• Photos by Lewis WheelerDesigned by C. Raymond Hunt in 1937, the Concordia yawl is considered one of the most attractive sailing yachts ever.
    August 26, 2019

    La Dolce Vita

    And it was a sweet life indeed aboard the 41-foot Concordia yawl Dolce, on a delivery from Boston to the Newport Boat Brokerage Show to be sold. No one bought her, but that isn’t my story.

  • Comanche, one of the flashiest examples of carbon fiber's use. Image courtesy Billy Black/Wikipedia
    August 26, 2019

    Edison’s other bright idea

    In 1879, electricity innovator Thomas Edison baked cotton strands and bamboo splinters at high temperatures in order to carbonize them into a filament that could resist extreme temperatures. Can you say “carbon fiber?”

  • Photos courtesy Joel GleasonIn Roque Harbor the author (above left) and his son just sat and contemplated life. Their only companions were a few terns that twittered nearby, and the occasional mosquito.
    August 26, 2019

    Now this is downeast cruising

    Part 2: For years, son Randy wanted to spend just one night where no marinas, restaurants, or marine facilities existed, just wildness. Before we turned back to Marblehead, I took him to Roque Island.

  • MS Harborfest Tugboat Races 2019
    August 18, 2019

    MS Harborfest Tugboat Races 2019

    I was lucky enough to be aboard the Roderick McAllister captained by Sarah Kaplan on Sunday for the annual MS Harborfest Tugboat Races in Portland, Maine. It was a wonderful day, and a fun event for a great cause. Here are some shots of the action and a short video.Read More

  • Eastport's rebuilt downtown breakwater. There is also an industrial terminal at South End. Photo by Scott Snell, Blount Small Ship Adventures
    July 29, 2019

    Rowing Friar Roads

    My fisherman ancestors were Campobello neighbors of Franklin D. Roosevelt overlooking Friar Roads, the open stretch of water between that island and Eastport, Maine. This day I’ll circle it in a dinghy and dust off my memory bank.

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