Points East to go digital for May issue

A note from Bob, the editor of Points East:

Hello everyone, I hope you and your families are healthy and safe, and weathering – in place, of course – the current Covid-19 pandemic, which is certainly an event for the history books, and has rendered life as we know it quite surreal.

Here at Points East, like at every small business throughout the country, we’re scrambling to determine the best path forward as facts on the ground change daily, sometimes even hourly. The staff as Points East is from all over New England, so we’ve long worked remotely. The issue we face is that — for the most part — we have nowhere to distribute the magazine. Many of the traditional outlets where Points East is usually found – boatyards and marinas, sail lofts and chandleries – are temporarily shuttered, and, if they’re not, social distancing is limiting their potential foot traffic.

Not only are these businesses our distribution points, but they’re also the folks who make the magazine possible in the first place. Their ads in Points East have always been the principle driver of our revenue. So, in this manner, we’re inextricably linked to the success of these businesses, many of which can be fondly described as “Mom and Pop-type” operations. We value these companies for their excellent services and the way they do business, which makes New England one of the premier boating destinations in the world.

It’s with this in mind that we’ve decided to continue moving forward with our normal publishing schedule, albeit slightly tweaked. A May issue of Points East will, as usual, be available sometime in mid-April, but it will only appear electronically on our website (as all issues have for several years) and from our Facebook page. In the magazine’s 23-year run we’ve never missed a production date. We don’t plan on missing one now. People who receive Points East in the mail: Because you won’t be receiving a copy of the May issue, we’re going to automatically extend your subscription by one issue.

So if you’re done streaming that can’t-miss Netflix series – I just finished “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”; just try and look away – why not check out our Facebook page, as you’re doing now, or head on over to our website? Back issues of the magazine are available there dating back to 2009, and content on both platforms is updated fairly regularly. What’s more, we’ve just created a section on our website called “The Quarantine Logs,” where folks can report what they’re up to these days.

Me? In addition to working on this magazine I’m also playing with a trailer sailer I bought last fall (picture included with this post), which currently resides in my driveway. I’m also trying to adjust to my new reality, which includes all of my young family here in the house with me . . . all the time. When I embark on my first major boat project – most likely repairing rot in the deck – I’ll be sure to check into “The Quarantine Logs.” I hope you will at some point, as well. It doesn’t have to be about a boat project.

In the meantime, everyone stay as safe as they can. We’ll be back full-force as soon as possible, and hope you will, too.