Adventures & Cruises

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.

A pocket cruise in the Elizabeths

A pocket cruise in the Elizabeths

September 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound are the pristine Elizabeth Islands, from which it’s a short hop to Martha’s Vineyard. A pleasant, relaxing week of true cruising can be had in and around them.

The author and his wife, Molly, prepare for the Valiant’s renaming ceremonies – from Lantana to Chanticleer -- which called for champagne and a live rooster.

Trials with the F Word

March 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

For us, this meant fiberglass. Our old wood yawl was not as bulletproof as she was beautiful, and we wanted a monocoque hull to keep the water out. The transition wasn’t that easy.

American Gothic 2005: Dave and JaJa Martin pose playfully on their 25-acre parcel in Round Pond, Maine, where theyÕre building a home.

Back on the land

June 1, 2005 at 10:20 am

After five years of roaming the seas, the Martin family has found a spot of land on which to live, at least for now.