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The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England Volume 12 Number 8 December 2009 F E AT U R E S


Horatio and the wayward wheel

Mystery solved...


The challenge of getting ashore.


Neither hurricane nor tropical storm...


Yardwork: The Presto 30.


A new crewmember tries to sow dissension in the mechanical afterguard, but reason prevails as Golden Mean sails to her new home in Maine. By Ken Packie



Getting ashore Our dinghies have been fiberglass, aluminum and Hypalon, with engines and ash breeze, and we still haven’t found the perfect workhorse. By Tom Fisher

Can’t take fun out of Fundy Flotilla A hurricane and a tropical storm failed to dampen the spirits of 29 crews in this year’s Fundy Flotilla to Nova Scotia’s South Shore. By Jeff Nevill LAST WORD



Remembering the Andrea Gail Her owner was a hard man who ran a fleet of highliners on the offshore banks. One skipper survived the top man’s success By Mike Tougias

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Dave delivers the ultimate gift to his grandfather Dodge Morgan

What a difference a year makes

Volume 12, Number 8 Publisher Joseph Burke Editor Nim Marsh

Dodge plows south on a powerboat

Marketing director Bernard Wideman

D E PA R T M E N T S The Racing Pages ........................50 Boston Harbor Island Regatta; Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta; Around Islesboro Race.

Ad representatives Lynn Emerson Whitney Gerry Thompson, David Stewart Ad design Holly St. Onge Art Director Custom Communications/John Gold

Yardwork ...................................54 Union River boat debuts Presto 30

Contributors Dodge Morgan, David Roper, Carol Standish, David Buckman, Randy Randall, Ken Packie, Roger Long

Dispatches ..................................56 Nothing dreary about harbor holidays

Delivery team Christopher Morse, Victoria Boucher, Michael Hopgood, Jeff Redston

Letters..........................................7 Piggy Sue: I’m not a dog! A fan from the Chesapeake; Marshall Island’s mercurial.

Media ........................................62 “Live Yankees” by W.H. Bunting; “Tall Shops” by Thad Koza; “Sea Kindly” by The Dolphin’s Eye.

Mystery Harbor...........................15 Where “Noankers” sport bumper stickers New Mystery Harbor is on page 55.

Fetching Along ............................65 Winter’s useful for planning next season.

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News..........................................22 Matinicus lobster war is a sad affair

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When a hazard is really a joy ention of the word “piloting” warms the cockles of New England mariners. We’re talking about the homely disciplines of near-shore navigation of one’s vessel by dead-reckoning, navigational aids, bearings, bottom characteristics, landmarks, sounds, smells, and local knowledge. You know, running just outside the surf line in a deep channel so close to shore the residents pull down their shades for privacy. The pure piloting in which you steer your boat around hazards by the color of the water, run deepwater keyholes between huge weed-bearded boulders, thread needles between mussel beds, and alter course in a fog when you recognize a dog’s bark or the savory aroma of Sunday dinner ashore. Piloting is one large game on an chameleon-like board with ever-changing rules, and while participation is bound to scrub barnacles off your boat’s bottom from time to time, and ding your wheel, it’s often necessary, great fun, and immensely satisfying. Ever-changing is the operative word here, for we New Englanders appear to have a new hazard to pilot our way around – not so much for the sake of our boats but for the wellbeing of the hazard itself. But “hazard” is not the right word: “Joy” would be more appropriate. How can a hazard be a joy, you ask? When it’s a manatee or sea cow, which, weighing upwards of a thousand pounds, would be no joy to hit. Manatee sightings outside their native Florida, as far north as Massachusetts, are becoming more frequent.



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“We did not see the manatee here,” writes Elisa Jackman of Snug Harbor Marina in Rhode Island’s Point Judith Pond. “It went all the way up-pond to Silver Spring Marina and hung out there for several days. The Department of Environmental Management was able to coax it out. Funny thing: Not long after, a friend saw another in New Haven Harbor, and we were wondering if it was the same one on its way home.” It may well have been, Elisa, because in early September a manatee was spotted in Mystic, Conn. Earlier in the summer there were sightings in Cape Cod Bay, and early this fall, manatees were reported in New Jersey, in all likelihood moving southwards in response to cooler waters. In late October, a 10foot, 1,100-pound sea cow named Ilya was found under a refinery drain pipe, trying to stay warm in 53degree water, 15 degrees colder than the mammals require to stay alive. He was flown and trucked to the Miami Seaquarium for rehab. Ilya’s migrations along the East Coast have been tracked since 1994. “So far, 2009 has been a deadly year for manatees, with 349 deaths through Sept. 11,” said Dr. Katie Tripp, director of Science and Conservation for the Save the Manatee Club (see ad on page 19). “Of these, 87 deaths have been from human-related causes, including watercraft strikes.” All of us who are passionate about piloting over time become sea creatures ourselves, and as such we should take care of our own. Next summer, keep your eye out for these docile and friendly brethren, slow down, and give them a wide berth.

Letters It’s how you finish that counts It doesn’t matter if you screw up your start (see Dodge Morgan’s Perspective, October-November 2009)! It only matters how much you win by!! You and Eagle are winners no matter how you look at it. Merle Hallett (your old crew) Atlantic Ocean

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Piggy Sue has never been wrong Piggy Sue is never wrong (see “Letters,” Oct./Nov. 2009). Misinformed perhaps, but never wrong. I must take responsibility for her error on Maine regarding kids and lifejackets. I misread some info or may have looked at old information and passed it onto her. She is not happy with me. She thinks I made her look like a dog. Mike Camarata s/y Improbability

W.R. Cheney’s one of the best! Regarding the spate of criticism of W. R. Cheney for having the bad luck to drag anchor at Barred Island, there are only two kinds of sailors or powerboaters, those that have dragged anchor, and them that are going to. Engine or no engine, it has nothing to do with being a skilled skipper, and W.R. is one of the best. David Buckman s/v Leight Round Pond, Maine

A Yankee from the Chesapeake I consider myself a New Englander, southeast Connecticut shore. My sister lives in Manset, Maine. I have a Nauset 35 Downeast cruiser on the Chesapeake. I’ve poached Points East articles from the website for a while now, but picked an issue up last time we were north and thought it was about time to subscribe. Phil Pennington Spring Grove, Pa.

All things considered, it was a good day for an October sail across Buzzards Bay. A light southwest breeze on the port quarter, not much chop, gray skies, and a balmy mid-60s. We had a belly full of scones and popovers from Pie in The Sky in Woods Hole (fabulous), and the large coffee still had a little slopping around the bottom of the cup. Heidi and I were taking Papaya (ex-Margaret from Freeport), our Sea Sprite 34, from Woods Hole to Mattapoisett, Mass., for the annual haul-out ritual with the pros from Brownell. We were feeling a little sad about having to give it up for the season and concentrate on house repairs. Maybe we could wait for that north wind that would fill in over the weekend and point the bow toward Block Island and beyond. Well, maybe next year. We were a few miles out into the bay when I noticed a small boat up ahead off the port bow. It was one of those sightings where it was hard to tell if it was a small boat close or a bigger boat farther away. Heidi got out the binocs, and we strained our eyes and debated about whether someone was in there fishing or it was unoccupied. We finally decided to head up a bit to investigate. Sure enough, it was a small inflatable with the outboard tilted up and nobody on board. We luffed into the wind and grabbed the painter, adjusted lines so she could bump shoulders with our dinghy, and fell off onto our course again. We reached Mattapoisett and went through the checklist for haul-out: sails off, boom off, anchor stowed, cotter pins – the usual. Since we were early, we puttered in to look for the harbormaster and see if he could take the castaway off our hands. I guess he was at lunch, so we went across the street to the pub for some chowder and refreshment. The place wasn’t crowded, so we easily found seats at the bar and ordered our warm-up. It didn’t take long for the guys sitting next to us to start a conversation, “You look like you just sailed in!” Points East December 2009


“Yeah, nice sail, we’re just missing the warm sun. Are you on a boat?” “Yeah, just sailed over from Green Pond. Had a really nice day, but we lost our dinghy. I just feel so stupid, I’ve tied that thing up a thousand times.” I couldn’t have stopped my smile if I’d tried. Well, you can guess the rest. It was serendipity all around: free lunches, warm handshakes, and some happy new friends. And that turned the gloom of haul-out into a happy memory for all winter and beyond. Ben Frothingham & Heidi Clark North Falmouth, Mass.

High praise for Nauset Marine I would like to share a few details on the great experience we have had with Nauset Marine in Orleans, Mass. Like many parents, I needed to step away from my favorite pastime, boating, while focusing on the full-time priority of raising kids. As our kids have gotten older, and through a fortunate event, I had the op-

portunity to get back into that pastime. Now came the difficult part: to find the right boat. The criteria were simple: Downeast style, diesel, and something that would be around for a while. After learning the history of Downeast boats and diesel engines, I came across the perfect boat: A 28-foot Command Bridge Nauset. The only problem was that it was in Beaufort, N.C. Prior to the first trip to Beaufort, I needed to understand the history of the boat along with what to look for as part of the survey. I was quickly put in touch with Dave Deschamps of Nauset Marine. Dave is the designer and builder of the Nauset 28 and all the Nauset-built boats, and he remembered the specific boat that I was going to look at. He even remembered it was the 1994 “show boat.” Dave walked me through the characteristics of the boat and what to look for, and he quickly instilled additional enthusiasm for what I was about to visit (and he was right). During the sea trial, the surveyor had a few questions that came up and Dave graciously provided his cell-phone number during the weekend to address any concerns, all of which were quickly addressed. The boat passed the survey with flying colors. In the end, I was so happy with the support provided by Nauset, that after we purchased it, we had the boat trucked from Beaufort to the Nauset yard in Orleans before we took delivery. Nauset quickly moved it inside to their work facility. Dave went through the boat, and we compared lists of items we wanted to get done. Through the process, Dave always kept me informed of progress and where we were against our budget. One of the main advantages of having the boat returned to Nauset was that they remembered all the construction details and had access to the original suppliers so the boat would be “as-new.”

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Dave and Brent Bazzano, who works with Dave, were always willing to take the time to walk me through the work that had been done and answer the many inquisitive questions I had during my visits to the yard. If you love Downeast boats, you should take the opportunity to visit the Nauset yard. The work was completed on time, and Nauset allowed us to stay in one of their slips for a few nights while the family and I got acquainted with our new boat. In today’s environment of continuous changes in the boatbuilding industry, I can’t tell you how fortunate we were to have gotten in contact with Nauset Marine. Nauset provided undivided support during the initial visit, survey, transport, upgrade, and follow through. Many thanks, Dave and Brent and Nauset Marine, for all you have done. John Sakovits Portsmouth, N.H.

Ah, the Jersey Shore in the Fall Having made an uneventful ride/sail from City Island, N.Y., through the East River (I whistled right on through Hell Gate at nine-plus knots), I cleared New York Harbor and sailed down into Sandy Hook Bay, to a place called Atlantic Highlands. After clearing the breakwater, I went in to the fuel dock, fueled up, and then went back out to the anchorage behind the breakwater, where I met up with and anchored near Jim Hammond on Serenity. It really looked like I’d be here for day or two. It was dark, cloudy, windy and wet and cold. I was on anchor and had trouble keeping my laptop on the table. I left Sandy Hook with intentions of doing an overnight to Cape May; however, by noontime, Oct. 15, I had only made it down to Manasquan. With no wind, or very little, I wasn’t making much headway,

and the seas were building to four and five feet. They were on my port side, making it very bumpy. Manasquan Inlet was on my starboard, and my GPS said that I would be in Cape May around eight or nine in the morning. NOAA radio and logic said if I kept on going, I’d have the stuffing beaten out of me before I get there. So Manasquan Inlet was the choice. Not a bad place to wait out a storm. The forecast: Tonight: Rain. Low around 45. Windy, with a northeast wind between 24 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Friday: Rain. High near 48. Windy, with a northeast wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Friday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Windy, with a northeast wind between 23 and 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday: Rain. High near 52. Breezy, with a northeast wind between 18 and 23 mph. Saturday night: Rain. Low around 45. Northeast wind around 18 mph. Sunday: Rain. High near 52. Breezy. Sunday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Jim Aitken s/y Linda Mae In transit

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Wrong number for Scituate In the October/November issue, “The South Shore Alternative” article incorrectly listed the telephone number of Scituate Launch in Scituate Harbor. The correct number is 781-545-4154. Thanks. Great magazine! Fran McMillen Scituate Launch/Waterline Mooring Services Scituate, Mass.

Marshall Island can be mercurial As a resident of Stonington and a long time frequent visitor to Marshall Island, I was a little concerned by David Buckman’s upbeat “come one, come all” invitation to visiting cruisers, especially regarding access to Sand Cove. I’m sure that Mr. Buckman means well, but due to direct exposure to the open ocean and prevailing winds, Sand Cove is often not a comfortable anchorage. And a beach landing, especially in the modern cruisers’ dinghy of choice (an inflatable, regrettably), can often be dangerous whether approached bow or stern first. Moreover, when hiking the forested interior, important weather changes, particularly with respect to wind speed and direction, can be hard to detect making getting off the beach a significantly different challenge than perhaps the landing had been. So cruisers beware! Plan a visit, but understand that Marshall Island, and Sand Cove in particular, is an offshore Downeast island with significant unprotected exposure to the open ocean. The accurately named Sand Cove, in the heart of the land of cobble beaches, should be a clue. On the right day, it is as delightful as Mr. Buckman suggests, but it can and does change quickly. It sure pays to be cognizant of weather conditions and related short term expectations. Art Rocque Stonington, Maine David Buckman responds: I appreciate Art Rocque’s comments on my column about Marshall Island. What he describes as my “come one, come all” invitation to visit the island is not my enticement, but the active management plan of the island’s owner, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which I consulted for this story, and which maintains a dock, trails, water well, and other facilities specifically to encourage visitors. Art Rocque’s view that Sand Cove can be a dicey anchorage is correct and reflected in my description of it as “more of an open roadstead, than snug anchorage,” “an uneasy overnight berth,” but “with a watchful eye and quiet weather is tenable.” His concern about taking care landing through the modest surf at Sand Cove is appropriate, but our 10foot-long wood tender, which I designed and built, has 10 Points East December 2009

never had a problem negotiating the breaking water, nor did two inflatables there on our last visit. Being a Maine-island land owner myself, I can appreciate Art’s advocacy in behalf of wild and beautiful places, and we should all help support Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s stewardship of such treasurers. David Buckman s/y Leight Round Pond, Maine

I’m familar with that wheel Like most things in life, scattered incidents remain just that, but sometimes something happens to show they really do (or maybe) form a pattern. On the way back to Presque Isle from a sailing date on the coast, I picked up a copy of September’s Points East following my obligatory visit to Hamilton Marine in Searsport. It took a few days to get around to reading it, but I was struck by the Editor’s Page article, “How we prefer to communicate safety at sea.” A couple of nights later, I got to W. R. Cheney’s article on Penelope getting a new wheel. As I turned the page and saw the picture of the wheel, I could not help saying out loud, “I’ve seen that!” The family briefly looked up and let me go back to my other world. A few weeks earlier I had been on a course at Wooden Boat School in Brooklin. Sunday night was the brief getting to know the class and instructor. The instructor seemed nice, and then he assigned homework, an article to read for discussion the next morning; before the class had officially started! Uniformily, we all wondered if we had misjudged him. The article turned out to be most readable, and the instructor was excellent as we had first judged. The article told of an adventure W. R. Cheney had had in Penelope (“Bad Night in the Barred Islands,” August 2009). It was one of those good ideas at the time, but things didn’t quite go as planned, to which the editor was referring in his editorial. On Wednesday morning, the class started off from WBS for Center Harbor by launch and soon approached a beautiful catboat at anchor. None of us could believe our eyes: It was Penelope. We pulled alongside and introduced ourselves to Mr. Cheney. He was happy to chat about the boat, his philosophy and trips. We mentioned that we were already familiar with the boat and his late-fall trip described in an article. I would like to point out that when tight situations occur, I find it surprising where my thoughts and solutions have come from, and many have been from pieces on boaters’ personal unpleasant experiences. Keep up the good work Points East! Stuart R. Gelder Presque Isle, Maine

