Adventures & Cruises

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!

Naviguessing

Naviguessing

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.

Photo by Ron WeissThibadeau and Magnolia at their finest.

Messing about with . . . goats!

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

There is nothing worth doing more than “messing about in boats,” extolled Mr. Water Rat in “The Wind in the Willows.” But you don’t want to mess with mischievous farm stock on a Connecticut island.

Anhinga, and the lessons learned

Anhinga, and the lessons learned

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Photo courtesy Roger Long June 2021 By Roger Long Senior year in high school was when I put away childish things and became fully obsessed with boats. I’d made a weeklong cruise in my 10’ dinghy with a boom tent the summer before on Lake George, and was teaching myselfRead More

Sunset lights the shore of Burnt Coat Harbor, a small but well-sheltered anchorage on the southwestern side of Swans Island.

Self-quarantine cruise

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Restrictions of a worldwide virus made working online from home the norm, so, with our Nordic 44 Mystic waiting in Maine, why not call her home-in-transit for a few weeks and set sail?

Photos courtesy Susan OlcottTransatlantic voyagers Michael Olcott, George Laff and Charlie Olcott (at left; left to right), and their skipper “Bud” O’Brien (above).

From Maine to Spain on Galatea

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

“How to move. When to move. If you had to think about it, you weren’t going on the boat.” The boat was Galatea – a 38-foot steel-hulled yawl that was sailed across the Atlantic in the summer of 1964 – and the remembrance is courtesy of Charlie Olcott, one ofRead More

Photo courtesy Tom DudleyA hand on the tiller, a hand on the sheet: A young Tom Dudley engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, sailing.

Dudley and sailing evermore

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

From an early age, the author was drawn to the mystical act of propelling a sailing vessel by harnessing the wind; and his wife, Dudley, also felt the magic. But it wasn’t all “tailwinds and flat seas.”

Scenes from downtown Newburyport, clockwise from above: Flower's on a lamp with a built-in hanger; the Maritime Museum; the Brass Lyon gift shop; a place to sit in the shade, or shop; and the iconic Fowle's Soda and Cigars sign on State Street.

The river turns the wheel

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

And, in Newburyport, Mass., it always has, literally and figuratively, as the mighty Merrimack River has powered a shipbuilding industry, a rich international trade, mill wheels, and, today, a waterborne tourism.