Articles by: John Gold

Nature calling? Use your head

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

This means managing your marine toilet properly, emptying discharge from it to a holding tank, not overboard. For years, in Maine waters, I didn’t, but now I see the error of my old ways.

In search of clarity

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Our coasting adventures always seem to be in a certain state of flux as we fathom new ways of addressing the epic sweep of them, and meld into the tried and true. Touching on life’s largest themes and nature’s most powerful forces, it’s about seeking a certain clarity of thingsRead More

My old nemesis, the mast step

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Frequent readers may recall that my 1966 Pearson Commander, Good Buddy, was a bargain bin craigslist find; that I dragged her 60 miles to my home in Connecticut from Long Island. Because of the considerable distance between me and the boat (nearly 2 ½ hours by car), and her low-lowRead More

New life for an old jacket

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Mike Camarata I am 35 years old. My stitching is solid. My straps and handles are snug and strong. My zipper slides up and down as smooth as silk. My Coast Guard-required printing is very legible. My D-rings are bright and shiny. My belt clips still have their grip,Read More

Capt. Bumblebee and the stadium blanket

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ralph Pears Over the course of 30 years, during which time I frequently sailed in company with the ill-fated Capt. Bumblebee, so-named by my children because of his fondness for a yellow and black rugby shirt, he was always ready to come to the aid of anyone in need.Read More

First to Block (Island, that is)

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Anyone who’s been to Great Salt Pond, on Block Island, knows how magical it is, especially on a warm summer night, and you’re surrounded by hundreds of other cruisers. Without anyone there – not a single other boat – would it still feel the same way? An odyssey in miniature.

The cold, wet reality of it

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Our rough and exposed stretch of Bigelow Bight between Portsmouth and the Isles of Shoals has been characteristically challenging since my daily crossings resumed in early March. While only two days so far have been rough enough to actually cancel a trip, most of the other ones have been wet,Read More

Farewell, Capt. Lou

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Although I’ve written many stories for Points East and other boating publications, the Capt. Lou series has generated, by far, the most interest. Readers have gone out of their way to contact me about them. If they knew Lou personally, or of him, they’d say, “That story was so Lou!”Read More

Maine cruise: Unplugged

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Part 2: The author reveals more favorite Maine anchorages – not the “best” ones – and the crew of the Saga 43 Ilene favors small places with solitude or ones with good eats, museums and theater.

Plan B involved a ’67 Johnson

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Last month, in the library of my town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, my friend and neighbor put on a world-class exhibition. Not of books, art or music. But of antique outboard motors – 20 of them. It was an exhibit of the first 50 years of outboards. These antiques were carefullyRead More