Mainetain Charters

Boothbay excursions for families and anglers

Mainetain Charters provides guests a boating adventure they will remember by creating a fun, enthusiastic, friendly atmosphere for every trip.  From families to the serious angler, all are welcome to come aboard and experience mid coast Maine departing from Boothbay Harbor. Captain Ben holds a current USCG license, is a Tidewater Maine Guide, and fully insured.


3 hour private excursion with light fishing option (mackerel/pogy (menhaden)/pollock):  275.00, 1-6 passengers, additional hourly rate is 75.00 per hour after 3 hours.

4.5 hour Striped Bass trip:  425.00, 1-3 anglers, additional rider 50.00

6 hour Striped Bass trip:  550.00, 1-3 anglers, additional rider 50.00

Location/Hours of Operation:

We will pick up and drop off of Kaler’ Crab and Lobster House (Boothbay Harbor), Ocean Point Inn (East Boothbay), your vacation rental with water access, or personal dock.

What we provide:  All fishing tackle, life jackets, required licenses, and safety gear.

What we recommend you bring:  Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, layers of clothing, water/snacks, camera, and any required medications.

Reservations:  Mainetain Charters runs from early-June to mid-September. Send Captain Ben an email to to answer any questions, discuss your boating adventure, and book your 2021 charter.  Reservations begin for the 2021 season in the New Year.

Owner Profile

Captain Ben Kaler

Ben Kaler’s passion for the ocean started at an early age.  As a Boothbay native he spent summer weekends on Damariscove Island at the family camp and helping fill bait bags on his father’s lobster boat. During high school and college Ben’s love for the ocean grew and you could find him working his summers as a sternman on local lobster boats or unloading local fisherman’s catch at his father’s lobster pound on the east side of the harbor. After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, Ben served his country in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer with tours in the South Pacific and Iraq.   Retiring in 2006 from the Marine Corps due to combat wounds, today, Ben works by day with fellow Veterans and after hours he and his son Jack offer local guests an opportunity to experience the 22’’ Eastern - F/V EverJack.  Jack, Ben’s 13 year old son, works as mate on striper trips and is a great addition to the operation with his knot tying abilities; mad fishing skills, and knowledge of how to work lures when not using live bait.   He loves the top water and will dial you in on the fish at sunset.