Greetings from Balmy Days Cruises in Boothbay Harbor

Our Experiences


Monhegan Island

Enjoy beautiful scenery, lighthouse and museum, hiking trails to the high cliffs, art galleries, quaint village, and whale and seal sightings.


Private Charters

Book a boat just for your gang! Whether it be just the two of you or your whole family or gang of friends you can have a boat all to yourself. In these times social distancing this is a great option.


Harbor Tours

See lots of activity and scenery on this narrated one-hour cruise aboard the Novelty.


Sailing Trips

Let the cool ocean breezes set your course on this relaxing one and one half hour sail on the Bay Lady.


Mackerel Fishing

You’ll catch lots of fish on this 2 -hour trip on the Miss Boothbay. Great for families.


Burnt Island Lighthouse Tours

Enjoy a “living history” tour of Burnt Island with former lightkeepers and residents.


Welcome Aboard

Meet the Crew and boats, find us and reserve your favorite experience.

Monhegan Island



Get away from it all and experience a Monhegan Day Trip with Balmy Days Cruises! Monhegan Island is a unique and beautiful island 12 miles off the coast of Maine. Renowned for its striking natural beauty, Monhegan Island attracts artists and nature lovers from around the world. Visitors are captivated by Monhegan’s breathtaking scenery, bucolic setting, migrating birds and spectacular ocean views. Explore Monhegan Island’s 17 miles of hiking trails, browse artist galleries and shops, enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of Monhegan’s cafes and visit the Monhegan Brewing Company for fine craft ale. Take a day trip, or stay overnight at one of the islands many comfortable accommodations. Our vessel, the Balmy Days II, is a twin-screw, motion-stabilized 65-foot fiberglass boat, built on an offshore fishing hull custom-outfitted especially for the Monhegan trip.

This is a passenger only trip (no vehicles) departing Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor at 9:30am and arriving back at Pier 8 at 4:15pm. The boat ride is 1-1/2 hours each way which gives you about 3-3/4 hours on the Island. Each leg of the trip is booked separately. At 2:00pm we offer a trip around the Island (weather permitting). This ½ hour ride circumnavigates Monhegan giving you a spectacular view of the cliffs on the backside from the water, occasional whale sightings, and often times seals are found on the Duck Rocks.

The Balmy Days II is available for PRIVATE CHARTERS from Boothbay Harbor after 5:00pm.

About Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island, 12 miles out to sea, is unique among places to visit in Maine. Having successfully resisted modern development, this small island, just 3/4 mile wide and 1-1/2 miles long, is a haven for those seeking beauty, quiet, and relaxation. Monhegan is year-round home to fewer than 65 residents, many of them fishing families. The island has no paved roads and no cars, but its walking trails offer commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean from the highest cliffs in Maine. Monhegan Island attracts visitors from all over the world who want to paint or photograph the rugged, coastal scenery; see migrating birds, rare wildflowers, and sea life (whales and seals); or who just want to escape for a few hours or days from their busy lives.

Schedule and Rates

DAILY RUNS from June 4, 2022 – October 2, 2022  and October 8, 9, 10

PARKING INFORMATION: We highly recommend making arrangements for OVERNIGHT PARKING well in advance.

Optional “Trip Around the Island” departs Monhegan Wharf at 2:00 pm. ½ hr trip (weather permitting on most days that we make daily run) $5.00 each, cash only, collected on the trip.

Experience the natural beauty

  • Hike the scenic trails along the shore and through the woods
  • Browse the art galleries, lighthouse museum, craft shops
  • Picnic on the rocks or dine at an Inn overlooking the Harbor
  • Relax on your own sunny rock overlooking the ocean
  • Look for whales and seals, migrating birds, wildflowers

For more information see these sites:

Welcome to Monhegan

Monhegan Trail Map





Sail near many scenic islands of Boothbay Harbor, Burnt Island Lighthouse, Southport Island, Capitol Island, Mouse Island, Ram Island Light on this 1-1/2 hour trip. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze as it determines your course. Your experience will be unforgettable as you indulge your senses in quiet enjoyment of the ocean’s beauty and the wind’s power. An occasional Northwest gust adds excitement; and occasional becalming occurs when the winds shift direction. Your Captain will provide you with interesting bits of information as you pass by coves, other watercraft, and lighthouses. The Friendship Sloop, The Bay Lady, is a unique type of sailing craft and holds a proud position on the Maine Coast as once being the “work” boat of Maine lobstermen. Now, the boats are primarily used for pleasure. Each year the Friendship Sloop Society holds a reunion highlighted by races. The Friendship Sloop is recognizable by its large gaff rig mainsail and long bowsprit.

