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Capable hands

Capable hands

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 By Paul Brown In the late 1980s I was relatively new to sailing, and had recently purchased a 1968 Thunderbird 26 I named Brownscow. Brownscow’s design was the result of a contest offered by a West Coast plywood company in 1958, and – as per the requirements ofRead More

Rockport Harbor. Photo by Tim Plouff

Winter dreams

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

Midwinter 2021 By Tim Plouff We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came. -John F. Kennedy January in Maine can be a long, cruel month. TheRead More

Photo by Tim PlouffThe beach that stretches for over a mile on Roque. The white sand there looks like it's imported from the Bahamas.

Revisiting Roque and Mistake Islands

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff For Points East It was to be a glorious summer day in Maine, and the promise of making new discoveries – as always, to us – was as exciting as the forecast. Our boating friends Allison and Andy Moorwood had proposed a trip Downeast to Jonesport, Maine,Read More

Photo courtesy Capt. Mike MartelThe author and his creation. By starting with a whole fish, heÕs able to make a broth from the rack.

In search of the perfect cod chowder

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Capt. Michael Martel For Points East I was a man on a mission. I wanted a fish. A whole fish. A cold, firm-fleshed winter codfish. I was obsessed with the goal of making a sturdy fish chowder, and to make a proper one, you need to begin with aRead More

Delos in New England. It's safe to say that few 53' Amel Super Maramus are kitted out similarly.

Stalking the crew of S/V Delos

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Birch For Points East In the first 35 years of running my boat repair business, I installed exactly zero convection cooktops. Then one Monday morning two years ago, these ranges were suddenly all the rage. Three customers called me before I had drained my second cup of coffee,Read More

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