Thursday was another glorious morning and at 10.30 we were the last to leave the narrow anchorage. Lobster boats were lifting their traps and we saw a boat rigged for tuna fishing- they harpoon tuna weighing up to 900lbs and the market price is dictated by the Japanese economy where it goes for Sushi!
The island channels are well buoyed but the fishermen have obviously found these to be the best lobster grounds as the channels are full of multi coloured floats.
Lobster boat cuts across our bow
We headed up Quahog Bay and anchored to the East of Snow Island in perfect tranquillity.
Snow Island anchorage
The lovely conditions even tempted me to dive from the boat but I promptly dived back out again! The rocky wooded shores and island reminded us of Moidart but in places there are interesting houses tucked into the trees with moorings and docks- certainly a beautiful location.
After a quiet night we left the anchorage at 10.30 and headed back down the channel for 3 miles before heading east through the ledges and up the New Meadows River to The Basin which is a totally enclosed anchorage and famous for its shelter.
At anchor watching an osprey nest
Again the channels are chocked full with lobster trap markers and you pass villages where fishing is the only industry. There is a boatyard nearby which must be pretty laid back as apparently when asked if they monitored the VHF radio the reply was “ hell no, half the time we don’t even monitor the telephone! “