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Boating Destination Reviews for Travelers Along the Eastern Seaboard

Ellis Propeller

Photos by Dee and Brooke Williams

A casting pour at a prop shop foundry is a brief but dramatic event. Workers appear otherworldly in their protective gear. The crucible glows red hot. Escaping gases flare up an intense yellow, creating plenty of smoke and odor.

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Island summer

Is there a better place to cruise this summer than to an island anchorage? Enjoy the seven isles we’ve chosen, along with this spectacular view of Monhegan from Manana Island.

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Monhegan Island

The harbor off this island fishing community is only partially protected.The 160-foot cliffs of Monhegan Island rise out of the Atlantic, forming an imposing turning point for southern New England boaters transiting the Gulf of Maine to Penobscot Bay. Twelve miles off the mainland, this starkly beautiful granite outpost is more than a GPS waypoint. Its isolated fishing community is a vanishing slice of Maine coastal life.

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Stonington, Maine

Lobster boats ride on their moorings.Perched defiantly on Deer Isle’s southern bluff, Stonington looks to the sea for its sustenance. Its 1,100 close-knit residents, who live 40 miles from malls and major services, are as rock-hard as the granite they once excavated from their surroundings.

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Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

A summer front approaches the Edgartown Light.On Martha’s Vineyard, you can escape to an insular world of yachting traditions, summer amusements, celebrity spotting and quiet rural charm. Surrounded by Vineyard Sound to the northwest, Nantucket Sound to the east and the Atlantic to the south, the island is ringed with 18 public beaches, from placid sound-side sands to boisterous Atlantic surf.

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