Departing daily in-season from the Nonantum Resort Marina
(Memorial Day – Mid-October)
The Rugosa, named for the beautiful seaspray rose that lines our coast, is a fully restored, 1963 oak planked lobster-style boat that offers a 1 to 1 1/2 hour tour of the Kennebunk River and the beautiful Kennebunk coastline. During the trip your captain and sternman (or woman) will educate you on the regulations, techniques, lore and art of catching/trapping lobster. This lesson includes the life cycle of the lobster, the process of mating and molting, the lobster migration, and the laws and regulations that help protect this very vital Maine fishery. The Rugosa offers a hands on approach to lobstering, so after a short trip up the coastline to see the beautiful homes of Ocean Avenue, and the highly photographed Walker’s Point, the Rugosa turns out to sea to haul a few traps. It’s now time to put your new education to work and learn how to hook and haul traps, measure, band, notch, and determine the sex of your catch, as well as bait, throw back shorts and inspect other creatures of the sea. Who knows what you might find at the bottom of the ocean…spider crabs, sea urchins, hermit crabs and sculpin are all regular visitors to many a lobster pot. Don’t be afraid to participate in this great ocean adventure. We highly encourage all to get involved and if the mood strikes, we may even split the crowd for a lobster catching competition! The Rugosa is the perfect trip for smaller mariners who may be on the water for the first time, as well as those more salty sea adventurers who just love a little excitement on the water. Half boat tour, half petting zoo, the Rugosa has something for everyone.
In addition to our daily scheduled lobster/coastal tours, the Rugosa is available for private charter. With hardwood, cushioned seating, a covered canopy, and plenty of room to mingle, the Rugosa makes for the perfect open boat for an evening cocktail cruise or sunset tour. The Rugosa can accommodate parties up to 24 guests, and we look forward to hosting your corporate party, family reunion, engagement party, tour group, class reunion, wedding shower, graduation party, or friendly escape. If you want to see the coast of Maine and learn about the area and lobstering, the Rugosa is the boat for you.
The one hour plus tour is $35 per adult and $25 for children. The 3:30PM, “Adults Only” trip during August, are $40 per person and the capacity is limited to 18 people and BYOB is permitted. (Must be at least 16 years of age) The private charter rate for the Rugosa is $700 during July and August for a 1-1/2 hour trip. All other months are $500.