Report from the Field: Yarmouth, ME

The Pursuit S 260 under way in Casco Bay
The Pursuit C  260 under way in Casco Bay

The New England Boating TV crew rolled into Yarmouth, Maine, yesterday (July 21) to set up for its week-long shoot in Maine. First stop: Yarmouth, where the folks at the Yarmouth Boat Yard on the Royal River are providing us with a cozy base camp for our Pursuit C 260.

Royal River Grill House
Royal River Grill House

Co-host Parker Kelley got busy out of the gate with lunch and an interview at the Royal River Grill House, right next door to the Boat Yard. It’s easy to find, especially if you follow the scent of delicious smoked ribs and other savory delights wafting along the river. Next Parker and I hopped aboard an Eastern 248 Islander with Yarmouth Boat Yard’s Ross Taliaferro and headed for nearby Chebeague Island as director/videographer Gene Allen and second camera operator Joe Vallier followed in the Pursuit.

Tom and Parker bike around Chebeague Island
Tom and Parker bike around Chebeague Island

We arrived in late afternoon and were met at the dock by Nate Richards, who arranged a pair of moorings for us. Then we set off to explore a bit of the island on the inn’s complementary bikes. After working up an appetite, we enjoyed cold drinks and fresh oysters on the inn’s sweeping porch as the sun set below the mainland. A delicious dinner of halibut, steak, lobster and more came next, and all was right with the world….at least our little part of it. Many thanks to the entire staff at the Chebeague Island Inn for their hospitality. What an incredible place! Indeed, we wished we could have stayed longer, but we had to skedaddle back to the mainland in the dark. The trip took a bit longer than anticipated, but running along under a canopy of brilliant stars, the boat wakes illuminated by phosphorescence, was magical.

Stay tuned for more of our Yarmouth adventures tomorrow.

You can see the full New England Boating TV episode this fall when the show begins airing on Monday nights at 7:00 on NESN.

Working lobster boat off Chebeague Island
Working lobster boat off Chebeague Island
The magnificent Chebeague Island Inn
The magnificent Chebeague Island Inn
Parker and Ross from Yarmouth Boat Yard
Parker and Ross from Yarmouth Boat Yard
Oysters on the porch
Oysters on the porch
Launching at the Yarmouth Town Landing
Launching at the Yarmouth Town Landing
Former Outdoor Life Fishing Editor Jerry Gibbs (right) and a friend retrun to the Yarmouth boat ramp after a morning of striper fishing
Former Outdoor Life Fishing Editor Jerry Gibbs (right) and a friend retrun to the Yarmouth boat ramp after a morning of striper fishing
Parker and Tom on the steps of the Chebeague Island Inn
Parker and Tom on the steps of the Chebeague Island Inn