Heavy Fog, Wave and Thousands of Lobster Buoys – Day 68

Heavy fog, waves and thousands of lobster buoys made today’s 100 mile boat ride from Bar Harbor to Camden, Maine anything but relaxing. Here we briefly see a large 2 or 3 masted schooner as it passed to our stern. I did see it on the radar from several miles away.

Heavy fog, waves and thousands of lobster buoys.

Heavy fog, waves and thousands of lobster buoys.

Navigating in heavy fog, rain and moderately rough seas (often typical weather in Maine) really is not a problem as long as you have radar and a good GPS with detailed charts. But…add to that mix literally thousands of lobster buoys all around you floating on or almost on the surface, due to strong currents pulling them just under water sometimes, and you have an almost impossible situation for pleasure boaters. They were everywhere! They certainly were all around the shoreline for sure. So I tried going 5-10 miles off shore in 200 to over 300 feet of water and they were there too. So I figured I would at least get into the marked shipping lanes going in and out of the major harbors…forget that. The shipping lanes are the deeper spots and that’s where some nice lobsters are, so that’s where the pots were placed too…all over the place! It is as if the State of Maine has decided that lobster fishing anywhere and everywhere they want to put their pots is more important than recreational boating…both power and sailboats. You just can’t go 20-30 mph on foggy days, which fog can stick around for many days at a time. Ask me if it was fun boating for 7 hours today.

We finally got to Camden Maine. This is the outer harbor.

We finally got to Camden Maine. This is the outer harbor.

And turning to my left, this is the inner harbor of Camden.

And turning to my left, this is the inner harbor of Camden.

Here we are docked in Camden, Maine at the Wayfarer Marine. Extremely nice, professional people with just terrific facilities and a 10-15 minute easy walk to town.

Here we are docked in Camden, Maine at the Wayfarer Marine. Extremely nice, professional people with just terrific facilities and a 10-15 minute easy walk to town.

We did share the dock with a few other boats...or shall I say yachts! There were very large boats everywhere, both power and sail. It was amazing.

We did share the dock with a few other boats…or shall I say yachts! There were very large boats everywhere, both power and sail. It was amazing.

And more. It was so fun to look at all the different shapes and sizes and styles and makes of boats...from very new to very seasoned boats.

And more. It was so fun to look at all the different shapes and sizes and styles and makes of boats…from very new to very seasoned boats.

Camden Harbor, Maine.

Camden Harbor, Maine.

And more boats and yachts.

And more boats and yachts.

And more! How did they get them all into such a small space?

And more! How did they get them all into such a small space?

A wonderful view of the Camden Harbor as we walked to town.

A wonderful view of the Camden Harbor as we walked to town.

As we walked into the town of Camden, Maine it became obvious immediately that there were many very lovely homes all around the town. Here are a few we saw as we walked.

As we walked into the town of Camden, Maine it became obvious immediately that there were many very lovely homes all around the town. Here are a few we saw as we walked.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Camden home

Camden home

Camden home...now a B&B.

Camden home…now a B&B.

Camden home.

Camden home.

A church as we got close to town.

A church as we got close to town.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Camden home, with stream in the back yard.

Camden home, with stream in the back yard.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Camden home.

Looking down into town.

Looking down into town.

And there were lots of lovely shops and good places to eat.

And there were lots of lovely shops and good places to eat.

Back at the dock a mother dock was having problems herding her 4 babies, who wanted to go in 4 different directions. They almost hopped on board, much to mother duck's panic.

Back at the dock a mother dock was having problems herding her 4 babies, who wanted to go in 4 different directions. They almost hopped on board, much to mother duck’s panic.

Finally 2 babies jumped or fell into the water off the dock. Mother duck jumped in after them, followed by the other two in a panic. All is well that ended well!

Walking down the ramp at low tide and heading for bed onboard the iboats.com. And good night to all.

Walking down the ramp at low tide and heading for bed onboard the iboats.com. And good night to all.


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Heavy Fog, Wave and Thousands of Lobster Buoys – Day 68 — 2 Comments

  1. Bruno and Cari: I’m so glad you made it safe after that long crossing. I wouldn’t want to see you tangle with any of those lobster cages! Cami and I will see you both on the evening of August 16th. More details later.

    • Thank you for the kind thoughts Richard. It really has been an amazing adventure. We are very excited for you and Cami to be joining us soon!

      Cari and Bruno

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