Every summer thousands of boaters head to Maine for some of the very best boating in the United States. We’ve highlighted some great harbors in Maine to visit and a few things you won’t want to forget like reviewing the boat insurance before you hit the road.
Maine, the most northern of the New England states, boasts well over 3,000 miles of coastline as well as 2,500 lakes and ponds. It is known the world over for superb sailing and motor boating – as well as its clams and lobster.
Tourism ads of Maine feature stunning photographs of its picturesque scenery, so much of it a boater paradise. The rocky tidal coast with its quaint fishing villages, lighthouses standing sentry, thousands of coastal islands and endless pine forests is worth the trip.
The state of Maine values boating tourists, offering ease of access for boaters and well maintained public facilities. Motor boats are allowed public access to lakes and ponds across the state of Maine and many boast launch ramps – some with boarding floats and other amenities such as rest rooms. Visiting boaters will find service marinas at both large and small inland waterways.
Families and adventurous spirits enjoy a wealth of watersports in Maine, including tubing, wake boarding, water skiing and renting pontoon boats to name just a few. Some of the most popular destinations on the shores of Maine include Portland, Camden, Rockland, Castine and Boothbay. Other tourist favorites are Harpswell, New Meadows River and Sebasco.
If ocean sailing beckons, experienced sailors will find themselves in good company because Maine’s coast is a favored destination of sailors. It is known as one of the world’s best cruising grounds, not just because of the spectacular scenery but also because the environment is protected by locals who strive to keep the rugged beauty of their state pristine. Additionally, coastal marinas in Maine cater to local and visiting boaters with full service including sales of food, supplies and gifts.
For those who want to experience world-class sailing but are novices, check out the day excursions, private charters and overnight passenger trips on Windjammer schooners available for hire all along the coast.
Non-residents can consult the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife for the latest information about motor boating regulations out-of-state visitors; to find out about ocean boating regulations contact the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Before you head out of state with your boat check your boat insurance policy to make sure you’ll have ample coverage while boating and in transit.
If you have questions about your boat insurance policy or need coverage contact Global Marine Insurance to ensure your boat is fully covered while you enjoy boating in Maine.