Thanks for the ‘green,’ Carol Thank you for Carol Standish’s wrap-up on Baykeepers around New England in Dispatches in the October issue. Great article, interesting comparisons. I hope to read more about green boating in Points East. Way to go, Carol. Susan Gilpin Falmouth, Maine

Varied shapes, colors on pot After cruising in Penobscot Bay these past numbers of years, I’ve noted a bad trend among lobsterman, who are using two different colors/shapes on a lot of toggled floats. It makes a difficult situation much worse when you can’t tell what belongs to which when you are going along, until you are right on top of things. It is crazy! I don’t like to see gear lost, but I have much less sympathy for those who make it so confusing. What happened to the old tan toggle? Maybe there is a good reason for the change, but I can’t figure it out. I have talked to many others who also feel the same way. David Virtue Kittery Point, Maine

An argument for redundancy Thought you’d appreciate hearing about a successful rescue. Well, sort of. The other night I kept the gas pump open late so I could fill up a boat that had run out of gas. They were offshore, tuna fishing, all day in their 24-foot Wellcraft Offshore Model, their gauges didn’t work, and on the way home they ran out of fuel about eight miles out. But last summer, on a whim, the partners had

Former steam yacht in Bristol, R.I. I stopped in Bristol, R.I. to photograph the former Steam Yacht Amazon of Guernsey on a mooring near the Herreshoff Marine Museum on Columbus Day. I gathered some interesting history on my CoastalCafe blog. She was built in 1885. Her construction is teak and pitch pine carvel planking on oak frames, with alternate wrought iron strap floor reinforcement, bronze fastenings, lead keel and copper sheathing. Amazon's survival reflects the high quality

picked up an old Johnson 15-horsepower motor with its own six-gallon tank and hung it on the stern. They pulled the cord to see if it would start and then forgot about it. Until they ran out of gas. This time, they fired up the “kicker” and twisted the throttle wide open. The little motor chugged along and shoved the big, heavy Wellcraft toward shore. They didn’t have enough speed to stay ahead of the seas, so they took some water over the stern, and when that happened, the kicker motor submerged, but like the old Timex watches, it kept on ticking. Bit by bit, mile by mile, these guys made it into the river and up to our fuel dock. They told me afterward they had picked the Johnson up at a boat auction for a couple of hundred bucks, but after this episode, they wouldn’t think of selling it. I guess there are many lessons here. One is to be vigilant about calculating your boat’s fuel consumption. Another is that a little kicker motor hung on the transom can provide both cheap insurance and a large measure of safety. After we filled the tank and they tried to restart the big outboard, and Ocean Pro with a 100-gallon tank, it would not catch. They tried and tried, but the engine would not run. When they took off the fuel filter, they found it filled with a white gelatin-like substance. We weren’t sure what that was, but we guessed it was crud from the bottom of the tank. So running your fuel tank dry also causes the engine to pick up a lot of stuff it doesn’t need. Yuck. I have not seen the owners to see if they finally got the main engine to run. Randy Randall Marston’s Marina Saco, Maine

insisted upon at build – her hull is still largely original. Chucka Want to see the images posted by Chucka? Then go to the Points East Parley. While you’re there, take a look at the other nautical conversations that are going on and feel free to contribute something about yourself as well. That’s what the Parley is all about.

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MYSTERY HARBOR/And th e winner is.. .

Mystery Harbor’s been his home port for 15 years The picture is of Nyman’s/Ford’s Lobster Dock at the mouth of the Mystic River. Tom Townsend’s most recent vessel is in the foreground. Masons Island is across the river to the east. Noank is a very special port of call located in southeastern Connecticut, between New London and Stonington on Fishers Island Sound. My first introduction to Noank was over 60 years ago as my family always liked to stop upriver at the Mystic Seaport Museum while cruising east. Noank has been our homeport for 15 years. As you sail through Fishers Island Sound, the lighted steeple atop the Noank Baptist Church is an historic landmark and serves as a navigational reference. The 1868 stone lighthouse on Morgan Point marks the western entrance to Noank and the Mystic River. The river can also be entered from the east via the Ram Island channel. Noank is a cruiser’s delight as there are several full-service boatyards that meet cruisers’ needs for repair, slips or guest moorings. The village offers, within walking distance, a bakery, Universal Grocery & Liquor Store, the Seahorse or Abbott’s & Costello’s Restaurants, and Carson’s for breakfast, newspapers,

That’s Ford’s Lobster/Haring’s fuel dock, owned by the one and only Chris Nyman. The old Penbo is a Tommy Townsend restoration.

and “ice-cold” ice-cream cones. The Noank Historical Society Museum offers a wealth of information about the origins of Noank, a contraction of Pequot Nowayunk, which means “Point of Land” in old Native American jargon. The village was formerly established in 1712. The Historical Society sponsors a local artist’s exhibit each summer in the Latham Chester Store at the town dock at the foot of Main Street. Most of the pre-1900 homes in Noank were built by shipwrights who worked in the

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local shipyards. In 1931, Amelia Earhart was married to George Putnam in Noank. Today, local Noankers sport a bumper sticker with an anchor in a red circle with a diagonal line across it, much like no-parking signs. Peter Littlefield Noank, Conn.

I’m foreman at Brewer’s upriver This month’s mystery harbor photo is of Ford’s Lobster/Haring’s fuel dock in Noank, Conn., owned by the one and only Chris Nyman. I am the yard foreman at, and fish out of, the Brewer yard up river and pass Ford’s every time I’m on the river. I started boating out of Mystic when I was 8, and I don’t think too much has changed at Ford’s over all these years. It’s kind of trapped in time. There’s a pretty decent bunch of guys fishing out of there, and it’s a good place to catch up on what’s happening on the river. It’s also a great place to hang out (hide out?) when you’ve made your wife grumpy. Wish I’d seen the photo sooner. All the guys at the yard (Brewer Yacht Yard at Mystic) grab a copy of Points East as soon as it shows up. Good stuff. Tim Giulini f/v Rebecca Jane Mystic, Conn.

Penbo’s a Townsend restoration Many stories for me on this one. When I was much younger, this small marina was known as the Haring’s Gas Dock. In later years, it became Ford’s Lobsters, and the little shed was covered with old lobster buoys. Many photos and paintings captured this area. The old Penbo is a restoration by Tommy Townsend of Mystic Conn. The marina, now operated by Chris Nyman, is located in Noank, Conn., on the Mystic River. I have lived on West Cove for 74 years. Love your magazine. Victor Burdick Noank, Conn. An interesting coincidence: The old Penbo Victor Burdick refers to may be found in the classified section of this issue on Page 75.

I’m moored just off to the left This is Noank, Conn. I have lived up the street most of my life. I moor my boat off to the left of the picture. I know the boat in the foreground, and Masons Island is in the background. Its a great low-key place to sail out of with good access to Long Island and Block Island. Chris Daniels Mystic, Conn.

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Perspectives The last sail he boat was very tired, and the thought of getting her out of the shallow Maine cove, and sailing her to Massachusetts, made me feel weak and jittery. The paint on the sides had lost its high-gloss finish, and had bubbled, cracked and peeled in many places. The seams between the planks were prominent, loose from many years of shrinking and swelling. The starboard side of the cabin trunk had a crack along the length of it, which bisected each porthole along the way. The forward porthole had been removed, and the hole was covered with a scrap piece of delaminated plywood, like a hasty patch thrown over a wounded eye. The warmth of the cockpit varnish had long since disappeared; what was left was the cold bare structure of the mahogany, now gray with age. She sat low in the water, as if ashamed that anyone should see her condition. Green, stringy sea growth clung parasitically to what remained of her worn waterline. The early summer breeze blew in through the narrow entrance of the cove, and the thick manila halyards thumped impatiently against the tall spruce mast. A gull circled overhead, gliding silently, searching. On the other side of the cove, a lobsterboat’s engine revved in starting, and then settled down to a steady idle. “You said you’d take me sailing,” he’d said. I stood alone beside the old sloop and remembered.


n’t be there. He was too special, too big a chunk of my life. “I want you to have the boat,” he said, his chin over my shoulder as I hugged him. “Do what you think is best for her when you return in the summer.” “I’ll take you sailing when I get back,” I said. He looked at me for the longest time, but he didn’t say anything. There was a wondrous expression on his face. I didn’t know what was happening or what he was thinking. Slowly, I stood up. Maybe this was “passing away,” and some angel had gracefully entered him and filled his face with wonder. In my short 21 years, I’d never seen anyone die. His speech jolted me. “Wouldn’t that be something? You know, your grandmother never did like sailing, and it was always a chore for me to get away on the sloop,” he chuckled. “It will probably be the same way in the hereafter, if they have sailing there. This could be my last shot at it David.” Over the next couple of months he grew weak, had a stroke, and lost sight in one eye. Too frail to care for himself, he still refused to burden my parents in any way. He went to a nursing home. He didn’t like the place, so, I suppose, his mind clogged it out, and he put himself back in the past. My mother wrote that he spoke often of me and hoped he could see me; he had something to ask me. He wouldn’t tell my mother what it was. When I returned that summer, I went to see him in the nursing home. I’d never been in one before. It looked like the junior high school I taught in: long and austere, a one-level brick building with a flat roof. There were few trees. In the hall, I smelled disinfectant and heard nothing. I rounded the first corner. The hallway was filled with wheelchairs. The silence made my head throb. In the wheelchairs were remnants of long lives, people whose bodies continued to work through sheer force of habit. Their chairs seemed to be swallowing them while they stared blankly into the present, as if melting away into their memories. I moved along, looking for Grandfather. It was meant to be that I had to go through much of

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*** In the spring my grandmother had died. Grandfather wanted to live alone and fend for himself “until I get back together with your grandmother,” as he put it to me after the funeral. There was no doubt in his mind that he would join her; it was just a question of time, he’d said. I couldn’t argue with that, but I told him I had to get back to Minnesota, where I was living. I said I’d see him in the summer when I’d return for a visit. He said I’d probably not see him; he just wouldn’t be around, but off with Grandmother. He smiled at me. He was such a formal man, and I knew he wouldn’t think it quite proper, but I gave him a hug anyway. I couldn’t accept the fact that he would16 Points East December 2009

the home to find him. When I finally did find his room, I knew what he’d wanted to talk about. Sitting in the corner, he stared out the window. As I put my hand on his shoulder, he turned and looked at me. One eye looked right into me; the other, the one the stroke had taken, looked away into nowhere. “You said you’d take me sailing,” he said. “This place is the doldrums.”

*** As I stepped aboard the old sloop, those memories faded. I noticed that she lacked the spring and buoyancy she used to have. I knew the bilge must be full of water. Reaching under the aft cockpit hatch, I felt around for the key to the cabin. It was there on the hook, probably untouched since Grandfather had put it there months ago. She had been wet stored, uncovered, in the little Maine harbor the previous winter, and Grandfather had been up only once to see her and check on things. After my grandmother died, Grandfather had, for the first time in decades, neglected his sloop. Water was above the floorboards, beginning to claim the bunks. I pumped 300 strokes on the old-fashioned bronze bilge pump and then rested, sitting on the horsehair mattress on the port bunk. The exertion from the pumping made me realize the amount of work that lay ahead, and a sense of futility began to leak into my mind. Then the lobster boat passed close by, its wake slapping the old sloop’s hull. She shot upwards, rising to the intruder, limberly bouncing over the next wave. I smiled. My apprehension left. “We just might make it,” I said, patting the inside of the hull. Two days later, she was in fair enough condition to attempt the 100-mile sail to Massachusetts. I wanted to bring her to Grandfather, so he could sail her and still be close to his doctors and the hospital. His sloop still looked neglected, with the engine way beyond hope, a rusted block of afterthought claimed by the salt air. But her rig was in order, and the sails passable. And I’d cleaned off that encroaching green waterline slime. It was enough; I wasn’t sure just how much time I had to spare. We sailed. Not fast, but true, slicing to windward with a purpose. The winter’s growth on her bottom and the tide fought us. And the next morning, when the southwest wind blew hard on the nose, the waves fought us. I worried for the seams, the tired ribs, and the tall spruce mast. Still, we sailed. Newer boats passed us handily. It wasn’t like the old days, when she could easily show her stern to many of her challengers. Now when we were passed, we weren’t noticed; we were suddenly insignificant, and that hurt the most. I cursed the shiny younger boats, trying to ignore them as they did me.

The lighthouse of the harbor near the nursing home appeared off the bow. The old compass was dead on. The sloop rounded up easily inside the breakwater. I ran forward and let go the jib halyard, and then dropped the old Herreshoff anchor with 20 fathoms of chain attached. As I let go the main halyard, the sail hesitated, and finally I had to yank it down. He was in the corner, looking out the window, just as I’d last seen him. I walked around in front of him slowly, so as not to startle him. He looked at me and sighed deeply. In fact, he sighed so hard it scared me. “Grandfather, don’t do that!” “Don’t do what?” “Sigh so hard.” “What so hard?” “Sigh. Sigh so hard. It scares me.” He smiled and gave me his high pitched laugh. “Oh, rubbish,” he said. Pausing, he looked out the window and then looked back at me. “Look, I’ll tell you when I’m going to die. OK?” He had sensed my embarrassment and lifted me out of it. “You got her here safely, didn’t you? I know you did.” “She’s ready,” I said with pride. “She’s here. We’re going sailing.” His good eye looked toward the hall. “Yes, but David, we have a problem with a Mrs. Blake, the head nurse. It seems she is adamantly against this.” “We’re going,” I said, adamantly. He seemed very relieved at the determination in my voice. He smiled and tried to adjust himself in the wheelchair. “I’ve been working on Mrs. Blake,” he said. “I’ve made myself a terrible burden and told her I shan’t die until I go on that last sail.” “How does she take that?” “Well, now she blames the whole thing on you.” Then he smiled deeply, a crooked smile knocked off balance by his bad eye, which couldn’t follow the aim of his grin. “You’d better start right now looking for another nursing home for yourself David, because when you’re ready, in five or six decades, this one will never take you. At least not if Mrs. Blake is still around. She doesn’t take to people who try to stir up a little excitement around here. ‘It strains the heart’ as she says.” “Mrs. Blake will be six feet under by then,” I said, laughing and shedding for the first time some of my hang-ups about death. “I wouldn’t be so sure,” he laughed. “She seems quite determined to hang around until she sees the whole world through a quiet, sedate, and uneventful life and death.” She was at the front desk when we left. I simply said to her: “I’m taking my grandfather sailing this afternoon.” “He’s in no condition for that,” she replied quickly, Points East December 2009


turning her head and brushing back a long strand of hair from her eyes. “Mrs. Blake,” my grandfather interrupted, leaning forward in his wheelchair. “Then what, pray tell, am I in condition for?” *** “She’s not in the best condition,” I said in the taxi. Grandfather sat on the far side of the seat, smiling and clutching the arm rest on the cab door. Looking around, he was very happy to be out in the world again, even in a cab. “Oh, forget that old bag,” he said. I laughed. “No, Grandfather, I meant your sloop.” He chuckled and we rode on in silence, past the pungent saltwater marshes that surrounded the road. “Is that forward seam leaking again?” he asked, finally. “Yes, pretty bad under way. But it won’t be a problem for short daysailing.” “Never could fix that leak,” he said, shaking his head.

