Guest Columnists

’Bird Dog

March 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

Guest perspective/Paul Brown The ’Bird: A Thunderbird 26 sloop is a so-called one-design “racer/cruiser.” In 1958, it was the winning design, by Seattle naval architect Ben Seaborn, in a plywood association’s contest for the best sailboat fashioned from marine plywood. The objective was a low-cost “Volkswagen,” simple to build andRead More

Of galvanizing and the village smithy

March 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

Guest perspective/Capt. Michael L. Martel Anyone restoring, or even replicating a traditional Maine-built craft, pleasure or working sail, knows that these vessels, when originally built, were not outfitted with Herreshoff bronze, generally. Instead, their fittings – from spar hardware to windlasses to chainplates – were forged steel or cast steelRead More

Let the genius shine

January 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Guest perspective/Christoper Birch The best advice I ever gave my children was to drink their coffee black and their whiskey neat. I rest easy knowing how much time I have saved them from rustling around looking for things like cream and sugar and ice. If other parents had the goodRead More

Where is Tasmania?

January 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Guest perspective/Randy Randall The marina business in winter is not much fun. The river’s frozen over, the snow-covered docks look like giant loaves of white bread, and the mooring balls are gripped fast in the ice. It’s all very depressing, and spring seems a long way off. Snow piled upRead More

Season’s last ride

November 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Fall. This four-letter word creates passion in many, but I lament the nasty season that follows, so please excuse my disdain for the arrival of autumn.

Germination of a dream

November 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Like so many New England sailors, I have long thought of taking Preamble, my 1998 Island Packet 37, south for the winter. Typically, the idea surfaces while I’m finalizing my fall haul-out and winter storage plans.

The meaning of ‘Fathom’

October 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

What an incredible week my husband Bob and I had aboard the 700-passenger m/v Adonia, the sole ship in Carnival Corp’s brand-new Fathom line.

Meet Rockland’s new harbormaster

October 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Hank Garfield “This is one of the busiest and most eclectic harbors in Maine,” the man himself declares. On a rare warm day in early May, Matt Ripley, the new Rockland harbormaster, stands outside his office looking out at a placid and mostly empty piece of water. The ferries andRead More

Smith’s Castle and my search for a chart

September 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Most people, however, are interested in the fact that the Castle – basically a fortified home – was where a thousand colonial troops from present-day Massachusetts and Connecticut massed before marching on the Great Swamp in the winter of 1675.

Vinalhaven, Sept. 11, 2001

September 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm

It was an idyllic time, on an idyllic island with perfect weather. But events spun out that changed our lives and our world forever.