Guest Columnists

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

Photo courtesy David BuckmanArtist Halle Starkweather graces the transom of David Buckman’s 26-foot Swedish-built Folkboat with her name, Leight.

A small matter of style

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

October 2021 By David Buckman One of the most compelling elements of boat ownership, and life in general, is the protracted process of crafting a sense of style that complements our designs and pays respect to beauty, functionality and proportion. Though such ambitions may rarely cross our minds as specificRead More

Photo courtesy Tim PlouffProud and independent MIah and Addison pose in their respective boats at the dock with Kathy in the inflatable in the background.

Coming of age on the waterI

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

October 2021 By Tim Plouff It is not unusual to see young people finding their way while messing about in a small boat in the harbor, on the lake, and up and down the rivers. For families living near or on the water, small boats are a ritual of lifeRead More

Photo courtesy Pam HumbertSuccess! The author and her son Ryan in Morgana’s cockpit after docking.

Panic in the fairway

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

Morgana was rocking gently in her slip without any new bumps, dings, or worse. I could, and had, docked Morgana in a slip for the first time! I had stayed the course despite my fears, inexperience, and self-doubt.

Photo  courtesy Tim PlouffHaving that new heated garage with ample space to lay up fiberglass, paint, and install new machinery might be more luxurious than the typical boat shed, but the work was no less serious, or important.

Labor of love

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

August 2021 By Tim Plouff Multiple-generation Mainers can often trace their roots to lumbering or the sea. As the islands off the rugged coast were often the first places that original residents established a toe-hold in the new continent, islanders became the mothers-of-invention by necessity. These hearty souls also becameRead More

Photo courtesy Marilyn Pond BrighamTop photo: Marilyn poses next to her new boat Christmas morning. Above: When lying down is the only way you can sail your boat, lying down is what you do.

A boat of my own

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

Most girls want a pony for Christmas. I wanted a boat.