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Thank you for visiting Acadia Real Estate. We are a full service brokerage firm located near Acadia National Park in Southwest Harbor, Maine. We specialize in the selective marketing of Mount Desert Island and exceptional Maine properties.
Our mission is simple. We will provide personal and high quality real estate services while honoring and respecting the beauty and natural resources of this area.
Jim Gray, a Realtor since 1994, is broker/owner of Acadia Real Estate. He established the company in 2004 as a way of combining his years of experience as a Realtor specializing in waterfront and residential properties with his training and experience in residential and industrial design. Jim has found that by using these skills he has succesfully helped sellers position their property to its best advantage and has helped buyers visualize their dreams.
Jim and his wife Rebecca live in Southwest Harbor where they have raised a family of three. Jim and his oldest son Chris enjoy playing Celtic music together and can often be found playing with the band MacLir at local venues.
We look forward to talking to you and exploring how Acadia Real Estate can help meet your real estate or design needs.
About the Maine Lobster Buoy
These buoys are a common sight on the coast of Maine. Each fisherman has his own registered colors. All of his traps must be identified with a floating buoy displaying his colors. This buoy is also displayed on the fishermans boat for identification.
Originally, lobsters were so plentiful that farmers picked them up from the shore. Eventually fishermen began trapping them from boats. The early lobstering boats were rowed. The Maine peapod being one example. As the demand and grounds covered increased, single handed sailboats (most notably the Friendship sloop) were used.
The modern motorized lobster boat ranges from 18' to 50'. Its classic and traditional look has become a standard design theme in both working and pleasure boats. They are often powered by well protected propellers. Some of these boats have recently been equipped with jet drives. The principle advantage of the jet drive is its ability to skim over obstacles in the water (lobster buoys) The jet drive was first popular with net tenders on large fishing vessels because of its ability to jump over nets.
The hundreds of buoys on the lobster ground make a colorful sight and a challenge for amateur mariners.