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Published: October 8th 2009
Cutler & Southwest Harbour Maine, Cutler Maine, USA
On the morning of Sept 26th 2009, we finally set sail from Brier Island, making route for Cutler Maine. It was a beautiful sunny day which made for a nice sail, with great winds and kind seas...
We arrived in Cutler harbour at around 7pm and grabbed a mooring ball for the night.
The town of Cutler is on the small side but well known for its Blueberries, Blueberries, Blueberries.... There’s a church, like any good American town, but that’s it!! No general store, no gas station, no groceries and most importantly of all....NO liquor store!!! But what the town lacks in services is made up by the exceptional kindness of it’s inhabitants. Cutler may be a small lobstering town but it sure has some big hearts in it....
We slept really well knowing that we were finally across the Bay of Fundy and finally on the eastern coast of the US. We awoke early to the sound of fishermen returning from the sea with their catch. It only took a few moments for them to initiate that kindness we were talking about. When we asked
s/v WeBeSailing moored before the nice town of Cutler ME.
whom and where we should pay for the mooring usage, they adamantly refused telling us to use it as long as we wanted...there was no charge and oh...was there anything we needed or that they could do for us??? All we needed and asked for was a local telephone book so we could try to get a rental car to go do our customs...(we didn’t have any internet connection). Jeremy, one of the kind locals, offered us the use of his vehicle so we could drive the 20 or so miles to the city of Lubec’s where we could do our customs and immigration. Law states that you MUST clear customs within 24 hour of arrival within the United States. Without knowing us from a hole in the wall, this kind gent offered us his van!! Just handed us the keys!!! When we got back Jeremy wasn’t home, so we simply left him a copy of Annie’s cookbook and some gas money in thanks for the use of his vehicle.
Would you believe that the very next morning, Jeremy came out to see us in his boat to once again offer us the keys to his car?!?! He said he’d
Culter ME, WeBeSailing
s/v WeBeSailing moored before the nice town of Cutler ME with heavy fog off shore as you can see in the background,
be out most of the day and thought we could use it to go and get some much needed supplies. Our first stop... Quiznos !!! I’ll have the large sub with all the fixings!!! OH MY GOD!!! Fast food never tasted so good and has never been eaten by us in such a quick manner before. It had been some time since we ingested junk food... Felt great while we were wolfing it down, but NOT so great while trying to digest it!!! An hour after eating, we both looked at each other... how do you feel!! I guess like @@@##.................................
When we got back with our supplies, Jeremy walked us down to the pier and handed us a bunch of live lobsters!!! (Thanks Jeremy! They where a super great meal )
We have been so lucky with the great people we have met along of travels so far...
What’s the Frequency Cutler?
The Cutler Peninsula, between Machias and Little Machias Bays, bristles with radio towers. Cutler is home to one of the most powerful naval computer and telecommunications stations in the world. The Cutler station was commissioned in 1961 as the site
Machiasport Bay, again heavy fog off shore..
of a very high-powered, very low frequency transmitter able to broadcast to the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Salt water surrounding the unoccupied 3,000 acre grounds the system, which supports the Atlantic fleet on the U.S. Navy. The village of Cutler itself conducts its own business of lobstering, serenely oblivious to the military operations over the hill. Southwest Harbour Maine
Just a quick overnighter... before setting sail to Rockland ME in the morning.
Southwest harbour is the Quiet side of Mount Desert. Southwest harbour is the library compared to Bar Harbour, the party place and the sidewalks are more or less rolled up by 10pm!! Southwest harbour is everything romantic about sailing. A far cry from the boatbuilding that took place 100 years ago, with the seek lines of Hinckley and Morris yachts filling the harbour. It feels good to be back surrounded by other sailboats. In the last few months it has been mostly fishing boats and now we are once again surrounded by other boaters speaking the same passion and smelling a heck of a lot cleaner!!! We like fish...but there’s a limit!!!
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Cheers till soon,,
Annie, Eric & Shellsea onboard s/v WeBeSailing
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