Guest Columnists

Lessons learned from a lame duck

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch For Points East Not every marina has a duck house, but, lucky for me, mine does. I’m thinking now of a certain duck that once lived there. She had a bad starboard wing and a bad port leg. When she walked, she leaned on her good wingRead More

The freedom to be Warren River Boatworks

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Capt. Michael L. Martel For Points East Paul Dennis loves boats. He especially loves sailboats, and one type in particular, with which he’s had a long-standing affair. The humble and soft-spoken man has no qualms admitting it – he loves the often-unconvential-looking sailboats built by Freedom Yachts, and hasRead More

Helping to keep the waters clean

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Guest perspective/Randy Randall “Hey Dad,” Jeremy yelled. “Looks like you hit the jackpot! What is all this stuff?” He was right. I’d practically filled the front of my kayak with trash. “Help me unload all this,” I told him. But you see collecting trash is kind of a game withRead More

Ladies, does this sound familiar?

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Guest perspective/Capt. Laura Tecce Surely, many long-suffering spouses have heard this: “No one talk to me while I’m docking.” (But, if you can’t talk to him, how are you supposed to know what he’s doing or where he’s going?) Or how about this: “Throw the lines.” “Where are the bumpers?”Read More

Tankers are fast

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Guest perspective/Randy Randall Oil tankers are fast. Much faster than you probably think. The behemoth ships that seem to take forever to cross the horizon when you’re offshore are actually moving right along. They’re like an optical illusion – so big and imposing, so long and so wide – thatRead More

New life for an old jacket

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Mike Camarata I am 35 years old. My stitching is solid. My straps and handles are snug and strong. My zipper slides up and down as smooth as silk. My Coast Guard-required printing is very legible. My D-rings are bright and shiny. My belt clips still have their grip,Read More

Capt. Bumblebee and the stadium blanket

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ralph Pears Over the course of 30 years, during which time I frequently sailed in company with the ill-fated Capt. Bumblebee, so-named by my children because of his fondness for a yellow and black rugby shirt, he was always ready to come to the aid of anyone in need.Read More

Isle au Haut: Acadia’s offshore island

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Tim Plouff Mariners plying the Gulf of Maine in the vicinity of central Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Bay are all too familiar with the landmark “mountains” of Isle au Haut. So named by Samuel de Champlain in 1604, Isle au Haut – “High Island” – has three, distinct,Read More

The misadventures of Capt. Bumblebee

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ralph Pears Whenever sailors get together and have a few drinks, their talk invariably turns to the adventures they’ve had aboard boats. Sometimes these stories involve dangerous conditions and overcoming difficult situations. Other times they focus on the reminiscences of beautiful journeys, or the camaraderie that develops between sailorsRead More

The advantage of being petite

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Marilyn Pond Brigham I’ve always considered myself fortunate to be small. That is, as a short person, I’ve always felt – contrary to the tongue-in-cheek sentiments of that famous song from the ’70s – like I’ve had many great reasons to live! Have there been rough spots along theRead More