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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.
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

Photo courtesy Stéphanie Gaspari/Vendée GlobeThe high-flying, Verdier-designed Class40 Maître CoQ IV, which was originally designed for the 2016 Vendée Globe.

RAS – Reluctant Acceptance Syndrome

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 By Bob Muggleston One aspect of getting older, I’ve noticed, is the tendency to downplay or dismiss things that have been touted as “new and improved.” Especially when the thing being “improved” has been just fine for years, possibly even decades. Take the self-checkout zones at supermarkets, forRead More

Photo by Bob MugglestonDavid (right) and me several years ago. David’s monthly column slot will, for the foreseeable future, be inhabited by Christopher Birch.

A scan of the 2021 horizon

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

Midwinter 2021 By Bob Muggleston “I can’t wait to go sailing again.” Nim Marsh, Points East’s former editor, recently said this to me, and I couldn’t agree more. The events of the last nine months have been distracting in so many ways, mostly, of course, thanks to COVID-19. Beyond theRead More

Photo by Bob MugglestonEarly morning off the coast of Rhode Island. What an escape being on the water is, especially in tough times.

A moment of clarity

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Bob Muggleston On Halloween, which thankfully this year was on a Saturday, my son and I went tautog fishing with my neighbor Kevin. The idea was born that Friday night, over a few glasses of wine. Kevin always closes out his fishing season by making a pot of blackfishRead More

Photo by Joe BerkeleyA stricken Ensign off the coast of Massachusetts. The end of August in New England featured fast-moving, powerful storms.

On microbursts and mayhem

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

Years ago I was at a dock in Connecticut when friends of mine returned from a trip to Block Island aboard their 36-footer. They practically kissed the ground once their lines were thrown, and, to a man, were visibly shaken. The hours-old experience they described? Soon after leaving Great SaltRead More

Photo by Kevin AdamczykStorm damage at my buddy's marina. What a fight the boat and dock must have had.

In the wake of Isaias

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

The surreal aspect of Aug. 4 didn’t begin until 3 p.m. This was the Tuesday that Tropical Storm Isaias rolled through New England, and I was listening to the radio, one eye on my computer screen and the other on the wildly cavorting trees outside my window. Suddenly, this interruptionRead More

Photo by Bob MugglestonThe goal was to own a cheap, capable sailing boat that could be towed by my Toyota Rav4. The Canadian-built Siren 17 ticked both boxes.

It’s small-boat adventure time

July 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

Over the years, as the owner of two full-displacement keelboats, I’ve often fantasized about going smaller. Don’t get me wrong: Big boats are fun, but sometimes, with all their inherent expenses and hassles, it just seems like there’s got to be a better way. The fantasy has always been this:Read More

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

Caveat venditor – let the seller beware

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

Over the years, I’ve sold lots of stuff on the internet. Everything from Swedish cars to antique rototillers and, for the most part, the transactions have been fairly straightforward. Goodbye baby bike trailer – don’t let the door hit you on the way out – hello cold, hard cash. TheRead More