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. Captain Ben holds a current USCG license, is a Tidewater Maine Guide, and fully insured.


2.5 hour private excursion with light fishing option (mackerel/pogy (menhaden)/pollock):  325.00, 1-6 passengers, additional hourly rate is 75.00 per hour after 2.5 hours.  This is also your cruise for lunch/dinner by water, swimming, islands hopping, sunsets, and to visit area lighthouses.  Lets create the experience you desire!

4.5 hour Striped Bass trip:  525.00, 1-4 guests.  3 active rods & bring a rider that can rotate in on the action or just enjoy the ride.

6 hour Striped Bass trip:  650.00, 1-4 guests.  3 active rods & bring a rider that can rotate in on the action or just enjoy the ride.

Location/Hours of Operation:

We will pick up and drop off of Kaler’ Restaurant (Boothbay Harbor), Ocean Point Inn (East Boothbay), Newagen Town Landing  (Southport),  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 through September. Send Captain Ben an email to to answer any questions, discuss your boating adventure, and book your 2024 charter.

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, Ben has worked for over 20 years with the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs as a civilian. During the season Ben and his son Jack offer local guests an opportunity to experience the Pursuit 26CC - F/V Summer Girl.  Jack, Ben’s 16 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.   If you want to fly fish he is your guy.  Jack loves the top water and will dial you in on the fish at sunset.   When not on F/V Summer Girl you can usually find Jack and his brother Everett fishing Linekin Bay with fly rod in hand. Captain Ben started, what has become, the Annual Card Cove Association Saltwater Youth Fishing Derby, that is entering its 4th year. Captain Ben saw this as an  opportunity to get everyone on the water, fishing, with a cookout and awards following the derby.   This event has become a highlight for the volunteer Captains and Ocean Point summer residents in East Boothbay.