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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show - Come By Boat

Arriving by Boat

Welcome to Rockland!

Rockland is a full-service destination for boaters. It boasts a long maritime history and a wonderful small-city ambience, much of which focuses around the harbor. Services are plentiful and conveniently located, and a variety of marinas cater to recreational craft of all sizes and shapes. The working waterfront remains, with plenty of fishermen and workboat skippers still using the wharfs, and the passenger schooner fleet is thriving. Services abound for boaters: More than 100 rental moorings Dockage for vessels up to 250 feet Pumpout services Full-service boatyards (see list below) Parts and marine supplies Fuel, ice, laundry Within easy walking distance of the harbor: Provisions, groceries, fresh seafood Drugstore Restaurants and pubs Movie theater/live events, museums, galleries Shopping Pet supplies (even a dog wash!) Day spas and barbershops Library Post Office Banking/ATM Charts: NOAA chart 13302, "Penobscot Bay and Approaches,"or Maptech Waterproof Chart #40, "Rockland to Mount Desert Island" 
Rockland Harbormaster: 207-594-0312 | VHF Channel 16 www.rocklandharbor.info Official address: is 271 South Main Street, mailing address: 270 Pleasant Street, Rockland, ME 04841 The Harbormaster operates the Public Landing and can help with information and advice on moorings in Rockland Harbor. The harbormaster’s office is located at the Rockland Public Landing, at the foot of Harbor Park, and open year round, 8 to 4 Monday through Thursday. In the summer it’s open at least those hours seven days a week. They enjoy visitors, but may be out of the office; on the water, running errands, up at city hall, or working on floats and maintenance. If it’s important, you’d be well advised to call before stopping in. Tides The mean tidal range is 9.7 feet. Launch Services: Rockland Yacht Club Launch: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. VHF Channel 9, 207-233-2800 Two Toots: VHF Channel 9, 207-594-2891 Local services: This is a boating community, so boat supplies, repairs of all kinds, and crew amenities are readily available. Boat Parts & Supplies: Hamilton Marine 20 Park Drive, Rockland, ME 04841 207-594-8181 Summer Hours: April - August: 7-6 Monday-Friday. 8-5 Saturday. 9-4 Sunday. Winter Hours: September - March: 7-5 Monday-Friday. 8-5 Saturday. Closed Sunday. www.hamiltonmarine.com Rockland Boatyards & Marinas Johanson Boatworks 11 Farwell Drive Rockland, ME 04841 207-596-7060 / 877-4-JOHANS 207-596-5656 www.jboatworks.com Journey’s End Marina 120 Tillson Avenue Rockland, ME 04841 207-594-4444 VHF Ch. 09, 18 www.journeysend.com Knight Marine 525 Main Street Rockland, ME 04841 207-594-4068 (main) 207-596-7216 (dock phone) www.knightmarineservice.com Ocean Pursuits Marine Services 75 Front St. Rockland, ME 04841 207-596-7357 www.oceanpursuits.com Rockland Landings Marina 5 Commercial Street Rockland, ME 04841 207-594-4899 www.rocklandlandingsmarina.com Rockland Public Landing 271 South Main Street Rockland, ME 04841 Harbormaster: 207-594-0312 www.rocklandharbor.info Yachting Solutions | Trident Yacht Basin 60 Ocean Street Rockland, ME 04841 207-596-0082 www.tridentyachtbasin.com Navigation and Hazards: Charts: NOAA chart 13302, "Penobscot Bay and Approaches,"
or Maptech Waterproof Chart #40, "Rockland to Mount Desert Island" One of the busiest harbors in Penobscot Bay, Rockland sits on the west shore of West Penobscot Bay between Owls Head to the south and Jameson Point to the north. The breakwater extends from Jameson Point, with Rockland Breakwater Light showing from a red brick tower and building at the end of the breakwater. A fog signal is also located at the light. Approaches: The most prominent objects are a radio tower, which is lighted at night, the aerolight at the Knox County Regional Airport, and the radio tower and signal mast at Rockland Coast Guard Station on Crockett Point. The light on Owls Head, the tower at the Dragon Cement plant in nearby Thomaston, and the light at the end of the breakwater are also conspicuous. Approaching Rockland Harbor, the Breakwater Light may be steered for on any safe course, using the chart as a guide. Enter the harbor southward of the breakwater light, giving it a berth of 100 yards or more. The approach channel has three branch channels, all buoyed. Hazards: The southwestern side of the harbor is very shoal inside the line between Seal Ledge and Atlantic Point (where grain silos are located). The northernmost area of the harbor is also shoal inside a line between Jameson Point and the North End Shipyard (1 foot at mean low water). Several rocks and ledges are in the harbor. The visible ones are Shag Rock, on a cluster of bare rocks, 0.3 mile northwestward of Owls Head and marked by a day beacon; Lowell Ledge, a cluster of rocks awash at low water on the south shore of the harbor opposite Jameson Point; and Seal Ledge, which uncovers about 5 feet, in the southwest end of the bay and marked by a day beacon. A buoy marks Spears Rock, covered 5 feet, about 300 yards northeastward of Lowell Ledge. Dangerous wrecks are on the south side of the harbor entrance about 0.5 mile northeast of Spears Rock and in the southwest part of the harbor about 200 yards south of Seal Ledge. Tides The mean range of tide is 9.7 feet. Good to Know: Shoreside and Emergency Services: Airport: Knox Co. Regional, Owls Head 207-596-0617 Coast Guard: Rockland 207-596-6667 or VHF 16 Harbormaster: Rockland 207-594-0312 Police, Fire, Ambulance: 911