• Image courtesy Sailors for the Sea Powered by OceanaSewage discharge -- blackwater -- contains a variety of pollutants that can impact aquatic ecosystems and endanger humans.
    May 20, 2019

    Nature calling? Use your head

    This means managing your marine toilet properly, emptying discharge from it to a holding tank, not overboard. For years, in Maine waters, I didn’t, but now I see the error of my old ways.

  • The view of an empty Payne's Dock from the top of Vixen's mast, where I was adjusting a cockeyed Windex.
    May 20, 2019

    First to Block (Island, that is)

    Anyone who’s been to Great Salt Pond, on Block Island, knows how magical it is, especially on a warm summer night, and you’re surrounded by hundreds of other cruisers. Without anyone there – not a single other boat – would it still feel the same way? An odyssey in miniature.

  • The view overlooking The Island Inn, on Monhegan, is lovely (main photo); seals (below, at The Goslings) are a common sight; and a dinghy dock in Belfast (bottom; Ilene with white hull and dark sail cover).
    May 20, 2019

    Maine cruise: Unplugged

    Part 2: The author reveals more favorite Maine anchorages – not the “best” ones – and the crew of the Saga 43 Ilene favors small places with solitude or ones with good eats, museums and theater.

  • Photos by Tricia McGrathThe purchase of a Cal 22 completed the author's transition from power to sail.
    April 22, 2019

    Holy Cannoli! I like to sail

    Smitten by the Masefield “Sea Fever” romance of sailing vessels, but hesitant to embrace the recreation of moving small boats with the wind, Tricia espouses powerboating. Years later, epiphany.

  • Photos by Capt. Michael L. MartelThe experience of being aboard Knot Too Bad, the Formula 37 Capt. Mike was tasked with delivering, was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating.
    April 22, 2019

    Fast forward to Boothbay

    You’re watching a video of the coast from Mystic, Conn., to Boothbay, Maine, filmed in midsummer from offshore. Now press the fast-forward. But don’t forget fast-reverse.

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