(Photo by Brian P. D. Hannon)
(Photo by Brian P. D. Hannon)
Dominic Fontaine believes finding happiness, at least for a short time, is as simple as taking to the water of Camden Harbor in a small boat.

“Fifteen minutes in this rowboat is like getting away for a week,” said Fontaine, who provides rentals of his “fisherman’s classic” peapod rowboat for customers to take self-guided trips around the harbor throughout the summer.

A two-hour trip costs $20, and $40 full-day rentals are available in the restored boat, which holds up to 600 pounds and seats three adults along with smaller extra passengers including children and dogs. The wooden, two-oar craft remains tied up at the Camden Town Landing, where rowers begin and end each trip. A map indicates a zone in which the boat must remain, but that encompasses much of the harbor and nearby shoreline areas, including historic Castle Island. The rowboat has safety equipment including life preservers, flares, bilge pump, and air horn. The boat is also available for evening trips after screening to ensure requisite experience. Fontaine explained the service is suitable for anyone “from very experienced sailors to people who’ve never done it before.”

Prospective rowers should contact Fontaine at 841-8226 or ospreyislandyacht.com.