I paid the driver, and we both helped Grandfather out of the cab and into his wheelchair. I’d brought the sloop to a dock with a wide gangway attached, so I could more easily wheel him down to her and get him aboard. At the top of the ramp, he saw her. His good eye took his boat in fully, appreciably. “My, my, David, you did get her here. You got her here. Wonderful!” On the dock, I put one arm under his legs, my other around his back, and lifted him up. It was no great strain. He was so willing, he almost floated from the wheelchair into the cockpit seat. “We’ve got a day for it, haven’t we?” he said, looking at the sky and then at the wind direction indicator at the top of the mast. “Perfect. I’ll do the legwork and you handle the helm,” I said, going forward to raise the mainsail. I cast off the bow, stern and spring lines. Grandfather adjusted the main sheet, and we slid neatly out of the harbor while I unfurled and


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then hoisted the jib. We sailed southeast, down the south shore of Massachusetts. The wind blew heartily, and as a puff hit and the rail went under, I watched Grandfather unflinchingly hold his course, refusing to round up and spill a little wind. He knew the limitations of his sloop, and he stretched them to the edge. He sailed her in toward Plymouth, and I tried to imagine what it must have been like for the Pilgrims, feeling their way in here more than 300 years ago. Grandfather sailed her a little farther down the coast, past the nuclear power plant. “Used to be horses running about where that thing is now,” he said. He paused and looked at the sails, making sure he was taking full advantage of the wind. “I hope all this energy crisis business works out for you,” he said. “And I hope that thing doesn’t blow up, or whatever happens when atoms go haywire.” He tacked the sloop away from the coast, out to sea. He did the maneuvering by himself, and I watched, detached and somehow alienated, as the two of them, products from a different age, sliced to windward, away from the stark square structure that occupied the hill where the horses used to roam. We were both aware of the weakening daylight and stretched the day out as far as we could. But I didn’t want to try to make the harbor entrance after dark, and I persuaded him to come about and make for home, saying that we’d have some coffee down below decks in the cozy cabin. It was one of those things I knew he loved. He was quiet on the way in, and it seemed finally that he was satisfied with the sail. He rounded her up gracefully at the dock. I tied her off and furled the sails, while Grandfather coiled the main sheet. The sun was beginning to recline on the horizon, and over the land

behind us the sky spread to a blanket of red. I went below to heat up some water and check the level of seawater in the bilge. Grandfather sat in the cockpit, fading to an outline in the dwindling daylight. I pumped a hundred strokes while the coffee water heated. I heard him talking faintly. “My room faced north in the nursing home, and I never got much of a chance to watch the sun,” he said. I looked up from my pumping. “You should get a different room,” I said. He continued, apparently not hearing me. “Sunsets are precious things. Powerful things. One should never take a good sunset for granted.” It took some time, but I managed to get him down the companionway ladder belowdecks. I made him comfortable on the port berth, and together we sipped steaming black coffee. When I poured him more, he tapped the bunk and said, “Now this is a nursing home.” I changed the subject: “What do you suppose the deal is with that leak up forward? I pumped a hundred strokes again.” He thought for awhile: “It may be a stopwater gone bad up where the stem joins the keel, or just a hunk of caulking missing somewhere.” “Well, this fall I’ll check into both those things when I haul her and get her fixed for good.” “You think that will be the end of it?” he asked soft-

ly. “It couldn’t be anything else,” I replied, missing the point. For the first time he looked at me as if I were a child, and not a friend. “David, she is very old, and when you try to get at the stem, you’ll find the fastenings on the planks weak and deteriorated, and the planks will be soft and punky around the fastenings. And when you do get to the stem, you’ll find that piece of oak tired and maybe not able to hold new fastenings. And the stopwater between the stem and the keel may be deteriorated, but that, by then, will be inconsequential.” He shook his head slowly. “She’s old, David.” “So what do I do?” I asked. His eyes reflected the last bit of the sun’s radiance. He blinked twice, both times so slowly I thought I’d never see his eyes again. But they appeared, holding a look that seemed utterly tired yet utterly satisfied. “You can get me a blanket, so I can take a beautiful long nap on my lovely old sloop,” he said. He smiled and then slowly he closed his eyes. Dave Roper sails Elsa, a Bruce King-designed Independence 31, out of Marblehead, Mass., where he lives and works. This is Elsa’s 30th year, he says, “and is still, despite her age, she’s quite lovely, and she never lets me down.”




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What a difference a year (or two) makes hen this issue of Points East hits the harborsides, I will be in some narrow body of water plowing south with a powerboat under me. Woof. Narrow bodies of water frighten me. One cannot run into hard, fixed objects at sea, and at sea is where most of my boat times have been spent, such as 25 years of annual Maine-West Indies trips; four Pacific crossings; many East Coast offshore passages; and a solo, nonstop circumnavigation. But the real difference here is the powerboat reference. I have owned eight sailboats over almost 60 years. The only power vessels I have owned are dinghies and short-distance commuter launches. The onslaught of eroding energy, patience, balance and durability from the advent of advancing age, coupled with the anticipated joy of passing through salt water directly into the wind, led me last fall to buy a trawler yacht, and I found myself on a steep learning curve. My power-vessel education focused me on matters of little or no concern to a sailboat owner: fuel con-


sumption, fuel storage, cruising range, cruising speed. It is the dawn of a strange, new awareness. I saw a boat that would move out at 25 knots (sailors may note that this speed is 12 knots less than the recent Atlantic crossing-speed average by a sailboat, a huge multihull), but at a fuel cost of 20 gallons an hour and a range of just a couple hundred miles. Not good. I decided that 10 knots would be enough momentum for me with at least 500 miles of range in the fuel tanks. I am not totally ignorant of fuel-efficient power craft; one of the power boats I have owned now for 25 years, a 16-foot wood launch, burns a sixteenth of a gallon an hour in a single-cylinder diesel engine from a 10-gallon tank, a range that would get me to Bermuda with this little gal. Range to a sailboat, of course, is endless because the supply of moving air is infinite. The 10-knot specification settled me on trawler yachts, displacement hulls driven by engines of more reasonable size with ranges that would take me about halfway to Bermuda from Maine. Which means I eliminate that island from my itinerary and buy the four-book library of Intracoastal Waterway guides. I have done much of the waterway once with the schooner Coaster. In 1963. It was the year JFK was assassinated in Dallas. I am guessing the route may not be the same after 45 years but that may be irrelevant because neither is my memory. What I do re-

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News Matinicus lobster war a very sad family affair By Steve Cartwright For Points East Two Matinicus lobstermen have filed lawsuits against a fellow fisherman in the wake of a July shooting that left one man with a neck injury. The incident jolted this close-knit Maine island community, where no one expected a feud over lobsters could rise to a near-fatal level of violence. This is an island where old headstones in the graveyard mostly carry names such as Ames, Young, Philbrook. It can be a charming, snug place but also a clannish place. The few dozen year-round islanders can pull together, as they did last year to put out a fire that destroyed their post office, or they can fall apart, as 68year-old lobsterman Vance Bunker apparently did when, on the morning of June 20, he allegedly pointed a .22 caliber gun at a man he had known all his life, 41year-old Chris Young, and shot him in the neck. Rifts between old island families can run deep, residents said privately. But seldom have things gotten so

far out of hand, as they did for Bunker and Young, in a dispute that at least on the surface is about who has rights to fish where. The Department of Marine Resources halted lobstering around the island for several days, relenting when Matinicus fishermen went to court to object. In a related event, island fishermen have met with state officials to consider creating a closed lobstering zone at Matinicus, a concept in place on Monhegan Island, where conflicts arose in the 1990s over Friendship lobstermen who were setting traps near Monhegan. That restricted-access zone was created in 1998 through state legislation. Another such zone has existed since 1985 at Swan’s Island, where access is open but there is a 475-trap limit. The state standard along the coast is 800 traps. The limit in Monhegan waters is 300. On Matinicus, creating such a zone, whether through regulation or legislation, would have to be based on conserving the resource, and not on politics,

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one Department of Marine Resources official said. Bunker, arrested and released on $125,000 bail, faces a charge of elevated aggravated assault, and officials said additional charges are possible. His initial appearance in Knox County Superior Court was set Sept. 30, and he was ordered to stay away from his lifelong Matinicus home. A judge’s order not to consume any alcohol was waived. Bunker’s alleged actions shocked many fishermen who know him as a familiar contestant at lobsterboat races. He is a former Matinicus assessor, the equivalent of a town selectman. Young claims in his suit, filed in Knox County Superior Court, that he has lost some mobility in his hands, suffers intense pain, and may be unable to return to lobstering. With an annual income of $100,000, he estimates his losses could be $4 million, so that is what he is seeking. His brother-in-law, Weston Ames, is seeking a reported $200,000 in damages for alleged pain and assault. Ames was beside Young on the Matinicus public wharf when Bunker reportedly fired on them. In court papers, Bunker claims that on July 19, the day before the shooting, Ames threatened to kill his son-in-law, Alan Miller, if Miller – who married Bunker’s daughter, Janan, and moved to the island from the mainland, – continued to fish lobsters around Matinicus. Some of Miller’s gear was reportedly damaged in the

days prior to the shooting incident, and there are reports of trap lines being cut, a traditional form of “frontier justice” among lobstermen for those who continue to fish where others believe they lack the right to do so. Bunker claims Young assaulted him early on July 20 aboard Bunker’s boat, while Young argued it was a mutual scuffle. Bunker’s sternman, Tom Bernardi, apparently told Young to leave the boat. Bunker peppersprayed Young twice and Young departed, both sides acknowledge. At the time of the shooting, marine-patrol officer Wesley Dean was already investigating reports of cut traps at Matinicus. One source said as many as 200 lines were cut, presumably Miller’s traps. Dean reportedly heard the shots fired on the wharf and took charge of the situation. In addition to Bunker and his .22, Janan Miller (Alan Miller’s wife) had reportedly been pointing a 12-gauge shotgun at Young and Ames, who were unarmed, police said. Bunker and his daughter drove off in a pickup truck, and Bunker was later taken into custody, in part for his own safety, police said. No charges had been filed against Janan Miller at press time. In a case involving another member of Ames family, Victor Ames of Matinicus reported another lobsterman shooting at him in 2006. His lawyer, Andrews LOBSTERS, continued on Page 66

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ing the trip on our own so the schedule was modified. An 0600 departure on Saturday and a stop for the night in Cuttyhunk would make up Day 1. The next morning, we’d again leave early to catch a favorable Cape Cod Canal current; then we’d continue straight on to Maine, with landfall Monday a.m. At least that was the plan. I provisioned for a good meal at Cuttyhunk, then prepared lots of sandwiches and grab-food for the offshore leg. I knew that South Freeport had a great lobster place, The Harraseeket Lobster Company, and looked forward to our arrival dinner. The course would be a rhumb-line shot from the canal to Halfway Rock, a distance of 114 miles. This would bring us to within 13 miles of Cape Ann and Boon Island. The forecast was promising, with southwest and west winds of 10 to 15 knots. A cold front

Photo by Ken Packie

When we left Dodson Boatyard in Stonington, we’d leave behind good friends and shipmates, so we dropped our mooring pendant for the last time with mixed emotions.

was forecast to pass during the weekend, but the highest predicted gusts were 25 knots or less. Tom and I met at the boat on Friday evening and

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enjoyed dinner at the Dog Watch Café in Stonington. Much of my sailing had been done from this harbor, and Dodson Boatyard had provided excellent service during that time. Bob, Dann, Mark and all the crew have been great friends and advisors throughout our years in the harbor. During our time at Dodson’s I helped found the Stonington Cruising Club. Members had become close friends during our sailing time together, and much of our sailing enjoyment was derived from this close association with a great group of fellow sailors. It was with mixed emotions that we dropped our mooring pendant at 0600 the next morning. An uneventful first day motorsailing in a southwest wind brought us to a mooring in Cuttyhunk Harbor by 1430. We topped off our fuel tank from two jerry jugs, then savored a relaxed evening topped off with a salad, egg plant parmigiana and a little vino. A quick check on the weather was now pointing to a strong cold front on Sunday evening with winds that could gust to 30

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We awoke to sunrise stillness in Cuttyhunk Harbor and cast off early to catch a favorable, east-running tide through the Cape Cod Canal.

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were off by 0700, still motor-sailing in southwest breezes. We were off Cleveland ledge at 1000, and the flooding tide flushed us through the Canal at eight knots or more. By noon we were in Cape Cod Bay on our course of 025 degrees, with a building breeze and 115 miles to cover. We started a loose watch system and each grabbed about three hours of nap time. The stretch of ocean across Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary never disappoints, and we enjoyed several whale sightings. Updates on the weather now predicted a very strong front with cold temperatures in the 40s that night and wind of 25 knots, gusting to 35. Looking to the west reinforced our concern as the approaching front was quite visible. During the afternoon, we’d decided to work west of our rhumb line in anticipation of the strong west winds. We felt that staying more in the lee of the coast would reduce fetch and the size of the seas, plus permit us to bear off if the wind went northwest. We decided to put in the second reef while we still had light and before winds increased any further. Once we were reefed down, I tied the clue of the sail with a sail tie and brought the tack cringle down to the reefing horn on the goose neck rather than just the down haul of the slab reefing system. The new Z Sails mainsail looked great. We were solid. We were about eight miles off Cape Ann at about 2000, when the front overtook us and the wind went to the west-northwest. Temperatures dropped quickly, and seas sprang up as the wind soon reached 25 knots sustained, then 30 knots sustained. Offshore weather buoys were reporting gusts in the low 40s and seas eight to 10 feet as we started across Bigelow Bight. Golden Mean was beam-reaching under doublereefed main at five knots, and it was very comfortable except for

Suddenly Tom and I heard a “ping.” As we stared at one another, asking the unspoken question, “What the !@#$% was that?”, our wheel fell off the pedestal. the occasional wave landing in the cockpit. Horatio, our newly christened Simrad autopilot, had done most of our helming on this delivery, and it was worth its weight in


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Off Cape Ann, Tom Packie, the author’s son, watches the approaching cold front that produced 40-knot gusts and 10foot seas.

filled the sky after moonset at about 0100. The water seemed warm, even though the sea temperature was 51 degrees. We were off Boon Island by about 0200 and the winds were down a little, the seas much more regular. Tom and I were perched up under the dodger avoiding most of the flying spray while Horatio was steadfastly bringing us back on course as seas tried to knock our stern to leeward. Suddenly Tom and I heard a “ping.” As we stared at one another, asking the unspoken question, “What the !@#$% was that?”, our wheel fell off the pedestal. Tom scrambled aft and grabbed the wheel. I put my hand on the shaft and realized that Horatio was still helming but the key to the wheel was gone. We began a frantic search under the cockpit grates for the shaft key and the nut, praying they had not gone down a scupper. Finally, we found them both and reinstalled the wheel. Lesson learned: When hand-steering I subconsciously tighten the nut on the helm, but Horatio was not doing that. The nut backed all the way off and the wheel fell off. Now we have a new procedure when using the autopilot for extended periods. By 0800 we were approaching Cape Elizabeth with no more than 20 knots of breeze and the promise of a beautiful introduction to Casco Bay. By the time we crossed the Portland approaches, we were in light air, motoring, shedding foul weather gear, and taking out

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Following our four-hour siesta, we went ashore and checked out our new home. Brewer’s is a fine boatyard/marina with a ships store, parking, dinghy options, and very nice heads, laundry and showers. John Brewer, the general manager, is very much hands-on when it comes to the yard. I had a chance to talk with John and his family during a Sunday cookout in July. The operation is very much a family type of yard. Brewer acquired the yard in 1991, and John has been there since. Across the street, the Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster is also very accommodating. A public dock, the Harraseeket Yacht Club, and Strouts Point Wharf round out the waterfront of South Freeport. Driving time to Portland is about 20 minutes. L. L.

