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.

Boating’s back-room boogie? A cautionary tale

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Last August, we met a woman who owns a boat, who was kicked off her mooring – for which she paid more than $2,000 in advance, has anchored her boat nearby since May, and has accrued tens of thousands of dollars in fines while doing nothing wrong. As if thisRead More

61 days: A season within a season

September 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

As the October/November issue approached, I thought about how exceptional these two months have been for me over the years. These 61 days constitute a distinct season unto itself – part of the autumn quarter, but of even greater significance. When a youngster in Massachusetts, duck hunting with my father,Read More

Just another day on the water

August 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

The day’s forecast was five to 10 southwest, gusting to 20 in the afternoon, but as we crested the hill over the marina, all we could see was a flat, mirrored surface on the bay, with an Opti fleet seemingly riveted to it. “Hope you find some wind out there,”Read More

Renaissance woman

July 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

You could call her a jack-of-all-trades, but if you honor her thus, you must add that she’s a master of most of them, too. I met Julia Doyle-Kingsbury at the 2015 Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod. She was working the Squeteague Sailmakers exhibit, and I was so delighted by theRead More

Mix a little whimsy with the disciplines

June 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

I already can hear the wharfside wags hurrumphing, but I am going to say it anyway: Recreational boating is not warfare. Sure, at times it may seem so but if we’re on the right boat, for all the right reasons, with the right seagoing experience, and with plenty of seaRead More

Handsome is as handsome does

May 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

The name Ray Hunt has been a presence since my earliest days on Duxbury (Mass.) Bay. I first heard it when my father showed me, nestled in Duxbury Beach dunes, the remains of the Hunt family’s waterfowling camp, near which my great-uncle had a similar structure. Then there were theRead More

‘Once Upon an Island’

April 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

She was born in New York City – her father was an architect there – and she lives in Norwell, Mass., but Leslie Silvia’s spiritual wellspring has always been Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor. Her grandfather, Alex Bies, who’d emigrated from Poland in 1889, was assigned to the island’s ArmyRead More

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.