The Bay Lady is also available for PRIVATE CHARTERS at the time of your choice or book a trip on the schedule just for your group of up to 12 guests. Call to schedule your own trip.

Schedule and Rates

Daily mid to late June running until mid September. 1-1/2 hour trips.





This is a one-hour trip on the NOVELTY which is the Squirrel Island Mailboat. There may be several short stops to pickup and drop off Islanders in addition to the regular stop at Squirrel Island. On this narrated sightseeing cruise, you will see:

  • Nature: the sights and sounds of sealife and sea breezes, gentle waves and some fog now and then
  • The busy harbor: lobster boats, yachts, sailing boats and even an occasional cruise ship
  • The working waterfront: shipyards, fishing piers, coast guard station, marinas, oceanographic research lab
  • The scenic shore: lighthouses, rocky cliffs and many island


The NOVELTY is available for PRIVATE CHARTERS.

Schedule and Rates

The Novelty departs several times daily from Pier 8.





There are lots of mackerel to be caught in the waters near Boothbay Harbor. The Miss Boothbay will find several fishing spots and help you reel in the fish. Tackle provided. The fish are plentiful, the scenery is spectacular, and the company is fun on this 2-hour boat trip. Experience the harbor’s beauty while having fun. All Tackle is provided.

  • Get a brief tour of the harbor and what it holds
  • Let our experienced crew bring you where the fish are
  • Join in or just watch as people pull in lots of mackerel
  • Look for porpoise, seals, other marine life, and migrating birds

The Miss Boothbay is also available for PRIVATE CHARTERS at the time of your choice or book a trip on the schedule just for your group. Call to schedule your own trip.”

Schedule and Rates

Daily mid to late June running until mid September. 2 hour trips.




Burtn Island Lighthouse Tour Details

Enjoy a lighthouse tour of Burnt Island where former lightkeepers and residents of the light station offer a unique “living history” tour of the recently restored light station. While on the island, visitors can climb the spiral stairs up into the lantern-room, tour the buildings, and visit the covered-walkway museum. The five-acre island’s scenic beauty is enjoyed seated on granite benches or walking perimeter trails. You have 2-1/2 hours on Burnt Island and a scenic 15 minute boat ride on the NOVELTY each way.

Download our flyer for more information.

Schedule and Rates

Adults: $34.00
Kids (3-11): $24.00
Kids (0-2): Free

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The Boats

Balmy Days II– The Balmy Days II was built in Arundel, Maine by DMR Yachts in 1988. She is a twin screw, 65-foot fiberglass vessel with a custom designed superstructure on a seaworthy off-shore fishing hull. Stabilizers were installed to ease the motion on offshore trips. She was built especially for the trip to Monhegan Island. She can carry 130 passengers.

Novelty– The Novelty hull was built by MDI Boat Works in Southwest Harbor in 1996. Engines, steering, and other mechanical work, was completed by the Jim Rich Boat Yard in Tremont, ME. Trailered to E. Boothbay, she was finished by ship builder John Luke and Capt. Bill Campbell. The Novelty is a 47-foot fiberglass vessel, built especially for carrying passengers. Her license is for 79 passengers.

Bay Lady: A Friendship Sloop– The Bay Lady is a 31-foot Maine built Newman/Lanning fiberglass Friendship Sloop, and the longest continuously operating sailing excursion in Boothbay Harbor. She was launched in 1979 and has been carrying passengers for sight-seeing sailing trips since then. She carries up to 12 passengers and is perfect for a sailing trip around Boothbay Harbor.

Miss Boothbay– The Miss Boothbay, built by Young Brothers, is a 33foot lobsterboat   hull. She’ll carry up to 16 passengers fishing and 20 passengers for sightseeing. She is popular for wedding transportation, small group charters, sightseeing, and mackerel fishing.