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Getting ashore How complicated should it be?

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To Kelsi, our Chesapeake Bay retriever, the question above is a no-brainer: Just jump over the side and head for home. But for the author and his wife, it’s sometimes a challenging dilemma.

Our dinghies have been fiberglass, aluminum and Hypalon, with engines and ash breeze, and we still haven’t found the perfect workhorse. By Tom Fisher For Points East oing ashore started out simply enough. A 10foot fiberglass dinghy with oars, towed behind our H-28 ketch. We cruised New England, the ketch rig adaptable to the broody weather, the stout dinghy, trailing behind, where it belonged. Sturdy, reliable transportation. Later a 2.2-horsepower kicker was added – slightly faster, sturdy, reliable transportation. The 10-foot dinghy hauled gear and people, and even did some tug duty when the diesel overheated in the Cape Cod Canal. How things have changed! Sailing, like bicycling, seemed to be always uphill and into the wind. The endless trips along the coast provided for many hours of conversation about the relative speed of boats. Trawlers, going seven knots, flew past. More modern sailboats going six knots flew past. Not much, except the dinghy, stayed behind us,


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which proved prophetic. Finally, I was forced to admit that powerboats were faster than sailboats, particularly old, wooden ketches. I agreed to try power, my only requirement, after three wooden sailboats, that be fiberglass and diesel. My partner nodded in apparent agreement. And so the wooden H-28, along with the dinghy, was sold, and a wooden 30-foot Parece with a gas engine was purchased. So much for fiberglass and diesel: My partner likes classic boats, the nodded agreement obviously had been misinterpreted. I told myself it was just one battle in a long war. Built for the choppy waters of Narragansett Bay, similar in design to a bass boat, the Parece was fast, and going to weather, she rode like a Cadillac. Downhill was another matter. It usually is. Named Paradise, she came with a set of rugged davits and a dinghy we soon called Chipper. Chipper was a bit of an oddity. Made from aluminum and about eight feet long, she weighed next to

nothing. With one person, she rode like a swan and rowed along smartly. With two people, the stern went down, the bow went up, and she rowed like a brick. We soon learned that Chipper needed to be on the davits when under way since, when towed, water would somehow fill the supposedly watertight stern compartment. The waterfilled stern was not at all helpful to Chipper’s already precarious trim. Towing at 12 knots turned out to be a bad idea for several reasons, most notably because a waterweighted Chipper would ride down a wave heading for our varnished transom, her bayonet bow charging at the speed of light. There was one other little quirk – an endless supply of chipping paint – hence the name Chipper. She was also strictly a rowboat. Research indicated that she was about 50 years old. So considering the ancient rivets and the tendency of the stern to sink, we declined to add an outboard to the mix, settling instead for a squatting stern, a trail of paint chips, and an aching back. Looking back, I realize I’d lost more than just one battle. Paradise was a wooden bomb towing a tin can – make that environmental hazard – that was determined to sink and do serious damage in the process. Fat and gray, the solution, an inflatable. It had al-



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were told. Now, we had 150 odd pounds of pure pleasure, a boat that would plane us across the largest harbor, carry us safely through the meanest chop. Not even an extra 100 pounds of gear would faze the inflatable. In short, she was invincible. And, what the heck: If the mothership went fast, so should the dinghy Simple pulleys had been sufficient to lift the featherweight Chipper. The inflatable required a more complex arrangement, so twoto-one, three-to-one, four-to-one – who knows – blocks were added, the lifting power increased. The inflatable looked like a dripping gray whale as she was lifted from the water. It wasn’t pretty, but it did seem practical. But the challenges weren’t quite over. The new pulley lines liked to twist. They twisted when lifting; they twisted when lowering. There never seemed to be a position in which they’d be free from twist. The twisting caused tension. The inflatable didn’t want to come up; the inflatable didn’t want to go down. This caused some tension of another sort. Eventually, we settled into a curse, push and pull routine, a process usually observed when couples, who otherwise love each other, attempt to anchor a boat. Over time, the fuel log seemed to indicate more fu-

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We thought the 10-foot inflatable in davits on our wooden Parece, Paradise, would be 150 pounds of pure pleasure, unaffected by heavy cargo. Not quite.

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“down at the stern� was becoming our trademark. The solution seemed simple: Remove the motor from the inflatable before getting under way. Yes, stand in a bouncing inflatable and pass a 50-pound motor to a 100-pound woman. And then, do it all over again in the other direction after anchoring. If possible, move frequently from harbor to harbor, towing now and then with the motor still mounted just to reinforce the high probability of the whole rig turning turtle. What had happened to the simple rowboat with the lightweight 2.2? Why did we have to plane across the harbor? Why not plod? What were we thinking? None of this really occurred to us immediately. In fact, we grunted, heaved and wrestled that motor around for several years. We experimented with ways to secure the motor, trying to tame its desire to shoot across the cockpit like a Saturn rocket. The gas tank had to be secured, too. We tried to remember this before we hit the four-foot rollers at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. Of course, there was the extra gas that had to be carried, since an eight-horsepower motor, planing across the harbor, uses lots of fuel. We tried to remember to move the gas from the cockpit before lighting the grill. The environmental hazard might be gone but we were still surrounded by explosives. After several years, another change: The wood and

gas mothership was gone, replaced by fiberglass and diesel, a small skirmish won, but now we had to find a new way to handle the inflatable. The new boat came with a swim platform, on which were the remnants of a plastic, inflatable storage system. We’d learn soon enough why some parts were missing. In the meantime, we set about making the system whole, and as usual, the cost of a few parts equaled way more than the total cost of a new system. So after spending a small fortune on some pieces of plastic, we were ready to roll, literally. These systems are common enough. Two horseshoes fit around the inflatable tube, then rotate the inflatable up onto the swim platform. The system seemed to work quite well. It required the two of us, but the dinghy was secure, or so it seemed. There was still the motor to wrestle, and there was even more gas in the cockpit since a dinghy resting up on one side does not lend itself to gasoline storage. With the diesel, we were less of a bomb, but still had plenty of potential for catastrophe. In due time, the weakness of this system became apparent: It was the plastic. Now plastic is a fine material with many appropriate uses. However, moving and storing a 100-pound inflatable does not seem to be one of them. Bits of the system would occasionally DINGHY, continued on Page 66

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A hurricane and a tropical storm fail to dampen the spirits of 29 crews in this year’s Fundy Flotilla to Nova Scotia’s South Shore. By Jeff Neville For Points East ear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye . . . By the authority vested in me by the Queen Of England, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Governor of Nova Scotia and the Lord Mayor of the Town of Bridgewater, I hereby welcome the Points East Fundy Flotilla to the Town of Bridgewater, Nova


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Scotia, Canada in the British Commonwealth.” Thus began the lengthy welcoming speech by the Bridgewater town crier, decked out in his medieval town crier’s outfit. The elegance of this welcome was exceeded only by the warmth of the hospitality of the townspeople of Bridgewater. Twenty-seven of our boats were at anchor, or on the government dock, in this small town at the head of the LaHave River. We


The Fundy Flotilla lies at anchor off pristine Carters Beach, a 30-mile hop from Shelburne. Inset: The band at Bridgewater gets down and jams.


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had ridden out the winds, rain and tidal surge of Hurricane Bill and were safely ensconced in narrow waters and high hills, 12 miles away from the turbulent Atlantic Ocean. The annual Fundy Flotilla had started out in the usual orderly fashion with an all-hands briefing on Saturday, Aug. 15, in the parish hall of St. Mary’s Church in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Skippers of each of the 29 boats introduced themselves, their crews and their boats, and Points East’s Bernie Wideman gave a final briefing on the many details involved in the two-week cruise, which would start the next day. We had all received numerous emails from Bernie


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Fundy Flotillians all, the crews of 29 vessels, both power and sail, line up for an awesome group shot in Northeast Harbor.

covering the itinerary and the many activities and dinners we’d enjoy along the way. Our flotilla would go along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. This was only the second time in the 10 years of the Fundy Flotillas that this route was followed. The other years had alternated between the west (Bay of Fundy) side of Nova Scotia and the St. John River in New Brunswick. When the meeting was finished, boats received their flotilla pennants, commemorative T-shirts, commemorative glasses from A.G.A. Correa & Son, bottles of Gritty McDuff’s ale, and other swag. Affinity groups were formed so that boats running at similar

Weather stole the Flotilla show For the first week, we saw the harbors, but not always clearly: The fog was omnipresent, thick as a shroud, penetratingly chilly, and it dripped onto and into everything. And the week ended with a hurricane – in Nova Scotia, for heaven’s sake! And the second week sent the flotillians scattering ahead of a tropical storm. It was a scenario vastly different from what we anticipated. Trying to hide from Hurricane Bill, the Flotilla descended a day early on the LaHave River Yacht Club, but the members welcomed us with open arms anyway. The Club hosts a Friday night meal for members, sponsored by various members and businesses in the area. The entire Flotilla was welcomed into the club and invited to the dinner – at no charge to us. Adding captains and crews from 27 boats apparently wasn’t challenge enough: Several hours before we arrived, the electricity went out at the club. We arrived to find pots simmering outdoors over portable propane burners, spring rolls cooking on a charcoal grill, and our hosts and hostesses making the best of a difficult situation with great aplomb. The local members mixed and mingled with the

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speeds could do the 100-mile crossing of the Bay of Fundy together. On Saturday evening, we had our first group cocktails and dinner at the Main Sail Restaurant in Northeast Harbor. Sunday morning dawned bright and clear. The eight-knot powerboats departed at first light, followed by those doing 10 knots later, and the fastest powerboats leaving about 10 a.m. All the powerboats would reach Yarmouth before sunset. Two groups of sailboats left around noon with an expected arrival in Yarmouth the following morning. Seals, dolphins, basking sharks, and sounding whales were common sights as the boats crossed the Flotillians to ensure that everyone was having a good time. On Saturday, Flotilla boats went upriver eight miles to be secured near the town of Bridgewater. Everyone was safe, but the holding wasn’t great in the area suggested by the locals, so dragging anchors heightened the drama. The good news was that Bill came in during daylight hours, so everyone could easily stay abreast of what was happening. Several of us anchored a mile or so farther down, in the deeper mud, and had no incidents. Shelburne was especially warm and welcoming. The yacht club harbormaster did a great job of organizing the dockage to fit all of us in, and the members provided an outstanding dinner. The local chamber director led a walking tour of the town, and the Museums were excellent. On the return trip, after waiting out Tropical Storm Danny, the weather had cleared and we were able to see Cape Sable and the southern coast that we missed on our first pass through. The Flotilla gave us the impetus to sample a new cruising ground, and whetted our desire to see more of this lovely area. John and Judy Miller, s/v Castellina sul Mare, 44-foot Jacobbson’s Boatworks 44-foot sloop, Wilmington, Del.

Bay of Fundy. Frequent contact on VHF Channel 10 kept all the boats in touch and secure in the knowledge that fellow flotillians were nearby. An increase in wind speed in the afternoon gave the sailboats an added boost. Customs clearance went smoothly in Yarmouth. On Monday, powerboaters treated themselves to a walking tour of the town, and sailboaters caught up on lost sleep. At 4 p.m., Rudder’s Restaurant turned over their deck to the flotilla and served mussels, bread, fruit, and cheese and crackers. A buffet dinner upstairs at Rudder’s later in the evening brought on more good food, and we all had a chance to listen to Dr. Peter Loveridge give us a briefing on rounding Cape Sable and provide further information on the ports we would be visiting. Peter, the author of “A Cruising Guide to Nova Scotia,” reminded us of Cape Sable’s nasty reputation for tidal rips and fog, but he gave us some good advice on how to best handle them. Bright and early on Tuesday morning, the various affinity groups set off to round Cape Sable and head to our next destination, the Shelburne Yacht Club, about 60 miles away. The seas were kind to us, and the currents favorable, so that our only challenge was the fog. Radars and chart plotters eased the way, and boats warned others when targets appeared on their scopes. Several close encounters with sailboats and a fishing boat occurred, and a Canadian Coast Guard cutter appeared out of the fog within sight of several groups. As we approached the mouth of the river leading to Shelburne, the fog lifted. Four miles up the river, we were welcomed by the Shelburne Yacht Club, where slips and moorings were provided for our scheduled three-day stay. Some crews rested, while others walked around the historic town or sought out the local supermarket about a mile away. Shelburne was originally settled in 1783 by United Empire Loyalists fleeing New England. It grew quickly to 10,000 people, but eventually reduced to its present population of 3,000. In 1983, restoration of many early homes was begun, and in 1994, the town was used for the filming of “The Scarlet Letter,” starring Demi Moore and Robert Duvall. Hollywood has continued to put the colonial setting to use; currently preparations are under way for filming some scenes of a new version of “Moby Dick.” Wednesday, Aug. 19, as we looked forward to the planked-salmon dinner the club was preparing for us, Hurricane Bill became a force to be reckoned with. Bill was still several days away, but we needed to be in safe harbor by Saturday or Sunday. Our schedule called for us to be in Mahone Bay and then Lunenburg on these days, and neither offered very good protection.

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A hurricane tailgating party When Firstar reached Bridgewater up the LaHave River on Aug. 22, her crew was not excited with any of the spots to anchor and found space at the Government Wharf. We hoped for little surge that far up the river. We went alongside with Unc IV (Tom McKenna’s Elan 43 out of Rockland, Maine), His & Hers, Ms. Moneypenny (Gerald German‘s 37-foot Nordic Tug out of Houston, Tex.), several Canadian boats, and derelict fishing and navy vessels. We hunkered down Saturday night and Sunday morning. High tide was about noon on Sunday, and the wind shift to the northwest indicated that Bill was past. The tide began to fall with three feet of freeboard left on the wharf. Those in the river had found the soft mud to be marginal holding ground. Fiddler’s Green (John O’Keefe’s 47-foot Hylas from Hooksett, N.H.) and Phalarope (Ann Ashton’s Concordia yawl out of Castine, Maine) decided to join us on the wharf. About that time, Orval Banfield, the harbormaster and rear commodore at the LaHave River Yacht Club, arrived to check on the status of the fleet. John O’Keefe suggested, and produced, Bloody Marys for the assembled group. Orval’s truck became the tailgate and replenishment vehicle for a hurricane party that went from Bloody Marys to gin and tonics for the next several hours. Tours of the boat undergoing restoration after sinking in a earlier Halifax storm were the highlight of the party celebrating our successful dealing with Bill. On Monday evening, others from the Flotilla joined us on the wharf for the Flotilla Cocktail Party, but that’s another story and you only asked for one! Mike and Jean Steffenson, Firstar, J/46 from Davenport, Iowa.

