Christopher Birch

Photo by Christopher BirchPapering the heavy paint-stripping goop Christopher applied to the bottom of his boat kept the paste moist and enzymatic.

Horizon job

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

Midwinter 2021 By Christopher Birch In my daydream, I’m at the helm of a perfectly restored J-class yacht from yesteryear. Familiar faces dot the crew. Ted Turner is on the topping lift, and Dennis Conner is down below making sandwiches. It’s the final leg, and thousands of square feet ofRead More

Delos in New England. It's safe to say that few 53' Amel Super Maramus are kitted out similarly.

Stalking the crew of S/V Delos

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch For Points East In the first 35 years of running my boat repair business, I installed exactly zero convection cooktops. Then one Monday morning two years ago, these ranges were suddenly all the rage. Three customers called me before I had drained my second cup of coffee,Read More

Everyone wants to know when the golf cart parade starts in town because no one can quite remember from last year. Dale, the harbormaster, always knows.Photo by Chris Birch

You’re a grand old isle . . .

June 22, 2020 at 12:10 am

And what better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Cuttyhunk, an old-time, back-to-basics island seven miles off the Massachusetts coast that simply reeks of independence from life’s complexities?

Photo by Christopher BirchBuckÕs Harbor Marina atop the Eggemoggin Reach in Maine. No shower has a better view. Sun streams in directly upon you. The author always brings his hat.

Outdoor showers

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch Outdoor showers for the N.E. sailorSeveral years ago, on New Year’s Eve, I made a resolution: For the 12 months ahead, I would never shower without a beer. There’s something about the yin and yang of hot water and cold beer that just works. I like drinkingRead More

Downwind sailing in the Gulf of Maine with crewman David Niewolski. Photo by Christopher Birch

Downeast Express

April 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

Ride the prevailing southwest wind north and east along the New England coast, and you’ll ultimately find yourself in the pristine waters of Downeast Maine. Take the offshore fast track there.

Photo by Christopher BirchThe author's daughter, Heidi, and dog, Pedro, relax outside their "vessel."

Cruising aboard the Caravan 18

September 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective: Christopher Birch “What’d you sail in on?” asked the man shaving at the sink next to me. “A Caravan 18,” I replied, pleased with my quick thinking and grateful for the shaving cream concealing my smirk. It was a beautiful August morning in Northeast Harbor, Maine, and myRead More

Photos by Lewis WheelerDesigned by C. Raymond Hunt in 1937, the Concordia yawl is considered one of the most attractive sailing yachts ever.

La Dolce Vita

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

And it was a sweet life indeed aboard the 41-foot Concordia yawl Dolce, on a delivery from Boston to the Newport Boat Brokerage Show to be sold. No one bought her, but that isn’t my story.

Photo by Christopher BirchThe duck house near Birch Marine, from which a valuable lesson emerged.

Lessons learned from a lame duck

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch For Points East Not every marina has a duck house, but, lucky for me, mine does. I’m thinking now of a certain duck that once lived there. She had a bad starboard wing and a bad port leg. When she walked, she leaned on her good wingRead More



January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Christopher Birch My adventures in yachting got off to a rich start. A “SAIL” magazine subscription card, with a questionnaire at the bottom, was my launch ramp. I checked the box indicating my net worth exceeded $10 million (I felt like $10 million just checking that box). I alsoRead More

Six simple machines

Six simple machines

July 6, 2018 at 10:57 am

The tools we use today all descend from a few common origins.