Guest Columnists

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.

Photo courtesy Dudley DudleyTom Dudley engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, sailing.

Maine chartering: Nobody got hurt

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

July 2021 By Thomas Dudley This posthumously published essay is the second in a series of lively, often wry, reminiscences to be published in Points East over the coming months. Thomas Minot Dudley, of Durham, N.H., died at the age of 83 the day after Christmas 2013. Tom’s wife DudleyRead More

Anhinga, and the lessons learned

Anhinga, and the lessons learned

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Photo courtesy Roger Long June 2021 By Roger Long Senior year in high school was when I put away childish things and became fully obsessed with boats. I’d made a weeklong cruise in my 10’ dinghy with a boom tent the summer before on Lake George, and was teaching myselfRead More

Photos courtesy Susan OlcottTransatlantic voyagers Michael Olcott, George Laff and Charlie Olcott (at left; left to right), and their skipper “Bud” O’Brien (above).

From Maine to Spain on Galatea

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

“How to move. When to move. If you had to think about it, you weren’t going on the boat.” The boat was Galatea – a 38-foot steel-hulled yawl that was sailed across the Atlantic in the summer of 1964 – and the remembrance is courtesy of Charlie Olcott, one ofRead More

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