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A harrowing adventure (and eventually a love story)

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Second Chances” By Greg Coppa; Stillwater River Publications, 2018; 246 pp. Last summer, longtime Points East contributor and Wickford, R.I., resident Greg Coppa published, after many years of false starts, his novel “Second Chances.” The book follows a young man named Skip Thornton, a former Rhode Island resident who nowRead More

Two irresistible coffee table books

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

Reviews by Bob Muggleston For Points East “Chris-Craft: An American Classic” by Nick Voulgaris III; Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2018; 223 pp. Chris-Craft is surely one of the most iconic boat brands in the world, and for good reason. Regardless of what kind of boating you do – be itRead More

Sailing as a conduit to renewal

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together” by Nathaniel Philbrick; Penguin Books, 2018; 240 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East The Sunfish. What a weird boat, though not as weird as the flush-deck Sailfish. We had one of those atRead More

Sailing as a conduit to renewal

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together” by Nathaniel Philbrick; Penguin Books, 2018; 240 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East The Sunfish. What a weird boat, though not as weird as the flush-deck Sailfish. We had one of those atRead More

“A great sea story – once you find it

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

A Foolish Voyage: Self-Discovery At Sea,” by Neil Hawkesford; self-published, 2015; 155 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East When we first meet Neil Hawkesford, he is hanging upside down from his seatbelt in his wrecked car after running off the road during a rally competition. If you stickRead More

A dogged pursuit of the facts

August 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

And The Sea Shall Have Them All By Art Milmore, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017, 240 pp., $20, $9.99 Kindle Edition. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East By any measure, the steamer Portland, built in Bath, Maine, and launched in 1889, was a lovely, elegant ship. Were she toRead More

No good deed goes unpunished

July 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana By Robin Lloyd, Lyons Press 2018, 320 pp., $24.95 Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East The year is 1863. The American Civil War is in full swing, and a young American ship captain named Everett Townsend pulls a half-drowned man outRead More

Calder is an ‘excellent raconteur’ in print

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a Cruising Veteran as He Learns the Ropes By Nigel Calder, Bloomsbury Publishing 2018, 188 pp., $19 hardcover and $13.50 Kindle edition. Reviewed by Charlie Doane For Points East I’m feeling some vindication here. Several years ago when I was Nigel Calder’s regular editorRead More

Marine diesel book a handy read

May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

Marine Diesel Basics By Dennison Berwick, Voyage Press 2017, 212 pp., $16.00. Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East Canadian author, illustrator, sailor and adventurer Dennison Berwick is the type of guy every boat owner loves having aboard: He’s someone who can do a little bit of everything, and, mostRead More

Tales of deliveries gone bad

March 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Red Flags in Blue Water: Misadventures of a Freelance Sea Captain By Rich R. A. Bard. Smooth Passage Books 2016. 189 pp., $12. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East A short book that can be consumed quickly or in small, occasional doses (read: bed head), “Red Flags in BlueRead More