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Tranquility in downtown Ottawa. Photo by Capt. Dick Allen

Busman’s holiday

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

Part 2: Former professional mariner Capt. Dick Allen and his wife Bev begin the circuitous homeward leg of their inland Triangle Loop cruise aboard their 32-foot Seaquest trawler Weak Moment.

Photo courtesy George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The day President Bush stopped at Marston’s Marina

December 4, 2018 at 12:53 pm

With the recent passing of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, I’m reminded of the time he visited our little marina aboard one of his boats. This happened back in the ’90s, but my memory of the event is vivid even today.

The Troy (Federal) Lock on the Hudson River (top left), the New York skyline as seen from the Hudson River (top middle), a line of boats on the Erie Canal (top right), and the Waterford, N.Y., Harbor Visitor Center, at the junction of the Hudson River and Erie Canal (bottom). Photo by Dick allen

Busman’s Holiday

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Part 1: What does a former professional ocean mariner do when he seeks relaxation? He heads to the inland waterways of the U.S. and Canadian Triangle Loop on his 32-foot trawler.

It's all hands on deck aboard Eros, aboard which good old fashioned muscle makes things move.Photo by Martha Blanchfield

Racing Eros

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Competing in a New England classic-yacht event aboard a British-built 1939 Gloucester-type staysail schooner may not be for the weak of spirit, but it will be exhilarating and the experience of a lifetime.

The birth of a Mayflower II futtock

The birth of a Mayflower II futtock

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Photos courtesy Mystic Seaport From left to right: The live oak after it arrived at Mystic Seaport, moving the 300 lb. futtock after it’s been rough cut, running the futtock through a giant planer , and placing the finished piece in its final location. Editor’s Note: In 2014, Plimoth Plantation,Read More

Photos courtesy Mike MartelProblems come in various guises: the 55-foot motor yacht (top); the Lagoon 42 cat (above left); and a Mainship 35 (above right). Photos courtesy Capt. Michael L. Martel

A tale of three Jonahs

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

A trio of boats not ready to go to sea were “Jonahs,” like the hapless whale-dwelling prophet of the same name, and they brought bad luck and trouble to owners and delivery crews alike.

Ryan, Kate, Jim and Steve Humbert aboard Elfin, the Humbert's "tweener" boat, an O'day 22. Photo courtesy Pam Humbert

The Upsizing Imperative

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Starting with a 14-foot derelict, a Long Island couple buys one larger boat after another to safely and sensibly accomplish the family’s sailing dreams, which evolve as the unit grows older and wiser.

The view of downtown Boston from its inner harbor, which is home to recreational boats of all stripes.

Waterworld

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

New England offers countless harbors, both great and small – some bustling with commercial traffic, others quiet and “undiscovered.” For me, none is more interesting, vibrant or gorgeous than Boston Harbor.

Long Island inside

Long Island inside

August 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

Part 2: In the August issue, the McGuires and their trawler Hope entered Long Island Sound, expecting to be underwhelmed. Instead they were delighted and excited. On the next leg, they were challenged.

Nova Scotia idyll

Nova Scotia idyll

August 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

In 2017, we cruised from our hailing port of New York City to the Bras d’Or Lakes of Cape Breton Island, at the north end of the Maritime province of Nova Scotia. We liked what we found.