• Larry Cannon poses with an image of the gate at his Boston Waterboat Marina on Long Wharf where the author also has his shop. The iconic lobster buoys are a popular backdrop for visiting tourists. Photo courtesy Christopher Birch
    June 21, 2021

    A prince of a man and the captain of Boston Harbor

    Larry Cannon, a prince of a man and the captain of Boston Harbor, is sorely missed.

  • Photo by Joel GleasonCuckholds Lighthouse, in calmer weather.
    June 21, 2021

    Incident at the Cuckholds

    In a surreal moment, before either of us hit the water, I heard Eric yell, “That was a bad mistake. I’m not taking this boat south.” Then I was in a washing machine, struggling to reach the surface.

  • The author’s boat, Toujours, tied up at her summer home at Sunset Marina in South Portland, Maine.
    June 21, 2021

    Tired of the same old spots? Move it!

    These two Massachusetts-based families decided to reposition their boats for a season to explore regions outside their usual homeport cruising range.

  • Photo by Ron WeissThibadeau and Magnolia at their finest.
    June 21, 2021

    Messing about with . . . goats!

    There is nothing worth doing more than “messing about in boats,” extolled Mr. Water Rat in “The Wind in the Willows.” But you don’t want to mess with mischievous farm stock on a Connecticut island.

  • Infinite Improbability, the author's home, on her summer mooring at the south end of Calves Island.
    May 17, 2021

    The liveaboard life, Old Lyme

    After years in Mystic, Conn., Old Lyme is now our homeport, and life near the Connecticut River mouth is agreeable, with a front-row seat at nature’s endless theater and a ready hurricane hole.