Casco Bay and Eagle Island

Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
Trip End Sep 25, 2007

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

After returning to Portland with Mike and Barb we planned a day to take them on our boat "First Forty".  While Mike is an experienced seaman he looked forward to getting to know our boat so we wanted to give him and his wife a day on the water in waters near Portland.  This is known as Casco Bay. 

We cast off the mooring by 1000....a tad late for our normal schedule but with what appeared to be perfect weather we would still have a great day even if we had to make it shorter than we had planned. 

We had two great stops that day...Diamond Island also known as Cocktail Cove by the locals.  We dropped the hook and had a nice lunch for an hour. 

Later we discovered a place called Eagle Island which happened to be the place formerly owned by Admiral Perry who was the first man to make it the north pole.  We were lucky that day as there was little wind and sea so we able to get the boat anchored.  We had been told by the state park ranger that their moorings would not hold our 25 ton vessel, but we were able to get our 130 pound anchor firmly set.  The cruising guide said it was poor holding, so Mike agreed to stay on the boat while the rest of us went ashore to see the impressive looking house perched on the top of this idyllic island.

We hopped a ride to shore with the SeaTow launch we saw nearby.  It was worth it as the home was fantastic.  It was hard to imagine this place is a hundred years old.  The architecture included a central, free standing fireplace and amazing views of the water from all sides.  We caped the visit off with a short hike around the island. 

With ideal conditions, this was really a highlight of our stops in Maine.
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