Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Windjammer Cruising Area : Part 2

Just to the east of the Maine Windjammers' home ports are North Haven and Vinalhaven Islands. Both are named after the largest towns. This is one of the most cruised areas of Penobscot Bay because of its close proximity to the mainland..

The channel between the two islands, called "Fox Island Thoroughfare," provides a shortcut past the islands and a protected passage for cruising and working boats.

Ferries from Rockland use the Thoroughfare to bring people and cargo to and from the mainland. Both islands have small year-round populations and have summer houses.

The town of Vinalhaven is still one of the largest lobster fishing centers in the world and is home port for hundreds of active fishing boats.

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