Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
February 28, 2013
Favorite Anchorage: Isaac H. Evans

photo: Hazel Mitchell
Penobscot Bay offers thousands of stunning, pristine vistas and sheltered anchorages.


“My favorite anchorage?! It's so hard to pick just one!” says Captain Brenda of the Isaac H. Evans. “On the Evans I'm blessed with a very shallow draft so I'm able to tuck into places that most of the other schooners can’t.” Among those out-of-the-way spots? Blue Hill Harbor tops the list where guests can explore the quaint village of Blue Hill boasting art galleries, the world-famous chamber music school Kneisel Hall and a fabulous co-op – a must-see for foodies. Then, after exploring the village, it’s possible to hike to the top of Blue Hill – elevation 940 feet – to catch a spectacular view of the Bay, including Acadia National Park and Isle au Haut.

photo: Blue Hill Gallery
Blue Hill Harbor is a special anchorage where you’ll sometimes find the Isaac H. Evans.

But with Captain Brenda there’s so much more to see! “I've anchored at Duck Harbor on Isle au Haut where guests were able to go ashore and hike the trails of the most secluded part of Acadia National Park. I've sailed into and anchored in The Basin – a hurricane hole on Vinalhaven that has a very narrow opening that opens into an amazing deep bowl teaming with wildlife. I've tucked way up into Winter Harbor, also on Vinalhaven, next to a 200' sheer cliff. I've anchored in Perry Creek – a narrow inlet that is 9 feet deep at low tide.

photo: Meg Maiden
At the southern tip of Isle au Haut, passengers enjoy a chance to stretch their legs with a climb up Duck Harbor Mountain. At an elevation of 300 feet, the views of Penobscot Bay are exquisite.

“But one of my favorites is Buckle Island . . . we anchor in 10 feet of water at low tide and the scenery is stunning with Swan's Island to the east and the sunset to the west. There is no light pollution so stargazing is optimal. I love going ashore on this little island. I've always felt it was enchanted. The landing is on a beautiful small beach of finely crushed shells and there is a trail that leads all around the island. The trail is populated with fairy houses! At low tide the exposed ledges are often covered with seals. It's the perfect place to explore in one of our rowboats either after dinner or early in the morning before breakfast. I've seen deer and raccoons on the little island also.”

With so many choices, it’s no wonder it’s so hard for Captain Brenda to pick just one!

For more information about “gunkholing” with Captain Brenda, visit her website or contact the Maine Windjammer Association for details about the whole fleet.

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