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Windjammers cruise the Maine coast and islands from May through October.




The weather along the Maine coast is very changeable and unpredictable: sun, clouds, wind, rain and temperatures may vary substantially from hour to hour, so you must depend on the luck of the draw.

You never really know what the weather will be.

Don't expect weather along the Maine coast to be like weather anywhere else in New England.

It may be cool and foggy on any August morning. It may be warm and toasty in the sun in October (but it will definitely be chilly at night).

In June 2019, I was on a cruise that enjoyed four full days of perfect weather: bright sun, mostly moderate temperatures, mild to moderate winds, but this was exceptional. I did not expect such weather for four full days; and on the fifth day it rained buckets all day.

Best Months to Cruise

July and August are the warmest months for windjammer cruising, but also busiest and most expensive; and you must still pack and be prepared for chilly, rainy, windy days.

June and September can be ideal, given some luck, and cruising in these months is somewhat cheaper than in high summer.

May and October can be adventurous, and are the least expensive times to cruise, but be prepared for any weather.

What to Bring

You really need to be prepared for any sort of weather, from bathing suit to sweater to driving rain. See What to Bring.

Next: What to Bring

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List of Maine Windjammers

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Boat from windjammer American Eagle lands on an island for a lobster dinner ashore. Note the sweaters, even in summer.


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