Adventures & Cruises

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.

Photo by Christopher BirchBill the dog. He’s cute for sure, but not all that friendly.

The Blue Hill bandit

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 By Christopher Birch For Points East Sometimes those Boston Harbor currents float you right out the harbor. On one such recent trip, my wife, Alex, and I steered our sailboat to a mooring at the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill, Maine. The greatest challenge of this placeRead More

Capt. Dan prepares to celebrate after anchoring at Merchants Row. Inset, the author on Isle au Haut with Bailamos in the background.Photos courtesy Jacqueline Llewellyn

A voyage to the promised land

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

And no such hallowed place is earned without travail. Bad things happen in threes, so after the fourth mishap disappeared in our wake, we settled into the rhythm of the sea and logged a flawless cruise.

The shallow waters of Essex Bay do not keep out all sailboats. The near boat is a Pearson 42 that draws 5 feet 3 inches and the distant boat is Mike Roger’s Hunter 34 that draws 5 feet 5 inches. Our boat draws 4 feet 4 inches. Photo courtesy Hamer Shannon

Cruising in the shallow end

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

That’s what Massachusetts’ Essex Bay offers – an attractive place to gunkhole – but with a fixed keel boat and a draft over three feet, the experience is both a challenge and a pleasure.

At right, fabric can be seen tearing away from the genoa. More deferred maintenance that was not spotted before the journey began.

Gullivers travails, Part II

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

I looked aloft at the flogging genoa, saw that it was tearing, and a sad epiphany materialized: I should start an Excel file to inventory my burgeoning list of oversights and misdeeds.

Photo courtesy Richard SchultzThe author’s Catalina 42 Little Wing on her home mooring in Pepperell Cove. The fog would persist throughout the journey.

Casco Bay fog daze

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

“When in doubt, go out,” was the plan, and to outrun the soup, we headed farther offshore. The gloom seemed to lighten eight miles from home, but this was Maine, and we knew better.

Photo courtesy Mark BarrettMark Barrett aboard his J/24 Student Driver navigating the waters of the Cape Cod Canal under outboard.

Buzzards Bay had the last word

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

September 2021 By Mark Barrett The southwest wind was whipping through the Cape Cod Canal, and it would be right on my nose with a west-running tide. I wasn’t sure I could make headway against the wind with the little outboard on my 40-year-old J/24. I consulted “Eldridge Tide andRead More