Features

Huntress turns 60

March 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

It was love at first sight when, in 1983, the author laid eyes on the very first Hinckley Pilot 35 to come down the ways, and he bought her. Last summer, he celebrated her six decades of sailing.

When the water turns wicked

January 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm

We asked four skippers participating in the National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna” competition how they handle high wind and sea conditions. Here’s what they said.

Cruise to Cuba

November 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

More than 60 years ago, a young Bay Stater conceived the idea, and started planning it only a couple of years ago. Now it’s been realized in a fast Cal 2-30 named Scooch.

A winter delivery becomes a solistice sleighride

September 26, 2016 at 10:23 am

Our mission was to deliver a 38-foot Young Brothers gillnetter from Islip, Long Island, to Portland, Maine, the week before Christmas. The pennants on her gillnet buoys snapped ominously like prayer flags.

Live aboard? Why not?

August 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm

The timing was right for the semi-retired couple and although there have been some challenges, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cruising the Kite Loop

July 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Part 1: What do you do when you want to attempt the Great Loop, or the Down East Loop, but don’t have the time? You invent a new, shorter circle and name it after its fanciful shape.

Cruising in Buckman’s Wake

June 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

In the spirit of minimalist David Buckman, the author embarked upon his “Epic Voyage Writ Small” in a 20-foot daysailer. But did David ever sail with two 10-year-olds as crew?

Special Delivery

June 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Ensign Hull No. 1337 has been in the author’s family for five decades, and five generations of Coppas have sailed her off the same Wickford, R.I., mooring since the late 1960s.

Quarry cruise

May 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

Part I: The 19th- and early 20th-century granite mining operations in Maine’s Penobscot Bay were the hooks for this trailer-boat cruise to Hurricane Island, Tenants Harbor, and the Muscle Ridge Channel.

Buzzards: A bay with attitude

April 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm

The weather on Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay is notorious for its fickleness, and her waters will test the mettle of any mariner. One never knows what conditions the “Bay of Buzzards” will produce.