Maine Cat Maine Bareboat Charters


“The Perfect Boat for the Perfect Vacation”

TAMARACK, Maine Cat 38 Hull #4, will be back in Maine and available for bareboat charter this summer and early fall. This is a great opportunity to sail this exciting new award winning Maine Cat model that promises to be the best performing cruising catamaran you have ever sailed. If you have ever wanted to experience the fun of sailing a brand new boat that brings a smile to the faces of both captain and crew….this is the ride you will long remember. Yacht interior finish, 360 degree visibility from any seat on the bridgedeck and no angle of heel while sailing at speeds in the double digits is pretty cool.

TAMARACK will be located in Rockland Harbor, the gateway to Penobscot Bay, one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. Penobscot Bay is only 40 miles long and 20 miles wide but offers over 200 bold granite faced islands, deep clean waters, fresh lobsters and thousands of secured anchorages. The sailing is spectacular with a guaranteed sea breeze building every afternoon from the SW in the 15 to 20 knot range. You won’t need the screacher, just the self-tacking jib and main will get you where you want to go with time to pick the best spot to anchor or grab an open mooring. Sailing by beautifully restored windjammers or working lobsterman will also gain a smile and wave as a fellow mariner.

Maine Cat will provide a fully equipped catamaran yacht for your carefree vacation. Our representative will greet you and provide you with a complete briefing of equipment and chart review. Following your check out, it is up to you to decide which bay or island to explore first. With numerous picturesque towns no more than a half-day cruise apart, you can cruise this area for years and still find more hidden jewels.

The weekly rate is $5,100.00 per week for a maximum of five people. Our season starts July 1st and ends September 1st. We are also offering a 10% discount on any extra days booked beyond the first week.

The weather is mild, the water cool and the breeze is great. Whether you are looking for a get-away vacation or a chance to sea trial the NEW MC 38 before purchasing, you can’t go wrong.

If we can answer any questions, please e-mail us at or you can reach us at the shop at 207-529-6500. We look forward to seeing you behind the helm of the new MC 38 this summer in Maine.


After provisioning and the afternoon chart briefing and check-out, scoot across the bay in an hour and a half to pristine Pulpit Harbor to watch the sun sink over the Camden Hills. Pulpit Harbor offers a multitude for area to anchor, either secluded or with the fleet if you want to show off your new Maine Cat 378.

Day 2

Sail up the bay to Islesboro and stop off at Seven Hundred Acre Island for a refreshing hike around Warren Island State Park at the northern entrance to Gilkey Harbor. Continue sailing North up the bay for an overnight stop in Belfast, Holbrook Island Harbor, Castine or our favorite snug Bucks Harbor swinging on a rental mooring from either the yacht club or Bucks Harbor Marine.

Day 3

Sail East down Eggemoggin Reach toward the Wooden Boat School near the far eastern end of the Reach. This is a great stop to stretch the legs while seeing some beautifully crafted wooden boats coming to life at the young hands and eyes of aspiring boat builders of dreams yet to be created. Anchor for the evening further East at Buckle Harbor, Swan’s Island or my favorite Lunt Harbor on Frenchboro (Long Island). Don’t miss a walk to the windward side of the island for a look over the horizon and search for the green bottle on the beach.

Day 4

Sail North and East toward Mount Desert Island with a possible stop at Southwest Harbor or Northeast Harbor for some mid-week provisions or just an excuse to grab some ice cream and window shop in the many unique shops. Glide up Somes Sound with the often seen porpoises for an afternoon lunch hook at Valley Cove under Eagle Cliffs the home of a pair of Peregrine Falcons for many years. Further up the Sound is Somes Harbor with a small water fall at the head of the Harbor for a quiet stop for the night.

Day 5

Time to start heading to the South and West to discover more beautiful anchorages and harbors to explore. Aim for Merchants Row and you will not be disappointed with some of the most specular beauty found anywhere in the world. Don’t miss Wreck Island (our favorite) and the anchorages between Bold, Devil and Camp Islands. If you like the company of a windjammer or two try McGlathery owned by Friends of Nature with granite ledges for hiking and a sand bar leading to Little McGlathery Island for some toe-numbing wading.

Day 6

Heading West toward Isle Au Haut is a quick trip around to the top of the island and down to Duck Harbor for some hiking on the Acadia National Park trials down to the wind swept southern tip. Duck Harbor is very small, so arrive early to get the best spot close to the park landing dock. For the evening head over to the eastern entrance of the Fox Islands Thorofare between Vinalhaven and North Haven. You have a choice of over 25 gorgeous protected anchorages to discover or rent a mooring from either the Yacht Club or J.O. Brown & Sons for some civilization and a dinner out for your last evening exploring the Maine Coast.

