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Lobster Tour Boats - The Story of Captain Jay

Say you’ve cracked open a lobster or two but still want to immerse yourself deeper into the lobstering life. Jump on board a lobster boat tour, where you can join in on the adventure of catching lobster while learning about the lives of captains, cooks and lobster enthusiasts.

Meet Captain Jay

Jay McGowan is just one of the experienced captains who have welcomed visitors onto their vessels to learn what lobstering truly entails (pun intended). While on Captain Jay’s boat, The West Wind, you’ll get your hands wet hauling in lobster traps from the depths of the Atlantic. He’ll show you how to measure the lobster, figure out if they’re male or female and the difference between hard and soft-shell lobster. Just don't get too close to a big lobster claw before he shows you how to secure it with a rubber band.

More than lobster

You’ll learn about more than lobsters on Captain Jay’s boat. He’ll often trade his captain’s hat for a historian’s cap to share his take on Maine’s maritime history. All this while surrounded by picturesque scenery filled with seabirds, seals and whales. By the end of the excursion, you’ll not only have earned your sea legs, but experienced a whole new level of lobster.

Let the lobster come to you

But if you don’t want to get your hands wet, we suggest a schooner cruise instead. These tremendous, one-of-a-kind experiences range from day trips to 3-5 day cruises or more. While on board you’ll often be treated to a traditional lobster bake, which combines the eponymous ingredient with mussels, corn, potatoes and onions. Whether you’ve caught the lobster yourself or not it’s sure to make your taste buds sing.

If you don’t have your sea legs yet but you’re still hungry for a taste of Maine’s lobstering life, visit mainequarterly.com/lobster.

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