Originally Posted by Bedwood
I have heard great things about Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans and that area in Maine. In specific about how friendly people, acknowledging strangers.
Burnt Coat is a nice harbor. You can usually tie your dinghy up at the lobster coop to go ashore (except from about 1 to 4 PM). It is a nice walk up to the light house. Take any mooring with a green float and a plastic bottle tied to the pickup. Two years ago you put your $20 for the mooring in the plastic bottle. There is also room to anchor, but make sure your anchor is well set. I have seen people drag there.
On the northern side of the island Buckle Harbor is a nice stop if you get in early (it fills up). Anchor in 7-12 at low. Holding is good. You can go ashore on Buckle Island and there are trails the length of the island. Go ashore at the north end of the island.
Mackeral Cove is also nice in anything but a northerly. You can anchor on ether side of Roderick head and take your dinghy to the town float next to the ferry dock. The holding is good.
The only down side of Swans Island is that there are essentially no services. The closest boat services are in Stonington at Billings, Southwest Harbor (Hinckley, Downeast Diesel and Dysarts Marina. Hinckley and Dysarts have diesel and gas is available at Beals when the lobster boats are not unloading. There is a West Marine at Dysarts and Hamilton Marine is near Beals lobster dock.) and Northeast Harbor (Clifton Dock has diesel and alcohol free gas, town marina and Morris Yachts). You can also get fuel at Richs in Bass Harbor, but there are no other services. There are restaurants in Stonington, Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor. If you need to provision it is worth the run to Bar Harbor (prepare for crowds and noise from cruise ships) because they have a Hanaford supermarket.