• Good Buddy as I first found her in early January, fenders out, sail cover off, as though her former owners had fled.
    January 28, 2019

    A lament for the boat left out

    I’d found the boat of my (cheapskate) dreams, and a post-purchase inspection proved she was as good as advertised. The problem? She was on a mooring in another state and it was nearly January. Decisions, decisions . . .

  • Tranquility in downtown Ottawa. Photo by Capt. Dick Allen
    January 28, 2019

    Busman’s holiday

    Part 2: Former professional mariner Capt. Dick Allen and his wife Bev begin the circuitous homeward leg of their inland Triangle Loop cruise aboard their 32-foot Seaquest trawler Weak Moment.

  • 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.

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