Linekin to Rockland

We’re not much for crowds, so when we approached Boothbay Harbor, we did it from a slight distance. Leaving Ebencook Harbor, we used the Townsend Gut to avoid going out and around. It has an intensely narrow point or two, and a wait for a swing bridge. We got to exercise our close-quarters seamanship skills. After leaving the gut, we could see Boothbay Harbor, but skeedaddled around Linekin Point and put the hook down in Linekin Harbor, ME, just off a resort on the point. On the loop through the harbor to find the best spot, we sighted an old acquaintance, the sailing catamaran Sula, on a mooring buoy and hollered our greetings. We rowed in and met a couple who bought the resort’s boat and moved aboard. They have a built-in clientele for charters and were waiting for their passengers, so we shot the shit a while. It’s a pleasure to meet young people getting aboard and itching to travel. They set us off the right way for the epic walk to Boothbay proper. We were, as expected, overwhelmed by the seaside carnival town. No rides, but so many small shops packed together along the waterfront that it has a festive air. We, however, mostly gripped each others’ hands and made straight for the marina operators we wanted to talk to. The weather has continued to blow on and off and fog us in periodically, so we stayed another day and grabbed a free meal at the local all-inclusive hotel. The sysco fare was mediocre except the one thing that bowled us over. Oysters on the half shell served with wakame. Could have eaten that for days. We also utilized their free wifi before we weighed the hook and put off in a fog that gathered and dispersed around[…]

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