Unlike Camden Harbor, where they motor out for the first twenty minutes, and back into the tight harbor, we set sail right away, sometimes sailing right off the dock. With an interesting working harbor, with seals in it, less crowds, more parking, plenty of restaurants...Rockland is great.
Aerial photo of Rockland, Maine with some mapping overlaid. This shows downtown and the hub of our harbor, though not the vast breakwater protected harbor. I've shown Rte 1 in pink, with the traffic lights shown. Free public parking is plentiful and shown in pale blue. This is a lovely picture of our town, with the Farmer's market at the public landing, the fishing boats in at the Municipal Fish Pier (at right,) the city is shown ready but quiet, most likely an early summer morning. I operate Bufflehead from Windjammer Wharf, which is accessed by Captain Spear Dr, which comes off Tillson Ave, as shown.
Rockland: a quick history and description
Do, See, Learn
Camden Hills State Park offers days worth of great hiking, awesome views and well marked trails. I love to go sailing and look at the hills, then go hiking and look at the Bay, or vice versa.
Maine's Tourism Website is great, with lots of links, listings, maps, and interesting content.
Want to bareboat charter? Buck's Harbor Marine, across the bay has quite a boat livery, power and sail, and based in a very lovely place. Also, in Rockland, Johannson's Boat Livery and The Maine Boat Co.
We are lucky here to have WERU, community radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 102.9 Bangor, playing a wide variety of music and informative programing, Bufflehead Sailing Charters is a proud supporting member. Also, in the midcoast we have 93.3 WFRF Rockland, one of the only low power stations around. Both of these are non-commercial radio! Volunteer driven member supported. Also, in Rockland, Johannson's Boat Livery and The Maine Boat Co.
You can't have a great day on the water if it's raining, but, in Midcoast Maine, you can still have a great day. First off, seafood always tastes better when the weather's bad. When you're enjoying that cozy meal at any one of the restaurants mentioned above, go through this handy list and you're sure to find something to help (almost) forget about not sailing on Bufflehead that day.
Coastal Children's Museum, located in the South End, close by Rockland's own Steam and Sail Power museum, a great place for kids, especially good rainy day activity.
Farnsworth Museum , world famous, great art museum.
The Owl's Head Transportation Museum (in Owl's Head)
Oakland Park Bowling Lanes (Candlepin lanes in Rockport)
We're just getting started, actually, here are more than twenty other suggestions for a rainy day in Midcoast Maine.
If you still can't decide on what to do, then leapfrog from store to store on Main Street in Rockland, then do the same over in Camden. By the time you're done, it'll be time for supper.