Mid Summer Belfast Bay Cruise

With a very light SW-rly breeze, an incoming tide and flat water, conditions were just about as good as they can get for a small boat on Penobscot Bay, a very small portion of which is considered Belfast Bay.  One advantage of small boating is that is can be done quicker than you can say “red on right returning” . A simple hookup to the trailer..a short hop to the boat ramp and soon you find yourself under Rt. 1 looking to Little River Dam…

midsummercruise1Moving down shore we were soon abreast of the summer community of Bayside..

midsummercruise2with the many upturned, small  boats looking much like sunning harbor seals…

midsummercruise3As I said before, flat water, and that means a quick, full throttled hop to Islesboro and Grindle Point Lighthouse and base of operations for the Islesboro Ferry..

midsummercruise4Working our way toward Broad Cove, there’s no mistaking what this harbor is about (other than transporting flat-landers to their summer places on the island).. And for those of you flat-landery, touristy folks who don’t know what this is..

midsummercruise5Here are a couple of clues…

this..

midsummercruise6and this..

midsummercruise7We were soon back into Belfast for some observations of the busy goings on in our now bustling inner harbor.

I wonder if this is where the above is heading (the lobster not the lobsterman) for its  date with the cooker?

midsummercruise8The inner harbor is packed with mostly pleasure craft of all sizes, types and shapes..

midsummercruise9But fortunately Belfast still retains a portion of it’s old, working harbor nature..we haven’t given up the ghost totally to the Thurston Howell III types..yet..

midsummercruise99And that’s it..

Back to the ramp and quickly loading the boat back onto the trailer..

a great cruise was had by all… small boating at it’s finest..