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Happy Valentine’s Day from your boat to you!

February 14, 2018 at 9:14 am

Once again Birch Marine in Boston, Mass. is partnering with us to present the very best in vessel-related Valentine’s Day poetry.

Points East’s Yachtsman of the Year: Peter McCrea

October 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

This has been a very competitive year for this award, with 9 people nominated, all of them strong candidates. The winner, selected by the previous recipients of this award, is certainly a standout sailor. He is both a racer and a cruiser, and he’s been at it for over 30 years. His sailing CV includes the entire US East coast, from Maine to Key West; Bermuda many times, an Atlantic Circle, the eastern Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Nova Scotia. What makes all of this even more remarkable is that much of it was accomplished single or double handed. And in a 32’ boat. Those Bermuda trips? He’s done 13 Bermuda 1-2’s. (Actually, the most recent one was a 1-1; heRead More

Boating with your dog this summer?

June 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

At Points East, we know quite a few boaters who can’t help but bring their dog along on their sea-faring adventures. While some dogs absolutely adore being out on the opens seas with their owners, there are a number of safety considerations that should always be made when bringing a four-legged skipper on board. Did you know that even water-loving breeds like Labradors should be equipped with their own canine PDF (personal flotation device), or that light-colored dogs can actually get burned without canine sunscreen? In an effort to keep all furry crew safe this summer, we’re sharing this new Dog Boating Safety Tips infographic illustration from K9 of Mine (https://www.k9ofmine.com).  

Great Crew Match Party!

May 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

It was a fun gathering at Handy Boat for Points East & SailMaine’s annual Crew Match Party where potential crew met captains and vice versa. We got the sailing/racing season off to a great start! Thanks to Gritty’s, Handy Boat, Hamilton Marine, Town Landing Market, and West Marine. Congratulations to Hallett Canvas & Sails for their 30th Anniversary! If you missed the party, don’t worry – you can still connect using the new and improved Points East Crew Match system!

Drastic buoy removal planned in Mass. and Rhode Island waters

May 31, 2016 at 11:27 am

The Coast Guard is planning on removing lots of buoys in Massachusetts and Rhode Island waters. In particular they plan to remove all the buoys in Robinson’s Hole in order to “maintain or improve navigation safety while increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness.” You can read the particulars by copying and pasting the following into your browser: MSIB 05-16 Proposed Changes to Federal ATON in Southeastern MA. Also, log on to https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=44 and see the link to “News and Events.” The Coast Guard is accepting comments by email or phone until June 30, 2016. Pass this on to interested parties. We suggest that you write your representative in Congress. For the southeastern Massachusetts District it’s Bill Keating: https://forms.house.gov/keating/webforms/contact.shtml You can viewRead More