Boats

Photo by Christopher BirchMaster boatbuilder Dick Eldridge breathes new life into a design legacy.

Tetra twins

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

May 2022 By Christopher Birch My new friend, Dick Eldridge, just built a rowboat, and Points East magazine is to blame. I’ve made mention of a favorite red rowboat in the pages of this magazine on several occasions. Dick read my ramblings on the merits of the design and decidedRead More

Photo courtesy Peg RyanLaughing Gull, a Pearson Triton, under sail.

A fond farewell to a beloved family boat

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

May, 2022 By Peg Ryan Editor’s note: The letter below was written by boater Peg Ryan following the sale of the 1961 Pearson Triton she and her husband Jim purchased in 1977. At the time, Jim was recovering from a heart attack and they hoped the vessel would provide someRead More

Photo courtesy Randy RandallSafety chains, as their name suggests, offer a back up connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer... just in case.

About those safety chains…

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

May 2022 By Randy Randall “Whoa!” We all yelled, but it was too late. The boat rolled off the trailer, tipped up in the air, and fell with a smash onto the pavement. Now we all stood around looking at the boat high and dry right in the middle ofRead More

Alex Burke sailing Red Stripe in Pulpit Harbor. Photo by Christopher Birch

All craft great and small

March 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

Nature’s mercy is something we appreciate aboard our smaller craft here in New England as well.

Photo by Randy RandallJeremy, foreground, and his brother Matt, at the helm, properly attired for a day working on the water.

Falling in: It’s going to happen. Be prepared.

March 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

It can happen in the blink of an eye. Wear a PFD to stay alive.

A brief break from winter and a not-so-mild boat ride

A brief break from winter and a not-so-mild boat ride

March 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

March/April 2022 By Jack Farrell During a short break from winter’s grip in late February, the temperature along the coast rose briefly into the high 60s. At Star Island, unofficial capital of the Isles of Shoals, the care-takers had been out of fruit and vegetables for weeks. We took advantageRead More

Photo by Jack FarrellThe new Mussel Ridge 46 hull on the trailer and ready for transport to the shop where she’ll be finished.

A tale of two lobster boats

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

  January/February 2022 By Jack Farrell We took delivery of our new Mussel Ridge 46 hull during a freezing rainstorm in the first week of January. After more than a year of planning and design, the hull and deck were completed just before Christmas in Cushing, Maine. At 15 feetRead More

Photo by Brian WillyYes, most people can do yoga. But, can you do yoga upside down in a boat locker in the middle of winter?

‘Eagle Seven’

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

I recently discovered a new boat yoga pose that I call “Eagle Seven.”

Practice what you preach

Practice what you preach

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

January/February 2022 By Ali Wisch In an effort to be completely transparent, I feel the need to disclose something that’s been hanging over my head since our last issue came out. Considering my editorial was titled “Winter Warriors,” one might assume, or it may appear that I was one ofRead More

Photo by Homer ShannonLow tide at the Lubec breakwater. Tides here average about 19 feet.

Lost your tide chart? No problem!

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 By Homer Shannon For Points East Boating in New England’s ocean waters requires that you pay attention to the tide. With local average tidal heights from three to twenty feet, ten feet being the norm for most of the ocean-facing coast, inattention to the tide can easily resultRead More