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Anchoring woes in the LaHave We start at the LaHave River, first at the yacht club, from which, with a boatload of friends with whom we visited the Snyder Shipyard, we had scouted the Bridgewater area as a hurricane hole. On that first trip, I noticed some room downriver from the city dock. This wharf was the resting place for several large, retired vessels I thought would provide a great lee when the winds shifted from northeast to northwest. On the second trip upriver, we found a hole with 17 feet of water in it, which quickly shoaled to four or five feet in spots. The forecast was for strong east winds, and we had a nice shore to provide cover for that. We set the main anchor, but grew uncomfortable with the lack of scope due to the confines of the hole. We set the second anchor, which, on Aurora, is all chain. Still uneasy, we dug out a 300-foot coil of new 5/8-inch nylon and took one end with a heavy bridle ashore, where we secured it to a large rock. This was all in preparation for the easterly, which eventually arrived, but not before it blew like stink out of the south for way too long. We got closer and closer to the stern of the Gordon Bond IV, a large, steel dragger, so started the engine and jogged for an hour or so in place. When the wind shifted into the north-northwest, we pulled all our gear and tied up at the big dock with Alliance (Jerry Jordan’s Eastern 33 out of East Boothbay, Maine) and Hayval (Bruce White’s 37-foot Brownell out of Southport, Maine), under the stern of a big sub tender, and life got a lot better. This big dock was where we had the Flotilla Cocktail Party, which was a great event. Andy Berry, m/v Aurora, Duffy 42, Rockland, Maine

derful to have us in their harbor for a planned festival they were having – we would make an attractive background, they said. On the other hand, the LaHave River offered better protection and plenty of space to tie up or anchor. The decision was obvious. The salmon dinner went off as planned, but we had to leave Shelburne the next day, one day earlier than originally planned. A late-morning guided tour of the town was shifted to 8:30, and about half the crews stayed so as not to miss it. We all rejoined at Carters

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A welcoming speech by the Bridgewater town crier was exceeded in warmth only by the hospitality of the townspeople of that riverside village.

club’s members showed up, and flotillians made a lot of new friends. Though Hurricane Bill was moving up the East Coast of the United States, it was not expected to imperil Nova Scotia until midday Sunday, so on Saturday we were able to take time to visit Snyder’s

Boatyard, a few miles up the river. This is a wellknown, traditional boatyard that has built many wooden fishing vessels as well as Theodore Tugboat, an incarnation of the cartoon character well-known to PBS Kids. The incarnation visited many American east coast ports earlier this decade. Four powerboats loaded all the crews aboard for the visit to Snyder’s, and then three of them went upriver to Bridgewater to land at the government dock for shopping at the nearby shopping mall. It also gave us a chance to take a look at where we’d be riding out the hurricane. By 1 p.m. we were all back at the yacht club, aboard our boats, and ready to head up the river to Bridgewater. By late afternoon, we were in position

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for the next day’s weather. With rides in the club van and on one of their bigger sailboats, most of us returned to the club for the barbecue and further socializing with their hospitable members. Sunday loomed dark and threatening as Hurricane Bill approached from the south. Although Bill had diminished in force, it still promised us 40- to 50-knot winds, a lot of rain, and about a fourfoot surge. Though we were protected by being upriver, many of us experienced dragging on the marginally good holding in the river bottom. After five or six hours of this, things eased, and we settled down to a good night’s sleep. Monday provided good weather in Bridgewater, but the Canadian weather reports on VHF, and the flotilla’s weather-router both warned of high seas on the Atlantic coast. We decided to make the best of it and quickly organized our traditional “dock party,” with

Good fortune of the Brooklyn 5 Despite oncoming Tropical Storm Danny, many of the flotilla boats continued on to Brooklyn, N.S., where we were warmly greeted by the folks at the Brooklyn Marina. How warm? Well, there were helping hands with docklines, greetings from Queens County’s Gerri Fraelic, a delicious planked-salmon dinner cooked on an open fire, music from the Salt Water Cowboys, Clair Chandler in full concierge attire, Wayne at the marina cantina, and offers of assistance in a thousand ways. While some boats chose to make a move toward home ahead of the storm, five elected to ride it out in Brooklyn. Joe Fraelic amazingly showed up with a heavier mooring block so that Moondance would have a secure mooring. Riding out the storm that night (sustained 35-knot winds for several hours; gusts in the high 40s), we later learned that our new friends kept watch from shore through the night in case anyone needed help. The next two days were filled with rides to the market,


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With the flotilla’s weather-router calling for high seas in the Atlantic, the fleet quickly organized the Point East Dock Party in Bridgewater.

Points East providing the liquid refreshments and each boat bringing an appetizer. There were enough platforms and construction tables on the dock to offer space to spread out all the delicious appetizers and tours of the area, delicious home-cooked meals at the marina, advice on where to buy the best fish (the truck at the Irving station), countless trips to refill diesel cans, keys left in vehicles so we could go anywhere we needed, and on and on. After four nights in Brooklyn we departed for home – Moon Shadow (Bob Wright’s 32-foot Galaxy windship out of New Bedford, Mass.) direct to Cape Cod, Loquat (Arthur Yarranton’s 42-foot Gozzard cutter from Falmouth Foreside, Maine) to Northeast Harbor, Moondance to Portsmouth, N.H., and Alida (Daniel Paul’s Tartan 37 from Rockland, Maine) and Covenant (Ned Dwyer’s Island Packet 38 out of Bristol, R.I.) moving on to Lockeport before jumping off the next day. Hugs, thanks, best wishes and all intentions to return someday to Brooklyn were our final sentiments for this unplanned but delightful visit. Bill Fletcher, s/y Moondance, 45-foot Sabre, Kittery, Maine

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set up a bar. A local bluegrass band had been scheduled, but the greetings offered by the Town Crier were a complete surprise. With all the delicious food, plenty to drink, and terrific music, the party started at 5:30, and remnants continued past 10. On Tuesday, all the boats headed to Lunenburg, where we used moorings or tied up in rafts against the town wharf in front of the Atlantic Fisheries Museum. We were now back on our schedule, but two days late. These two days would be made up by skipping the LaHave River on the way back west. That evening we enjoyed a dinner of scallops at the Old Fish Factory Restaurant, followed by an informative slide presentation by the museum’s curator covering the history of the LaHave River area. Originally intended to prepare us for our two days on the river, the presentation instead gave us a review of many of the things we had already seen there. On Wednesday, tours of the Fisheries Museum, the Dory Shop, and The Lunenburg Foundry filled our day. The foundry was especially interesting as we watched an actual pouring of hot molten bronze into molds to form the nautical and decorative items made by the company. Just as we began to think things were back to normal, along came Hurricane Danny. Though not of the strength of Bill, its projected path was timed to hit the coast of Maine midday Saturday, just as we were supposed to be en route and arriving in Northeast Harbor. We still had a scheduled visit to the town of Brooklyn on our way back along the southern coast, but Tropical Storm Danny caused fresh weather worries for the crews. Stopping in Brooklyn would make it difficult to be safely in Northeast Harbor by Friday night or early Saturday morning. Most of the powerboats opted to get as far along the coast as they could, top off their fuel, and leave early Friday morning for the return trip across Fundy. However, the sailboats and two of the powerboats kept to the schedule and enjoyed the hospitality and

Filet of shopping cart? Yuk! Fishing during Hurricane Bill was not my intention, but being one of 28 boats participating in the 2009 Points East Fundy Flotilla to the south coast of Nova Scotia provided me the opportunity. Our real expectation for the trip was to gain confidence in our seamanship skills, plus see the sights, history, and wonderful people of Nova Scotia. At Shelburne, we became aware of Hurricane Bill working his way up the U.S. East Coast with the south and east coasts of Nova Scotia in his sights. The SHYC commodore, Alan Pulfrey, advised us that the tidal surge would be disastrous if the storm came within 100 miles of Shelburne and suggested we go to the LaHave River Yacht Club, where we’d have better protection. Upon arrival, we were met by Orval Banfield, the rear commodore, who turned out to be our “mother hen,” looking after us for the next four or five days through the thick and thin of Hurricane Bill. Orval is a very interesting character, with vast seagoing experience, including a stint as captain of the Grand Banks schooner Bluenose II. Orval guided us upriver to where, he assured us, was the perfect hurricane hole. So we all moved about nine miles farther up the river to a point where the river was narrow and further progress was restricted by a bridge serving the town of Bridgewater. I selected a spot as far up the river as I felt safe – almost to the bridge. Adjacent to our anchoring spot was a shopping center, with a large supermarket that would play a major role in my fishing expedition during Hurricane Bill. On weighing anchor to move to Lunenburg, I raised my catch of the cruise – a shopping cart with the anchor chain wrapped around it. Though a grand catch it was, I didn’t have a fishing license for shopping carts, so I let the trophy slip back into the briny deep. Besides, fillet of barnacle-encrusted shopping cart didn’t sound very appetizing. Bob and Suzy Martin, m/v Saraday, Eastbay 40 trawler, Portland, Maine

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A pair of memorable people We met a lot of very nice people, but two stand out in my memory: Paul Pothier and Clarence Grondin. We had a bit of an anchoring test during the Hurricane Bill blow while anchoring beyond the Government Wharf in Bridgewater. The bottom of the river opposite the park where we anchored is foul, and the bottom has poor holding. We had to reset six times: Twice for wind-direction changes, and the other four times when our CQR anchor fouled on a six-foot two by six, a five-foot tree limb, an oven rack with a radiator hose attached, and a large plastic bag. My wife and son removed the bag, which apparently then snagged on a prop or rudder. The next morning, while motoring back to the LaHave River YC, I noticed a vibration. I tried, without success, to shake the bag off by speed, turning and backing. In my search for a diver, Snyder’s Shipyard gave me Clarence Grondin’s name. I called Mr. Grondin, who was at the boat in 45 minutes. He checked out the props and rudders and found that we had lost the bag while picking up the mooring at the yacht club. Clarence Grondin was one of the most delightful folks I’ve ever met, and we hope to meet again under different circumstances. Paul Pothier is the Killam Bros. Marina manager in Yarmouth, N.S. The day we left Lunenburg. Vinny Daddino (Cruisin’ III, 52foot Neptunus out of Wading River, N.Y. ) and I decided to go to Lockeport, fuel, and maybe run for Yarmouth to get an early start on Friday for Maine. After fueling, we left for Yarmouth, and dark caught us. So up the long channel to Yarmouth we went slowly since there are many unlighted marks. When we arrived off Killam Bros. Marina, Mr. Pothier and a friend met us, and Mr. Pothier’s first words were, “Why didn’t you call me!” He’d seen our running lights and came down to help us tie up. Next morning, I decided to fuel in Yarmouth, which would get the boat back to Yarmouth, Maine. Mr. Pothier called the fuel company, and I was impressed with his ability to make the fuel truck appear on short notice. Needless to say, I was very grateful for Mr. Pothier’s help. Bill Seale, m/v Traveler, Beneteau Fast 42 trawler, Annapolis, Md.

other sailboats weathered the storm in Brooklyn, where they were looked after by the club and then set sail on the following Tuesday. A couple of boats also elected to go back up the LaHave River to ride out the storm, and others stayed in Lockeport – the final refueling stop – until the storm had completely passed. Clearing U.S. Customs went smoothly, thanks to preparation by Points East. Everyone headed to their homeports with memories of all the fun they’d had as well as the challenges they’d overcome. There was plenty to tell friends back at their marinas and clubs. Despite the two hurricane threats, all the activities of the planned flotilla had been carried out, and even one more (the extra party at the LaHave Y.C.) was added. As usual, the participants benefited from the preparations made for the dinners, tours and dock arrangements. Unique to the Fundy Flotillas is the hosting by several yacht clubs along the way, as well as the special attention by towns to a number of boats not usually seen at their docks. For some flotillians, this was one more cruise to add to the several they had done in previous years. To others, this was a new experience in which they enjoyed the safety of numbers and the fellowship of other boaters, while at the same time stretching the envelope of their nautical experience. Jeff Neville and his wife Paula have led three Fundy Flotillas. They cruise in Candy Apple, their Eastern 35 “lobster yacht,” which is based at the Newport, R.I., Navy Sailing Center. Jeff is chairman of Concord Foods Inc, a company he started 40 years ago.

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The Fifth Annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta was held Saturday, Sept. 25, under perfect skies and upon a gently rolling sea. Highlights of the event must include the 70-foot maxi, Denali, sailing past every boat in the fleet. Denali started at 12:05, over an hour behind the first starter and 32 minutes after a tricked out J/35, Black Seal, that finished 2nd. Winners in the nonspinnaker division were: Meghan Wilson sailing Surfside, a Cape Dory Typhoon; Jody Graul sailing Akeepah, a Cal 2-29; and Rick Burnes sailing Cybele, an IMX 45. Winners of the spinnaker division were: Karen Tracy sailing J/22 No. 35; Elizabeth Lamb sailing Averisera, an Aphrodite 101; Miguel Corti sailing Bantry, a Mirage 338; and Michael D’Amato sailing Denali, a Nelson Marek 70. Nearly 100 boats participated, making the sea a spectacle of color and grace. The BHIR is a pursuit race. PHRF handicapping is used to create a staggered start for participants. Slower boats start before faster boats. The finish line may a bit frantic but the starting line is not. The 12-mile course ran in a figure eight from Georges Island, out Nantasket Roads, outside of Shag Rocks and Outer Brewster, through Hypocrite Channel, around Lovell, through the Narrows, around Rainsford, and home to finish line off Georges Island. Imagine fitting almost one hundred boats through narBHIR, continued on Page 52 50 Points East December 2009


d Islesboro Race doesn’t go the full circle Beneteau 35 Jeroboam, winner of the Single Handed division, and Sound Waves, a Sonar, laze downwind. Inset: Sound Waves was sailed by Jim Kelly and his sons, Jake and Charlie.

High tides and light wind are to blame for a shortened race course this year. By Art Hall For Points East The Northport Yacht Club hosted the Around Islesboro Race (AIR) on Sept. 12. In its 23rd year, due to adverse tides and light wind, the course was shortened to Hewes Ledge on the east side of the island and quickly dubbed PAIR – partially Around Islesboro Race. This marks the first time we didn’t actually circumnavigate Islesboro, but all participants agreed it was a good choice given the conditions. A faint northerly at the start provided the fleet with steerageway, and progress was painfully slow between the Bayside and Turtle Head. Once around the corner, a three- to eight-knot southerly filled in and boats started to feel like they were really sailing. The beat to the ledge was a lesson in light-air sailing, patience and, as always, a bit of luck. The race drew 43 participants in 5 divisions. PHRF A, PHRF B, Cruising Canvas, Single Handed and Multi-hull. Despite the shortened course, 11 boats still dropped out due to a breeze that failed altogether by late afternoon. First overall was Aftermath, a San Juan 28, sailed by the midshipmen from Maine Maritime Academy. They took particular delight in beating their (now retired) sailing coach, Butch Minson, who finished 3rd, sailing Cats Paw, his Lindenberg 28. Second Place was captured by Jeff Dinse sailing Blue Zombie, AIR, continued on Page 52

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The 70-foot maxi Denali started at 12:05, over an hour behind the first starter and 32 minutes a tricked out J/35, Black Seal, that finished 2nd, and finished an easy 1st overall.

