Castine, Maine, is the most legendary cruising destination on Penobscot Bay. The harbor has a wide and deep entrance under the landmark Dyce Head Lighthouse.
The Village of Castine, located at water’s edge, offers all the amenities visiting yachts may seek; pump-out, fuel, fresh water and chandlery services can be found at the Town Docks or at Eaton’s Boatyard.
Natural anchorages are found in the adjacent waters of Smith Cove, Bagaduce River and the Holbrook Island Thoroughfare. Ashore, commercial, civic, historic, artistic, and recreational resources are all within a short walk for the inquisitive sailor.
New Amenities For Boaters
- Free Wireless for Boaters in Castine Harbor
- Newly Renovated Rest Rooms at Town Dock
Eaton’s Boat Brokerage
17 Sea Street
Full Service Marina
17 Sea Street
Mainely Marine Services
SAMS Associate Marine Surveyor
Underwater Surveys, Diving and Moorings
Castine Visitor’s Center
1 Main St.
How do I visit Castine by boat?
Castine Harbor (44°23’N 68°48’W), at the entrance to the Bagaduce River, has ample depth and is easily entered. Dyce Head Light, 134 feet above the water, is on the north side of the entrance to the river. Pass close to the fairway bell buoy on either side and, keeping a reasonable distance offshore and south of the buoy marking Otter Rock Shoal, steer into the harbor on a midchannel course.
Town Dock floats are available from May 15th to October 15th and tie-up is limited to 2 hours between 9:00am and 5:00pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight dockage is permitted and fees apply after 5:00pm. The per-night overnight dockage fee is $3/foot up to 80 feet of total length. The Acadia floats at the Castine Waterfront are designated for pick-up and drop-off only. Unattended boats will be moved at the owner’s expense.
Trash disposal is available at a cost of $2.00 per bag. See a dock attendant for assistance.
Pump-out service is available (use at your own risk) at no cost July 1st through August 31st from 8:00am to 5:00pm or by appointment with the Harbormaster May 1st through October 15th.
To reach the Harbormaster, call (207) 266-7711.
Where do I stay once I dock?
Castine has two historic inns, only steps away from the town docks. Check out these places of lodging, first built in the days of Victorian “rusticators…”
The Castine Inn
33 Main Street, PO Box 41
Open from late May to October.
26 Main Street, PO Box 4
Open Early May-late October. Award-Winning Vintage Summer Hotel
Wine Bar, Jazz on the Porch: Tuesdays, July-September