How to Plan the Perfect Adventure With Mainetain Charters

A visit to Midcoast Maine isn’t complete without spending some time at sea, and you can trust Mainetain Charters to help make it happen. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or hundredth time fishing — they make you feel right at home on their boat for a remarkable Midcoast Maine experience. Plus, they offer convenient departures and arrivals from Kaler’s Crab and Lobster House near Topside Inn. You can walk down to the pier, enjoy an evening of fishing, then return for some relaxation in your room. Or, grab a quick change of clothes and head downtown for a delicious dinner and even more Boothbay Harbor activities. Look through our free Vacation Guide to see some of our favorite things to do in the area!

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Step Aboard for Lasting Memories With Mainetain Charters

Meet Captain Ben Kaler

The logo of Mainetain Charters that reads "Mainetain Charters: Boothbay excursions for families and anglers"

You know you’re in for a great experience with Ben Kaler guiding the way. He’s a Boothbay native with years of fishing experience all the way back to when he was a kid and helped his father on a lobster boat. Today, he has a child of his own with an aspiration for angling. Ben works with fellow military veterans during the day and, in the evenings, he and his son get to share their love of fishing with guests on the 22-foot Eastern known as F/V EverJack. We can’t recommend Mainetain Charters enough!

Choose Your Charter

Are you looking to fit a quick fishing trip into your weekend getaway or would you prefer to spend as much time as possible reeling in those stripers? Ben happily offers a variety of charter options from early June to mid-September. All of your gear and required licenses are included in your trip!

  • Two-hour custom cruise:  $40 per person for up to six passengers
  • Two-hour trip for mackerel and menhaden:  $40 per person for up to six passengers
  • Four-hour trip for striped bass:  $325 for one to three anglers ($50 for additional riders)
  • Six-hour trip for striped bass:  $425 for one to three anglers ($50 for additional riders)
  • Four to five-hour private excursions:  $325 for up to six passengers

Hours: Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to sunset and flexible weekend hours

(Book early and they will work to accommodate times outside of the regular schedule.)

Feel free to call Ben at 603-566-6743 or send an email to to get answers for any questions you might have, discuss your boating adventure, and book your charter. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, too, so you can stay up to date and get a peek at their recent adventures!

Make It a Perfect Vacation at Topside Inn

View of living area in the Suite at Topside Inn

After reeling in some impressive catches with Mainetain Charters, you can walk back to your room and unwind above it all at Topside Inn. We’re a short walk away from the waterfront with gorgeous views, lush gardens, and a variety of coastal-themed accommodations. You can end each day with beautiful sunsets and wake up every morning to a delicious, homemade breakfast. When you add in all of the fantastic attractions nearby, you have the recipe for an unforgettable trip.

Book your stay today! We look forward to seeing you in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.