As America’s lobster capital, Maine has no problem attracting seafood lovers who also enjoy the great outdoors and appreciate the beautiful New England coastline. To get a full lobster experience on your next trip we recommend lobster boating on one of Maine’s last working wooden sailboats.
A Glimpse Into Lobster Boating
Before gasoline engines and fiberglass revolutionized lobster fishing, wooden boats were the go-to vessel to capture Maine’s local delicacy. Using the wind as their power source, these streamlined Dorys and Peapods would be seen sailing along the coast, hauling up lobsters by the pound. While today’s boats have been modernized for efficiency, these original boats are still held in high regard for their rich character and the regional history that they represent.
The Sarah Meade
Today, only one of these wooden boats still runs the lobster route, acting as a living piece of history that is shared with the public. Named the Sarah Mead, Maine’s last sailing lobster boat is owned and operated by a father-and-son team out of the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor. The duo runs a series of two-hour tours daily, including a morning sail, noontime sail, afternoon sail, and evening sail.
Spruce Point Inn
This captivating wanderlust experience gives you a glimpse into Maine’s authentic maritime history and is located right off the dock of Spruce Point Inn. The inn, which was named #1 Resort in Mid-Coast Maine on Trip Advisor and is one of Conde Nast’s Top 25 Northeast Resorts, offers countless Maine adventures from the high seas to the shores.