The other day was the most perfect quintessential day one could spend on Maine soil or sea. It was the zenith, the pinnacle, the ultimate, the supreme most idyllic day. It was simply wonderful! It was so great that when it was over we just kept saying “wasn’t that great” over and over. The day involved a boat ride in a Hinckley picnic boat, laughing with friends and family, a lighthouse, bobbing seals, beautiful blue skies, calm seas, and seafood.
First, lets talk about the Hinckley. That name is synonymous with the highest levels of yachting as the craftsmanship, details, and spirit are rooted in the rich Maine maritime heritage which is combined with innovative technology that marries perfectly. The Hinckley Company was founded in nearby Southwest Harbor, Maine in 1928 after purchasing a boatyard. In 1933 their first boat was launched and was a 36’ fishing vessel. In 1936 they broke into the sailing realm with a 28’ sloop. In 1940 the company strayed from boat building and moved into the marine supply business building fittings for fuel tanks, stanchions, deck plates, and more that are still used today. The start of WWII took Hinckley into the manufacturing of war-designed boats. But after the war, Hinckley moved back to the production of pleasure boats. Throughout the years, Hinckley has become an innovator in yachting technology and their handcrafted boats have been turning heads and luring distinguished seaman for years.
So it was in a gorgeous 2004 Hinckley Picnic Boat that Betsy’s cousin Maggie and her husband Bob offered to give us a ride to Bass Harbor for a scenic boat ride and lunch at a local seafood restaurant. We motored in calm clear waters past lobster buoys soaking in the warm sunshine and marveled at the rocky coast. The beautiful blue sky was a great contrast to the stark white Bass Harbor lighthouse perched along the entrance to the harbor. Betsy and her brother Mark caught up with Maggie and Bob and talked about childhood memories. The wonderful company only made the gorgeous day brighter.
|Bob, Maggie, Mark and Betsy|
Perched at the entrance to Bass Harbor is one of the most photographed and recognized lighthouses in the country – the Bass Harbor Head Light. The history of the lighthouse dates back to 1855 when it was determined that there was a sufficient reason for a lighthouse at the mouth of Bass Harbor. Shortly after, the U.S. Congress appropriated $5,000 for construction of the lighthouse. In 1876, construction of a fog bell and tower were completed. Later the bell was replaced with a larger one and today a fourth order Fresnel lens operates in this working lighthouse. The lighthouse has been kept pretty much in its original state and the light keepers house is occupied by a U. S. Coast Guard family.
We can’t thank Maggie and Bob enough for such a memorable day. The view from the water was a wonderful way to see some of our favorite places and to do it with such nice people made for a perfect experience.