• The view in Salem Harbor, and (inset), on Derby Street, a creepy example of the things that supposedly inhabited the town in the 1600s. Photo by Marilyn Pond Brigham
    March 18, 2019

    Bound for Salem

    And why not? This seaport on the North Shore of Boston has a grand maritime history, classic architecture, tourist haunts, boating services, and more witchcraft lore than the average salt can handle.

  • A Nonsuch fleet racing, their unmistakable wishbone rigs -- a concept lifted from windsurfing -- making them immediately identifiable.Photo courtesy Sue Cornell
    March 18, 2019

    Handsome is as handsome does

    An interview with Mark Ellis, creator of the cat-rigged Nonsuch series of sailboats that strained sensibilities and changed the way we think about sensible cruising boat design.

  • You can buy matching wooden blocks if so inclined, but the author doesn't mind "mixing and matching," and enjoys the restorative process.
    March 18, 2019

    Restoring wooden blocks

    I approach this task as did my grandfather, who built boats for the Herreshoff yard in my hometown: Take your time, take no shortcuts, be thaorough piece by piece, clean, repair, then reassemble.

  • 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.

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