Guest Columnists

Cove Princess and a Cove prince

August 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Capt. Bob Brown Ultimately, this is a story about a boat. But it has to start as a story about our marina – Cove Marina, in Salisbury, Mass. For 19 of our 20 years of boating, we have begun our journeys from Cove Marina and, more or less, have endedRead More

My favorite passage

August 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Hank Garfield My favorite passage on the Maine Coast is between Rockland Harbor and Naskeag Point. I keep Planet Waves, my Cape Dory 25, in Rockland in the summer, but visit family on the other side of the bay once or twice a season. Their place is easier to getRead More

Cats onboard

July 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

You often hear about, or see, dogs on boats. There is a TV ad for boating featuring dogs on boats. But no cats. A decade ago, a pot-bellied pig corresponded with Points East. But never a cat. Perhaps cats, knowing they are superior creatures, don’t feel the need to tout their cruising lifestyle.

The dumbest (boating) decision ever

July 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Sometimes dumb choices work out okay. Sometimes they don’t. Mostly they don’t.

Time and tide

July 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

On a recent sailing trip that involved passing through Woods Hole, we were again reminded of the important role that tides play in our boating activities.

No better friend than Capt. Lou

June 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Greg Coppa Capt. Lou’s loyalty to friends in Wickford, R.I., and beyond, is renowned. Some time ago, his longtime and eccentric buddy, G.I. Joe, passed away. G.I. Joe – who was never called “Joe” but always “G.I. Joe” by the Captain – lived and died on an old wooden ChrisRead More

A bridge too short

June 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Michael Camarata’s article, “Dumbest Boating Decision Ever,” about a bridge too narrow, published in the Midwinter issue of Points East, hit very close to home for me. I have also made a dumb boating decision involving a bridge.

Bumper: A workboat

April 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Years ago, we decided to try pushing our docks around instead of poling them or pulling them with ropes. For that we needed a boat.

New Maine foghorn system: Point/counterpoint

April 1, 2016 at 12:44 pm

In November 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard announced plans to install MarinerRadio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) devices at 17 foghorns located at lighthouses across Maine. The MRASS devices will replace the existing foghorns, which are currently activated automatically by sensor according to weather conditions.

Blanche DuBois (circa 1985)

February 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Of all the 1,100-plus lakes in New Hampshire, including Lake Winnipesaukee (which is actually more like a mini inland-sea) none is more entrancing than Lake Sunapee. It is 11 miles long. And it recently boasted the world’s largest Star-class fleet of racing sailboats.