Adventures & Cruises

Germination of a dream

Germination of a dream

November 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Like so many New England sailors, I have long thought of taking Preamble, my 1998 Island Packet 37, south for the winter. Typically, the idea surfaces while I’m finalizing my fall haul-out and winter storage plans.

Cruise to Cuba

Cruise to Cuba

November 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

More than 60 years ago, a young Bay Stater conceived the idea, and started planning it only a couple of years ago. Now it’s been realized in a fast Cal 2-30 named Scooch.

The meaning of ‘Fathom’

The meaning of ‘Fathom’

October 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

What an incredible week my husband Bob and I had aboard the 700-passenger m/v Adonia, the sole ship in Carnival Corp’s brand-new Fathom line.

A winter delivery becomes a solistice sleighride

A winter delivery becomes a solistice sleighride

September 26, 2016 at 10:23 am

Our mission was to deliver a 38-foot Young Brothers gillnetter from Islip, Long Island, to Portland, Maine, the week before Christmas. The pennants on her gillnet buoys snapped ominously like prayer flags.

Cruising the Kite Loop

Cruising the Kite Loop

July 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Part 1: What do you do when you want to attempt the Great Loop, or the Down East Loop, but don’t have the time? You invent a new, shorter circle and name it after its fanciful shape.

Cruising in Buckman’s Wake

Cruising in Buckman’s Wake

June 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

In the spirit of minimalist David Buckman, the author embarked upon his “Epic Voyage Writ Small” in a 20-foot daysailer. But did David ever sail with two 10-year-olds as crew?

Quarry cruise

Quarry cruise

May 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

Part I: The 19th- and early 20th-century granite mining operations in Maine’s Penobscot Bay were the hooks for this trailer-boat cruise to Hurricane Island, Tenants Harbor, and the Muscle Ridge Channel.

Boats, bikes and beaches

Boats, bikes and beaches

November 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

A perfect summer day on the outer Cranberry Isles – with boat and bicycles – confirmed to us that this combination is ideal for scratching the surface of these islands.

Along the Reach

Along the Reach

November 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm

A leisurely ramble, east to west along Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach in wet, windless and buggy conditions still delights the skipper of the 22-foot, engineless catboat Penelope.

You’ll never believe what we saw on the ICW

You’ll never believe what we saw on the ICW

November 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

While Middle America puts on a pretty face for those who pass by on the highway, the view from the Intracoastal Waterway is of a different stripe, perhaps a more accurate display of what America is all about.