Guest Columnists

Photo courtesy Dave PalingDave and his daughter, Carly, aboard All In, a 16’ Carolina Skiff that several years ago went rogue.

A very close call

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

May 2021 By Dave Paling Growing up in a coastal town, I was exposed early to boats and experiences on the ocean. I grew to love time spent on the water thanks to my father, a navy veteran whose DNA drove him to pursue fishing whenever free time allowed. ARead More

Photo by Randy RandallMatt, Ben and Jeremy Randall wrestle with the Edson pump, dismantling it for another winter.

Pumpouts suck: The dark art of emptying the holding tank

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

May, 2021 By Randy Randall For Points East The boys hate pumpouts. They say it’s a disgusting, smelly job, and only good for tips. They groan when someone calls in on the radio asking for one. But it’s a service we have to provide. Based on the size of ourRead More

Photo courtesy Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli TeamItaly's excellent driver, Jimmy Spithill (right), is Australian. 'Nuff said.

The Down-Under Cup

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 By Peter Winter Warning: Violent and gratuitous allegory ahead New Zealand sent several artillery batteries to help out during the Vietnam War. Some culturally insensitive brute at the Pentagon decided that since New Zealand looked pretty close to Australia on a map, they must be friendly neighbors. SoRead More

The seven-year itch

The seven-year itch

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 By Pam Humbert We were smitten when she first came into sight from the launch. It was a Pearson 30, the make of boat that had reached the very top of our short list after three years of pouring over advertisements, research and inspections. We thought to ourselves,Read More

Capable hands

Capable hands

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 By Paul Brown In the late 1980s I was relatively new to sailing, and had recently purchased a 1968 Thunderbird 26 I named Brownscow. Brownscow’s design was the result of a contest offered by a West Coast plywood company in 1958, and – as per the requirements ofRead More

Rockport Harbor. Photo by Tim Plouff

Winter dreams

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

Midwinter 2021 By Tim Plouff We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came. -John F. Kennedy January in Maine can be a long, cruel month. TheRead More

Photo by Tim PlouffThe beach that stretches for over a mile on Roque. The white sand there looks like it's imported from the Bahamas.

Revisiting Roque and Mistake Islands

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff For Points East It was to be a glorious summer day in Maine, and the promise of making new discoveries – as always, to us – was as exciting as the forecast. Our boating friends Allison and Andy Moorwood had proposed a trip Downeast to Jonesport, Maine,Read More

Photo courtesy Capt. Mike MartelThe author and his creation. By starting with a whole fish, heÕs able to make a broth from the rack.

In search of the perfect cod chowder

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Capt. Michael Martel For Points East I was a man on a mission. I wanted a fish. A whole fish. A cold, firm-fleshed winter codfish. I was obsessed with the goal of making a sturdy fish chowder, and to make a proper one, you need to begin with aRead More

Delos in New England. It's safe to say that few 53' Amel Super Maramus are kitted out similarly.

Stalking the crew of S/V Delos

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch For Points East In the first 35 years of running my boat repair business, I installed exactly zero convection cooktops. Then one Monday morning two years ago, these ranges were suddenly all the rage. Three customers called me before I had drained my second cup of coffee,Read More

A solo transverse of the Cape Cod Canal

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Chuck Roast I had just blown in from Gloucester, Mass., the day before on Navicula, my Cape Dory 33, courtesy of a stiff breeze from the northeast. The morning would begin in Provincetown, Mass., with what may well have been the worst breakfast of my entire life; a dreadfulRead More