Day 7

Heading West on a beam reach back across Penobscot Bay heading for the lighthouse at end of the Rockland Harbor breakwater and the Maine Cat mooring for the successful end of your memorable week sailing the new MC 38 on the beautiful coast of Maine.


Maine Bareboat Charters



7/1/2018 - 9/1/2016

Maine Cat 38 5 $5,100/week

Welcome to Maine Cat Charters located in Rockland, Maine.

Location and access

The Knox County Airport located in neighboring Owls Head or an easy flight into either Portland or Bangor, Maine, and a scenic drive will bring you to Rockland Harbor on Penobscot Bay, one of the world’s most specular cruising grounds. You will be greeted by our Maine Cat representative, who will go over all your boat’s systems with you, including electrical, navigational, gas stove, refrigeration, water and fuel tanks, use of head, VHF, safety equipment, deck hardware, running rigging, setting sails, anchoring, and engine operations. You will also receive a complete chart briefing of the Maine waters. You will remain in VHF communication during your charter and a 24-hour chase boat will be provided in case of emergency.

Your boat will be ready for you by 3:00 PM on Saturday and must be returned by 9:00 AM on the following Saturday.

What your charter includes

Maine Cat makes every effort to provide everything you might need to enjoy your sailing vacation. Along with your fully equipped Maine Cat, you will be provided with full fuel and water tanks, fresh linen, towels, and dinghy with outboard. All safety gear is aboard and maintained. Every charterer is checked out and receives an equipment orientation and a chart review. A cruising guide and local charts are also included.


The town of Rockland has dozens of shops providing everything from fresh baked bread to gourmet wine shops. There is also both a Hannaford and Shaw’s fully stocked super markets with every possible provision you may desire right in town. Should you want recommendations for dining ashore, your charter briefing will be happy to supply these. Aside from groceries Rockland offers delightful shopping, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center featuring wonderful collections of other Maine artists. The Strand theater is a step back in time offering movies and live entertainment you will never see any where else.

Weather to expect

As we like to say here in Maine, if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute and it will change. Generally speaking the prevailing wind during the summer months is out of the southwest. Breezes are generally light in the morning and build in the afternoon before subsiding in the evening. Temperatures are usually comfortable but cooling off in the evenings.

Where to sail and what to see

The unspoiled Maine coast is the perfect cruising ground to enjoy the Maine Cat 38. The clean air and water provide you with beautiful picturesque harbors and hundreds of islands to explore. Services are excellent with fuel docks easy to find. Resorts and restaurants offering fine dining are everywhere.

For your charter your cruising area is limited to Tenants Harbor in the south and Bar Harbor to the north. Enjoy Penobscot Bay to the south and Frenchmans Bay to the north with Eggemoggin Reach, Jericho Bay, Merchants Row and Blue Bay in the middle. A variety of harbors including quaint fishing villages, charming towns, and uninhabited coves await you. You could cruise this area for a lifetime and never see it all.

Maine Cat Charter makes every effort to provide a fully equipped catamaran yacht for a carefree vacation in the magical Sea of Abaco.

Boat Equipment

  • Dinghy and Outboard
  • Anchor
  • AM/FM stereo/CD player
  • 12 Volt DC refrigeration & freezer
  • 3-burner propane stove
  • Linens & towels
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Dinnerware & cutlery
  • Pots & pans
  • Stern swim ladder
  • Stern shower
  • Bucket & mop
  • Screens and enclosures
  • Cabin fans
  • Fenders
  • Stern rail mounted propane grill
  • Dock lines
  • Boat hook
  • 2 150 watt solar panels

Navigation & Instruments

  • Charts and Sailing Guide
  • Compass
  • Parallel rules and dividers
  • Binoculars
  • Garmin GHP 12 Autopilot
  • Depth sounder
  • Speed indicator
  • Wind instrument
  • Davis 15 wind indicator
  • Garmin GPSMAP 1040XS
  • Garmin GHP 12 autopilot

Safety Equipment

  • VHF radio
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares & horn
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Life jackets

Basic Supplies

  • Salt & pepper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Soap (bath & dish)
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Sugar
  • Garbage bags
  • Napkins
  • Toilet paper

The charterer will be responsible for supplying all foods and necessities beyond the items listed above.