At Acadian Boat Tours, we take pride in our boats and crew. We have five boats – the Acadian, the Islander, the Eden Star, the Rambler and the Jennifer Ann. Our boats are clean and family oriented.
The Acadian is 65 feet in length, 20 feet wide and has a steel hull with twin diesel engines. She is equipped with radar for foggy days, VHF radio, GPS, and a concert quality PA system for your listening enjoyment. Her first deck has two restrooms, a heated cabin, and a small galley. The second deck is open for optimal viewing. The Acadian undergoes a rigorous Coast Guard Inspection annually. She is outfitted with all necessary lifesaving equipment as required to ensure the safety of our passengers. The Acadian is pet-friendly to friendly pets! It is the longest running tour on Frenchman Bay, since 1934, and is a true Maine tradition. The Acadian can hold a maximum of 149 passengers.
The Islander is a 67-foot passenger vessel with indoor and outdoor seating, light galley service, clean restrooms, and experienced captain and crew. The Islander is licensed to carry a maximum of 70 passengers, but we have limited the number to 35 for maximum personal comfort onboard. This is our multi-tasker boat! With two 550 Volvo Tier 3 engines it enables us to get where we need to be on Frenchman Bay for our fishing trips. The Islander is also available for private charters.
The Eden Star
The Eden Star is an aluminum 70 Ft. Gulf Craft with two 550 HP John Deer Diesel Engines. She has a spacious open upper deck for spectacular unobstructed viewing, an indoor heated cabin and a small galley serving hot or cold beverages and light snacks. Onboard also find two clean restrooms and all the latest updated electronics and safety equipment per USCG. The Eden Star is licensed for 128 passengers though we have limited passenger counts to ensure maximum passenger comfort. She is fully USCG inspected and is pet friendly to friendly pets!
The Rambler (our ‘Fun’ boat) is a 27 foot Cape Horn with two Honda 150 HP 4 stroke clean and quiet outboard motors.
This boat is perfect for you and your family (up to 6 passengers) to enjoy one of our private fishing trips in Frenchman Bay! Join us for a personal 3 or 4 hour Fishing trip OR a Fishing / Sightseeing combination cruise!
The Rambler has full electronics, a tee top, multiple seating areas, safety gear and a small restroom. All fishing tackle is included, you do not need a license to come along with us (they are all covered under the boat). If you wish to keep some of your catch – the captain will clean and bag anything within the legal limits! Typically catching pollock, mackerel, Acadian redfish, codfish and black seabass among other species. Note codfish season is April 1 to 14 and September 8 to October 7.
The Jennifer Ann
The Jennifer Ann is our newest private charter option for your family group of up to 6 passengers! She is a 31 foot JC BOAT with A Cummins Diesel engine. The Jennifer Ann has Garmen electronics, indoor and outdoor cushioned seating and a small restroom onboard.
The Jennifer Ann is pet friendly to friendly pets and offers a variety of tours such as Sightseeing/ Nature cruises, Puffins/ Lighthouses/ Seabirds trips, Somes Sound Fjord tour, a Lighthouse and National Park excursion and also Ash Scattering.
She is an awesome option for making a wonderful memory while in Bar Harbor!
Meet Our Captains, Naturalists, & Staff
Gary Fagan Captain
Jerry Blandford Captain
Phil Blanchard Captain
Jeff Black Captain
Bill Townsend Naturalists/Crew
Carl Mikkelson Naturalists/Crew
Gabby Niejadlik Naturalists/Crew
Emily Rose Crew
Our cruises depart daily from the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor in search of eagles, porpoises, seals, and other marine life.
Tours are fully narrated and run between 2-4 hours depending on the trip you choose.