Balmy Days Cruises

“All kinds of boat trips.” One hour harbor tours on the Novelty. Lighthouse tour on Burnt Island (3 hours). Sailing trips on Friendship Sloop Bay Lady (1.5 hours). Mackerel fishing on Miss Boothbay (2 hours). Private charters available for your special event.


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 Squirrel Island Mailboat– The Novelty hull was built by MDI Boat Works in Southwest Harbor in 1996. Engines, steering, and other mechanical work were completed by the Jim Rich Boat Yard in Tremont, ME. Trailered to E. Boothbay, she was finished by shipbuilder 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 lobster boat 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.


Captain Bill Campbell

has been navigating the waters off Boothbay Harbor for over 40 years. His first job as a deckhand 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.