• Photo courtesy George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
    December 4, 2018

    The day President Bush stopped at Marston’s Marina

    With the recent passing of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, I’m reminded of the time he visited our little marina aboard one of his boats. This happened back in the ’90s, but my memory of the event is vivid even today.

  • The Troy (Federal) Lock on the Hudson River (top left), the New York skyline as seen from the Hudson River (top middle), a line of boats on the Erie Canal (top right), and the Waterford, N.Y., Harbor Visitor Center, at the junction of the Hudson River and Erie Canal (bottom). Photo by Dick allen
    November 19, 2018

    Busman’s Holiday

    Part 1: What does a former professional ocean mariner do when he seeks relaxation? He heads to the inland waterways of the U.S. and Canadian Triangle Loop on his 32-foot trawler.

  • It's all hands on deck aboard Eros, aboard which good old fashioned muscle makes things move.Photo by Martha Blanchfield
    November 19, 2018

    Racing Eros

    Competing in a New England classic-yacht event aboard a British-built 1939 Gloucester-type staysail schooner may not be for the weak of spirit, but it will be exhilarating and the experience of a lifetime.

  • The birth of a Mayflower II futtock
    November 19, 2018

    The birth of a Mayflower II futtock

    Photos courtesy Mystic Seaport From left to right: The live oak after it arrived at Mystic Seaport, moving the 300 lb. futtock after it’s been rough cut, running the futtock through a giant planer , and placing the finished piece in its final location. Editor’s Note: In 2014, Plimoth Plantation,Read More

  • Photos courtesy Mike MartelProblems come in various guises: the 55-foot motor yacht (top); the Lagoon 42 cat (above left); and a Mainship 35 (above right). Photos courtesy Capt. Michael L. Martel
    September 24, 2018

    A tale of three Jonahs

    A trio of boats not ready to go to sea were “Jonahs,” like the hapless whale-dwelling prophet of the same name, and they brought bad luck and trouble to owners and delivery crews alike.

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