Guest Columnists

Photo courtesy Capt. Michael L. MartelThe author, 48 years older, with the burgee of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May, N.J.

Sailing through boot camp

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

The members of the Corinthian Yacht Club made a young Coast Guard recruit feel at home.

Photo by Bernie WidemanThe author, doing what he does best on a boat – staying out of way.

It’s the people who make Points East a success

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

August 2022 By John Gold I wish I could say I had a role in the genesis of Points East. But that honor goes to Sandy Marsters and Bernie Wideman, who cooked up the idea across their desks at the former “Journal Tribune,” a daily newspaper in Biddeford, Maine, 25-plusRead More

Photo courtesy Dennis LeshThe sail pretty much says it all. It worked.

The perfect proposal

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

The planning was intense, the execution flawless and the result? Magical.

Boats are not cars. Take it easy

Boats are not cars. Take it easy

May 23, 2022 at 12:00 am

June 2022 By Randy Randall I know it may seem obvious, but boats are not cars. That said, every summer here at the marina, we have our share of bunged-up docks, bent props and smashed electrical towers, all because most new boat owners seem to think running a boat isRead 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

Points East file photoParticipants of the 2006 Fundy Flotilla pose at Robinhood Marine Center.

At 25 years, Points East has beaten the odds

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

Editor’s Note: As we celebrate our 25th year of publishing, Points East is taking a look back at our first year in business. This month, we hear from Bernie Wideman, a cofounder of the magazine. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 20 percent of smallRead More

Photo courtesy Randy RandallSafety chains, as their name suggests, offer a back up connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer... just in case.

About those safety chains…

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

May 2022 By Randy Randall “Whoa!” We all yelled, but it was too late. The boat rolled off the trailer, tipped up in the air, and fell with a smash onto the pavement. Now we all stood around looking at the boat high and dry right in the middle ofRead More

Photo by Tim PlouffA tranquil and foggy August morning in Duck Harbor, Isle au Haut. The landing float for the "mail boat" to visit Acadia National Park is to the left, with the open sea further left.

Boating, biking & hiking on Isle au Haut

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

It was time to use the best days of August for some serious adventures.

U.S. Coast Guard photoAn image of the Bounty going under taken by the U.S. Coast Guard.

A lesson from the sinking of the Bounty

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

How group dynamics and loyalty can lead to disaster

Homeward bound

Homeward bound

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 By Tom Joyce For P0ints East This Sunday morning, there were no taxis at Westchester Airport in White Plains, N.Y., and Uber was unresponsive. I needed to get to the marina in Mamaroneck, twenty minutes away, where the boat I had just bought was waiting. I planned toRead More