Christopher Birch

Photo by Christopher BirchThese brightly-colored closepins liven up cocktail hour

My first sailboat came with clothespins

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

August, 2022 By Christopher Birch The boat was a 1971 Tartan 30, and the previous owner turned her over to me broom clean. Every storage locker and shelf space in the cabin was bare. She was as empty as a frat house keg at dawn. She carried zero cooking equipmentRead More

Photo by Christopher BirchGrape-Nuts cut to the heart of the cruising life.


June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

The joy of cruising is that life is distilled to its simplest terms.

Capt. Nate Birch and his trusty dog, Bill, resting in the launch Delayed Gratification after an exhaustive PFD count.

A colorful occupation: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

May 23, 2022 at 12:00 am

The son is following in his father’s footsteps… at least for now.

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 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.”

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

Photo by Christopher BirchHeidi, under tow, with some very nice Shaw & Tenney oars clamped in place with their special Edson oar clamp. The clamp wasn’t used and one of the oars is gone.

The lost oar

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

My father coached me to “Never get run over by the same trolley car twice.” Regrettably, I failed to abide and managed to accidentally set oars free in Buzzards Bay for a second time.

Photo courtesy Christopher Birch“Send me a photo of the toilet,” I instructed.

‘Boston, we have a problem…’

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

September 2021 By Christopher Birch “I just clogged up the toilet on the company plane and I need your help,” was how the scandalous text chain with my boat service customer started. “We’re going to be up for another four hours. There is only one toilet on this thing andRead More

Photo by Christopher BirchLooking for a good pairing? Try Nutter Butter cookies and rum.

Chicken catch-a-tory

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

August 2021 By Christoper Birch A recipe for when your crew and dog departed by car, and you’re left to advance the boat toward home waters by yourself. (The name conjures up an image of Ye Olde New England flair.) Recipe preface: Food is an essential component of all cookingRead More

Larry Cannon poses with an image of the gate at his Boston Waterboat Marina on Long Wharf where the author also has his shop. The iconic lobster buoys are a popular backdrop for visiting tourists. Photo courtesy Christopher Birch

A prince of a man and the captain of Boston Harbor

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

Larry Cannon, a prince of a man and the captain of Boston Harbor, is sorely missed.