-minute boat ride from Castine, Holbrook Island—a small, walkable piece of the larger Holbrook Island Sanctuary in Harborside—offers accessible trails from and wide-open views. Near Castine in Penobscot Bay. A great trip on a sunny day. There is a dock.

The NOT-So-Friendly Harbors

Sorry if we offend any harbor committees or chamber’s of commerce, but here are a few harbors we would avoid given that they are not terribly receptive nor accommodating to “outsiders”.

Carver’s Habor – AVOID
Friendship – AVOID
Port Clyde – AVOID