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Beers and boats

Beers and boats

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

How did these two disparate entities become so gloriously entwined? Well, it’s kind of a long story that spans the centuries, and Martha weaves the tale, strand by strand, into the around-the-buoys era.

Pixie dust and promises

Pixie dust and promises

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

I conjured memories of Dad, Uncle Al and the sailboats that followed in their wakes, and saw their unmistakable influences sprinkled like magical powder on my past, present and future. And I recalled my vows to them.

The view of an empty Payne's Dock from the top of Vixen's mast, where I was adjusting a cockeyed Windex.

First to Block (Island, that is)

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Anyone who’s been to Great Salt Pond, on Block Island, knows how magical it is, especially on a warm summer night, and you’re surrounded by hundreds of other cruisers. Without anyone there – not a single other boat – would it still feel the same way? An odyssey in miniature.

Photos by Tricia McGrathThe purchase of a Cal 22 completed the author's transition from power to sail.

Holy Cannoli! I like to sail

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Smitten by the Masefield “Sea Fever” romance of sailing vessels, but hesitant to embrace the recreation of moving small boats with the wind, Tricia espouses powerboating. Years later, epiphany.

Photos by Capt. Michael L. MartelThe experience of being aboard Knot Too Bad, the Formula 37 Capt. Mike was tasked with delivering, was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating.

Fast forward to Boothbay

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

You’re watching a video of the coast from Mystic, Conn., to Boothbay, Maine, filmed in midsummer from offshore. Now press the fast-forward. But don’t forget fast-reverse.

Serenity at Bunker Cove, just inside the western end of the Roque Island Thorofare.Points East file photo by Roger Long

Our Favorite Maine anchorages

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Part 1: Not “Best Anchorages,” just our preferred harbors, islands, rivers and coves, and we favor smaller places with nature and solitude – or ones with good eats, museums and theater.

The view in Salem Harbor, and (inset), on Derby Street, a creepy example of the things that supposedly inhabited the town in the 1600s. Photo by Marilyn Pond Brigham

Bound for Salem

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

And why not? This seaport on the North Shore of Boston has a grand maritime history, classic architecture, tourist haunts, boating services, and more witchcraft lore than the average salt can handle.

A Nonsuch fleet racing, their unmistakable wishbone rigs -- a concept lifted from windsurfing -- making them immediately identifiable.Photo courtesy Sue Cornell

Handsome is as handsome does

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

An interview with Mark Ellis, creator of the cat-rigged Nonsuch series of sailboats that strained sensibilities and changed the way we think about sensible cruising boat design.

You can buy matching wooden blocks if so inclined, but the author doesn't mind "mixing and matching," and enjoys the restorative process.

Restoring wooden blocks

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

I approach this task as did my grandfather, who built boats for the Herreshoff yard in my hometown: Take your time, take no shortcuts, be thaorough piece by piece, clean, repair, then reassemble.

Good Buddy as I first found her in early January, fenders out, sail cover off, as though her former owners had fled.

A lament for the boat left out

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

I’d found the boat of my (cheapskate) dreams, and a post-purchase inspection proved she was as good as advertised. The problem? She was on a mooring in another state and it was nearly January. Decisions, decisions . . .