• Photo courtesy Richard SchultzThe author’s Catalina 42 Little Wing on her home mooring in Pepperell Cove. The fog would persist throughout the journey.
    August 23, 2021

    Casco Bay fog daze

    “When in doubt, go out,” was the plan, and to outrun the soup, we headed farther offshore. The gloom seemed to lighten eight miles from home, but this was Maine, and we knew better.

  • Photo courtesy Tim PlouffTegoak, the author’s 21-foot Sea Ray, at anchor in the fog.
    August 23, 2021

    Frenchboro in the fog

    Mid-July along the Maine coast can be clear and calm or foggy and rough. That’s why you seize every favorable weather window, and hope the forecast is not as bad as it is predicted.

  • Photo courtesy Pam HumbertSuccess! The author and her son Ryan in Morgana’s cockpit after docking.
    August 23, 2021

    Panic in the fairway

    Morgana was rocking gently in her slip without any new bumps, dings, or worse. I could, and had, docked Morgana in a slip for the first time! I had stayed the course despite my fears, inexperience, and self-doubt.

  • A view of the Elizabeth Islands near Cuttyhunk, over the cabin of Gulliver.Photo by Peter Bullock
    August 23, 2021

    Gulliver’s travails

    Part 1: In 90-degree heat, I covered my exhausted body with a 10-below sleeping bag, fitting penance for someone whose plan for cruising from Boston to Rhode Island was “Let’s hope for the best.”

  • Photo by Jack FarrellNo need for speed. Bob Eger and friends are having a wonderful time cruising in his 25 hp Handy Billy launch.
    August 23, 2021

    The solution to climate change is us

    Do we really need 1,200 hp on a boat designed for cocktail cruises?