David Roper

Dave Roper is a regular columnist for Points East. Next to sailing, telling and writing stories is Dave’s favorite pastime.  His most recent book, Watching for Mermaids was a three-time Boston Globe bestseller www.watchingformermaids.net. His writing has been published in eighteen languages.  Dave has been a yacht delivery skipper, captain of a 135’ Mississippi River stern wheel cruise ship, and life-long cruiser along the coast of Maine aboard his 31’ Independence sloop, Elsa Marie.  Dave is the founder of A-Script, a career advisory and resume writing firm in Marblehead, MA.  davidroper00@gmail.com
Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

April 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm

April 2008 By David Roper Thousands, maybe millions, of seagulls, geese, cormorants, ducks and fish poop into the water all around me 24 hours a day when I go cruising. But my waste is human waste, which apparently is a special excrement and needs a holding tank. I don’t thinkRead More

Coming of age on the starboard side

Coming of age on the starboard side

February 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Midwinter 2008 By David Roper My age of innocence ended around midnight one Saturday in the summer of 1969. It happened alongside a cruising yawl named Seaduction. What I inadvertently caused to happen, and what I experienced in a few short minutes, gave me my first real look at theRead More

In an exclusive, dramatic reenactment, Buddy the bird is prepared for a sea  burial through the traditional hawse hole.

Fly away, old Buddy, fly away…Buddy? Buddy?

February 1, 2004 at 2:48 pm

What began as a promising relationship between man and bird ended tragically.