Guest Columnists

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.

Dad aboard Snow Goose. Boats often have personalities, and this one's was a bit on the destructive end of the scale.  Photo courtesy Randy Randall

The Snow Goose

March 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective By Randy Randall For Points East Snow Goose was a Marblehead cruiser designed by Eldridge-McGinnis and built in the late ’50s at Marblehead Boatyard on the Biddeford side of the Saco River in Maine. My dad owned the boat for over 20 years, and, as with any long-termRead More

From dot-matrix numbers on a sheet of paper to this -- a head-turning Sonderklasse design.

A fortuitous meeting

March 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective By Dave Tew For Points East In 1975 I was a senior in college, and trying to figure out what to do with my life. At the time, the Western Electric Corp. offered a program in which they evaluated and sponsored soon-to-be-graduating college students, and introduced them toRead More

Brownscow, the author's Beneteau Evasion 32. Years ago, in New Brunswick, she found herself in a sticky situation. Photo courtesy Paul Brown

‘OK, Irv, you’re right!’

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective: Paul Brown Fundy Flotilla 2004, from Northeast Harbor to Grand Manan, and then on to Saint John and the St. John River. Brownscow, my Beneteau Evasion 32, had made it to Grand Manan, New Brunswick, and then had to leave the flotilla as my crew, Irv, had toRead More

Photo courtesy Marilyn BrighamPhoto logbooks are short on written descriptors, but sometimes a photo -- or a cluster of photos -- says a thousand words.

Creating a photo logbook

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective: Marilyn Brigham My father, a lifelong sailor and cruiser, suffered a major stroke in his early 80’s. During his recuperation, it was difficult to discern how much he understood about what had happened to him, and what we told him each day. Part of this was that he’dRead More

Saddleback Island

Saddleback Island

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff For most Mainers, the name Saddleback has long been associated with the western Maine mountain near Rangeley that was a popular ski resort for decades before successive owners fell on hard times. While the ski trails remain closed, an effort to re-start operations is ongoing. For manyRead More