Adventures & Cruises

Photo courtesy Tim PlouffTegoak, the author’s 21-foot Sea Ray, at anchor in the fog.

Frenchboro in the fog

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

Mid-July along the Maine coast can be clear and calm or foggy and rough. That’s why you seize every favorable weather window, and hope the forecast is not as bad as it is predicted.

Photo courtesy Pam HumbertSuccess! The author and her son Ryan in Morgana’s cockpit after docking.

Panic in the fairway

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

Morgana was rocking gently in her slip without any new bumps, dings, or worse. I could, and had, docked Morgana in a slip for the first time! I had stayed the course despite my fears, inexperience, and self-doubt.

A view of the Elizabeth Islands near Cuttyhunk, over the cabin of Gulliver.Photo by Peter Bullock

Gulliver’s travails

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

Part 1: In 90-degree heat, I covered my exhausted body with a 10-below sleeping bag, fitting penance for someone whose plan for cruising from Boston to Rhode Island was “Let’s hope for the best.”

Photo by Carol PiermonteDodge Morgan center, L-R: Gene Piermonte, Gordon Bailey, Debbie Bailey, Homer Shannon, Dee Shannon.

A visit with Dodge Morgan

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

September 2021 By Homer Shannon It was the morning of July 14, 1999. Three boats from the American Yacht Club in Newburyport, Mass.; Carpe Diem, Overtime and Cinderella, were anchored way up in Quahog Bay. Homer and Dee Shannon from Cinderella had just returned from a short trip in theirRead More

Photo courtesy David RoperDave at the helm of Rosie, his very capable nine-foot dinghy. But are they ready for a transatlantic crossing?

Outgrowing oversized ambition

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

Atlantic crossing? Let’s think about that a little more.

Photo courtesy Dudley DudleyAuthor Tom Dudley’s Electra 22 Right On heeled over in a brisk breeze. The boat was used in his first race off Portsmouth, N.H. in a thick fog.

In the grip of a strange racing fever

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

Who wants to face discomfort, despair, physical depletion and loss of zest for life, for four hours or four weeks, to compete with a boat that might average five mph? Well, Gulf of Maine racers do.

Photo by photographerAbove, he’s got the whole world in his hand. At right, the author navigates the All In around his farm. Inset: The work involves a lot of wading.

His world is our oyster

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

One day I’m retired and idle: the next, I’m an oyster farmer. How did I go from eyeballs-deep in a couch to total immersion in raising Eastern oysters? Well, hang onto your hat!



July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

August 2021 By Fred Douglass My father’s family had built a Shingle-Style cottage on the western shore of the Sheepscot River in 1903, when my father (Alfred W. Douglass 1899-1970) was just four. His father had decided to spend the plupart of his father’s money (generated by the spinning ofRead More

Photo courtesy Dudley DudleyTom Dudley engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, sailing.

Maine chartering: Nobody got hurt

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

July 2021 By Thomas Dudley This posthumously published essay is the second in a series of lively, often wry, reminiscences to be published in Points East over the coming months. Thomas Minot Dudley, of Durham, N.H., died at the age of 83 the day after Christmas 2013. Tom’s wife DudleyRead More

The author’s boat, Toujours, tied up at her summer home at Sunset Marina in South Portland, Maine.

Tired of the same old spots? Move it!

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

These two Massachusetts-based families decided to reposition their boats for a season to explore regions outside their usual homeport cruising range.