• Photo courtesy Jack FarrellThe view from the helm. While the author has made hundreds of trips from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals, none ever scared him like this one.
    November 23, 2020

    All’s well that ends well

    While I have made many hundreds of trips from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals across the full range of weather and seasons (wind, rain, fog, snow and freezing spray) I had never been thoroughly scared until one afternoon a few weeks ago.

  • The Hinckley Pilot 35 came with a lofty pedigree, but her master -- at the beginning, anyway -- was a classic greenhorn.
    November 23, 2020

    Baptism by fire, Part II

    Part 2: Some hairy autumn sea miles remained between Sea-Finn and her Midcoast Maine destination, including a forecast of 17- to 20-foot waves, 65-mph winds – and infamous Kennedy Rock.

  • The author and his wife Marty aboard Rocinante, their Little Harbor 46.Photo courtesy Ron Weiss
    November 23, 2020

    Fishers Finally!

    The fates conspired against me in my attempts to visit Fishers Island, as though an invisible force was blocking my access to it. Last summer, I broke through, with an emotional epiphany.

  • The plywood dinghy lived twice as long as it was supposed to. Her departure was sad, but not unexpected.s
    November 23, 2020

    If one is going to sink . . .

    A 21-year-long relationship meets a soggy, although predictable, ending

  • When things go bad
    October 23, 2020

    When things go bad

    We know that tales of disasters, mishaps and general screw ups are a part of being on the water. While we don’t celebrate them, we acknowledge a powerful interest in these stories and recognize their educational value. With that in mind, as well as the nearness of Halloween, we offer you some of our favorite tales of woe from years gone by.

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