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About Acadia Charter Co.

Acadia Charter Company was started by two brothers Richard and Henry Helmke. Growing up in Nyack, NY on the Hudson River as boys the two spent their time boating and fishing. After moving to Maine later in life to start a family boat shop (Bass Harbor Boat Shop) the brothers continued their love of boating around Mount Desert Island. 

Our owners and crew here at Acadia Charter Company have brought together all of our talents and likes to bring to you the best charter experience possible.     

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Henry Helmke studied at Husson University and graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Henry owns and operates Blue Water Industries, Quietside Snacks, and co-owns Acadia Charter Company. 

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Richard Helmke, studied at Maine Maritime Academy where he graduated and received a degree in small vessel operations and from there received his captain's license. Richard has spent the past few years working for a reputable tour company, where he learned the in and outs of operating and captaining a tour boat. With this experience, he has the knowledge of the Mount Desert Island area to give you the best possible boating experience. Whether you are out just for a quiet peaceful picnic boat ride or a tour of the area. Richard will make sure you have the best experience possible. Richard is a co-owner of Acadia Charter Company.

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Matt McFarland was born and raised in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island. He graduated from Mount Desert Island high school and later, the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in biology. His boating experience traverses the country, as he has captained vessels on the waters of Washington state, Alaska, the Florida Keys, New York City, Cape Cod, and of course, Mount Desert Island. Matt is proud of his local area and his aim is to provide the best experience for all guests aboard. 

Matt started part-time with Acadia Charter Company in the summer of 2021. And we are excited to have him officially a part of the team now. Matt has a great knowledge of Mount Desert Island and the waters around it. And has received nothing but praises from charter guests he has taken out. 

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