• Hurricane Dorian and the “dream wedding”
    September 23, 2019

    Hurricane Dorian and the “dream wedding”

    The last big weekend of the year promised a full house at the Oceanic Hotel. A two-day island wedding extravaganza was also on the schedule.

  • Photo courtesy Ben SteeleSpencer and Tess on the bow in Seal Bay, Maine (above), and Gannet waiting for her boom during commissioning. The aqua-colored decks have a distinctly 1960s feel.
    September 23, 2019

    Our first boat: Lessons Learned

    After we sold Gannet, our 30-foot 1969 Pearson Coaster, last spring, we reflected fondly on the 24 years we owned her, during which she taught us how to cruise the coast of Maine.

  • A blazing beginning
    September 23, 2019

    A blazing beginning

     The move aboard Klang II was supposed to be the start of our live-aboard lives and, perhaps, some ocean vagabond years, but a boatyard conflagration made a grand attempt to intervene.

  • A gander down Bow Street in Portsmouth, which, especially on a nice day, always bustles with activity.
    September 23, 2019

    A quart in a pint pot

    Sure, New Hampshire has a paltry 18 miles of Atlantic shoreline, but it packs a disproportionately wide variety of cruising sights and experiences in just New Castle and Portsmouth alone.

  • Photos by Lewis WheelerDesigned by C. Raymond Hunt in 1937, the Concordia yawl is considered one of the most attractive sailing yachts ever.
    August 26, 2019

    La Dolce Vita

    And it was a sweet life indeed aboard the 41-foot Concordia yawl Dolce, on a delivery from Boston to the Newport Boat Brokerage Show to be sold. No one bought her, but that isn’t my story.

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