Articles by: John Gold

The day President Bush stopped at Marston’s Marina

December 4, 2018 at 12:53 pm

With the recent passing of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, I’m reminded of the time he visited our little marina aboard one of his boats. This happened back in the ’90s, but my memory of the event is vivid even today.

Boat Hoarder 101

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

I hate to admit this, especially since my wife has been saying it for years, but I think I’ve got a problem. The problem is that I have too many boats. While this may be true, I take comfort in knowing I’m not alone. Many of us suffer from thisRead More

Busman’s Holiday

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Part 1: What does a former professional ocean mariner do when he seeks relaxation? He heads to the inland waterways of the U.S. and Canadian Triangle Loop on his 32-foot trawler.

Racing Eros

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Competing in a New England classic-yacht event aboard a British-built 1939 Gloucester-type staysail schooner may not be for the weak of spirit, but it will be exhilarating and the experience of a lifetime.

Thank you, Heidi Marie

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Michael H. Sherwood Editor’s note: the following is excerpted from the preface of Michael H. Sherwood’s recipe book, “Seafood is Supreme,” which outlines the best way to buy and prepare seafood. It’s a touching dedication to the men and women who, mostly anonymously, and sometimes under extreme conditions, toilRead More

Finding a true harbor

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Statesman, 50 AD Years ago, I wrote about embarking on a process of understanding which is the right boat for each of us, and doing that based on a kind ofRead More

On the nature of command

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

“Put on all sail!” shouted the captain as the ship sailed toward the island. As we neared the island I heard a cannon fire. A scream came from the mizzen mast, and then I saw three men fall, and following them was the top half of the mast. I suddenlyRead More

“A great sea story – once you find it

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

A Foolish Voyage: Self-Discovery At Sea,” by Neil Hawkesford; self-published, 2015; 155 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East When we first meet Neil Hawkesford, he is hanging upside down from his seatbelt in his wrecked car after running off the road during a rally competition. If you stickRead More

The birth of a Mayflower II futtock

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Photos courtesy Mystic Seaport From left to right: The live oak after it arrived at Mystic Seaport, moving the 300 lb. futtock after it’s been rough cut, running the futtock through a giant planer , and placing the finished piece in its final location. Editor’s Note: In 2014, Plimoth Plantation,Read More

From Budapest with love (and oysters)

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ed Jankovic A few years after the Cold War ended I was in Budapest, Hungary, and it being around Thanksgiving, I hoped I could locate a restaurant in the city that might remind me of home. An old place on Csanyi Street, just around the corner from Andrassy Street,Read More