• 20 years of running the river
    April 24, 2017

    20 years of running the river

    The Run to the Crescent is a fundraising 13-mile inflatable-dinghy cruise-in-company from Newburyport, Mass., up the Merrimack River to the Crescent Yacht Club in Haverhill.

  • Huntress turns 60
    March 8, 2017

    Huntress turns 60

    It was love at first sight when, in 1983, the author laid eyes on the very first Hinckley Pilot 35 to come down the ways, and he bought her. Last summer, he celebrated her six decades of sailing.

  • GLOUCESTER, Mass. - Deckhand Geordie Sousa (Left) and First Mate Sandro Maniaci (Right) aboard the FV-Tuna.Com. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Television and Film)
    January 27, 2017

    When the water turns wicked

    We asked four skippers participating in the National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna” competition how they handle high wind and sea conditions. Here’s what they said.

  • On discovery and bar bullies
    November 21, 2016

    On discovery and bar bullies

    Some say there are no wild places yet to discover in the Gulf of Maine, or wild times to be had in its ports-of-call. Nonsense!

  • Cruise to Cuba
    November 21, 2016

    Cruise to Cuba

    More than 60 years ago, a young Bay Stater conceived the idea, and started planning it only a couple of years ago. Now it’s been realized in a fast Cal 2-30 named Scooch.

Late start, halting progress, Andrews Island

Late start, halting progress, Andrews Island

April 24, 2017

Cruise of the Leight, Part II: I was imagining my summer of cruising as a “sailabout” of sorts, sharing qualities of the aboriginal Australians’ walkabouts. I was seeking the peace of wild places, mysteries of nature, depths of solitude, and the incomprehensible energy of the sea. I wanted to lieRead More

The usual springtime elephant on the island

The usual springtime elephant on the island

April 24, 2017

In this column, I share stories from the Isles of Shoals and beyond. Some six miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Piscataqua River, this amazing place is host to a variety of interesting vessels, wildlife and people – a rest stop on the East Coast maritime highway. I wasRead More

Retiring before 30

April 24, 2017

“I don’t know, Paul,” I said in an uneasy tone as I sat on the couch of the big-time yacht broker who’d set up most of my boat delivery jobs. “I need to draw the line and quit this business before I’m 30. “I’m not getting any younger.” Even atRead More

Go someplace new

Go someplace new

April 24, 2017

Guest Perspective/Russ Roth Every year Marty and I try to go someplace new. For us this is primarily focused on the coast of Maine. But we believe it is something to strive for no matter your homeport. It is just too easy to fall into a sailing rut. We allRead More

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