Friday, September 4, 2009

Boothbay Harbor on Friday

We're spending the Labor Day weekend in Boothbay Harbor before leaving on Monday for Yankee Marina in Yarmouth, Maine for tune up work on our Panda genset and Volvo engine. Meanwhile we are enjoying the area. The moorings for Tugboat Inn are behind a small island which offers excellent protection in the case of a storm. However, there's nothing forecast so we expect calm weather for the next few days. Today we just walked around town looking in the shops and watching the boats come and go. The harbor is a beehive of activity and it's fun just to relax on the back of our boat and take in the changing scene.

It's still only Friday and I guess the crowds won't arrive until late Friday or on Saturday. The whale watching boats were deserted today, hard to see how they turn a profit. There are several restorations underway in the harbor. One was a three masted windjammer and several other large boats. They were wooden vessels and it's amazing to see the labor required to get them fitted up and ready for launch. The photo of the tugboat is by one of the launch railroads for a restoration underway.

We went in for ice cream tonight and by now the crowds have at last arrived. We stood in a line running out the door of the shop, the first time I've seen that since we've been here. I'm glad for Maine, they've had a tough year.