Entries in Maine Summer Cruising (2)

Wednesday
Aug012012

Tigris: Georgetown to Portland

7/27

This morning I motored the inflatable a ways up Robinhood Cove which is about 5 miles long and very deep with many good anchorages all the way up (actually up/in is south west). Later in the morning we took off again under gray skies and ebbing tide back out to the Sheepscot and en route for a lunch stop in Cundy's harbor. A couple hours after setting out, we set anchor in Cundy's Harbor amongst a few trawlers and dozens of lobster boats of various sizes. Lunch on the hook and a walk through town was all that happened on this stop! For those who have not been there, Cundy's is such a quiet and quaint working harbor, and one of our family's favorite places for our annual "shore dinner"!

The skies lightend up a bit and we motor cruised on back towards Portland.

We took a nice route into Casco Bay past Monument Light on the port side, Haskell Island to starboard, then Bangs Island to starboard past Great Chebegue, Hope Island, and through the channel between the Chebegues. We did a quick fuel up at DiMillos and then landed Tigris back on the dock at Portland Yacht Services! This was my last day on board as more cruising friends and family would come in over the next couple days and then take Tigris back out and up to Penobscot Bay and Mt. Dessert! I had a great time on board and it was a great cruise on the Tigris in Maine: The Way Life Should Be [baby]!

 

Saturday
Jul282012

Tigris: Camden - Georgetown

7/26/12

Today was a bit of a lousy day weather-wise, woke up to cloudy skies and no breeze as forecasted. We made the best of it by running into Camden for a few provisions in the morning before setting off from our mooring in Sherman Cove. We had a short motor boat ride over flat seas and hardly a breath of air down to Rockland, where we set anchor just outside the mooring field. Our anchorage was not far from the cement barge loading dock and about 30 minutes after dropping the hook a tug came by to inform us of a 300' barge they were bringing in, and to be aware of this as they had them break loose before. A 300' barge break free?? Not very amusing. While in Rockland, watch out for these guys:

We survived this anchorage and any stray cement barges, and motored on into a light south breeze hoping to make as much progress as possible back towards Portland. We set our sight on getting up into the Sheepscot River and a mooring in Five Islands, and going ashore for some fresh lobsters on the dock. We called ahead and found the '76 was too big for any moorings in the harbor, which I would dispute but that would not get us anywhere closer to one! We instead decided to head further up the river, passing Macmahan Island and Middle Mark Island (covered in sleepy seals!) to port and into Robinhood Cove. Turns out Robinhood Marina had load of open mooring balls and we snagged one with a significant tide rushing out of the cove. We went straight in to the Osprey for a cold beer and great dinner, very much a recommended stop for any cruiser! Great mooring or anchorage, try it.