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Bob Muggleston is a resident of Deep River, Conn., where he and his wife are raising two kids. His love of being on the water began in the late ’70s, at Pettipaug Sailing Academy in Essex, Conn. In the late ’80s he was a member of the Providence College sailing team and in summers was bowman aboard the S2 9.1 Pursuit, raced out of Groton Long Point, Conn. In 1990 Bob was a deckhand aboard the Bering Sea longliner Golden Chalice. A veteran of several Marion-Bermuda and Newport-Bermuda races, today he’s mostly a cruiser. When time allows, he enjoys exploring Long Island Sound and its tributaries.
Photo courtesy Shannonfreix/WikipediaSerenity on the Continental Divide Trail. Outdoor activities have been especially popular during the lockdown.

The curious effect of COVID-19

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

In the 2015 film “The Martian,” Matt Damon is an astronaut who’s unwittingly left behind on Mars, and realizes that if he’s to be rescued – most likely in four years, when another ship will be close enough to do so – he’s got to survive on a planet thatRead More

Photo by Bernie WidemanMid-March in Winthrop, Mass. Yes, this season will be shorter, but let’s salvage it as soon as we’re told it’s safe to do so.

Weathering the storm

April 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Bob Muggleston The good news? The lights are on, there’s still plenty of food and the internet works. All those house projects and Netflix series’ you would tackle if you just had the time? There’s time now. The bad news is that, as a nation, we’re embroiled in aRead More

Photo courtesy Kurt PimentelCarl Pimentel, Moby Dick's last owner, stands tall on the boatÕs unique hull. To see a photo gallery of Moby Dick: www.pointseast.com.

Moby Dick? She’s alive and well

March 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Bob Muggleston For Points East Here’s a scenario I’ve thought about quite a bit lately: The year is 1939, and you’re aboard a boat tooling around Block Island Sound. Fog has rolled in, making visibility difficult. Horns sound. Suddenly, to starboard, something emerges from the swirling vapors. Stunned silence.Read More

To each his own

To each his own

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

This summer a commercial airline pilot friend of mine, Travis, spent a lot of time researching sailboats. He did so because: 1) He’s interested in upgrading his current platform, a MacGregor 24 trailer sailer he inherited from his father-in-law; and 2) he’s vaguely interested in living aboard a boat onceRead More

Boating and a big slice of humble pie

Boating and a big slice of humble pie

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

Many years ago, in the late ’90s, I had an old Star that I loved in a way that was inversely proportional to the aggravation it caused me. One of my top-five epic sails was aboard this boat, as was one of my top-five epic fails. The epic fail wasRead More

Photo by Tom BelcherGood Buddy glides through a serene Essex Harbor. Wind and waves? She likes those, too, as I recently discovered.

Well done, Carl!

September 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

  Frequent readers of this magazine know I bought my “big” boat, a 1966 Pearson Commander, four years ago for $750. They also know, thanks to this space, that most of the sailing I do is here in Essex Harbor on the Connecticut River, where the boat lives on aRead More

Photo by Bob MugglestonChances are, by the time this comes out, your favorite young launch driver Ð ours is pictured here Ð will be back at school.

After the boys (and girls) of summer have gone

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

The title of this piece is obviously a riff on the signature line from Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” a song that doesn’t get too much airplay anymore, but that all these years later (it was originally released in 1984) still affects me when I hear it. It’s theRead More

R.E. Thomas owner Ben Dinsmore talks to customers regarding his line of marine hardware. Photo by Bob Muggleston

The marine hardware guy next door

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

One of the many compelling things about the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport, which this year took place June 28-30, is the number of interesting personalities you encounter while walking around there. The boats are beautiful, of course, but the men and women who build and sail them, and supplyRead More

This is an illustration from the book "Songs, naval and national" by Thomas Dibdin, published in London, England in 1841. The caption is "Saturday Night At Sea," and shows a group of sailors amusing themselves while off duty by singing. The illustration itself is by George Cruikshank (d. 1878).

Illustration by George CruikshankAn illustration published in London, England in 1841 that depicts off-duty sailors amusing themselves, beers in hand.

Beer, its extended family, and boating

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Beer is definitely having a moment. I don’t think it’s going too far out on a limb to say that it was once the least-sophisticated member of the booze family, the matriarch of which is wine and its patriarch, spirits. Never snooty or considered much of a jet-setter, maybe moreRead More

Photos by Bob MugglestonTwo faces have I: The scabby, untouched step (left) and its "new and improved" alter ego, ready for the scrutiny of sailors and non-sailors, alike.

My old nemesis, the mast step

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Frequent readers may recall that my 1966 Pearson Commander, Good Buddy, was a bargain bin craigslist find; that I dragged her 60 miles to my home in Connecticut from Long Island. Because of the considerable distance between me and the boat (nearly 2 ½ hours by car), and her low-lowRead More