Christopher Birch

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.

An island resident (below), and lighthouse, farmhouse and beach in Tarpaulin Cove (right).

Lure of the Elizabeths

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

A brief history of the wild Elizabeth Islands off Cape Cod, including how a prominent Boston Brahmin family has, for generations, shared its wealth with recreational mariners.

Photo by Christopher BirchBill the dog and Heidi the boat enjoy a morning trip to Hell’s Half Acre, Merchant Row, Maine.

The little red boat that could

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

June 2021 By Christopher Birch In 1999, my father built a rowboat. He named her after his granddaughter Heidi, who was born the same year. The boat has provided excellent service for our family and especially for me. I calculate she has been towed and rowed over 35,000 nautical miles,Read More

Photo by Christopher BirchSome of life's more vexing issues, it turns out, can be solved by putting to sea aboard a small boat.

Nautical math, and the infernal roll

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

May, 2021 By Christopher Birch For Points East I find it odd how the math crowd refuses to entertain the idea of dividing by zero. Mathematics is the last place I would expect to find such a defeatist attitude. They say it can’t be done, but there must be aRead More

The Fix-It button

The Fix-It button

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

The perfect boat will be the one that takes care of itself.