Bar Harbor is a seasonal port that handles all sizes of passenger vessels. During the 2020 season (April through November) there are 196 vessels scheduled to call at Bar Harbor. 167 of those vessels will require pilots.
There are two pilot stations for vessels calling at Bar Harbor. For vessels arriving from the east the pilot station is at 44°-18.11N 68°-4.00W. Vessels coming from the south arrive at 44°-16.12N 68°-07.09W. All vessels will follow the recommended route to the pilot boarding area . Pilots do not stay on station and any change to an arriving vessels ETA must be communicated, by voice, to the pilots directly.
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Bar Harbor is an anchoring port for all but the smallest vessels. Anchorage “A” is the primary anchorage. If two vessels are in port at the same time one vessel will anchor in the “B” anchorage. Which vessel gets to anchor where is determined by the Harbor Master and is not dependent upon who arrives at the pilot station first. Both anchorages have good holding ground and depths of water from 65 to 80’.