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The Down East Loop

Join Us As We Cruise The Down East Loop.
Presented by Cutwater Boats.

Map of the Down East Loop


The Down East Loop - Ocean Passages
In the last 48 hours I experienced my two favorite times on the water; watching the sun go down and seeing it rise. Cruising offshore on a boat is still one of those rare opportunities to inject a little adventure into our lives while testing ourselves.
Getting Ready for the Final Leg
The Cutwater 28 Down East Loop trip continues. After a short hop from Constitution Marina in Boston, the boat is resting snugly at Newport’s Goat Island Marina. The 28 has moved almost every day since August 20. Indeed, this trip is one heck of a shakedown for a new boat.
The Down East Loop - Day 11

BoothBay Harbor to Boston took us three half-day passages thanks to clear skies, calm seas and the Cutwater’s comfortable low cruising speed of 12 to 15 knots. Before leaving Boothbay, Joanne and I ate breakfast with Allan Miller and Pam Burke. I knew Burke from Newburyport where she owned a beautiful wood schooner, named Heart’s Desire.

The Down East Loop - Day 10

Friends later told us that the fog that day was worst of the season. When we were recruited to do this Demi-Downeast loop, I said to Joanne, “Perfect. Maine in September means cool nights and clear days. The fog is worst in July.”

The Down East Loop - Day 9

Belfast had been a new experience for me, but Rockland was a different story. In my 30s and 40s, my gang and I had sailed here from Newburyport and used the port as a staging area to cruise Penobscot Bay...

The Down East Loop - Day 8
I love Maine, but I live in Florida and spent the past 15 years cruising down island. Before that, thanks to my newspaper’s liberal vacation policy, I spent weeks every year heading down and east from my homeport of Newburyport, Massachusetts.
The Down East Loop - Day 7
We made it, pulling in to the Port of Quebec Marina just before noon today, the end of the first leg of the epic Cutwater 28 Down East Loop voyage that started 455 miles ago in New York   City.
The Down East Loop - Day 5
They don't make better cruising days than this one. We started just after 7 this morning in Westport NY near the bottom of Lake Champlain and now, more than ten hours and 80 nm later are in the Quebec city of Chambly.
The Down East Loop - Day 3

What a day. We started at 8:15 at the Schuyler Yacht Basin and just tied up here about 5:30 at Westport Marina (Westport NY) on the lower end of Lake Champlain. Beautiful. But getting here, well.

The Down East Loop - Day 2
Just tied up at Schuyler Yacht Basin in Schuylerville, NY, about 80 nm from where we started at 8 this morning in Kingston. Fueled up here. Took on 40.1 gallons, which is terrific since we spent more than half of the day running at 20 knots, and the rest negotiating five locks after the Hudson River ended at Troy...
The Down East Loop - Day 1
Well, after months and months of planning, we're finally underway on the first leg of our epic Down East Loop on a new Cutwater 28. Right now we're in Kingston NY, some 80 mm from where we started at Liberty Landing Marina across the Hudson from downtown Manhattan.
Cruising the Down East Loop - The Boat
For cruisers unable to commit the time for a Great Loop adventure, consider a Down East Loop. In the first installment of this series,learn how the trailerable Cutwater 28 makes a long voyage even easier—and start dreaming of your next trip.
How to Plan A Down East Loop
What to bring to ensure a successful trip on the Down East Loop. The Cutwater 28 is equipped with an optional Garmin electronics package. Still, I always bring paper charts and cruising guides. For one thing, it’s fun to use them to plan the trip.