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Photos by Robert L. Drake

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Soundings contributing writer Mary Drake and her photographer husband, Bob, have profiled 150 destinations for Soundings since 1986. Traveling every year between their homes in Hodgdon, Maine, St. Simons Island, Ga., and Big Pine Key, Fla., the couple are gifted with a restless curiosity that keeps them poking around and looking for unique, historically rich, friendly waterfront communities that are steeped in maritime tradition and heartily embrace boats and boaters.

The Drakes are partial to places that are peaceful and rich in tradition, though Mary says they are not averse to change. “The towns are changing, but the boaters are changing more,” she says. The cruising family making ends meet on a lick and a promise has given way to the retired couple cruising on a comfortable nest egg.

Here they give us thumbnails of six of their favorite haunts.

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- Northeast Harbor, Maine

- Marblehead, Mass.

- Mystic, Conn.

- Chestertown, Md.

- Oriental, N.C.

- Flamingo, Fla.

This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue.