The 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.

“Plenty in ’20” and Plan D

“Plenty in ’20” and Plan D

By Pam Humbert For Points East The new year was still young and unsullied back in mid-January when our club met to unveil their summer cruising plans. The room was abuzz with dreams and the anticipation of a fresh new year and a season yet
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Reflections on the season that nearly wasn’t

By Randy Randall Here we are in October already during the last boating weekend of the summer that nearly wasn’t. Our marina season has been dominated by sunny weather, good fishing and COVID-19. As the old saying goes, “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody
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Corona cruising

Corona cruising

North on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville Beach, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia in March & April 2020.
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Documentary that provides an escape

“Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World” Written and directed by Nico Edwards. Perf. Clemens Gabriel, Ayack Wanderer, David Bowie. Splendid Entertainment, 2017. 77 mins. Currently available on Amazon. Review by Bob Muggleston What an escape it was to watch this documentary, especially with
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COVID Warriors Tribute

COVID Warriors Tribute

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
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The curious effect of COVID-19

The curious effect of COVID-19

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
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No excuses: Boatbuilding under quarantine

No excuses: Boatbuilding under quarantine

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
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Getting a lot of cleaning done while waiting

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
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Thoughts on quarantine, and being at sea

Thoughts on quarantine, and being at sea

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
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Hallett Sails shifts to mask making

Hallett Sails shifts to mask making

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
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Massachusetts issues boating guidelines/regulations

Massachusetts issues boating guidelines/regulations

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  
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Summer plans delayed

Summer plans delayed

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
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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

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
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Snowbirds coming home amid the COVID crisis

Snowbirds coming home amid the COVID crisis

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
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We’re not in same boat

The article below is a reposting of an unknown author that has been making the rounds on social media. It was submitted by Jim McGuire, who has written several articles for Points East. I heard it said that we are all in the same boat,
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Against the Tide

Against the Tide

It’s funny how, when you all of a sudden have nothing to do, you find everything to do. It doesn’t take long to discover this. And then you had better get busy doing things that you like, or at least don’t hate, before a man
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Cruising in the Time of COVID-19

Cruising in the Time of COVID-19

We are living through this science fiction horror movie like the rest of you, but with a difference — we also lived through the trailer. That warning may have saved us from contracting the virus. At least for now. Our annual snowbird voyage south on
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Wearing a facemask can’t be all bad

Wearing a facemask can’t be all bad

I decided to make masks for myself and my family. Found a pattern on the internet and some fabric in my "stash". Might as well show everyone, I'd rather be sailing.
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Waiting to see what summer brings

Although my wife and I can competently sail our 34′ sailboat ourselves, and there are many deserted anchorages in Maine,  many of the places we typically like to go may not be open and interacting with shore facilities may be difficult at best.  Also, unless
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The meantime

The meantime

Ahoy mates… There is nothing to do in quarantine except eat. So, I am making clam chowder. Uh…right! Rhode Island clear clam chowder using Muriel’s Rule…to wit…you can never use too much dill. I threw in a little Canadian flounder. Haddock is over $10/lb. Astonishing!
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Salem Sound Bell Buoy #9

Salem Sound Bell Buoy #9

For those longing for the soothing sound of a bell buoy, enjoy green #9 in Salem Sound with the Baker Island Light in the background. Hopefully we’ll be back here soon. Rand Peck
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Dropping the Keel on Hound

Dropping the Keel on Hound

  Here in Maine boatyards and marinas are seen as essential businesses. Good thing, too, because there is always work to be done on boats. Between sheltering in place last weekend we spent a quick afternoon dropping the keel of AKC Hound, a 1959 Melody
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American Lighthouses

American Lighthouses

I’m a New Englander who enjoys boating our shores and visiting our storied lighthouses. If you enjoy the same you might consider reading Eric Jay Dolin’s book, Brilliant Beacons. Published 2016, 510 pages including notes. Eric lives in Marblehead, has an engaging writing style and
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From a subscriber in Minnesota

The following is a response we received from a subscriber who lives in Minnesota after receiving a note from publisher Joe Burke about the digital-only version of the magazine: Thanks for this visit to the Downeast via Points East online. I love it. The ability
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Hodgdon Yacht Services adapting

Hodgdon Yacht Services adapting

In a recent email to its customers, Hodgdon Yacht Services has announced a variety of modifications designed to adapt to the current pandemic situation. These include allowing limited customer access to the boatyard in order to prepare for the summer boating season and providing a
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Running home from COVID-19

Running home from COVID-19

By Dick Klain My last cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) was several years ago. Since that time, I have stayed up to date on the ditch through friends. When the coronavirus hit, I wondered what my friends who were still down south would be
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Free webinar: Overview of settings and functions on your Garmin MFD

Free webinar: Overview of settings and functions on your Garmin MFD

Our friends at Winter Island Yacht Yard are offering a way to make your quarantine downtime a little more productive through this free webinar offered by Ranger Tugs on Thursday, April 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern: Garmin 101 – An entry-level overview of the settings
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Plugging along at Marston’s Marina

Plugging along at Marston’s Marina

I’ve written before about how April can be a tough month for us here at Marston’s Marina, but we could never have anticipated April 2020.
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Some music from the Stonington Opera House

Some music from the Stonington Opera House

Some music that offers hope from the Stonington (Maine) Opera House:
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Sperry Sails stitchers making masks

Sperry Sails stitchers making masks

The stitchers at Sperry Sails in Marion, Mass., have launched a mask-making initiative with the goal of creating 1,000 masks in the next week and 10,000 by the end of May, according to an email from Ben Sperry.
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A good place to hunker down!

A good place to hunker down!

Thank goodness for the workshop! Fortunately I stocked up on some nice cherry a little while ago. Not enough for a boat, but maybe a couple of small chairs. Joe Burke, Points East Headquarters, NH
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Points East to go digital for May issue

Points East to go digital for May issue

Come mid-April you'll still be able to get your Points East fix, but it will have to be here, on our website.
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Virtual socializing with SailMaine

Virtual socializing with SailMaine

Our friends at SailMaine are encouraging folks to join them Friday mornings for a bit of virtual socializing via the ever-popular Zoom: “Looking for an opportunity to have some socially distant interaction? Join us each Friday morning for a coffee social, get excited about this
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Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Project Lima

Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Project Lima

While the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, R.I. may be in lockdown, it hasn’t stopped serving its audience. The museum has launched the Code Flag Lima Project — regular postings of content designed to help entertain while allowing everyone to stay safely quarantined in their
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A bright side

A bright side

If there’s a bright side to the current situation, it’s that “our boatyards and the yachts in them are cleaner than they’ve ever been,” writes Drew Lyman is his email newsletter regarding updates at Lyman Morse and efforts the company is making to keep working
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