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. The Rugosa departs daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m and 3:30 pm during height of season. During the month of August, the 3:30pm trip is Adults Only, (16 years old and up) limited to 18 people and BYOB permitted.

Q. What times does the Rugosa run?
A. The Rugosa departs daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m and 3:30 pm during height of season. Private charters are also available.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Adults are $35 and kids 12 and under, are $25. The 3:30pm “Adult’s only” trips in July and August are $40, ages 16+ and are limited to 18 people. BYOB is permitted. Private charters are also available for $500 for 1-1/2 hour charter in May, June, September and October. $700.00 for peak season, July and August. All booking and payment is done online at:

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.