Animals aboard!

On those dog days of August, cruising can be very hard work. Chloe and Molly take a break.

What do we love more than our boats? Our pets, of course.  They are a vital part of the Points East family and in many cases love to join us in our favorite pursuit. Below are stories about travels with our furry (and non-furry) friends.


Tree swallow spectacular

Tree swallow spectacular

Guest perspective: Sue Cornell There are some bucket-list experiences which, when ticked off, make it to the to-do-again-next-year list. The autumn tree-swallow spectacular on the Connecticut River is a perfect example. Not so long ago, only a few birders and locals knew about the phenomenon
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Boating with your dog this summer?

Boating with your dog this summer?

At Points East, we know quite a few boaters who can’t help but bring their dog along on their sea-faring adventures. While some dogs absolutely adore being out on the opens seas with their owners, there are a number of safety considerations that should always
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’Bird Dog

’Bird Dog

Guest perspective/Paul Brown The ’Bird: A Thunderbird 26 sloop is a so-called one-design “racer/cruiser.” In 1958, it was the winning design, by Seattle naval architect Ben Seaborn, in a plywood association’s contest for the best sailboat fashioned from marine plywood. The objective was a low-cost
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Cats onboard

Cats onboard

You often hear about, or see, dogs on boats. There is a TV ad for boating featuring dogs on boats. But no cats. A decade ago, a pot-bellied pig corresponded with Points East. But never a cat. Perhaps cats, knowing they are superior creatures, don’t
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Pets aboard!

Pets aboard!

New England harbors are surprisingly pet-friendly when cruising with dogs and cats, and your home afloat can be a comfortable, non-threatening dwelling for your four-footed crewmates.
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A day at the beach is a good thing

A day at the beach is a good thing

Words from a seafaring dog.
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Life aboard

Life aboard

Tahoe hadn’t signed up for the boating life, but that’s what he got. Now, like his owners, he’s a natural afloat.
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A case for critters in the boatyard

A case for critters in the boatyard

Sure life would be easier without them, but it wouldn’t be as interesting
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Oh Poco!

Oh Poco!

The wayward beluga whale charmed boaters throughout the Gulf of Maine in 2004. The cause of his visit and subsequent death may never be known, but his legacy is unquestioned.
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Travels with Poco

Travels with Poco

The beluga who charmed Midcoast Maine cruisers.
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A good ship’s cat can be tough to find

A good ship’s cat can be tough to find

We have always wanted a ship’s cat. It all started with Spencer, the rather aloof feline who was for many years the shipmate of Mike and Myrna Anderson aboard the windjammer Angelique, sailing with the Camden fleet.
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No kennels for these cruising canines

No kennels for these cruising canines

July, 2004 By Carol Standish For Points East Castine, Maine Chloe and Molly, the yellow labs who cruise with Pam and Bob Scott, were the inspiration for this volume of Dispatches. In the April issue of Points East, their humans wrote a letter describing the
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Fly away, old Buddy, fly away…Buddy? Buddy?

Fly away, old Buddy, fly away…Buddy? Buddy?

What began as a promising relationship between man and bird ended tragically.
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