Your Captain

Captain Bill Campbell has been navigating the waters off Boothbay Harbor for over 40 years. His first job as a deck hand was on the Squirrel Island Ferry, Maranbo II with Captain Bob Fish and  then on the deep sea fishing boats. Bill acquired his captain’s license at the age of 20 and ran the Squirrel Ferry for Capt. Fish for two seasons. In 1981, Capt.Bill & his father, Capt. Bob Campbell, teamed up after purchasing the Maranbo II & the Balmy Days from Captain Fish. In 1988 the Campbell Captains supervised the building of the Balmy Days II to replace the aging wooden boat, and in 1996 Captain Bill took full charge of building the Novelty in order to replace the Maranbo II. Captain Bill’s love for the ocean expanded to sailing with the purchase of the Friendship Sloop, Bay Lady, and to fishing with the Miss Boothbay. In his father’s tradition, he carries on the operation of the family business. All boats hold a current USCG Certificate of Inspection. Be sure to stop in at our ticket booth at Pier 8 and check in with the booth crew to pick up boarding passes or just to see what’s happening.




We offer several trips to see the Windjammers as they sail into the Boothbay Harbor and anchor including the Photography Cruise on the BALMY DAYS II.

Please visit for more information about this week long event.

Book now! Tuesday June 28, 2022 at 4:30pm aboard the BAY LADY.

Book now! Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 12:00pm aboard the NOVELTY.

Book now! Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 12:15pm aboard the BALMY DAYS II.

Book now! Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 1:45pm aboard the NOVELTY.

PRIVATE CHARTERS are available on the MISS BOOTHBAY for small groups anytime and also for the Fireworks Wednesday night. Call for more information.



Saturday, September 10, 2022

Book now! This is a 2 hour trip at 6:00am on the BALMY DAYS II will take you around the Boothbay Region to view at least 4 lighthouses in the early morning light. Also take in the beautiful shoreline scenes and wildlife of the area. Host, photographer Michael Leonard, will be on hand offering tips and advice for your photography adventure.

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Climb up into the light towers, check out the museums in the old lightkeeper’s houses. For information on all the lighthouses participating in Maine Open Lighthouse Day go to American Lighthouse Foundation.


Book now! This is an all day trip to Monhegan Island leaving at 9:30am and arriving back in Boothbay Harbor at 4:15pm. You will be on the Island for approximately 3-1/2 hours. Be sure to book both your OUTBOUND and RETURN trips. The museum in the lightkeeper’s house should be open but the light tower will not be open to the public. Also enjoy the rest of the island with its hiking trails, lunch places, art galleries and studios and quaint gift shops. Masks required to enter any businesses or buildings.


To be determined for 2022.


Private Charters

Call or email for pricing and availability.

Spur of the moment requests are entertained!

All four boats are available for private parties or transports. Popular for weddings. Trips can depart from Pier 8 or we can pick you up or drop you off at the location of your choice. Call with your thoughts and we’ll customize your trip. Caterers are welcome. Please call for charter rates: Phone: 207-633-2284

Balmy Days II-
Available after 5pm during the high season, any time off-season. 130 passengers max. 80 is comfortably crowded. She works great for groups of 50-80. Beer, wine, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee, and hot chocolate are available for sale.


Call for availability as she has scheduled trips to work around. She is a great boat for sightseeing or water taxi service for medium sized groups.75 passengers max. She works well with 15-50. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and bottled water are available for sale.


Bay Lady– Reserve a scheduled sailing trip for just your group or by the hour at the times of your choice. 12 passengers max.




Miss Boothbay
 Available for fishing, sightseeing, or water taxi service. Reserve a scheduled trip for just your group or by the hour at the times of your choice. 16 passengers for fishing. 20 passengers maximum for water taxi. Great for couples or families that want their own boat.

Download the Private Charters flyer



Contact Us

Balmy Days Cruises
Pier 8
42 Commercial Street
P.O. Box 535
Boothbay Harbor Maine 04538


Phone: 207-633-2284


Contact us by email with any questions or further information. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response.