How to Float Downstream With Downeast Boat Rentals

Get off dry land and explore all of the beauty Coastal Maine has to offer. Embark on your own route with a whaler or pontoon boat rental through Downeast Boat Rentals. Don’t sit on the shore this vacation—cruise from island to island at your own speed and discover the picture-perfect villages. For even more tips on where to plan your boat stops in Downeast Maine and what to do in Deer Isle, access our exclusive Vacation Guide!

Everything You Need to Know About Downeast Boat Rentals

Before you set sail on Penobscot Bay, there are a few things you’ll want to know about renting a vessel. Follow our guide for getting on the water with Downeast Boat Rentals during your New England trip. 

Which Boat Do I Need? 

Downeast Boat Rentals offers three different variations—a 13-foot Whaler, 15-foot Boston Whaler, and a 21-foot pontoon. What are your boating plans? Looking to reel in your biggest catch yet? Planning a romantic sunset trip with your beau? Want a fun day on the waterway with the family? Downeast Boat Rentals has something for everyone.

Boston Whalers are the Northeast’s most popular personal vessels for the brackish waters. They are ideal for fishing and trolling. If you have less than four people in your party, a 13-foot Whaler is all you need to skim across the coast. Need more room? Spring for the 15-footer. 

If you’re planning a boating trip with the littles, you’ll want to take advantage of Downeast’s pontoon rentals. Your family will have the best time winding through the waters in all the comforts of an oversized pontoon. 

What Do I Bring?

Yourself! Downeast Boat Rentals provides everything from lifevests to the boat delivery. (That’s right, they will even bring the boat to you!) All you need to bring is everything you’ll need to ensure an exciting day on the water. Here are a few of our recommendations.

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant 
  • Towels
  • Dry bag with extra sets of clothes
  • Tennis shoes for exploring once docked
  • Fishing gear
  • Water toys
  • Cooler with snacks and drinks

Where Do I Start My Adventure?

Downeast Boat Rentals has several drop-off sites to choose from. We suggest boarding from Toddy Pond in between Penobscot and Surry as it is just a quick 35-minute drive over the bridge to the pond. However, if you happen to already have means of picking up your rental with your own vehicle, you’ll want to take advantage of the guest mooring at Deer Isle Yacht Club. Here’s a complete list of Downeast Boat Rental’s drop-off zones.

  • Beech Hill Pond
  • Branch Lake
  • Donnell Pond
  • Flanders Pond
  • Georges Pond
  • Graham Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Jones Pond
  • Molasses Pond
  • Pattens Pond
  • Phillips Lake
  • Toddy Pond
  • Tunk Lake
  • Long Pond
  • Webb Pond 

Unwind at Pilgrim’s Inn

Pilgrim's Inn Room 9Come back to Room Nine at Pilgrim’s Inn after your day at sea. The third-floor room boasts Northwest Harbor views with a queen-sized bed, natural, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and rustic, vertical beams. Wake up to a complimentary, decadent, breakfast buffet and get your day off on the right foot with homemade blueberry buttermilk pancakes or cinnamon French toast topped with local maple syrup. 

Looking for a more immersive boating trip after your Downeast Boat Rental? Book our Maine Kayaking Adventure Package. Explore the islands of the Stonington Archipelago and then indulge in either a Swedish, deep tissue, or trigger point massage from our certified massage therapist. We can’t wait to welcome you to Pilgrim’s Inn!