Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the cancellation policy for the Rugosa?

A. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy aboard Rugosa. If a person cancels their trip before 24 hours from the trip start, a full refund will be issued. If bad weather cancels the trip, a full refund will also be issued, or the trip will be re-booked, if the guest so desires.

Q. How long is a trip on the Rugosa?

A. Each trip last between 1 – 1.25 hours

Q. What is a Rugosa trip all about?

A. A Rugosa trip is a boat ride that starts on the Kennebunk River and then off the Coast of Maine into the Atlantic Ocean. Guests will learn all about lobster biology, how we keep our fisheries healthy and sustainable, the hauling of traps, the licensing of the lobstermen and the business of lobstering. There is also some local history and stories thrown in for good measure as well as recommendations for restaurants and other area activities.

Q. What times does the Rugosa run?

A. The Rugosa departs daily at 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the height of the season. During July and August of 2017, some of the 3:30 p.m. trips are for “adults only” and there is a “adults only”  “Sunset Cruise” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 during this time.

Q. What about weather conditions?

A. The Rugosa operates always within the parameters that our weather allows. If the sea state is very rough and impossible to leave the river, the trip will be cancelled. If it is pouring heavy rain or thunderstorms in the area, the trip will be cancelled. Many times, although it may be lumpy seas,  it is possible to leave the river and fish some lobsters and do our full presentation, but not range as far and wide at sea. Other times on fair, calm days, we can fish many traps and visit Walker’s Point. So, we give you the best trip we can, depending on what weather we have to work with. Safety and comfort are paramount on the Rugosa. We will notify you via email if a trip has to be cancelled and will do our best to keep you updated on possible cancellations the night before your trip.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Adults are $35 and kids 12 and under are $25. The few 3:30 p.m. “Adults Only” trips in July and August are $40,( ages 16+ and up) and are limited to 18 people. “Sunset Cruises” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are $35 and are limited to 20 people. Both “Sunset” and “Adults Only” cruises are BYOB.

Q. Where are you located?

A. The Rugosa departs from the docks at the Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean
Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine. See Contact Us page for directions.

Q. What About Children? How young is too young for Rugosa?

A. The Rugosa is a real lobster boat out on the Atlantic ocean. It is not a Disneyland ride. The lobster and fishing information is comprehensive and complete and therefore very educational. The trip is not designed for, or really appropriate for children under 4 years of age. Very young children can be a distraction to the rest of the guests enjoying the informative demonstrations and dialog.

Q. How do I sign up?

A. You can book a tour on Rugosa online at: or call Capt. Bob at 207-468-4095 for additional information or special booking arrangements.

Q. What time of year do you operate?

A. Our operating season is from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
 We are often running earlier and later in the season so please call for info.

Q. How many people does the Rugosa carry?

A. Each trip leaves the dock with a comfortable number of people. 22 people aboard is our ideal number.

Q. What should I bring?

A.Most importantly, your camera! Feel free to bring any food or beverage
 with you. We supply complimentary water. On cooler days it’s a good idea to bring an extra layer of clothing.

Q. I’m sensitive to the sun, is there shade on the boat?

A. Yes! As you can see in our pictures there is a large canopy top that covers a large portion of the seating area. It’s easy to stay out of the sun if you wish, but for those of you who want to catch some rays, there’s plenty of open air seating.

Q. Is the Rugosa available for private charter?

A. Yes! You can book a private lobster cruise or reserve the boat for special functions. The Rugosa makes for a wonderful cocktail cruise with plenty of deck space to mingle with friends. Private charters can also be booked online.

Q.When was the Rugosa built?

A. The Rugosa was built in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1963. She is 38’,
mahogany planked on oak frame, and has spent her life as a charter vessel. Originally running fishing trips off Cape Cod, she came to us in 2005, underwent a major restoration and has been operating out of the Kennebunk River since.