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Bob Muggleston is a resident of Deep River, Conn., where he and his wife are raising two kids. His love of being on the water began in the late ’70s, at Pettipaug Sailing Academy in Essex, Conn. In the late ’80s he was a member of the Providence College sailing team and in summers was bowman aboard the S2 9.1 Pursuit, raced out of Groton Long Point, Conn. In 1990 Bob was a deckhand aboard the Bering Sea longliner Golden Chalice. A veteran of several Marion-Bermuda and Newport-Bermuda races, today he’s mostly a cruiser. When time allows, he enjoys exploring Long Island Sound and its tributaries.
Photo by Bob MugglestonChances are, by the time this comes out, your favorite young launch driver Ð ours is pictured here Ð will be back at school.

After the boys (and girls) of summer have gone

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

The title of this piece is obviously a riff on the signature line from Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” a song that doesn’t get too much airplay anymore, but that all these years later (it was originally released in 1984) still affects me when I hear it. It’s theRead More

R.E. Thomas owner Ben Dinsmore talks to customers regarding his line of marine hardware. Photo by Bob Muggleston

The marine hardware guy next door

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

One of the many compelling things about the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport, which this year took place June 28-30, is the number of interesting personalities you encounter while walking around there. The boats are beautiful, of course, but the men and women who build and sail them, and supplyRead More

This is an illustration from the book "Songs, naval and national" by Thomas Dibdin, published in London, England in 1841. The caption is "Saturday Night At Sea," and shows a group of sailors amusing themselves while off duty by singing. The illustration itself is by George Cruikshank (d. 1878).

Illustration by George CruikshankAn illustration published in London, England in 1841 that depicts off-duty sailors amusing themselves, beers in hand.

Beer, its extended family, and boating

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Beer is definitely having a moment. I don’t think it’s going too far out on a limb to say that it was once the least-sophisticated member of the booze family, the matriarch of which is wine and its patriarch, spirits. Never snooty or considered much of a jet-setter, maybe moreRead More

Photos by Bob MugglestonTwo faces have I: The scabby, untouched step (left) and its "new and improved" alter ego, ready for the scrutiny of sailors and non-sailors, alike.

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

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

Photo courtesy Mystic Seaport MuseumMayflower II shipwrights use a batten to ensure new components match what's already there.

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

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

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

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