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Experience the magic of sleeping on your private yacht in Maine

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 46 m²
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A special boating adventure without ever leaving the dock. (not a charter boat)

MAZU is a unique B&B, a Bed and Boat located on the Damariscotta River, in midcoast Maine, 2 min off Route 1.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live aboard a boat and have a great home base for all your adventures in midcoast Maine? Step aboard your private yacht, Mazu, a luxurious 42 foot floating vacation rental hotel - boatel - that rides the tides of the scenic Damariscotta River, and experience a unique boating adventure without ever leaving the dock or the mooring.

Imagine relaxing on the deck, inhaling pure ocean air and nautical vibes, drink in hand, the freshest oysters on the table, lobsters in the pot, enjoying your own private sunset between Portland and Bar Harbor! No previous boating experience required. The use of two kayaks and a canoe is included.


About The Yacht

The 42-foot boat features elegant bedding, a sleek kitchen, and a spacious deck for sunning and entertaining. There are two state rooms that is perfect for four guests and the boat can sleep up to six.

You can stretch out and relax in the magnificent aft Captain's Cabin, which accommodates a king-size bed and it has its own private head (WC) and shower.

The roomy forepeak stateroom, V-berth, features a queen-size bed, a large hanging locker and a half bath.

The large galley (kitchen) is open at the top so the chef is never isolated from salon conversation. It's complete with an upright refrigerator, electric stove, a large sink, coffee and tea maker.

The attractive dinette, opposite the galley to port (left), seats up to six adults comfortably. By night, it converts to a full-size double bed.

The spacious Main Salon (living room) provides an elegant setting for entertaining. Huge wrap-around windows flood the room with light, painting an ever-changing seascape. A sofa can be converted to a double bed, thus, the boat can accommodate up to eight people.

House Rules:

Make yourself feel at home.

The following is not allowed: 

1. Non smoking facility - smoking is permitted outside on the dock only. 

2. No pets of any kind 

3. NO Parties 

4. No overnight guests without previous approval

We expect to get our boat back in the same condition as you got it :)

Thank you.

More Details

Olga Oros & Chip Holmes
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish, hungarian
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Olga Oros & Chip Holmes

What I do depends on the season and the location. During the summer months in Maine I run Damariscotta River Cruises with my partner, Captain Chip, who was born and raised in Maine, meet amazing people, film, take photos, learn a lot, have fun and tend my organic garden. In the cold months I'm back in New York City and hibernate in the editing room creating documentary films. And somewhere in between I visit my family in Budapest and friends in other parts of the world.

Olga Oros & Chip Holmes purchased this yacht in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were attending a wedding nearby and I was looking for something a little different than a hotel or inn. From the moment we stepped on board there was an instant feeling of welcome. The boat is tastefully decorated and offered plenty of storage space and privacy. Our host provided delicious fruits and accompaniments.

And Saturday night, after returning from our family event, we were serenaded by amazing blues at Schooner Landing. -K
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday yacht rental in Damariscotta, Maine

Property Type:
  • yacht
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 46 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • Two private staterooms are perfect for four guests, but with an additional sofa bed in the main salon, Mazu can accommodate up to six guests.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
ABOUT MAZU Mazu is named after the Chinese goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. The 42-foot boat features elegant bedding, a sleek kitchen, and spacious decks for sunning and entertaining. Two private staterooms are perfect for four guests, but with an additional bed, Mazu can accommodate up to six. In the magnificent aft Captain's Cabin, with a king-size bed and private head (WC) and shower, you can stretch out and relax. The roomy forepeak stateroom, V-berth, features a queen-size bed, a large hanging locker, and head. The large galley (kitchen) is open so the chef is never isolated from salon conversation. The cheerful dinette, opposite the galley to port (left), seats up to six adults comfortably. The spacious Main Salon (living room) provides an elegant setting for entertaining. Huge wrap-around windows flood the room with light, painting an ever-changing seascape. A sofa here can convert to a double bed. She was remodeled in 2013.


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Unique Experience in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (6&8) had a wonderful time on the boat. The boat was clean with room to roam inside and out. The boat sits at the end of the dock and you own the river view without obstruction off the starboard side. The owners are very accessible and helpful if needed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location! Perfect accommodations! Fun change from the normal vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay on the Mazu at the beginning of August. The boat was very clean and comfortable for our family of 3 and a nice change from the normal rentals we usually do on VRBO. The kayaks and canoes were a big hit to paddle around the area, and the little town was quaint and fun for shopping and restaurants. The boat is very well equipped and Olga and Chip were very good at communicating. We enjoyed coming home from a day of sight seeing and having a beer on the boat and listening to the music from the dock at Schooner's Landing. The festivities always wound down by 7:30-8:00pm, so it was nice and quiet in the evenings for sleeping. Damariscotta is centrally located along the coast so it was a convenient jumping off point to travel both north to Acadia and south to the beaches near Ogunquit.

