Dolphin Marina, Harpswell, ME

Dolphin Marina, Harpswell, ME

The plan continues to evolve and we with it.

We were originally planning to spend my birthday here at the Dolphin Marina and my dear sister and friend April arranged for there to be an ice cream cake at the ready for our dinner the night of our arrival. Well – and I thank God it wasn’t my idea – our plan changed and we ended up arriving 3 or 4 days later – I lose count of days these days.

We did have a smooth day of travel leaving Southwest Harbor but the fog was pretty thick as were the lobster pots. We went for 8 hours to a small anchorage for the night – going much further would have been not only unsafe with the lobster pots but we were all getting pretty tired with the constant course corrections to avoid traps. In fact, Alec and I usually take 4 hour watches but with the work involved in this passage, we opted for 2 hour watches to prevent either of us getting to fatigued. Typically we would have preferred to go all night rather than stop for the night but we couldn’t do that with all of the these traps in our path.


So day 2 we left the anchorage and arrived in Dolphin Marina in Harpswell, ME. It was the sweetest little marina and the staff there exemplified customer service, even arriving in the morning with coffee and fresh warm muffins. The restaurant was lovely and after dinner, the server promptly arrived at our table with a very large, very delicious ice cream cake. So the birthday celebration continues… and based on the size of this cake, it will continue for some time.


We left Harpswell this morning with a plan to go to the Wentworth Resort and Spa in New Hampshire for a few nights. Looking at the weather forecast for the next several days, together with the likelihood that we may have to deal with the remnants or possibly worse weather of Florence within the week – we decided that we really needed to make a plan for where we would like to be for the next week – 10 days and what would be the safest harbor should Florence pose a real threat to us.

Midstream (so to speak) we called Anne Thyrre, our sister in law who together with Peter is in Onset aboard the stunning MY Aries. You may remember that we stayed in the same marina with them on our way up. We asked her if she could make inquiries as to dockage availability for the week there with them. We feel like there is no better place to weather out a storm than with loved ones so we have adjusted course and we are headed directly to Provincetown, MA. We hope that we can get there before too much light has passed (eta 2030) to make navigating the lobster pots a problem but at least they aren’t nearly as bad as in ME. April K is close in our wake and we will be together with them as we all wait to see what the weather will bring in the next week. Plan now is to anchor off of P-Town and head into the Cape Cod Canal tomorrow with the tide pushing us downstream to the Onset Marina. Hoping for an arrival before dinner tomorrow night.

Thanks for reading!
Lots of love,
Laurie, Alec and Jack

Published by cruisingwithgratitude

Alec and Laurie Thyrre (both retired airline pilots) are making an effort to share and experience as much of this beautiful planet with their nearly 13 yr old son Jack and cat Pratt while traveling aboard a 64' Nordhavn boat. We started this adventure in 2018 and crossed the Atlantic in 2019.

6 thoughts on “Dolphin Marina, Harpswell, ME

  1. I laughed out loud when you wrote “…and based on the size of this cake, it will continue for some time” so funny! but then I thought about the whole lobster pot conundrum. and I had to look it up. I thought about you and Alec having dreams about lobster pots and twitching in your sleep. Here is a clip from an article written by a local: (1-4 were bad, but 5 and 6 were real eyebrow raisers)

    5. When you select harbors be prepared to thread your way through dense fields of floats on arrival. Do not be surprised at the end of a long day on the water so you will be mentally prepared for an ordeal finding your way through. Do not underestimate the fatigue factor associated with this evolution.

    6. Carry a wet suit, mask, and very sharp knife and be prepared to go in the water to free your rudder or prop if you do snag one. Try to free the line without cutting but where safety of ship is involved, err on the side of safety for you and your crew.
    And then another cruiser said “do Not try to thread your way between a pot and a float, you WILL get snared.”

    well, what i want to know is which one of you superheroes plan to swim under the boat in 65 degree water to free the line?!! This luxury life is a lot of work!

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    1. Lizzy thank you for looking this up for us to read. Wow scary and a serious real thing. Glad it sounds like you made it without diving in and untying or fixing the boat. Enjoy your relax time for a bit. Loved the hiking pictures . Reminded me of my Algonquin trip with Colin . Great memories you are creating . Xoxo

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    2. OMGosh Im Laughing out loud literally at that! Yes – the “superhero” you refer to is the amazing Alec! Ha! His 4 mm wetsuit is hanging at the ready as is the tank of air he would have strapped to his back! Its not all drinks with umbrellas hanging out the side! Ha!


  2. Glad to hear you have a plan for pesky Florence…she may be ruining my girls weekend that is schedule for next weekend in St. Simon’s Island, GA…ugh! So are you missing Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket it sounds like? Or thinking you may head there after Onset if weather is clear? Safe travels and much love from who else but the “Lovett’s” 💕💕💕💕


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