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Photo by Ali Wisch FabreA sight for sore eyes. The view from Constitution Marina is a lot better when you aren't trying to see it through shrinkwrap.

Coming out of hibernation

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

May 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre It’s that time of year again… finally; when the sky is providing us with more sun than snow, people are removing their shrinkwrap, and like my neighbor, Larry, exclaimed to me yesterday – “she feels like a boat again!” Selective memory is a funnyRead More

The author at the helm of Praxis. Photo courtesy Ali Wisch

The best things in life are free

March 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

March/April 2022 By Ali Wisch When the first issue of Points East was published, I was probably sitting at my desk, in a classroom at GW middle school in Ridgewood, New Jersey. An awkward 13-year-old who feared big waves, and thought the best thing about my grandparent’s boat, Praxis, anRead More

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 byAli WischAll wrapped up and ready for snow.

Winter warriors

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 By Ali Wisch For Points East “Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” – Kin Hubbard In the northeast, we are no strangers to the weather changing, nor are we shy when it comes toRead More

Photo by Ali WischLiveaboard boats secured to each other in their winter slips at Boston Harbor.

Welcoming winter

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

October 2021 By Ali Wisch It’s that time of year again in New England when people are taking their final voyages, starting to think about shrink wrap, winterizing, and maybe even buying antifreeze in bulk from Costco. While ignorance can be bliss – it’s hard not to notice the chillRead More

Photo courtesy Ali WischThe winning "Wannabe Pirates" aboard Seabiscuit post-race. L-R - Brittany (holding the team mascot, Rowan), Isaac, Ali, Mike, and Jason.

Never underestimate the underdog

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

September 2021 By Ali Wisch When I “entered” the 2021 Flip Flop Regatta, it was more like I invited myself to join my friend Isaac’s boat. Okay – that is, precisely, what it was. We’d sailed together a few times, bringing his Pearson 33, Seabiscuit, back and forth through theRead More

Taking safety seriously with a compassionate heart

Taking safety seriously with a compassionate heart

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

August 2021 By Ali Wisch On July 17, eight people boarded a boat in Boston Harbor, and seven people returned. The body that was recovered wasn’t just a body, but an amazing woman with a huge heart and a beautiful soul that we lost way too young. She used toRead More

New beginnings

New beginnings

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

July 2021 By Ali Wisch A few years ago, my friends’ boat sank. It was New England, in the middle of winter, and late at night – of course- (in my experience, not all, but most, boating catastrophes happen sometime after dark). Not only did my friends lose everything exceptRead More

Photo courtesy marinas.comA bird's-eye view of Essex Harbor. It's amazing how different a familiar stretch of water looks from the air.

A river runs through it

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

June 2021 By Bob Muggleston Last Friday, anticipating the weekend’s Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Essex Island Marina in Essex, Connecticut, a local news station flew a drone over Essex Harbor during their morning broadcast. Now, I’ve seen overhead shots of the area before – check out Jerry Roberts’ fineRead More

Bring back Dodge Morgan!

Bring back Dodge Morgan!

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

May 2021 By Bob Muggleston In 2014, and new to the magazine, I was manning the booth at a boat show when a gentleman strolling by with a beer called good-naturedly over his shoulder, “Bring back Dodge Morgan!” He didn’t stop to elaborate. I turned to my coworker. “Who’s DodgeRead More