Quarantine Logs

These are extraordinary times and here at Points East we are making an effort to document how our audience, our readers and advertisers, are coping with the situation. Below you’ll find some short posts (We’re just getting started, so check back frequently).

If you’d like to contribute, we’d be glad to include you. Just complete this short form. We’ll review it and post as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading and taking part!

COVID Warriors Tribute

COVID Warriors Tribute

June 1, 2020 at 11:22 am

On May 25 the Masthead Cove Yacht Club (www.mastheadcoveyc.org), an informal “paper” club of about 80 families/couples based in Huntington, N.Y., organized a tribute for COVID-19 first-responders. They descended on the western tip of Sand City Island and arranged themselves in the shape of a heart, all flying pink-and-blue streamersRead More

Photo courtesy Shannonfreix/WikipediaSerenity on the Continental Divide Trail. Outdoor activities have been especially popular during the lockdown.

The curious effect of COVID-19

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

In the 2015 film “The Martian,” Matt Damon is an astronaut who’s unwittingly left behind on Mars, and realizes that if he’s to be rescued – most likely in four years, when another ship will be close enough to do so – he’s got to survive on a planet thatRead More

No excuses: Boatbuilding under quarantine

No excuses: Boatbuilding under quarantine

May 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

In keeping with the saying “when life gives you lemons . . . ,” we need to make the best of the forced COVID-19 quarantine. Besides, boating is all about switching to plan B or C, isn’t it? For those of us lucky enough to be both economically and physicallyRead More

Getting a lot of cleaning done while waiting

Getting a lot of cleaning done while waiting

May 7, 2020 at 12:36 pm

I have been sailing and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay from the Annapolis area for over 38 years. Initially I raced and cruised a S2 7.9 sailboat and when the season opens I will be fishing and cruising my Albemarle 26.8 sport fisherman. Needless to say, after looking at theRead More

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Thoughts on quarantine, and being at sea

April 29, 2020 at 12:52 pm

As a young man dreaming of the sea, I read all the great authors, from Nordhoff and Hall to Defoe and Melville, but the writer who ultimately fascinated me the most became Captain Joshua Slocum. Some passage in an excerpt piqued my interest; it was a passage wherein he describedRead More

Hallett Sails shifts to mask making

Hallett Sails shifts to mask making

April 29, 2020 at 6:32 am

While this is a challenging time for all businesses, the folks at Hallett Sails haven’t allowed that fact to get them down. They’ve pivoted from their usual production to making masks for the community. This has allowed them to continue paying their employees and even add some furloughed family membersRead More

Massachusetts issues boating guidelines/regulations

Massachusetts issues boating guidelines/regulations

April 28, 2020 at 10:20 am

The State of Massachusetts has issued a set of guidelines for boaters during the current stay-at-home advisory. You may download them below: Massachusetts Boating Guidelines as of April 27, 2020  

Summer plans delayed

Summer plans delayed

April 23, 2020 at 9:35 am

I am an “out of state” boater. My boat, Zanzibar, is on the hard at Brewers (aka Safe Harbor) Warwick, RI but I live in Greenland NH. R.I. has said that anyone visiting their boat from out of state must self-quarantine for two weeks. This is clearly not a viableRead More

Hard Choices

Hard Choices

April 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm

The boat cover is scheduled to come off but there is the issue of this bird, and her nest, and the eggs that are inevitably under her. If boats don’t go in the water this spring, our industry could lose an entire year. Maybe if we wait just a littleRead More

Snowbirds coming home amid the COVID crisis

Snowbirds coming home amid the COVID crisis

April 22, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Points East Magazine is kind of sneaky. They requested content from people who have written for them to be added to their Quarantine Files section of their website. Asking for free contributions from writers who cannot resist… Sneaky! I can call myself a professional writer because of Points East Magazine.Read More