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Photo by Ali Wisch FabreThere are many things I will miss about living aboard.

Times… they are a changin’

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

August 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre “There is nothing permanent except change.” -Heraclitus As I write this, I’m sitting in my favorite giant palm tree towel. My hair, in a messy natural bun atop my head, smells like coconuts. In the distance, I hear a faint sound, like that ofRead More

Becoming a real sailor, again

Becoming a real sailor, again

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

July 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “You’re not a real sailor unless you’ve run aground.” If that saying is true, I’ve been a real sailor from my very first delivery. And in case you were wondering whether I’ve still “got it,”Read More



May 23, 2022 at 12:00 am

June 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre As I was doing my due diligence, sifting through last year’s copies of Points East, reflecting on… what I’d been reflecting on at the time, I grabbed our June 2021 issue and realized, to my surprise, that I hadn’t written the editorial. My predecessor,Read More

Photo courtesy Russell ClearyAlthough broadbill swordfish are no longer landed at Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, this eponymous cap -- the “hat designed by a fishery” -- can still be seen on “Squid Row,” a six-foot bench above the harbor, this one worn by author Russell Cleary.

Good tools

May 23, 2022 at 12:00 am

June 2022 By Nim Marsh Down through the millennia, most good tools have evolved, quietly and incrementally, through necessity. Take sunglasses, for instance. Some 2,000 years ago, an Old Bering Sea-culture Inuit, tired of chronic snow blindness, fashioned walrus-ivory goggles with slits in the lenses to protect her eyes fromRead More

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