Guest Columnists

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

Photos by James RudolphAll in a day's work (left to right): stuff that comes up from below; cutting new chain; and mooring maintenance.

A day on the Harraseeket River

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

By James Rudolph “I used to clean this stuff off the bottom of boats. There’s not an inch of this that isn’t alive. There’s worms, eels, crabs. It would get in my beard and I could just feel it moving.On an overcast and unseasonably warm day in December, Cameron GrilloRead More

The author likes his new trailer (above left; old one in facing photo) because it's lighter and more versatile.

New ride for an old boat

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff Without a doubt, trailer-boating has proven to be a fast and efficient way for my wife and me to move up and down the coast of Maine, thus exploring the countless islands and various points of interest so close to shore. All boaters – both power andRead More

Boating beyond your prime

July 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

When my wife Marcia and I were boat hunting a few years back, we encountered a flotilla of men and women in their 70s and 80s who were hanging up their dock lines because of bum knees or bad balance or failing vision – not at all for a lackRead More

Photo courtesy Mike CamarataDinghy drift social hour, in which pvc pipe has been creatively used to deliver both cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. New friends are easy to make in the liveaboard life.

The liveaboard life

July 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Mike Camarata For Points East I am a full-time liveaboard. I am also a snowbird. I have been called plenty of other names, but we’ll stick with those two for now. A liveaboard is a person who owns a boat and – wait for it – lives on it.Read More

Photo by James RudolphWholesaler Ray Trombley (in dark-blue sweatshirt) taking care of business at Casco Bay Shellfish.

Snapshot of a small Maine business

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

In total, Ray Trombley has spent 30 years making his living on the Maine coast. His career has taken him from digging clams to selling them wholesale at the establishment he owns – Casco Bay Shellfish in Brunswick, Maine.

A boy, a boat and a dream

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Jim McGuire For Points East As a child with a wagon, I played boat in the puddles in the schoolyard across the street from our house in the Lippitt Hill section of Providence. I also used the wagon to go around my neighborhood collecting wood. I would go knockingRead More

Photo by Christopher BirchBuckÕs Harbor Marina atop the Eggemoggin Reach in Maine. No shower has a better view. Sun streams in directly upon you. The author always brings his hat.

Outdoor showers

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch Outdoor showers for the N.E. sailorSeveral years ago, on New Year’s Eve, I made a resolution: For the 12 months ahead, I would never shower without a beer. There’s something about the yin and yang of hot water and cold beer that just works. I like drinkingRead More

Photo courtesy Quissett Yacht ClubThe Waterlilies program pairs two less-experienced sailors in a boat with instruction provided by an experienced sailor of the club.

Waterlilies 2.0

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Marilyn Pond Brigham From 2005 to 2009, I was a Waterlily. Waterlilies are members of the mostly over-40 ladies sailing program at Quissett Yacht Club (QYC) in Falmouth, Mass. The Waterlilies program meets on Friday mornings, July through August, and has done so since 1959. I first wrote aboutRead More

Photo courtesy Rand PeckAboard D-Sea-10, the author's 27-foot Eastern, life jackets are worn at all times.

Lessons learned from the airline industry

April 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

After nearly 40 years of flying I have a serious side, and approached boating with an eye toward safety and situational awareness.