Overall, beautiful area + great accommodations = perfect vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely unique experience

  • 5 of 5

Olga & Chip were great & easily/quickly accessible. The Mazu was clean, inviting, and comfortable. There were fresh flowers, fruit, wine, and water waiting for us upon arrival. Our kids loved exploring the Mazu, inside and out, as it was such a unique experience for them. Damariscotta is lovely town with great restaurants & shops. It is also close to other nearby attractions such as beaches and lighthouses. We did happen to visit during the hottest day of the summer (102 heat index) so the 2nd night was rather uncomfortable as there were only 2 fans. The first night was cool, but there was a hip hop party taking place until 1:30AM at Schooner Landing Restaurant where we're docked. In my heyday I would have loved it, but not so much anymore. Larry, the nice neighbor, told us that this happened only once this summer. Of course, those were all uncontrollable things, which made the stay more memorable I guess :) We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique stay, lovely hosts

  • 5 of 5

The "Boatel" Mazu is just as billed in the quaint little town of Damariscotta, and Chip and Olga were very flexible, welcoming us quite late in the evening. The two cabins were perfect for the 3 of us and it was great to rock to sleep on the very very gentle waves. My one recommendation is that if you are a coffee drinker, bring your own, or do what I did and walk over to the bookstore just steps away for an excellent cup that you can bring back to the boat and enjoy. Thank you, Chip and Olga. Wish we had been able to do one of your boat tours. Perhaps we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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FUN for Everyone!

  • 5 of 5

The Mazu is a beautiful boat with teak interior, surprisingly roomy, simple and elegant floating hotel! I was surprised at how two adults and two children fit so comfortably in the Mazu. My kids enjoyed jumping off the boat, swimming and sunbathing on the deck. There are kayaks right there on the Mazu to go out on excursions to take in sights, gorgeous sunsets, and come back for a drink on the boat and look up at the stars. The boat is docked at the the Darmastcotta Harbor so restaurants, ice-cream parlors, movies theatre and stores are a 5 min. walk away. Olga and Chip were wonderful hosts!They were so charming, helpful and welcoming.Our stay on the Mazu was really something special. We'll definitely come back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Dreams Floating on the Damariscotta River

  • 5 of 5

Man, this was the way to go. Beautifully refurbished cabin cruiser was our floating hotel, docked at Schooner's Landing restaurant and marina (easy parking right at the marina.). We stayed in the master stateroom, very comfortable size king accommodations, all the linens you'll need, typical head that you'd find on a boat like that, tight but very functional and clean. It was just two of us but there are forward "V" berths so four could stay very comfortably.

Nice galley which we didn't use much, so many cute places to eat steps away on Main Street. They do a great breakfast right across the street at Fernalds Country Store. We mostly just hung out on the boat, swimming of the aft deck. When the tide is going out from the Damariscotta River the water really warms up, spent a ton of time in the water.

We hung out on the fly bridge watching the tide change and surveying the scene on the docks. Great live music at Schooner's Landing on some evenings. And of course in between a few road trips to some great spots in the area, we just lay in the sun on the foredeck. There is something about sleeping on a boat, the gentle rocking, it's so peaceful. I can't recommend it enough. We'll surely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Wawenock Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Dodge Point
Car: recommended

The Twin Villages of Damariscotta - Newcastle conveniently located only 2 min. off of the major highway, Route 1, in Midcoast Maine. 
Damariscotta, the 'river of many fishes' in Abernaki Indian, is named for the alewives that annually migrate the Damariscotta River and then 'climb' the amazing fish ladder at Damariscotta Mills in order to spawn in the Lake. 
The river is also one of the northernmost mating grounds of the primitive and marvelous horseshoe crab. And these waters support seals, ospreys, bald eagles, king fishers, great blue herons, mackerel and stripe bass, just to name a few. 
Humans have also worked this river for about 13,000 years. Their most famous legacy forms immense, white oyster shell mounds on the riverbanks. These shell heaps are testament to the oyster beds that once produced shellfish one foot in diameter. Today the river produces farmed oysters and mussels you can sample in local restaurants. 
Mazu, your boat hotel, docks at Schooner Landing Marina where you can paddle our kayaks or canoe from, along the tidal Damariscotta River to catch the magical wildlife, timeless mansions and the working waterfront of oyster farmers, lobstermen and fishermen and visit the marvelous state park, Dodge Point, and its beach. 
During the day you also have the option of taking an Oyster Frams & Seal Watching Tour and sample the world famous oysters with Damariscotta River Cruises, and in the evening receive a complementary drink on us during the Happy Hour Cruise. 
Another day maybe walk around the twin villages to shop, visit art galleries, dine in one of the fabulous restaurants or take a short sightseeing trip to the historic lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, Pemaquid Beach, and the Colonial Fort Henry Williams, Boothbay, Round Pond, South Bristol with its swing bridge. 
If you are up for some outlet shopping, Damariscotta is only 45 min from Freeport's L L Beans and other stores. Portland is 1 hour drive and 45 min to Rockland / Camden.

Or You might want to plan your vacation around one of the fun festivals in town. May has the Alewife Festival, the Pirate Festival is in June, last Sunday of Sept is the Oyster Festival and Columbus Day Weekend is the Pumpkin Festival & Regatta.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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