Articles by: John Gold

Six simple machines

July 6, 2018 at 10:57 am

The tools we use today all descend from a few common origins.

Bring us a banana . . . it’s an emergency!

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Islanders know better than most the importance of critical resources and services. The most critical of all on the islands is arguably clean water. What is worth mere pennies a gallon to most city dwellers accustomed to a seemingly endless flow out of household taps becomes a matter of inestimableRead More

Still water and solitude

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

There are still extraordinary depths of solitude to be fathomed on far-Downeast islands, where the world is possessed of a spare and abstract drama, palpable ancientness, and breathtaking sweeps of sea, sky and shore. In spite of development creep, perfect privacy can yet be had along this coast and secretsRead More

Bound for Northeast Harbor?

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Part 2: Grateful to be under way again, we envisioned plying Somes Sound and visiting the Japanese gardens at Northeast Harbor’s Asticou Inn. But, as we left Stonington, engine alarms shattered the peace and our plans.

Scituate Harbor is not just any … port in a storm

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Near the cusp of Cape Cod and Massachusetts bays lies full-service Scituate Harbor, on Boston’s South Shore, a harbor of refuge ideally positioned for both southbound and northbound cruisers.

Following your hero’s wake

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

When my dad gave “Sea Gypsy” back to me, he wrote on the inside cover page: “The Bible as Translated for David Roper.” It’s true, I did want to follow in the author’s wake. Even as a teenager, Peter Tangvald’s sailing vagabond lifestyle appealed to me greatly. In the 1960sRead More

We built a kayak!

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Wendy Hinman After my husband and I sold our 31-foot, cold-molded wooden sailboat, I was eager to get out on the water as often as I could without having to beg for rides. With Eagle Harbor at the bottom of our street in Bainbridge, Wash., it seemed a crimeRead More

Ten things we’ve learned trailer boating

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Tim Plouff Forever seeking more adventures on Maine’s coastal slice of heaven, we often comment about all of the bobbing boats waving at us from their moorings whenever we slip out of one of our favorite launch harbors. If you have a mooring do you boat more, or less?Read More

Let’s find a fort

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

State by New England state, Sue presents a heady selection of swashbuckling fortresses to visit with your privateer . . . er, cruising boat, dinghy, center-console or kayak.

Calder is an ‘excellent raconteur’ in print

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a Cruising Veteran as He Learns the Ropes By Nigel Calder, Bloomsbury Publishing 2018, 188 pp., $19 hardcover and $13.50 Kindle edition. Reviewed by Charlie Doane For Points East I’m feeling some vindication here. Several years ago when I was Nigel Calder’s regular editorRead More