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First thing, acquire a copy of A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast by Hank and Jan Taft, with updates by Curtis Rindlaub. This comprehens­ive and well-written guide has been “the bible” since 1988. The Tafts spent four years tucking into hundreds of coves, harbors and anchorages along the entire coast, gathering detailed informatio­n. The guide has been updated since 1994. Make sure to get the 6th edition, which is the most recent. It’s available through various online sources.

Pull out NOAA’S paper chart No. 13305, which covers lower Penobscot Bay and all the islands. Hang this on your wall for daydreamin­g, planning your cruise, and as a reminder of last summer’s cruise Down East. Here are some helpful websites and apps:

The Waterway Guide for New England will be helpful for its ads and harbor details (waterwaygu­ The Navionics app, with the Atlantic maps loaded, has details of all coves, harbors, thoroughfa­res and anchorages along the Maine Coast. Many contain links to Activecapt­ain member comments. The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce has an informativ­e guide for shoreside amenities, restaurant­s, hotels, shops and things to do (camdenrock­ Pick up free copies of Points East magazine, The Working

Waterfront and Maine Coastal News at boatyards and chandlerie­s. The ads are as valuable as is the editorial advice for finding services ashore. Finally, here are the phone numbers for the respective harbor masters along the way:

Rockland (207-594-0312), Rockport (Abbie Leonard, 207-236-0676), Camden (Steve Pixley, 207-236-7969), Carver (Jim Knowlton, 207-756-0209).

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