South­west Har­bor, ME

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE -

Al­though I spent many great sum­mers as a teenager on my par­ents’ boat in Hadley Har­bor off Cape Cod, to­day, my fa­vorite place for boat­ing is my cur­rent sum­mer home—South­west Har­bor, Maine. This is home to Hink­ley, El­lis, Wil­bur, and other boat builders. The sur­round­ing is­lands make per­fect spots for a day “pic­nic” as they’re close enough to get to eas­ily, but once you are there, you are far from the crowds vis­it­ing Aca­dia. SWH is still a work­ing har­bor with an ac­tive fish­ing fleet, and in the win­ter, af­ter all the sum­mer peo­ple leave, it is very quiet and friendly. It is the type of place where you are likely to meet your neigh­bors in the su­per­mar­ket, or con­gre­gate at the post of­fice just af­ter the mail has gone out so you can catch up on all the lo­cal gos­sip. Yes, we get some fog, but sum­mers are about as good as it gets here. —An­drew Peter­son

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