Sailing & Boating in Maine
Maine's 2,500 lakes and ponds, 5,500-mile coastline and 2,000 coastal islands make it a favorite destination for motor boating and sailing.
Lakes and ponds in all regions of the state allow public access for motor boats. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and local organizations provide access to these waters with launch ramps that may include boarding floats, rest rooms and parking spaces.
Cruising, water skiing and tubing are popular boating activities on larger lakes and ponds. Pontoon boats are a great choice for exploring coves and inlets, or entertaining friends on a summer day. Service marinas can be found at large and small inland waterways.
World-traveled sailboat captains call Maine's coastal cruising grounds some of the best in the world. It's a status earned because of protected harbors, stunning scenery, island archipelagoes, and a pristine environment.
Day sailors or private charters can be found at most major harbors along the coast. Take in views of the coastline, islands and marine life while someone else does the navigating. Maine also has America's largest fleet of traditional Windjammer schooners, offering overnight passenger trips from three to six days.
If you are piloting your own boat to Maine, you'll find coastal marinas known among the best in the world for visitor services and information. Many marinas not only offer quality service for boats but marine supplies, gifts, food, clothing, and chandlery services.