Editor’s Page

Nim Marsh is Points East’s editor. He has spent many decades playing in the North Atlantic from 10 degrees N to 60 degrees N, in both power and sailboats, imbued with the belief — about 98 percent of the time, anyway — that a bad day at sea is better than a good day in the office.

Boatbuilding, stress relief and the Ph.D.

March 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

Ask Piero “Peter” Biancani how many boats he has built and he’s likely to respond with a bemused expression as though he’s never thought of counting. When pressed, he’ll probably answer, as he did one bluebird mid-February day on the shore of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, “Oh, maybe a dozen.”Read More

Nobody gets hurt

January 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm

A lady who sat next to me . . . said, “Do you reef in your gaff-topsails when you are close-hauled or do you let go the mizzen-top-bowline and cross-jack-braces. . .” I hadn’t the slightest idea what she was talking about . . . One reason for this wasRead More

Watcher at the Thorofare

November 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Points East ad rep Lynn Whitney keeps an eagle eye out from her perch over the Fox Islands Thorofare.

Random acts . . .

October 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Of what? Kindness, friendliness? Or the joy that comes from being on the water, and savoring the camaraderie of other mariners? This August day, it likely was a combination of all of these. Naomi and I were sailing our 79-year-old catboat Chessie on a glorious bluebird day in Narragansett Bay.Read More

Founding Fathers, founding lights

September 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

You know those little 61⁄2- by 91⁄4-inch, soft-cover books with the sepia-toned covers, the ones that recycle old postcards and photographs to give readers a window into how specific areas appeared during the past 100-plus years? They are called the Postcard History Series Books, are produced by Arcadia Publishers, withRead More

It’s not about the boats

July 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

One of Deborah Simmons’ calling cards reads: “Deborah Simmons, Ed. D., Music Professional, Artist, Boat Builder,” which begs two questions: Who is Deborah Simmons? And why is she important to Points East? If you’d asked the first question right after we’d first met her, we would have answered, “She’s aRead More

Marine trade associations: Anchors to windward

June 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

Well, not so fast: Elements of the New England marine industry are passionately proactive in helping its member businesses thrive, grow, and create jobs in a struggling economy.

Just add water

April 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Just add water – such a simple concept when you’re making instant oatmeal or hot chocolate, but not so simple when you’re trying to commission a boat on the hard, early in a New England spring.

Close to perfection

March 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Of all things, living or lifeless, upon this strange earth, there is but one which . . . I still regard with unmitigated amazement. “One fall day, the pocket on the southeast corner of Canapitsit Channel served up more than we could handle, but the MacKenzie [bass boat] carried usRead More

Piracy in the Caribbean is on the rise

February 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm

In early January, we received the following notice from Daria Blackwell, public relations and digital communications officer for the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC): “Two incidents of piracy have been reported in the closing days of 2015 in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The Ocean Cruising ClubRead More