The evening in Boothbay turned fresh and threatening so we did not go back ashore until the morning when we walked into town and enjoyed the various tourist orientated shops and an excellent secondhand bookshop which added to the onboard library.
Late morning we headed out, back into Townsend Gut and through the Southport swing bridge and picked up the guest mooring off the Isle of Springs.
Another tranquil spot on a beautiful day but we were not sure about going ashore as the island is privately owned but in the evening a couple rowed out and said we would be welcome to go ashore.
In the morning we rowed ashore and we were met by the owner of one of the 37 cottages on the island which is only inhabited in the summer. He showed us around and most of the houses get passed on within families or are sold to friends. Simple but comfortable houses, two tennis courts, library, meeting house and a peaceful summer existence.
We then headed back to Robinhood Marine in Riggs Cove for lunch (lobster pizza for Lynn and blackened haddock tacos for me!) and to collect an SSB antenna we had ordered but of course it had not arrived so in view of the thunderstorm we spent the night there and left at 1100 hrs on Thursday once the parcel had been received.
After the thunderstorm a new addition to a navigation mark
Maple Juice Cove
Despite a forecast of fresh northerlies we had to motorsail with only occasionally enough wind to make realistic progress but after rounding Pemaquid Point we had a good close reach in South East (!) winds up Muscongus Bay past Harbour Island, Otter Island, Gay Island and Cranberry Island and having dodged lobster floats in the St.George River we anchored in lovely Maple Juice Cove and enjoyed the evening sunshine where we watched an osprey fishing and a pair of loons (Great Northern Divers?).