August / September Newsletter - Still Time to Book a Trip

End of Summer Wrap-Up

2018 has been our best year so far! We've had some wonderful multi-day paddlers coming from as far afield as Wisconsin, Colorado, NYC and Virginia as well as from here in Maine. Last summer's weather was more rainy and windy, but with the fine weather we've had this year since early June, we've also been super busy with our One-Day Trips. 

In the past we've offered shorter sunrise and sunset paddling, but now that we're focused on the longer trips we're seeing consistent interest for these right through the summer months. A three-day kayak - camping trip really means five days for us: a day to prepare, three days on the water and the fifth for cleanup. Then there's always boat and gear maintenance.'s been busy!

Check out this video from a One-Day Trip

The weather has been about as good as it gets- unlike 2017, this year we've had sunny days with not much wind. Prevailing wind from the southwest is a factor we deal with most afternoons paddling home. And then also we have localized sea breezes in the afternoons. Wind patterns seem to have been different this year and afternoon winds have been light.  

During August we saw a lot of advection fog which blows in from the northeast and lingers sometimes for days in patches over the islands. On two occasions we've paddled in thick fog, depending on chart and compass. On one of these trips, the fog was followed by torrential rain and we arrived home at the put-in dripping wet and glad to see the Driftwood Kayak van with Chris and Pippa waiting.

We're looking forward in September to the last few weeks of shorter, cooler days with the last of the summer trips scheduled in the last week of the month. Locals swear that September is the best month here on Deer Isle. 

So, between now and then, there's still time to book a trip!

Joanna with Sugar Kelp on Buckle Island ( photo by Torrey Utne )

Joanna with Sugar Kelp on Buckle Island (photo by Torrey Utne)

Sunset over Coombs Island ( photo by John Bacon ) 

Sunset over Coombs Island (photo by John Bacon

Keeping Track of Where We Are

Brunton 70P Deck Compass

Brunton 70P Deck Compass

 Brunton compasses have been around for over 100 years.  Brunton were originally in the business of making compasses for geological measurements (to measure strike and dip) but they also make hand held and deck compasses for sailboats and kayaks.  We have 70P Brunton deck compasses on all our kayaks, this model has a front window which you can clearly see when paddling.  I wouldn't leave home without it. 


Garmin InReach Satellite Communicator

Garmin InReach Satellite Communicator


VHF radio is our main means of communication on the water.  But VHF communication needs 'line of sight' to work.  Cell phone signal is sporadic and unreliable on the islands south of Stonington. Garmin's devices for satellite communication are smaller (and more affordable!) than they once were and we now have a means of communicating directly with the US Coastguard by a single SOS button. As a bonus, the device can be paired with a cellphone, and using a mapping app we can track our route in real time via satellite.

Call 617-957-8802 to book a trip.