Chartering in Maine

Maine might not be the first place you think of when looking to charter a boat. However, its miles of coastline, picturesque towns, and burgeoning food scene make it a worthwhile state to visit. 

The State of Maine sign
Chartering in Maine can offer you all the beauty that New England has to offer without overcrowding.

Julia Towne is part of the Luxury Yacht Charters Team at CKIM Group and grew up in Maine. She now lives in Newport, Rhode Island, and is the team’s go-to for New England charters. Julia has fond memories of summers spent with her family on Deer Isle riding bikes around Acadia National Park. Here are some of her recommendations for the perfect Maine charter.

Yacht Charter Broker - Julia Towne, from Maine
Charter Broker Julia Towne

Portland, Maine

Julia recommends Portland as a starting point for a 7-day or 9-day charter in Maine. Portland International Jetport is the city’s largest airport and is located just minutes from most of Portland’s marinas.  

In Portland, you can take in lighthouses and the rugged Maine coastline with Summer Feet Cycling Adventures. The company offers personalized bike tours of the area. Enjoy visiting the secluded beaches and boutique shops of the Old Port.

Julia recommends a few restaurants in Portland’s food scene:

Street & Co. serves a simple yet creative seafood menu and features a curated wine list that complements the menu. They also purport to serve some of the best cocktails in the city. 

Eventide Oyster Co. is a great place for a more low-key dining experience of oysters, burgers, and sandwiches. It is a popular spot with the Portland crowd, so reservations are a good idea. 

Fore Street is part of a family of restaurants and bakeries, including Street & Company, Scales Restaurant and Standard Baking Company. The restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere with a locally sourced menu and a wide variety of delicacies for all palates and preferences. 

Boothbay Harbor, Main

Boothbay Harbor is a charming seaside town. Also, visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the largest public garden in the country. The Boothbay Craft Brewery at the Watershed Tavern is another great spot to visit. For family fun, several companies offer whale and dolphin-watching cruises. There is also the Boothbay Railway Village which offers a look back into the history of the locomotive in Maine.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Another must-see while on Maine charter is Bar Harbor, located 77 nautical miles from Boothbay Harbor. It is a town on Mount Desert Island along Maine’s Frenchman Bay. You can easily get to the mountains and cliffs of Acadia National Park. The park contains 47,00 acres of pristine nature.

Explore the “bar” of  Bar Harbor. At low tide, a sandbar reveals itself and is used by kayakers to easily launch into the harbor. Hikers can also explore Bar Island, part of Acadia National Park.

Also, Scenic Flights of Acadia offer helicopter flights. Another way to take in the vastness of the park.

At the end of the day, relax at the Atlantic Brewing Company, a family-owned operation.                                    

Rockland, Maine

Rockland offers ferries to the island communities of North Haven and Vinalhaven, two of the 14 un-bridged islands along this coast. For those interested in sustainability, you can learn about growing seaweed at Maine Sea Farms in Clark Cove and sample this superfood.  Also, Deer Isle is a paradise for birders, photographers, and artists, as there are 12 nature conservancies. Because of this, there is a plethora of studios and galleries that dot the island too. 

Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport is known for its beaches. Colony Beach is a 150-foot stretch of sand located at the mouth of the Kennebunk River. Gooch’s, Middle, Mother’s, and Parsons are other beaches. 

Julia recommends The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport for some no-frills cuisine. Federal Jacks is another locale and the historic site of a 19th-century shipyard. Another option is The White Barn Inn, which offers a more high-end experience, whether you’re interested in enjoying a good meal or if you would like a spa day. 

In addition to these recommendations, Julia can recommend a few boats in the area for Maine charters this season.

To learn more about the Luxury Yacht Charter team.

Columbia
Columbia
12 Guests Year/Rebuilt: 2014
$65,000 - $68,000 /wk 141.00 Ft Sail
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EROS
EROS
10 Guests Year/Rebuilt: 1939
$44,000 - $49,000 /wk 115.00 Ft Sail
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AUGUST MAVERICK
Scuba  Scuba Diving On Board
AUGUST MAVERICK
12 Guests Year/Rebuilt: 1978
$25,700 - $34,500 /wk 92.00 Ft Sail
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EROS

S/Y Eros is a 115-foot schooner with four cabins for up to 10 guests. 

COLUMBIA:

S/Y Columbia is also a schooner with four cabins and can accommodate 12 guests.

AUGUST MAVERICK

S/Y August Maverick is available for Maine charters. She has three cabins and can accommodate 12 guests.

For more information on chartering in Maine and for additional information on available yachts, be sure to reach out to Julia Towne at julia@ckimgroup.com.

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