Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Southwest Harbor, ME
If the western side of Mount Desert Island – the “Quiet Side” of MDI, in local parlance – is its own country, then Southwest Harbor is its capital. This broad harbor is one of the largest on the entire island and offers as much working waterfront as you’ll find anywhere in Acadia. From the legendary boatbuilders at the Hinckley Company to the lobster shacks at Beal’s Lobster Pier, Southwest Harbor presents the full range of life on the Maine coast.
Southwest’s vibrant downtown brings dining and shopping options to another level, with eateries such as Red Sky and XYZ Restaurant offering culinary delights as fine as you’ll find anywhere. You will also find a variety of other shops and chandleries to handle your other needs, whether it’s at the well-stocked Hamilton Marine outlet or at Carroll Drug Store. Finally, Southwest Harbor is situated right on the Island Explorer shuttle bus route, so hopping a ride into Acadia National Park or all the way to Bar Harbor is a breeze.
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By BoatingBasicsOnline.com Understanding the factors involved in “man overboard” incidents is a good first step in preventing them. Below are a few potential scenarios. Turbulent waters: always check the weather and try to avoid variable waters. High speed: slow down and make sure passengers stay seated. Balance issues: keep an… SEE MORE
By OceanGrafix. Thanks to the continued refinement of technology that began in the 1990s, mariners can keep an eye on shipping vessels to avoid collisions or to track a certain craft. Ships are tracked in real time by a special radar system called Automated Identification System (AIS). The system identifies… SEE MORE
By Soundings Trade Only. New technologies are augmenting electric propulsion in boats, but battery standards and charging infrastructure are still developing. Electrification has been an increasingly common buzzword in the marine industry, especially in the past four to five years. Most notably, the recreational marine industry is seeing advancements in… SEE MORE