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We picked up a mooring from Tugboat Inn at a really great rate of $18.00/night. This was another touristy town but perhaps not so much as Bar Harbor. Our first few days in Boothbay Harbor were spent getting ready for a visit from my daughter, Sylisha, and son-in-law, Cory. After their arrival we enjoyed the waterfront, the shops, restaurants, and just walking around.
Sylisha & Cory had flown into Boston. We rented a car to pick them up and used that as an excuse to spend the day touring Boston. We enjoyed the day, complete with lunch at Cheers, until we returned to the parking garage to find that the rental car had been sideswiped. Of course, the guilty party didn't bother to leave insurance information. We never take the rental agency insurance because it is so expensive and we thought we had coverage with our insurance company. In fact, Bob had just discussed it with them a week or so before. When all was said and done, we learned that the non-owner liability insurance we carry does not cover any car we are driving. The company did agree that because we had been given incorrect information they would cover this one accident, if the credit card company doesn't cover it.
At this point, we still don't know who is going to cover the damage or how much our part may be. Enterprise always tells us, when we decline their coverage, that in case of an accident they will automatically charge our credit card for the damage. That hasn't happened yet either. We also don't know if there will be a problem renting cars from Enterprise in the future.
This tied with Bar Harbor Harbor and Chubb Cay, Bahamas as being one of the worst anchorages of all times. The motion never stopped. To make it even worse, we were there for a major storm with gale force winds. I know that, depending on weather, most every anchorage has the potential of being miserable. I'm totally convinced that some places will never, under any circumstance, make a good anchorage - Bar Harbor, Portland Harbor and Chubb Cay.
We did a walking tour of the town the day after the storm passed. It's a typical town but we did find a really neat market and an Italian grocery with all sorts of good stuff. Other than getting to spend time with Cory and Sylisha, that was the highlight of Portland.
Anchorage: N43010.630 W070036.113
OK, add this to the above list of worst anchorages. It was a stop for the night only and we were more than ready to leave.
As we said "goodbye" to Maine, I reflected on some of the wonderful things we'd enjoyed. The whole area is so beautiful. Yes, there is often fog but more often there isn't. The temperature could not have been more perfect. We weren't bothered by insects. Oh, and one of the best things - we had almost zero wakes from power boats. The Maine Coast is sailboat country. Other than the work boats, that put up very little wake, I don't think we passed more than one or two. What a treat that was.
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