Adventures & Cruises

Posing at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor. Photo courtesy Roger Karlebach

Our plan C cruise turned out to be just fine

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

 Plan A was the Newfoundland south coast, but it had a COVID closure. Plan B was Maine, which endured a moth infestation with toxic by-products. So, Plan C, and a lovely one at that: Massachusetts.

From New Hampshire to New Zealand under sail

From New Hampshire to New Zealand under sail

March 29, 2022 at 9:15 am

Jeff and Molly Bolster discuss their 2018 cruise via Zoom host by the Gundalow Company’s World Ocean Experience series.

Photos sourtesy David StandoodAbove, author David Stanwood and his mother, Gail. At right, his mother’s meticulously kept logbooks for her boat Chimo.

The thank-you passage

March 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

My mother, Gail Stanwood, passed at 96 in October 2020. She kept meticulous cruising logs, then retyped the accounts with detailed narratives. She would savor this 2021 log entry for the sloop, Prelude.

Photo s by Albert PresgravesAbove, Seguin Island rises out of the ocean a few miles off Popham Beach in Maine. At right, the island’s lighthouse.

In a year when everything was shifting rapidly, Maine was my rock

March 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

In many ways, the summer of 2020 was like any other. But there was the COVID pandemic, which changed everything, except for the things that did not change, like sailing along the coast of Maine.

Photo courtesy Walter Hope Jr.Walter Hope III, poses on the swim platform of Blue Moon at Liberty Landing Marina, N.J., after applying the new homeport decal.

An experience like this happens once in a Blue Moon

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

My son and I, and his friend Dave, delivered Blue Moon, a Grand Banks 42 – named after that nocturnal orb – from Lake Champlain to his marina in Boston. It was a memorable getaway.

Photo by Tim PlouffA tranquil and foggy August morning in Duck Harbor, Isle au Haut. The landing float for the "mail boat" to visit Acadia National Park is to the left, with the open sea further left.

Boating, biking & hiking on Isle au Haut

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

It was time to use the best days of August for some serious adventures.

Photos by Albert PresgravesAbove, Magus launched and provisioned. At right, sailing downwind on Chesapeake Bay.

It took two years, but eventually we got Magus home

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

I was back on our motorsailer in the Chesapeake Bay, where we’d left her for repairs while homeward bound for Maine from the Bahamas two years earlier. It was time to complete the cruise.

Homeward bound

Homeward bound

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 By Tom Joyce For P0ints East This Sunday morning, there were no taxis at Westchester Airport in White Plains, N.Y., and Uber was unresponsive. I needed to get to the marina in Mamaroneck, twenty minutes away, where the boat I had just bought was waiting. I planned toRead More

The author’s family aboard their Boston Whaler, during a cruise in calmer weather.

Following seas, tin skiffs & Getch

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

Dave Getchell was the consummate small-outboard/aluminum-boat guy. A skillful, safety-conscious skipper, Getch clearly knew small-craft handling and loved to share his wisdom with kindred spirits.

Photo by Meredith J. Rushing Conrad at the helm with Alex fishing on the trip out to Damariscove Island. The beautiful sunshine would soon give way to much rougher weather.

Just plain scared silly

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

The weather was prefect for a picnic on Damariscove Island. Until it wasn’t. The trip back was a challenge.