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

The Boston Whaler: From ‘bathtub’ to icon

March 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Unsinkable: The History of Boston Whaler By Matthew D. Plunkett, Motorbooks 2017, 208 pp., $24 Reviewed by Jake Lundberg For Points East The classic Boston Whalers still plying waters around the world are now regarded as such rough beauties that it’s easy to forget they were initially maligned as eyesores.Read More

Mike Plant movie doesn’t tell whole story

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Reviewed by Molly Mulhern For Points East Coyote: The Mike Plant Story Sparkplug Films LLC 2017, director Thomas M. Simmons, runtime 105 minutes. Stars, among others, Mike Plant (archival footage), Philippe Jeantot (French solo sailor), Ken Read (president of North Sails), Herb McCormick (executive editor of “Cruising World”), Billy BlackRead More

Less about the voyage; more about the man

September 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

A Man for All Oceans By Stan Grayson, Tilbury House Publishers and New Bedford Whaling Museum 2017, 399 pp. $29.95. Joshua Slocum was a rock star in – and after – his time. Since 1900, his book has never been out of publication, and there have been at least 25Read More

Humor, beauty, from the keyboard of a friend

August 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

The Sea is Not Full: Ocean Sailing Revelations & Misadventures By Charles J. Doane, Seapoint Books, 2017; 437 pp., $17.62. Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East One of the things I’ve always loved about sailing literature, beyond the purity of escape it so frequently provides, is how often theRead More

It’s not all misery at the Horn; just mostly

July 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

The Cape Horners’ Club By Adrian Flanagan, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2017; 295 pp., $27. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East When my wife and I acquired our first big sailboat, we always made sure we had a Big Gulp of ice water at the helm when departing or arrivingRead More

Survival book asks much of reader’s honesty

June 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

A Speck in the Sea by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski; Hachette Book Group, 2017, 247 pp., hardcover $18-20, ebook $14. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East I wonder what it is about us that makes us ignore internal dialogue, often at our peril. Why do we shush thatRead More

Carter’s Salty Bard pirate poetry project

May 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

The Salty Bard: Up in Smoke By Craig Parmelee Carter, BeachWrites ( 2017, 48 pp., paperback $8.95, Kindle edition $3.99. Reviewed by Nim Marsh For Points East I enjoy poetry of the sea. Within arm’s reach of my desk is a copy of John Masefield’s “Salt Water Poems and Ballads.”Read More

Inspirational boats

April 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

Notable Boats: Small Craft, Many Adventures By Nic Compton, with illustrations by Peter Scott, The Ivy Press Limited 2016, 160 pp., $29.95 (hardcover). Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East From the “Oxford English Reference Dictionary”: notable/ adj. worthy of note; striking, remarkable, eminent. All sailors have a short listRead More