Articles by: John Gold

The gift of unexpected moments

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

As I write this I’m on an airplane returning from a trip to the high and dry western desert to meet our first grandchild. The plane banks abruptly, descending through rain-swept clouds into Boston — revealing a long view of the coast to the north and east. I can justRead More

The way of the coast

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

  I was startled by the hostility of our encounter with the lobsterman. It’d been a good while since we’d felt the burn, and I was reminded of the ’70s when the world was beating a path to buy Downeast vacation homes and a tide of anti-incomer sentiment was runningRead More

A tale of three Jonahs

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

A trio of boats not ready to go to sea were “Jonahs,” like the hapless whale-dwelling prophet of the same name, and they brought bad luck and trouble to owners and delivery crews alike.

The Upsizing Imperative

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Starting with a 14-foot derelict, a Long Island couple buys one larger boat after another to safely and sensibly accomplish the family’s sailing dreams, which evolve as the unit grows older and wiser.

Waterworld

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

New England offers countless harbors, both great and small – some bustling with commercial traffic, others quiet and “undiscovered.” For me, none is more interesting, vibrant or gorgeous than Boston Harbor.

Marathon and Irma: A snowbird’s view

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Michael Camarata The 2017 hurricane season was notorious for the hardship it caused across the Caribbean and in many places in the United States and its territories. Recovery from the devastation has fallen out of the headlines, but is still ongoing. Out of sight, out of mind, seems toRead More

The advantage of “cruising small”

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Last word/Gina Catalano I came to boating through my spouse, who’s long considered the sport a passion of his. What I’ve noticed over the years, however, is that while both of us look forward to the start of the boating season in Rhode Island, lately I’m the one who’s mostRead More

Staying local

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

For the last three summers, since buying my latest “big” boat, I’ve had the same three goals: 1) Hunt down Points East columnist David Buckman while he’s cruising in Maine. Me aboard my Good Buddy and David aboard his Leight, we’d go find a few of those eel ruts he’sRead More

Unintended consequences

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

In my late 20s, I somehow bit off more than I could chew, talking the owners of an emerging excursion boat business into implementing my grand plans for its expansion. I modeled this expansion on another business I worked for: the 10th largest excursion boat company in the country. WhyRead More

Banned from Brewster

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Larry Wardwell The following is an excerpt from the book “Confessions of a Closet Yogi” by Larry Wardwell. In this true account, which took place in 1959, 18-year-old Larry is on leave from the Air Force, hanging out in his hometown of Natick, Mass., when he and some friendsRead More