My wife called on Friday regarding the 9:30 trip to Eagle Island on Saturday. Capt. Ring said there was plenty of room on the boat, and if we were running late (from Massachusetts to South Freeport), to call the number and he would wait a bit. We got to the dock with time to spare and got on with one other couple.
The boat is old, but all the Coast Guard inspections looked up to date. The requisite safety devices were present, and she ran well. Any boat can break down, but we had a perfect trip. It took about 35 minutes to arrive at Eagle Island where we were met on the dock by the Rangers. A new visitor center opened this weekend which was a bonus for us. Admiral Peary's former property was wonderful.
We departed at 11:45AM, and made a couple of stops so Capt. Ring and his first mate could pull up 2 lobster traps. No keepers, but he returned some young lobsters and a crab to the ocean. This was simply fun and informative. The Captain has a great personality but doesn't talk to excess.
For $35 per person (including the park entrance fee), this trip is a bargain. If we have people traveling with us on a future trip, we would certainly repeat.
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