Articles by: John Gold

Helping to keep the waters clean

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Guest perspective/Randy Randall “Hey Dad,” Jeremy yelled. “Looks like you hit the jackpot! What is all this stuff?” He was right. I’d practically filled the front of my kayak with trash. “Help me unload all this,” I told him. But you see collecting trash is kind of a game withRead More

July: Guess the harbor, win a hat!

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

If you can correctly identify this harbor, you’ll be on your way to winning a fine Points East designer cap. To qualify, identify the harbor AND tell us something about the harbor, such as how you recognized it and some reasons you like to hang out there. We’ll pick aRead More

Martha’s Vineyard ports-of-call

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

I’ve explored five Martha’s Vineyard harbors – Menemsha, Lake Tashmoo, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown – and each seems to delight visiting cruisers in its own special way

The privilege of owning a Herreshoff classic

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

By Ben Emory For Points East In August of 2014, just as dark fell, the Fish-class sloop Perch, on her trailer, was dropped off at Brooklin Boat Yard on Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach. I’d purchased the Nathanael Herreshoff-designed boat sight-unseen, based on a YachtWorld.com ad and photos sent by Tyler FieldsRead More

Ladies, does this sound familiar?

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Guest perspective/Capt. Laura Tecce Surely, many long-suffering spouses have heard this: “No one talk to me while I’m docking.” (But, if you can’t talk to him, how are you supposed to know what he’s doing or where he’s going?) Or how about this: “Throw the lines.” “Where are the bumpers?”Read More

A window into Maine’s conservation movement“Sailor for the Wild: On Maine, Conservation and Boats”

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

By Ben Emory; Seapoint Books, 2018; 224 pp.; $19.95. Reviewed by Fiona Gordon Natural Resources Council of Maine Ben Emory provides a detailed account of how his formative years spent summering on the coast of Maine framed his personal and professional lifelong commitment to conserving land and, through that, wildlifeRead More

Beers and boats

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

How did these two disparate entities become so gloriously entwined? Well, it’s kind of a long story that spans the centuries, and Martha weaves the tale, strand by strand, into the around-the-buoys era.

Heartfelt issues: Straining under load

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Last summer I wrote a column about First-World problems and a bumblebee. Well, really it was about an engine that would struggle under load, making a sound not unlike a person choking to death. I dared not throttle up when that happened; hence, I ran most of the summer underRead More

Optimism, Catboat Bob, and Mrs. Crabby

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

By Jack Farrell Points East We’re five miles out of Portsmouth on an early summer freight run to Star Island. The fine bow of my Royall Lowell-designed Utopia slices through the two-foot chop with grace and power. Ten feet back at the helm, bits of cool spray hit my face,Read More

Tankers are fast

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Guest perspective/Randy Randall Oil tankers are fast. Much faster than you probably think. The behemoth ships that seem to take forever to cross the horizon when you’re offshore are actually moving right along. They’re like an optical illusion – so big and imposing, so long and so wide – thatRead More