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Mount Desert Island Float-in
Northeast Harbor
July 23-24, 2005

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Northeast Harbor
Mount Desert Island

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Rendezvous Info:


The Mount Desert Island Float-in, hosted by the Northeast Fleet, will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, 2005. Try to arrive as soon as possible to ensure that you'll get a mooring.

Located just east of the entrance to Somes Sound is where you'll find scenic Northeast Harbor. You can't anchor here but the town rents about 50 moorings which are identified by bright green pickup buoys with 3-digit numbers on the floats. They vary in weight so boats 30-40 feet should use the 300 series moorings and boats 20-30 feet should use the 200 series moorings.

Pickup a mooring then check-in with the harbormaster or call in advance (VHF Ch. 9, 16, 68; 207-276-5737) and have one assigned. Another 25 boats can be accommodated on floats moored in the harbor. The moorings and floats can't be reserved until the day you plan to arrive. The town mooring agent will come to collect the fee. If the town moorings are all taken, additional moorings may be available from Clifton's Dock (207-276-5308) or the MDI Water Taxi (VHF Ch. 16, 68; 207-244-7312). If you prefer a slip, you can get one from Northeast Harbor Marina (VHF Ch. 9, 16, 68; 207-276-5737).

If you'd like to go ashore, row your dinghy to the dinghy floats farthest north of the marina and parallel to the shore.

The Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce's shingled "Yachtsman's Building" is right by the marina, with showers (the key will be in the harbormaster's office after hours), a reading room, a book swap and newspapers.

This is an informal event so participating crews can decide how they'll get together for conversation, snacks and dinner Saturday afternoon and evening. We can either get together for a potluck or go ashore.

If we decide to do a potluck, let's climb aboard the largest Cape Dory in attendance, or whichever crews offer the use of their boats, for snacks, cocktails and a potluck dinner shared amongst the crews. So please bring snack/meal items to be shared. And don't forget to bring your preferred beverages! Please help the "host" crews to clean-up afterwards and offer to row the trash ashore for them.

If we decide to go ashore our choices are the Main Sail Restaurant (207-276-5857) at the Kimball Terrace Inn right on the water on Huntington Road; Northeast Harbor Cafe (207-276-4151) on Main Street; Colonel's Restaurant & Deli (207-276-5147) on Main Street; the 151 Main Restaurant (207-276-9898), also on Main Street, and the Docksider Restaurant (207-276-3965) on Sea Street. (Click here for a land map of Northeast Harbor.)

How about a potluck breakfast together on Sunday morning before departing?

Please monitor VHF Ch. 16 and 72 for fleet communications -- call "Cape Dory Fleet".

Can't sail to the float-in? Why not drive? Bring your handheld VHF so that you can contact the "Cape Dory Fleet" via Ch. 16 or 72 and let them know you're there and meet up with one of the crews at the dinghy dock.

There are no registration fees associated with this event. But please REGISTER ONLINE or contact Cathy Monaghan via e-mail or at 732-381-3549 and let her know if you'll be there.

Driving Directions:

From I-95

Take exit 182A in Bangor. This will put you on I-395 East.
Take exit 6A. This will put on route 1A East.
Follow route 1A East to Ellsworth.
Proceed straight through all the traffic lights in Elsworth (4). After the 4th light, you will be on Route 3 East.
Follow Route 3 East to the head of Mt. Desert Island.
At the head of the Island, Route 3 veers to the left, and Route 102 is straight ahead. You need to go straight on Route 102.
Follow route 102 untill you come to a traffic light. At this point turn left onto route 198.
Follow Route 198 straight into Northeast Harbor. Before you get to the village itself, you will see a sign indicating a left turn on Harbour Drive to the Marina. Make this turn.
At the bottom of the hill, follow the circle around to the right to the marina.

Post-Rendezvous Cruise:

Dave Potts and his family, aboard his CD30 Andronikos, will be cruising in the area after the float-in at Northeast Harbor on their way home to Casco Bay. Any Cape Dorys and their crews that would like to stick around and cruise along side Andronikos are welcome to do so. His post-float-in itinerary follows:

  • Mon., Jul 25 -- Buck Harbor (Steel Band street concert)
  • Tue., Jul 26 -- Camden
  • Wed., Jul 27 -- Tenants Area (somewhere between Muscle Ridge Channel and St George River, depending on weather and whim)
  • Thu., Jul 28 -- St. John/Damariscotta River area (Seal Cove on Damariscotta River?)
  • Fri., Jul 29 -- Boothbay Harbor
  • Sat., Jul 30th -- Sebasco Harbor Resort

Cape Dorians are welcome to join Andronikos anywhere along her route. For additional details, please contact Dave (, please don't forget to remove "_NOSPAM" from the e-mail address before clicking on Send.).


NOTE: All captains are responsible for their own navigation and for the safety of their crew and vessel.

All owners of both Cape Dory power and sailboats, CDSOA members and non-members, are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or at

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.


Mount Desert Island/Northeast Harbor Web Site Info:

Tide Charts:

Southwest Harbor (July 2005)--
2005 Tide Predictions: Mount Desert Island, Southwest Harbor--NOAA

Northeast Harbor, ME --

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the Northeast Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 7 July 2005

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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