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As a kid, Bob Muggleston took sailing lessons at Pettipaug Sailing Academy, in Essex, Conn., and that was it — he was done for. All the racing, cruising and power boating he’s done since are because of those lessons. His  inability to turn down a boat that’s free? That might be fodder for a therapy session. However, he takes comfort in knowing he’s not alone.

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

A small (boat) lesson in humility

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Several years ago I stumbled across the flyer for an intriguing small-boat race, and the kicker was that it was practically in my own back yard. Called the Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race, the event, which always took place in early May, was sort of a Gumball Rally for localRead More

The young guns of the Mayflower II

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

It’s always neat when what you assume about a given situation is wrong, but in a way that leaves you hopeful about the current state of things. Take last fall, for example, when I checked in on the progress being made on the Mayflower II, a reproduction of the famousRead More

Bridging the gap

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

Without a doubt, there are many distractions to help bridge the gap between boating seasons these days, a lot of them thanks to technology. I’m thinking specifically of online classifieds (a personal favorite; see the trouble it got me into), YouTube and Vimeo, sailing vlogs, and streamable documentaries – allRead More

Boat Hoarder 101

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

I hate to admit this, especially since my wife has been saying it for years, but I think I’ve got a problem. The problem is that I have too many boats. While this may be true, I take comfort in knowing I’m not alone. Many of us suffer from thisRead More

Staying local

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

For the last three summers, since buying my latest “big” boat, I’ve had the same three goals: 1) Hunt down Points East columnist David Buckman while he’s cruising in Maine. Me aboard my Good Buddy and David aboard his Leight, we’d go find a few of those eel ruts he’sRead More

A ‘deeply satisfying’ sail

August 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

If you’re a sailor, chances are you’ve thought about what it would be like to circumnavigate. The idea of a continuous voyage that lasts years, and involves exotic destinations – it’s heady stuff for the coaster, and there’s no shortage of literature on the topic, which makes for especially greatRead More

The return is always worse

July 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

In the early 2000s I was lucky enough to race to Bermuda not once, but twice, with Jim Mertz, the “Iron Man of the Onion Patch,” who participated in 30 Newport Bermuda Races between 1936 and 2004 – a record that probably won’t be topped anytime soon. Jim is goneRead More

‘Welcome to our world’

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

The first personal account of a trip on the Maine Island Trail I ever read was Steve Callahan’s 2002 article “Reflections at the Water’s Edge,” which documented a trip he and his wife Kathy did on a section of the trail in the pages of “Cruising World” magazine. Callahan andRead More

Passing the CG torch, one boat at a time

May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

For cadets between their second and third years at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June is a special month. Classes are over, the grass on their hillside campus overlooking the Thames River is green again, and afternoon southwesterlies – warm, and full of promise – haveRead More