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“Authentic Lobster Tour!!”
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Hay-Val Charters
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Owner description: HAYVAL Charters is a sight seeing boat company offering private custom tours of the Boothbay area for up to six people. We can accommodate trips to offshore Islands, and other destinations. We also offer a lobster fishing tour, called Friendliest Catch where you can spend an hour and a half on a real lobster boat seeing how lobsters are caught!
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Our family of 5 (including three teens aged 19, 17, 14) truly enjoyed our tour this morning with Captain Bruce White and Lobsterman Larry. What an excellent demo of the whole lobster fishing experience, including demonstrations of the lobster traps, their placement, the industry, and of course plenty of hands-on encounters with so many different types of lobsters. Such friendly individuals who have a real love of the sea and incredible knowledge about every aspect of the business and all of the intricate regulations.

The location should really be classified as Boothbay Harbor, as we left from right off of the dock on a working lobster boat--Larry even pointed out the cove where he was born.

Our 90-minute tour ($30/person) was just great--don't miss it!

Thank ReillyPas
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

6 of us, including a 5year old and an 8 year old cruised the waters surrounding Southport Island, Maine with Captain Bruce White on the very comfortable, well finished Hay Val charter cruise. Capt Bruce was wonderful, not only in being very accommodating but also being great with our grand sons. And for high convenience we were able to order good quality box lunches that were on the boat when we boarded. There were no low lights.

Thank Paul D
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I visited Hay-Val Charters again this year for a Lobster Boat Trip. Bruce and Larry did an excellent job in demonstrating and explaining how they fish for lobsters including everything from how the lobster traps work--baiting the traps--pulling up the traps--aging the lobsters and banding the selected lobsters. Overall very educational and a fun trip. Both the fishermen are very knowledgable and very friendly and enjoy the entire lobster fishing process.
The trip includes a boat excursion around the Inner Harbor of Boothbay Harbor and point out various points of interest including lighthouses, Osprey nests etc. I highly recommend this trip for couples, families or anyone wanting to know more of the lobster fishing industry. This is our 3rd visit with Hay-Val and we plan to return again next time as we thoroughly enjoy the educational and fun trip.

Thank John H
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family (6 of us total) went out with Captain Bruce for a 2.5 hour tour. We have been on most of the Boothbay Harbor tourist cruises and we enjoyed them, but were looking for something different and smaller-scale. This was outstanding. With Hay-Val, you set your course. We chose to circumnavigate Southport Island, beginning and ending at the Newagen Town Landing. What a great experience! Captain Bruce took care of everything and was wonderful with my two young boys (5 and 8 years old). He gave us lots of great information about what we were seeing, history of the area, and spotted lots of wildlife for us too. The boat is beautiful and comfortable, with a shaded cabin as well as seating in the stern. Everyone in our party really enjoyed themselves. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys being out on the water.

Thank LauraF684
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

While in Boothbay Harbor we wanted to go out on a Lobster boat. After doing some research online ,I found this opportunity. We met at the dock and out we went. The trip out was very informative ,although it was not a prime time to go out for the lobsters. They did pull up 6 traps and caught about a dozen lobsters . After sorting the lobsters , and explaining about the female lobsters, and how they had to notch the tails and how they had to measure them to make sure they were legal to keep. They had to release all but one of the lobsters caught on our trip that day. Overall we had a good time.

Thank AlsTrip2014
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