About Hover Maine

“Love what you do and you will never work again in your life”

Captain Joe Stanley

Captain Joe was born in Falmouth and raised along the Maine coast spending his free time sailing and scuba diving. Summers were split between the coast and Spring Lake in the Western Mountains of Maine, making Captain Joe very familiar with both areas.

His love of the Sea led him to Maine Maritine Academy and upon graduation on to a deep sea shipping career with Military Sealift Command rising to Chief Mate.

Upon hanging up his shipping hat, Captain Joe attended College of Oceaneering. From there he started Northeast Marine, a service company assisting a diverse group of clients in maintaining large capital investments intricately associated to the marine environment.

His love of flying matured into a career of its own. Flying his Cessna 180 led to an getting his airline transport pilot’s rating and flying turbofan powered jet aircraft.

For the past 15 years, Captain Joe has operated DownEast Duck Adventures. Showing residents and visitors alike the history and beauty of Portland aboard his custom built Amphibious Vehicle.

Now you have the opportunity to share an hour on our hover boat tour and learn about the history and beauty of Maine.

About the Explorer 24 Hovercraft

Enjoy a completely unique experience on our Casco Bay, Maine tour aboard the Explorer 24 hovercraft. The Explorer 24 can travel up to 32 mph and flies over a foot off of any surface. The large diameter propeller reduces noise far below common hovercraft, comparable to a jet boat.

The brakes, controlled by the operator reduce pressure of the forward two compartments allowing for smooth slowing, stopping and turning.

The passenger cabin is completely enclosed with great fresh air flow through the cabin making a trip in any type of Maine weather comfortable. The boat has seating arrangements for ten to twelve people. The cabin offers breathtaking view of Maine’s beautiful land and waterscapes. Come join us for an amazing water experience!