• Photos courtesy Mike MartelProblems come in various guises: the 55-foot motor yacht (top); the Lagoon 42 cat (above left); and a Mainship 35 (above right). Photos courtesy Capt. Michael L. Martel
    September 24, 2018

    A tale of three Jonahs

    A trio of boats not ready to go to sea were “Jonahs,” like the hapless whale-dwelling prophet of the same name, and they brought bad luck and trouble to owners and delivery crews alike.

  • Ryan, Kate, Jim and Steve Humbert aboard Elfin, the Humbert's "tweener" boat, an O'day 22. Photo courtesy Pam Humbert
    September 24, 2018

    The Upsizing Imperative

    Starting with a 14-foot derelict, a Long Island couple buys one larger boat after another to safely and sensibly accomplish the family’s sailing dreams, which evolve as the unit grows older and wiser.

  • The view of downtown Boston from its inner harbor, which is home to recreational boats of all stripes.
    September 24, 2018


    New England offers countless harbors, both great and small – some bustling with commercial traffic, others quiet and “undiscovered.” For me, none is more interesting, vibrant or gorgeous than Boston Harbor.

  • Long Island inside
    August 27, 2018

    Long Island inside

    Part 2: In the August issue, the McGuires and their trawler Hope entered Long Island Sound, expecting to be underwhelmed. Instead they were delighted and excited. On the next leg, they were challenged.

  • Nova Scotia idyll
    August 27, 2018

    Nova Scotia idyll

    In 2017, we cruised from our hailing port of New York City to the Bras d’Or Lakes of Cape Breton Island, at the north end of the Maritime province of Nova Scotia. We liked what we found.

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