BHIR, continued from Page 50 row Hypocrite Channel. Right there in the middle, Half Tide Rock was breaking. The awards dinner was held Tuesday evening at The Daily Catch Restaurant on Fan Pier in

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Union River Boat debuts Presto 30 sharpie The Presto 30, built by Union River Boat Company (URB) in Bucksport, Maine, was inspired by traditional and round-bottomed American sharpies. Earlier this year, URB commissioned Rodger Martin Design of Newport, R.I., to create a trailerable sharpie for them to build and market. The name “Presto,” which alludes to the 1885 design by Commodore Ralph Munroe, has a round-bilged hull with a flattened bottom for taking the ground, and wellshaped ends for wave penetration forward and reduced drag at the stern. These boats are easy to sail, well balanced and surprisingly fast. Draft is 13 inches (board up), ballast is internal lead fastened to the bottom, and the split rig provides for maneuverability and minimal heeling. The freestanding, carbon-fiber masts fit within the length of the boat for trailering and, at under 40 pounds are easily stepped or struck by two people. FMI: 207-469-9099, email:

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Fast, seakindly, easily handled, and designed to take the ground, the Presto 30 is a boon to coastal cruisers.

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Nothing Stygian about New England holidays By Carol Standish if there was anything going on up-river. Bert is the For Points East harbormaster for Great Bay, Little Bay, and the One might be led to believe that New England wa- Cocheco, Bellamy, Lamprey, Oyster and Piscataqua terfronts fall into a season of darkness and despair rivers above the bridge. “No boat parades here; we’re during the depth of the winter But this certainly is pretty much all frozen up by that time of year…at least often enough so you can’t not the case over the holiday count on open water,” says Bert. season, when holiday lights are When we get back with him in strung in the rigging of both the spring. He’ll have a lot more pleasure and commercial vesto say. sels, and Christmas trees apThere’s plenty going on in pear festooned at mastheads of Boston Harbor, but not until schooner and dragger alike. New Year’s Eve. There will be Not many New England haran enormous fireworks display bors are frostier than at midnight over the harbor, Portland, Maine, in midand at least two boats will take December, but the temperature you out on the water to view the is just another bragging right spectacle. The Boston Harbor for the participants of the ninth Association fireworks cruise annual holiday Boat Parade of will leave Gate C at Rowe’s Lights on Dec. 12. The Casco Wharf – behind the Boston Bay Ferry, Bay Mist decorated Harbor Hotel. The cruise is free with a zillion little lights – on to First Night Button holders, her rub rails, around her winbut tickets will be given out dows and up her mast – will Photo courtesy Festival of Lights starting at 9:30 p.m., which will lead the parade. The city fire- In Wickford, R.I., Santa Claus arrives by boat, reserve your space on the boat. boat, a Coast Guard cutter and escorted by a flotilla of kayaks, which may (or Boarding begins 10:30 p.m. The another vessel – possibly the may not) be manned by some of his elves. boat leaves the dock at 11:30 65-foot cutter Shackle – Brian Fournier’s tug, and an increasing number of private p.m. and returns at 12:30 a.m. Several commercial lines – like Massachusetts Bay working and pleasure boats will join the parade. The Bay Mist will leave her berth at 4:30 p.m. and Lines and Boston Harbor Cruises (among others) – proceed to Portland Yacht Services, where the parade will also be offering First Night cruises as well at varwill begin at 4:45. From PYS, the parade will proceed ious prices, but these are still in the planning stage so up to Union Wharf, along the South Portland shore check out their websites. This year’s official event and back to PYS, making one slow loop around the schedule for First Night 2010 will be posted on Dec. harbor. The best viewing spots will be the waterfront 15 so check it out then In Wickford, R.I., Rhode Island’s big holiday restaurants, Union Wharf, East End Beach, and the Maine State Pier (though the pier has limited access.) weekend is Dec. 4, 5 and 6. At the Festival of Lights, A silent auction of items and services donated by lo- the streets of the village and the shops that line them cal businesses will be held aboard the Mist prior to are dressed to the nines. There are prizes for best the parade. The proceeds of the Mist’s ticket sales and window decorations. There are hayrides through the auction will benefit Sail Maine, a statewide, nonprof- village, a live nativity scene, carols in the park, and it offering “local community access to the water,” sail- Smith’s Castle is all decked out. But best of all, at ing lessons, team sailing and other activities at the 6:00 p.m. on Friday, and again on Saturday and Casco Bay Community Boating Center at 58 Fore St. Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Santa arrives by boat, escorted For tickets on the parade ferry, call Caitlin at 207- by kayaks. Can’t hardly have more fun than that! In Newport, the annual boat Parade of Lights will 774-7871, ext. 105. To join the parade fleet, register with Chris Keene at 207-408-7525 or email her on her take place on Dec. 5. Hosted, as usual by the Newport Yacht Club, details are still pending at this writing. boat, Essex, Conn., however is almost totally organized. The waterfront is quiet in Portsmouth, N.H., again this year, a pity, so I called Bert Condon to see The town has a big advantage. It is long famous for 56 Points East December 2009

loving parades. If they hold a parade for Ground Hog’s Day, imagine what happens at Christmas. The town has another big advantage. Sitting pertly on a peninsula on the Connecticut River, six miles from Long Island Sound, the town’s maritime traditions date back to precolonial days so, of course, there’s a boat parade. But first, there’s a parade through the town to the waterfront where the townspeople will watch the boat parade and greet Santa as his boat docks. The foot parade, led by the town’s fife and drum corps, “The Sailing Masters of 1817,” kicks off at 4:30 p.m. to give ample time to reach the water where the boat parade will commence at approximately 5:30. Various town worthies emerge from historic houses to greet or sermonize the throng along the route. The children carry candles in lantern cans. By the time the parade reaches the Connecticut River Museum, on the harbor, there can be a gathering of two to three thousand people to watch the boat parade. Anywhere from 10 to 30 boats participate: Local marinas bring their workboats, and pleasure boats that are still in the water join in (some people leave their boats in the water just to participate in the event). And these boats are decorated: no spindly single string of lights up the mast for Essex mariners. According to eye witness Jerry Roberts, “One boat is totally disguised as a Christmas present. Another is a shark, complete with moving jaw.” And about “six-ish,” he adds, the “boat of honor” approaches the dock, and off steps Santa into his waiting sleigh. Carol filed this column from Dauphin Island, Ala., which was girding itself for the arrival of Hurricane Ida. “Gettin’ pretty excitin’ ’round here,” she writes. “May lose power today and have water in the house before dark.”

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Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships By W. H. Bunting, Tilbury House Publishers, 496 pp., $30.

W. H, Bunting has published several thoroughly engaging photographic histories since his first offering in 1974. His accompanying texts have typically been sparse, eagle-eyed, and gently inclusive. But in “Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships,” he has finally created the venue which expands the previous trickle to a major narrative voice in historic prose. For Bunting fans, this book is a long-awaited pleasure. “Live Yankees” is a full-blown generational history of possibly the most influential ship-building family in the state of Maine – accompanied, of course, by a selection of period photographs. The Sewall family “was planted in America by Henry Sewall, a Puritan from Coventry, Warwickshire, born in 1619 and his wife, Jane Dummer….” Bunting’s subjects, members of the Bath, Maine, branch of the Sewall family, earn a reputation as “tireless, tiresome tightwads” as builders and shippers of goods around the world. “Beginning in the 1820s, the Sewalls…participated in the great flowering of the American merchant marine…with Yankee ships leading the world’s merchant fleet…in providing markets for domestic goods, in obtaining foreign goods and exchange, in creating wealth, and in spreading American influence. They (and their Bath neighbors) helped pioneer the carriage of cotton from Southern ports to Britain and Europe. After the Civil War, their ships engaged in the San Francisco grain trade. During a slump, they carried guano from Peru, or coal or case oil or sugar or lumber or rice – almost any commodity available on which a profit can be turned. Their ships populated every major harbor in the world. In every voyage, there is drama, often tragedy; in every transaction, profit or loss. And you are there for it all. Their great shipping saga isn’t over until the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Bunting’s great talent lies in demonstrating that the quaint often rises to the critical. Details assemble 62 Points East December 2009

into the larger picture. The depth and breadth of all that energy, the sustained effort of the decades of seagoing commerce “. . . was of fundamental importance to the growth of the nation.” And it is the assemblage of all the quirky details that Bunting unearths and employs that makes the Sewalls and their exploits come alive and makes the book such a refreshingly different kind of history. This long incident is a perfect example of “Live Yankees” contents and construction. Early in the book, Bunting includes an account of an incident during the building of the full-rigged ship, Indiana in 1876. While strolling the yard, Arthur Sewall happened into the cabin of the ship. When he noticed a “tall, handsome secretary” being completed by the ship’s carpenter for the captain, he inquired into its cost. “I do not allow such ornaments in our Sewall ships,” said Arthur. “We do not intend our captains to be reading story books at sea. We intend our captains to spend their time on deck reading the weather and trying to make quick passages. Take your hatchet, Mr. Preble, and convert that thing into kindling wood….”

Tall Ships: The Fleet for the 21st Century By Thad Koza, Tide-Mark Press, 231 pp., $24.95

“Tall Ships is a glorious tribute to today’s fleet – some of the most beautiful machines man ever put his hand to, some old – some brand spanking new, all healthy, spit-shined and doing what they do best…sail. But the book is more than just a collection of pretty pictures. This is the revised fifth edition and includes photographs and description of more than 200 vessels, in A, B, and C classes, presented alphabetically. Additional photos provide details including rigging and flags, figureheads and binnacles. The accompanying text provides technical specifications, the ship’s history and her notable events. The book also includes a glossary of marine terms and a list of Maritime museums. How can we be so lucky as to have such gorgeous and inspirational relics of a bygone era with us today? The last of the working sailing vessels had pretty much gone to their watery grave by the mid-1950s when a race was planned in England for the last of the square-riggers to celebrate the end of the Age of Sail. Instead, this event began the Tall Ships’

sance. In 1973, Newport, R.I.’s Barclay H. Warburton III, recognizing the power that “the sea and sailing ships had to positively influence the lives of young Americans” established the American Sail Training Association. Since that time, many other have joined the effort to “provide unique and powerful educational opportunities for millions of people across the globe and have given the public the chance to view these inspiring vessels up close and renew our connection to the sea. Sail-training races and Tall Ship port festivals bring together people from many different seafaring nations and advance cultural exchange and international good will that is so important in the world today.” So when you purchase this sumptuous book, you won’t even have to feel guilty for the extravagance. The sale benefits the work of the American Sail Training Association, a national nonprofit located in Newport. The group’s mission is to encourage character building through sail training, to promote sail training to the North American public and to support education under sail. FMI:

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Portsmouth, N.H., photographer Rich Holzer had been successfully selling his portfolio of limited edition prints to galleries and collectors for quite a while when also became interested in video. His first production, “New England,” was broadcast on Boston Public Television and other regional PBS stations and received enthusiastic regional acclaim. He has since produced four other programs, including “Martha’s Vineyard,” “Cape Cod and the Magical Islands” and “Practical Kayaking.” Holzer’s latest program, “Sea Kindly,” released this year as a DVD, takes the viewer aboard eight windjammers operating on the New England coast as vacation venues for weeklong cruises. Well before I finished watching this video, I had made my summer plans. The problem was how to fit eight cruises into my vacation budget. Needless to say, the combination of a talented photographer and the New England coast is a dangerous one. Not only is the scenery just plain gorgeous, but the facilities on the windjammers are just as warm

and lush: burnished wood, bright textiles, and in the galleys, summer sunlight filtering down on the pastry board, as the home-made bread heads for the woodfired oven. Besides the scenery and the extraordinary boats, there are the people: captains (often the owners of the craft), crew, and the passengers, who are equally enthralled by just being on the boat. The experience is stimulating, inspiring and relaxing simultaneously, and that’s not an easy state to accomplish. The Captain of the Mary Day says, “I don’t have to say anything. The Maine Coast does all the talking.” The captains of the Heritage are also her owners and builders. Onboard, they say, everybody aboard learns to relax without “stuff.” The captain of the American Eagle has been at the helm for 31 years, and she’s still “doing what she’s supposed to be doing.” Captain Douglas of the Shenandoah specializes in cruises for kids. “Enjoying the moment is a pretty good life lesson,” he says. The Stephen Taber is the oldest continuously operating vessel. The current captain was seven years old when his parents bought the boat. These are just a few glancing impressions of “Sea Kindly.” I will watch this video again and again, but not before deadline. Videographer, interviewer and producer Holzer has put the viewer on board these unique vessels and clinched the argument for booking passage – at least once every year.



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Part VI: I go to Florida for ‘Giffy’ Full By Bob Witherill For Points East Over the course of 25 years in the business, I met a lot of different people. They were all interesting, and most were just great. A few stand out because of their boats or something in particular that happened on the job. Many of them were repeat customers, so it was nice to catch up with about what was new in their lives. I knew Guilford “Giffy” Full through a Maine Maritime Academy Parents Group. Both of our sons were at the academy together, and, in fact, later on they were alternate captains for the same ship. As mentioned earlier, Giffy was a marine surveyor, and he had tried to warn me away from the compass business. Over the years my wife, Jean, and I met up with Giffy and his wife, Charlotte, while cruising. Charlotte had MS disease, but she always said she was more comfortable on the boat than at home. She was a wonderful, courageous woman, who always had a smile and never complained. Sadly, Charlotte died a number of years ago. All who knew her miss her very much. One time I was doing a compass on a boat at the Brooklin Boat Yard. Giffy was doing a survey on the same boat. The crew took the boat into Eggemoggin Reach so I could do the compass, while Giffy kept right on doing the survey. Of course, we were “jawin’” at each other the whole time. After having wooden boats all his life, Giffy had



Confessions of a compass adjuster

bought a 40-foot fiberglass trawler-type power boat named Golden Rings. He asked me to do the compass on her before she went south. I said sure, but schedules and weather kept getting in the way, Giffy was ready to leave, and the compass had not been done. “Bring your kit and we’ll do it in Florida,” he suggested. As it happened, we had a spot in Fort Myers, and Giffy was going to be at Cape Coral, just across the bay. It was a little difficult finding the marina but we did. Jean came with me, and Giffy had his sister and brother-in-law with him and, of course, his Jack Russell Terrier Rocket. Rocket was well named and just loves the boat. And he never leaves Giffy’s side. We went out into Pine Island Sound and found a spot to do the compass. Then we went back to the marina where Giffy’s sister prepared a wonderful lunch. In the 23 years we went to Florida, this was the only compass I adjusted there. It was also the only time I was served lunch on board a boat after doing the compass. Giffy agreed that I had done the right thing taking up the business in spite of his warning.





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Photo by David Buckman

A winter’s visit by car to Bocabec Cove in Passamaquoddy Bay showed it eminently worth visiting on a future cruise.

