Here’s a bit of trivia for you. There are roughly 3,000 islands off the coast of Maine. If you connected them all and included the coastline, Maine would stretch all the way to Key West. There was a time when about 300 of the islands were inhabited, but as times changed and boats became faster people moved to the mainland where life was easier. Now, only about 15 of Maine’s islands can claim a permanent population.
If you are going to explore the islands, a boat is a must. For many years we were sailors, and while we still love the idea of sailing, once we decided we wanted to explore as much of Maine’s waters as possible we became stink potters, a term describing power boaters. Initially, the sound of engines was troublesome, but once I realized how quickly we could move from place to place the noise became less of an irritant.
Our boat is called Pipe Dreams, which aptly describes the years we dreamed of spending more time in a place we had fallen in love with. She is a powerful craft, and we have not only cruised the Maine coast but have taken her to Boston and New York and up the Hudson River to Burlington, Vermont. She’s also been south to the Chesapeake, another boater’s playground.
On our island explorations, the tablescapes are not ones that would make Martha Stewart proud, but that doesn’t take away from the taste of what is served. In fact, there’s something kind of nice about living simple on board and enjoying the experience.
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