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March 20, 2023 at 12:00 am

Spring 2023 By Joe Burke Recent headlines have me thinking about a 14’ wooden lapstrake skiff I used to own. After a winter season in my basement, bailouts were what the first few outings were all about. Its cedar strakes, copper riveted to dainty oak frames, contracted during the off-seasonRead More

Photo by Allison Wisch FabreWe’re not in Boston anymore...

The grass is always greener

January 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

Winter 2023 By Ali Wisch Fabre It is hard to believe, but it’s true – I have been a landlubber for six months. When I first moved off the boat, I was too caught up in the move to process the experience. I masked my separation anxiety (maybe not soRead More

Photo by Ali Wisch FabrePoints East Crew Match party at Handy Boat 2022. It was good to finally meet in person.

We made it!

November 21, 2022 at 12:00 am

December 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre 2023 is just around the corner. It’s Everyone’s a winnertime to set intentions for the new year, reflect on the year behind us and figure out how to keep busy when going for a putt about in the harbor, a sunset sail or thatRead More

Don’t let fall pass you by

Don’t let fall pass you by

September 26, 2022 at 12:00 am

October/November 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre It is hard to beat fall in New England. Changes that affect all your senses happen quickly but subtly. You may not even notice until they’ve already passed. The deep oranges and reds that seeped out of summer sunsets are now seeping out ofRead More

You can take the girl out of the boat, but . . .

You can take the girl out of the boat, but . . .

August 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

September 2022 By Ali Wisch Fabre Packing for a trip can be tough. Packing to move across an ocean – tougher. Putting my entire life into packing cubes has proven to be an eye-opening experience. Believe it or not, I’ve actually surprised myself by some of the things I’ve becomeRead More

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