Sailing through winter he season of darkness is upon us. The scent of the sea a memory. A gale or two a week blows through. Bitter winds. Piercing cold. Driving snow. Our boats are dragged up on the hard, shrouded against the harshness, and the very idea of summer comes to seem unlikely. There’s no ignoring winter in New England. Possessed of stringent beauty that must be yielded to, it’s time for getting our affairs in order, making plans, crafting an interior life, cultivating the spirit of sailing or power boating, distant ports and the pleasure of new discoveries. Of the many ways the mate and I have addressed this perspective shift over the years, one of the more pleasant is shaping an eastward course in February, where, with chart in hand, we reconnoiter new cruising grounds from the comfort of our car. Off-season, the pace of life alongshore is civil, the native quarter more willing to share local knowledge and offer the warmth of hospitality than during the dog days. Staying at B&Bs and frequenting area restaurants, our understanding and appreciation of foreign portsof-call have grown. Such explorations also enhanced the safety of future outings, for we became familiar with landmarks and hazards to navigation, like the fish weir barely visible in the center of the photo of Passamaquoddy Bay’s Bocabec Cove above. Winter’s a time for making lists, from fitting-out tasks to studying the catalogs and acquiring new gear. The more depth and detail fathomed at this


point, the more efficiently spring outfitting tasks are completed. Services, like engine repairs – a waiting game in-season – get more thorough attention now, and its prime time to seek quotes for new sails, or get your old shrouds and stays to a rigger if replacement is required. Now’s the moment to gather those assorted pieces of boat joinery scattered about the house and give them a good varnishing or wash the cushion covers. And what could be a more delightful way to spend a dark and snowy winters eve than to muster one’s mates, charts and guides, set a crackling fire alight in the fireplace, uncork a bottle of wine, look through photos of past adventures and speculate on cruises to come. It’s a good time to visit your vessel too, for with winter’s frost heaves, the boat stands will likely need adjusting. Take a diesel-maintenance course, read some sailing books, visit a maritime museum, attend a boat show, and remember that in a few short weeks the days start getting longer. This estrangement from our seagoing passions is not a bad thing. Spring would not be half so delightful otherwise. Who says sailing is not a year-round avocation in the northeast? In the winter, the writer presents dinghy-cruising adventure presentations to yacht clubs and outing groups. For dates and times, email David at Points East December 2009


DINGHY, continued from Page 39 crack or break off. There was never a show-stopper, but confidence in it was never high. The dinghy also had a tendency to slip sideways when under way in a beam sea, which could do serious damage to the plastic system. A cobweb of lines was required to secure things. This worked, but still it seemed like a lot of hassle and a lot of gasoline just to plane across the harbor. Mercifully, the inflatable started to show signs of age, as in “come unglued” at the seams. So putting to sea surrounded by air was potentially more hazardous. Time to rethink things. Did we want to sink while planning across Provincetown Harbor; did we want to sink anywhere? In fact, did we want to plane anywhere? The answer was a clear no, no, no. Time to go back to rowing. Time again for simplicity We were back full-circle: An eight-foot fiberglass dinghy was purchased, the perfect length and weight to carry on the swim platform. A stainless-steel hardware system secured it safely to the swim platform. Nice rowing oars were fitted with leathers – so simple, so foolproof, so traditional. One person could lift and secure the dinghy. It looked nice and never broke down. We saved money by skipping the long slog across a choppy harbor to a restaurant for dinner. Life was good, and cruising was simple. The dinghy issue

solved. But the lure of speed is strong, and the ability to stay focused is weak and we never seem to learn. We purchased a 2.5-horsepower outboard. The first year we used it once, the day it was purchased. With the combined weight of the motor and me, the stern had about an inch of freeboard, probably less than ideal in a following sea. That year, the gas, in a can with a weird venting system, leaked all over the cockpit. The second year, we used the motor once, just to make sure it still ran, which it did not. And now it sits as a monument to ethanol, a victim of the 10 percent solution. It turns out that an engine full of gas can no longer be stored for months on end and still work. No question, engines that do not run pollute far less than engines that do run. Still, if we had an inflatable with an outboard, we could make longer trips, maybe have dinner out, and we could use stabilizer in the gas. Going ashore: It should be so simple. Retired banker Tom Fisher and his wife Jean cruise out of Hull, Mass., on a 34-foot Mainship. “At least once every summer, we head for the Cape and hang out on the hook in a couple of harbors and fish both Vineyard and Nantucket sounds. How we’ll get ashore on any given trip is always an open question.” LOBSTER, continued from Page 23

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The Andrea Gail, tied up in Gloucester, Mass., in February 1991.

Remembering the Andrea Gail friend of mine, Richard “Sarge” Rowell, once worked on the Andrea Gail of Perfect Storm fame. The boat was owned by Bob Brown, who gave Sarge his first commercial fishing job after Sarge had served in the Marines. Sarge worked for both Bob Brown and his son Peter, who operated the Sea Fever back in the late 1970s. The Sea Fever was a 50-foot offshore lobsterboat that fished the waters of Georges Bank, some 200 miles southeast of Cape Cod. Sarge’s trips aboard the Sea Fever usually lasted five or six days at sea. After working on the Sea Fever, Sarge moved up to bigger boats owned by Bob Brown: the Hannah Boden and the Andrea Gail, both equipped to fish for lobster or swordfish. Instead of being out for five days on Georges Bank, Sarge found himself at sea for a month, fishing for swordfish on the Grand Banks. Bob Brown rewarded Sarge’s work ethic and loyalty by making him deck boss of the Andrea Gail. Although Sarge was appreciative of Bob Brown’s support, he wasn’t entirely comfortable with the way Bob had him work the crew. He remembers one particularly bad storm that Bob barely even acknowledged, telling Sarge to continue working even though the seas made standing on the deck almost impossible. Another boat captain, concerned about the storm, called Bob and asked where he was working, saying he’d come over and they would wait out the storm together, in case either boat got in trouble. Bob re-


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sponded, “Don’t bother, we’re working here.” Sarge heard the exchange but didn’t say anything, because he knew Bob wouldn’t listen. The young deck boss figured that although Bob pushed his men to the limit he compensated for that by having such seaworthy and well-maintained boats. In fact, Brown had totally refitted the Andrea Gail, and Sarge thought it was a superb boat to work on. Sarge remembers when Bob bought the boat it was in tough shape, sitting idle in Gloucester Harbor. There were even two men living on board the boat, former deck hands who had nowhere else to go. In an act of kindness mixed with good business sense, Bob let the men stay on the boat and hired them as crew. Both men knew the boat inside and out, and when it was re-fitted, their knowledge of the Andrea Gail proved to be helpful on the first few trips out to the Grand Banks. Sarge remembers that Bob Brown was not afraid to be innovative, and on one trip aboard the Hannah Boden to the Grand Banks, Brown decided to test the waters for lobster, figuring there might be plenty since no other boats were fishing for lobsters that far out. They dropped traps over a wide range of the sea floor, figuring that in many of those spots they were soon going to be hauling up full loads. But after a couple weeks of trying, and only catching a few lobster, it was clear the Grand Banks were nowhere near as productive as Georges Bank.

Of course other boats that saw the Hannah Boden dropping traps figured that Brown was lying when he said he wasn’t catching anything, and for a brief time their was a flurry of talk about how the Grand Banks were going to become the next lobster hot spot. Why else would Bob Brown haul traps all the way out there and then tell everyone he caught nothing? Sarge thought Bob’s lobster experiment on the Grand Banks was worth the shot, and he was just as surprised as Bob when they only caught a few lobster. He liked Bob’s innovative ways, and except for the failed lobster trip, both the Andrea Gail and the Hannah Boden were among the most successful boats in the fleet, which translated to bigger paydays. But Rowell was still troubled by Brown’s demands on the crew during bad weather. Rowell figured there was enough danger working the deck, even in good conditions. He had seen more than one close call on the Hannah Boden while lobster fishing on Georges Bank, such as the time a huge stack of lobster traps shifted on the boat and broke free of their lashings. A deckhand was standing under the traps next to the rail when the pile gave way and started to fall. The fast-thinking deckhand made a split decision that the pots were going to crush him to death, so he jumped over the rail. The man plunged into the frigid seas, and when he surfaced he was still next to the boat. When the boat rolled toward him he

grabbed onto the bars on the outside of the scupper plates and hung on as the boat rode up from the wave trough. Sarge and another crewmate ran to the rail and each grabbed an arm of their fallen mate. They hollered that they had him, and for him to let go and they’d pull him back onboard. But the hanging deckhand had a lock on the bars that was like a vise, and he was terrified of letting go and falling back into the seas. Sarge screamed again and again for him to let go, but precious seconds went by and still the man held the bars. Finally Sarge shouted, “We’ve got you, goddammit; now let go or we’re going to let you go!” The man released his grip, and he was hauled on deck amongst the shattered traps. It wasn’t long after this close call, Sarge decided to be his own boss and purchased a lobsterboat where he could fish the waters closer to home. About a year later, in October 1991, the Andrea Gail was lost at sea. The last words of Capt. Billy Tyne, via radio transmission, included a report of 30-foot seas and wind gusts up to 80 knots, and “She’s comin’ on, boys, and she’s comin’ on strong!” Michael Tougias is author of “Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea,” and “Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do” (see“Facing Fears, Rising to the Challenge,” Midwinter 2009). Visit for his lecture schedule.

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9’8 Sailing Skiff, 2008 Redmond Tetra Spritsail Skiff. Ideal for evening sails and grand for kids. Exquisite hardwoods, Okoume glued lap hull; 6mm planking, 12mm bottom/trunk. natural crook breasthook/knees, cleats of tropical hardwoods, bronze or copper fastenings. Traditionally finished 6 oz poly/cotton drill sail, roped with 1/4” tarred hemp, leathered corners. Oars: 7’ spruce, leathered with bronze ring oarlocks. Rated at 250#. $3,900. Call Bob at 401862-1700 or email: 17’ Herreshoff Buzzards Bay Boat. Classic style. Built by the Wooden Boat School in Eastport, Maine. Marconi-rigged with a 3hp Yamaha outboard. $14,000.

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24’ Bridges Point, 2002 JUDITH, built by the John Williams Boat Co. Daysailor layout. $59,000. Call 207-255-7854 or email

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20’ Alerion Express 20 Elegant Day Sailer and a Civilized Club Racer? It’s possible with an Alerion Express 20, a tried and true Day Sailer. All the Alerion essentials are present— classic topside, modern underbody, gratifying speed and single-handed ease. Note the fingertip control as the boat charges along on a beam reach in a brisk southwest breeze on Narragansett Bay. The special features are open cockpit, complete simplicity and a friendly price designed to introduce sailors to the Alerion Express Fleet. Priced rigged and ready to sail on it’s own custom trailer at $46,948. Contact Cape Yachts, 866-657-9929.

27’ Nor’Sea Aft Cabin, 1988 Lyle Hess design, with trailer. Yanmar 2GM20, 501 hrs. Furler, bow thruster, tanbark sails. 508994-3322. $35,000. 27’ Island Packet, 1988 Cutter, full keel, 6’ 2 headroom. Easy single handler. Selling Price: $43,500.

This 2006 fully equipped Eastern 27 has, frankly, been on the market for 2 years... and is just reduced to a very favorable price of $50k.The reason for selling is simply to get a bigger boat...possibly a 30-32 powerboat on which to cruise. If there is someone out there who wants to downsize, and has a fiberglass hull Down East style cruiser, or Trawler (GB 32 would be ideal), and would be interested in "stepping down" in size, but stepping up" to a very nice, low hour day cruiser, that needs nothing, let's talk. I would have some cash to invest, but not much more than $50k. I am NOT looking for a fixer-upper, but a nice, well maintained slightly bigger boat. Must survey well. These demanding times require some, or email for specs, and with your ideas... Dick, 207-266-2018

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30’ O’Day Diesel Centerboard Sloop, 1981 Universal 16hp diesel, sleeps 6, GPS, autopilot, 3’6” draft w/board up, professionally maintained. Many updates. $17,600. Call Suzanne at 207-518-9397. 27’ Soverel, 1987 Built by Tartan in 1987. Fast club racer/daysailer, excellent condition, large sail inventory, instruments, new hardware, 10hp Yanmar. $18,500. 207-236-3149, or email either or 28’ Sabre, 1982 GPS/loran/radio, new main, new rigging. Has spinnaker and 2 jib sails. Recent survey. Teak interior, stove, icebox. Newly rebuilt diesel engine. Well maintained. $25,000. Boston. 29’ Hughes, 1970 29’ Hughes for sale. Great boat for the money., $5000. Call Ocean Point Marina at 207-6330773 or email


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30’ Sabre 30 MkIII, 1985 Sabre 30 MKlll Prototype, custom interior, 450 hrs. on Westerbeke, many new features. $56,000. Call or e-mail for details: 207-655-4962. 30’ Hinckley Sou’wester Sloop 1962. Flag blue awlgripped hull ‘08, 2004 Yanmar diesel, sleeps 4, new radar-gps, 1998 roller furler genoa. Caring ownership $54,000. Gray & Gray, Inc 207363-7997 30’ Dufour Arpege, 1970 Beautifully maintained, blue Awlgrip hull, recent sails and

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30’ Pearson Coaster, 1966 Alberg design. Full keel. Recent main and roller furling jib. Tiller. Rebuilt Atomic 4. Sails beautifully. $6,000. or best offer. Selling as is. Call Kevin, at 413-4993153. 30’ PEARSON 303, 1986 Yanmar, 10’11 beam, 4’4 draft, clean and turn key. Asking $33,000. Call John Morin at Wilbur Yachts Brokerage, 207691-1637. 32’ Freedom, 1984 Very roomy and simple to sail. Enclosed aft stateroom, rare on boats of this size. 22hp Yanmar. $35,000. Robinhood Marine Center, 207-371-2343.

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33’ Pearson, 1990 Wing keel, Yanmar 2GMF diesel, roller furling. Sleeps 7. Main, 105 jib, 145 genoa, triradial, wheel, swim platform, radar, 2 radios, instruments at wheel. $45,000. 201-262-7074.

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32’ Jenneau 32, 1985 This is a clean and wonderfully spirited boat ready for a new owner. Canvas, electronics, and nice sails are all well maintained. She is a great starter yacht or good for downsizing. Tiller steering for the true sailor. Recent price drop to $25,000. Contact Cape-Yachts, 866-657-9929.

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system. $24,000 or best offer. Jonesport Shipyard, 207-4972701. 35’ Greene Trimaran, 1994 LWL 34’6; beam 30; displacement 6000 lbs. 3 berths. Loaded. Get a rush and take the next step. Cruise/race at 12-15 kts (and more). Excellent condition. Yard manitained. Located at Greene Marine, Even Keel Road, Yarmouth, Maine. (Next to Casco Ford on Highway 1.) $123,000. Jake Van Beelen. Mobile: 970-401-2158. Greene Marine: 207-846-3184. Or email 35’ Cheoy Lee, 1968 35’ Cheoy Lee Crusaire Center Cockpit Sloop. Westerbeke, aft cabin, teak decks, cutter rigged, main, 110% genoa, spinnaker w/pole. Call Suzanne 207-5189397. $24,000. 35’ Hinckley Pilot Sloop, 1970 Black hull, outstanding condition. $127,500. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207363-7997.

35’ Beneteau 35s7, 1994 This Beneteau First 35s7 is a true racer/cruiser and not your typically hard raced boat. She is very well maintained, clean, dry, nicely outfitted and inclusive of a wonderful sail inventory and a new set of varnished floor boards. A must buy at only $69,900. Contact Cape Yachts, 866-657-9929. 36’ C&C, 1979 Yanmar (‘95) low hours, many updates & new equipment, All new sails and interior cushions, 10’ Zodiac w/’01 Mercury 5hp. $32,000. Call Suzanne at 207518-9397. 36’ Pearson, 1975 Rebuilt ‘01 Universal Atomic 4, decks & topsides recently Awlgripped, full sail inventory, GPS. $29,900. Call Suzanne 201-518-9397.

36’ Sabre 362, 1996 The Sabre 362 is a sought after racer/cruiser in today’s market. Windfield has been yard maintained and professionally cared for and it shows. With her reliable Yanmar deisel and Sabre quality build you need look no further for a preowned cruiser/racer to suite your needs. $165,000. New Castle, NH. Call Kyle at 37’ Hunter, 1998 Fully equipped including Genset, heat/AC, Radar, autopilot. 38hp Yanmar diesel. Superb condition. $109,500. Robinhood Marine Center, 207-371-2342. 37’ Fisher Pilothouse Ketch 1978. Recent re-fit including dark green Awlgrip, new sails, cushions. Espar heating, radar, inverter included. $90,000. Located in Eastport, Maine. Call Robinhood Marine Center, 207371-2343. 38’ Nauticat Pilothouse, 1983 Ford Lehman 90hp, live-aboard, needs TLC but known for her strong “North Sea Quality”. $75,000. Call Suzanne 207-5189397.

