When we rolled into Camden back in early August to begin our shoot for New England Boating TV, things did not look promising. Dark clouds were lurking to the west and severe-weather warnings were being issued over the radio. It was clear that our original plan—to splash the 250 Outrage and run 30 miles south to Monhegan Island—was not going to fly, so we regrouped and came up with an alternative: We’d simply stay in Camden the whole time! Fortunately, the good folks at Wayfarer Marine couldn’t have been more accommodating. Wayfarer is the only full-service marina in Camden, and they arranged a home for the Whaler for 3 nights on their busy docks. One of the dockhands even helped us launch at the nearby town ramp before finding a place to park our truck and trailer.
With the Whaler tucked in safe and secure at the Wayfarer service dock, we began what can only be described as 2 days of TV show heaven. After a restful night at the exquisite Camden Harbor Inn (I can’t say enough good things about the place), we kicked things off with a tour of the waters off nearby Islesboro, Warren Island, and, of course, Curtis Island, home of the iconic lighthouse just outside Camden Harbor.
Later, Camden harbormaster Steve Pixley took us for a ride in his skiff, explaining the various things a visiting boater needs to know about the harbor, including the location of hazardous ledges, where to get a transient mooring or slip, where to anchor, where to fuel up, and where to leave your dinghy.
In the upcoming episode we’ll show you all of this, as well as some good places to dine, shop and interesting sites to visit, among them the Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre and nearby Mount Battie, which offers amazing views of the harbor and Penobscot Bay.