Camden Harbor, the Midcoast’s boating Mecca, opens for a safe season

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 8:45pm

    CAMDEN — “It’s called the Mecca of the Midcoast” for sailors and boaters, said Steve Pixley, Camden’s Harbor Master, gazing affectionately out over the growing number of boats tying up at the docks of Camden’s inner harbor. He loves the whole scene, from the Public Landing to Curtis Island, to the outer harbor and the entrance to Penobscot Bay.

    He watches over it year-round, getting the floats and docks in when the snow melts, keeping an eye on the moorings, talking to sailors, entertaining the tourists, commiserating with the lobstermen.

    Across the harbor, Drew Lyman, CEO of Lyman-Morse, is likewise gearing up his boatyard and marina services, knowing that boaters will be coming, drawn to Penobscot Bay, and what many say are among the best cruising grounds in the world.

    But with a pandemic that halted the world in its tracks, and changed the dynamics of how humans interact with each other, the focus is on ensuring that Camden remains a healthy and safe harbor. It’s about adjusting course while remaining a vibrant and fun place to tie up and visit.

    In this video, Pixley, Lyman and Camden Town Planner Jeremy Martin talk about how it is all coming together. New aspects include personal shopping for visiting yachts — so that sailors don’t have to spend a lot of time ashore – to possibly rearranging the Public Landing to accommodate outdoor dining (the idea is being explored).

    With times what they are, the three nonetheless have a central message: Come to Camden Harbor, enjoy the season in Maine, and stay safe and healthy.