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CAptain's Mate of the Month
The CA's amazing APP CAptain's Mate is available exclusively and free to CA members. However, we're keen to share some of its attributes and first-hand knowledge & some 'as live' reports with all of our followers - members and non-members alike. So, we're selecting our 'CAptain's Mate of the Month' for the next few months! This is just an example of the hundreds of new reports submitted every month.
Bar Harbour, Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA: A lovely place to stop off and a great base from which to explore Acadia National Park, which is beautiful. Still busy in mid-September but not hideously so, even with three (yes, three!) cruise ships in town. Apparently Sep and Oct are the busy months for cruise ship visits. We anchored on the northwest side of the bar to Bar Island – a little more depth than the charts indicate and quieter than the main side of the harbour. The bar is covered from 2hrs after LW to 2hr before LW, but there are some large rocks on it so keep your eyes peeled as you dinghy to and from town. You can leave your dinghy on the inside of the nearest pontoon to the west side of the pier (the harbourmaster’s commercial pontoon) free of charge. There’s water available on the harbourmaster’s pontoons on the east side of the pier and pump out too. Fuel (diesel and petrol) is only available from the Harbour Place pontoons on the west side of the pier (just west of the Harbourmaster’s pontoon), the ones from which the whale watching tours depart. Unfortunately, if there is a cruise ship in town, they are not permitted to dispense fuel, as the cruise ship tenders come into these pontoons, so speak to the company ahead of schedule or you may be disappointed.
There is a small visitors’ information booth close to the docks and the main tourist information centre is on the junction of Main and Cottage Streets, about a 2 minute walk uphill from the harbour. Here you can buy Park permits ($15pp for a week in 2018) which give you access to the National Park and use of the free shuttle bus system which operates end Jun to early Oct. If you’re fit and have a head for heights, The Precipice route (a via ferrata up Chamblain Mountain) is not to be missed; get to the start early in high season, it’s busy, even in Sep! There’s an excellent laundry about 0.75km up Main Street (beyond Village Green and the Grand Hotel and behind a garage/diner called somethingTrader). It has loads of washers and driers of various sizes and at good prices and change machines to provide the plethora of quarters you will need. There’s also a really good Hannafords supermarket on Cottage Street (beyond Atlantic Brewing) and, at high tide, you can leave your dinghy at the town end of the Bar Island bar for a short walk to the ‘car’ with your shopping.