• Photo by Mark BarrettDiana at the helm. Seasickness? Fear of heeling? Remarkably they were non-issues during the indoctrination process.
    November 18, 2019

    Cruising with Diana

    Part 1: I had this great, new girlfriend, and I wanted to take her cruising, but my boat was a 40-year-old J/24 with minimal, claustrophobic accommodations. Well, one step at a time.

  • Outward bound from Baldwinsville, N.Y., headed west, looking out over Lock 24.Photo by Dick Allen
    November 18, 2019

    ‘Low bridge, everybody down…’

     “Low bridge, we’re coming to a town,” the old barge song continues, and these days many of those towns on New York’s Western Erie Canal and Seneca Lake are spellbinding waterfront villages. Aboard Weak Moment, our 32-foot trawler, we’ve now seen quite a few of them.

  • The glittering darkness
    November 18, 2019

    The glittering darkness

    The first time I nearly died in a boat was an occasion of sublime and terrifying beauty. I was in Woods Hole aboard the research schooner Westward, about to go to sea for the first time. I had joined the ship in Gloucester to supervise the construction of the newRead More

  • Saddleback Island
    November 18, 2019

    Saddleback Island

    By Tim Plouff For most Mainers, the name Saddleback has long been associated with the western Maine mountain near Rangeley that was a popular ski resort for decades before successive owners fell on hard times. While the ski trails remain closed, an effort to re-start operations is ongoing. For manyRead More

  • Boating and a big slice of humble pie
    November 18, 2019

    Boating and a big slice of humble pie

    Many years ago, in the late ’90s, I had an old Star that I loved in a way that was inversely proportional to the aggravation it caused me. One of my top-five epic sails was aboard this boat, as was one of my top-five epic fails. The epic fail wasRead More

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