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38’ Ericson 38, 1988 Phoenix is Pacific Seacraft built and one of the best maintained yachts of her kind on the market. Hailing from Maine and only recently sailed down to SW for sail, look at her specs and pictures. She truly is immaculate. If a turn key yacht for a reasonable price is what you are looking for then Phoenix is your boat. Priced agressively at $79,600. Contact Cape Yachts, 866-6579929. 40’ Luders L-27 Sloop, 1955 Refit 2007. Westerbeke diesel. Superb condition. Hot molded plywood construction. 2008 black awlgripped hull, new sails, sleeps 6. Elegant, fast racercruiser. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207363-7997.

42’ Catalina 42 MKII, 2002 3 staterooms, wing keel, doyle stack, 140 genoa, CDI furling spinnaker, etc. Bailey Is. Maine. $169,000. Frank Jones, 603726-3112. 42’ S&S Cutter, 1964 S&S center-cockpit offshore cutter. Refit 2001. Fiberglass hull and decks to the famous Finisterre design. 2001 Yanmar. 3 cabins. $89,000. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207-363-7997.

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15’ Sunbird with 40hp Johnson. $3,000. Contact Ocean Point Marina at 207-633-0773.

49’ Hinckley 49, 1978 Center cockpit. Perfect for around the world cruising, chartering, or live aboard. Excellent condition. Located in Boston. $229,000. Call 781-760-0285.

POWER 13’ Dauntless, 1998 Always garaged, professionally maintained. Repowered in 2003 – only 3 hours on the new 40hp Merc. Includes Bimini top w/boot, two padded folding helm seats, removable bow-pedestal seat and poling platform. On heavy-duty trailer w/spare. $8,900. York Harbor Marine Service at 207-363-3602. 13’ Boston Whaler Sport, 1987 Classic 13-Sport with 1987 Merc 35hp. Blue Bimini and mooring cover. On Calkins trailer w/spare. $4,950. York Harbor Marine Service at 207-363-3602.

16’ 1957 Lyman 1957 Lyman with new cover and trailer, needs some work. Please e-mail for more pictures and info. Price $ 1,500 Contact Colleen Kane 570-663-2297 17’ Sunbird Corsair, 1994 with very nice trailer. Add an outboard and a little cosmetic work for a great little runabout. $1100. 207-223-8885. 17’ Scout Boats Dorado, 2002 Only 100 hours on great fueleffiecent family/fish boat, 100hp Yamaha four stroke, trailer. $14,500. 207-799-3600. 20’ Angler 204FX, 2007 Center console, deep-V, w/ Mercury Optimax 150 XL. T-top, GPS, Lowrance mapping, stainless steering wheel, leaning post w/backrest. Dual-axle Karavan trailer. Ready to go fishing. $24,900. York Harbor Marine Service, 207-363-3602.

21’ Duffy Electric Launch 2001. Fully electric, full weather enclosure. Quiet, stable, the perfect platform for picnics or cocktails on the bay. $22,000. 207799-3600. 22’ Eastern Cuddy, 1999 A Downeast classic. Solid and well-maintained. Low hours on a Honda 130hp. Cuddy cabin w/vberth and porta-head. $18,900. York Harbor Marine Service at 207-363-3602. 22’ Pro-Line, 2003 Center console with trailer, 200hp Mercury, very clean, low hours, t-top, cover, bow cushion and more. $25,500. 23’ Mako Sport Fisherman 1996. Motor needs work. Selling Price: $6,000.

24’ Eastern, 2003 Eastern Center Console w/130hp 4-stroke Honda outboard. Comes with trailer. $31,500. Call Ocean Point Marina at 207-633-0773 25’ Boston Whaler 2005 235 Conquest. Clean. Merc 250hp Verado with 211 hours. Hardtop, full wx-curtains; downriggers; fishbox w/pumpout; freshwater washdown; head with o/b discharge; shore power package; full electronics – all the bells and whistles. Slip available. $62,900. York Harbor Marine Service, 207-363-3602. 25’ Sea Fox 257 CC, 2004 W/twin Mercury 150hp. Saltwater Series. Demo boat. Full warranty. This boat is loaded. $39,900. Carousel Marina, 207-633-2922.


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ACADIA, 43’ Pilothouse Trawler Built By Penobscot BoatWorks 1969 Cedar/Oak/Bronze. Very comfortable, spacious layout for extended cruising/live aboard. Fwd cabin w/ double berth, head, large separate shower. Open galley, cozy saloon w/ settees port & stbd; one opening to double. Generous cockpit seats twelve. Extensive recent rebuild. Yanmar/Espar heat/Vacuflush/Wood stove. Price $175,000. See interior photos @ Call Thomas Townsend for details & specs. 860-536-9800/860-460-7654 Mystic, Conn.

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25’ General Marine Downeast 1987. Great small lobster boat, 351Cleveland/Windsor V8 inboard. Cuddy V-berth cabin w/ heat, in top condition. $23,000. 207-799-3600.

25’ Surfhunter, 1984 Volvo 260hp gas engine w/duo prop, 9 gph. Many upgrades by current owner 2004-2009. GPS, pressure water, vberth, head w/holding, trailer. Bob 401-4741275. 26’ Somes Sound 26 “Bai Ji Er”, with enclosed pilot house. Great day boat and small cruiser. Gas inboard. $165,000. Call207-255-7854, or email 26’ Somes Sound 26 Open launch “Salt Ponds”. Classic launch look with plenty of teak and bronze. $100,000. Call 207-255-7854 or email

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fuel economy, Fortune canvas, Garmin Electronics, and loaded with options, and less than 50 hours. Venture tandem axle trailer, with 4 wheel brakes. Reduced to $50k for quick fall sale. 207-266-2018.

32’ Island Gypsy Trawler, 1994 Single 250hp Cummins, 1800 hours, thruster, generator, queen berth forward, 2 side doors, galley up, good electronics. $109,000. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207363-7997.

28’ Albin HT (2), 2002 Yanmar diesel, very clean from $99,500. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207363-7997.

32’ Holland Downeast, 1989 There is nothing out there like SALLY G. She has undergone extensive restoration over the past 4 years. Since the work was completed, state of the art Simrad Electronics, 23’ Pulpit, and Custom Tuna Tower have all been added. The tower and pulpit were both done by Redman Marine. Sally G will do 30 knots and get you on the fish in a hurry with her 6 cylinder 315hp (1998) Cummins diesel(520hrs). This boat is for the serious fisherman who appreciates the quality Holland design and numerous upgrades. (This boat is a proven Fish-Raiser.) $159,000. Call Kyle at 207-439-9582 or email.

30’ Pro-Line Walkaround, 1997 Fishing/family layout, fish box, bait well, transom door. Cabin w/ galley and head, sleeps 4. $39,500. 207-799-3600.

31’ McLain Lobsterboat 1943 31’ x 8’ cedar-on-oak Maine lobsterboat built 1943 by Newell McLain in Thomaston. Presently outfitted for basic cruising, with head, woodstove, food locker, and V-berth for two. Large cockpit. Westerbeke 4-107 diesel. Charlena is located in Brooklin. Call 207-359-8593 or e-mail for more photos and info. Useable condition; $15,000. 32’ Down East New 32’ Carroll Lowell Down East design, cedar on white oak, silicon bronze fastenings, hull, trunk, deck, done, fuel tanks, shaft, rudder installed, will finish to your custom design, work or pleasure. 508-224-3709.

33’ Robinhood 2001 Flybridge Poweryacht. Yanmar 420hp diesel, 5kw genset, Raymarine radar, GPS, autopilot upgraded ‘06. Dark green hull. $275,000. Others available from $229,500$475,000. Robinhood Marine Center, 207-371-2343. 35’ Duffy FB Cruiser, 2000 Single Cat 435hp diesel, 587 hours. Sidepower thruster, dual helms, large cockpit and salon, galley down. Sleeps 4. Cruise 17 knots. Handsome green hull. $164,500. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207363-7997. 617-834-7560 Fax 978-774-5190 SAMS,®AMS®


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36’ Grand Banks, 1979 Twin Lehman 120’s. Excellent condition. Fully equipped for cruising. $99,000 or best offer. Call 781-461-2692 or email.

38’ H&H Osmond Beal, 2002 EcoFriendly custom Downeast liveaboard cruiser. Solar panels. Composting head. Fully insulated. Hurricane diesel heater. Yanmar 370, low hours. Spacious salon. Galley up. Island Queen. $225,000. 603770-8378.

38’ True North 38, 2003 Just traded. This True North 38 represents the best True North on the market today. Replacement cost is nearly double as this fine yacht includes: Generator, A/C, Espar heater, full electronics with color display,



hard back enclosure, central vac and so much more. Priced to sell at $318,500. Contact Cape Yachts, 866-657-9929. 42’ Bunker & Ellis,1958 ALERIA is prime for restoration. $120,000. Call 207-255-7854, or email 43’ Marine Trader, 1984 Priced to sell at $69,999. FMI contact Ocean Point Marina at 207-633-0773.

Yamaha. LPG stove/range, A/C, heat, inverter. Looking for 2 week minimum. Located on Buzzards Bay, Mass. Contact Dave, 508-728-5288.

bonded plywood/oak, S/S screws. Easy rowing and towing, steady underfoot. Primer paint. $1,100 and $1,400. Maxwell’s Boat Shop. Rockland, Maine. 207-594-5492.

47’ Novi Dragger, 1985 Fiberglass Atkinson Novi Dragger.43.8’ + 4’ extension. 15.5’ beam, 6’ draft. Good Condition. $135,000. Jonesport Shipyard, 207-497-2701.

18’ Echo Rowing The most advanced recreational rowing shell on the market today. This is a demo boat – one available. 207-799-3600.

cations offer you in-house, factory trained technicians ready to address your upgrades to the highest standards. Stop by or give us a call, we’d be happy to talk about your options. Kittery Point Yacht Yard 207-439-9582, Eliot yard 207-439-3967. Boat Rental Triumph Boats 17’ & 19’ Center Console available for half day, full day and extended rental. Guilford Boat Yards, View Details, Guilford, Connecticut 203-453-5031

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46’ Grand Banks for Charter Available for Charter: 46’ Grand Banks Classic 1996, Stabilized. 3 cabin layout, galley up, sleeps 6 in 3 cabins. Twin Cat 210hp., cruises about 8.5 kts. @ 5 gph. Vessel is stabilized with Naiad stabilizers. Full electronics, 3/4 canvas enclosure on bridge, Avon hardbottom w/new 15hp.

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new 22’ – 34’ boat, with 4-stroke outboard or diesel engine. Brokers welcome. Call 1-781259-9124. Moorings & Slips Small marina on beautiful Great Bay. 16’ to 30’ boats. Bay View Marina, 19 Boston Harbor Road, Dover Point, NH. 603-749-1800. Perfect Thank You Gift A set of lovely fitted sheets for their boat. Check for ideas or to arrange for a Gift Card. Ocean Master, Motor 40 years in big boats and small ships, BOATWISE instructor. Deliveries, training, management. 401-885-3189. Westerbeke 6 Cyl. Diesel Model 6-346, 120hp, 1050 hrs. with recently rebuilt 2:1 Paragon gear, engine harness, mounts and panel. Clean and well maintained. $3800. Call Fred 781771-1053.

Tilting Frame Ship’s Saw 36 Crescent Dayton motor, very nice shape. Cost $6,000 rebuilt. Selling Price: $3,000. New Canvas Option Introducing Center Harbor Marine Canvasóoffering expanded canvas services to cover and protect you and your investment! Contact Aimee Claybaugh through Center Harbor Sails, Brooklin, Maine 207.359.2003 Caribbean Big Boat Racing Race aboard the Swan 48 “Avocation”. Heineken, BVI, Antigua. Podium finish not guaranteed, but possible. New Sails. One week includes accommodations. Discount for 3 or more crew. Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe, Boat Transport Best rates, fully insured. Nationwide trucking and/or ocean freight. Reliable service. Contact Rob Lee, Maritime. 800-

533-6312 or 508-758-9409. Repower Special New Westerbeke 30B 3 Diesel in crate. 27hp, 3 cyl., 2.47:1 gear, flexible mts., 272 lb. List $9979, asking $8,000. Perfect Atomic 4 replacement. Jonesport Shipyard, 207-4972701. Slips & Moorings in N.H. Limited dockside slips and protected moorings available in pristine Great Bay, New Hampshire. Leave trailering behind and chase the big stripers more often. Reasonable rates. Great Bay Marine 603-436-5299 or New York Slip for Sale or Rent 45ft slip for sale or 2010 rental on City Island close to New York – Long Island Sound. Friendly secure marina. email to

Rental Moorings Sail beautiful Penobscot Bay. Seasonal moorings in protected Rockland harbor with an expansive float and pier facility for dinghy tie-ups and provisioning. On-site parking. 207-594-1800. Maine Chartering Consider chartering your boat(s) to help with those yard bills. Give us a call to talk about options. NPYC 207-557-1872 m m Marina For Sale For Sale: Wotton’s Wharf Marina in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For more information call Bruce Tindal at 207-633-6711.

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Gray & Gray, Inc. Great Bay Marine Great Cove Boat Club Gritty McDuff’s Hallett Canvas & Sails Hamilton Marine Handy Boat Service Hansen Marine Engineering Hinckley Yacht Charters Hoppy’s Fine Art Wares Howard Boats J-Way Enterprises J.R. Overseas John Williams Boat Company Jonesport Shipyard Journey’s End Marina Kent Thurston Marine Surveyor Kingman Yacht Center Kittery Point Yacht Yard Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Inc. Maine Cat Maine Sailing Partners Maine Veterinary Referral Center Maine Yacht Center Marblehead Trading Company Marine Engines Merri-Mar Yacht Basin Mike Martel Miliner Marine Services Mobile Marine Canvas Moose Island Marine Nauset Marine New Wave Yachts Niemiec Marine NorEast Marine Systems Norm Leblanc North Point Yacht Charter North Sails Direct Northeast Boat Hauling Northgear Novabraid Ocean Point Marina

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Ocean Pursuits 35 Padebco Custom Yachts 45 Pierce Yacht Co. 19 Points East Diesel Maintenance Workshop 63 Points East First Mate Workshop 64 Points East Radar Chartplotter Workshop 64 Pope Sails 53 Portland Yacht Services 13,37,80 Progressive Epoxy 73 Providence Boat Show 3 Questus Marine, Inc. 74 Robinhood Marine Center 21,71 Rockcoast Boatworks 47 Royal River Boatyard 23 Rumery’s Boat Yard 33 Russell’s Marine 75 Samoset Boatworks, Inc. 52 Save the Manatees 19 Scandia Yacht Sales 70 Sea Bags 27 Sea Hag Soaps 27 Seal Cove Boatyard 49 SeaTech Systems 75 Soundview Millworks 28 South Port Marine Yacht Connection 44 South Shore Boatworks 21 Spruce Head Marine 35 Stanley Scooter 52 Star Distributing 66 The Bilge Rat 26 The Yacht Connection 71 Townsend Acadia 75 U.S. Bells 26 Webhannet River Boat Yard 21 Wesmac 69 Wilbur Yachts 67 Winter Island Yacht Yard 46 Women Under Sail 28 Yacht North Charters 57,77 Yankee Boat Yard & Marina 80 Yankee Marina & Boatyard 80 York Harbor Marine Service 22,71

45 Y EARS & celebrating Thank you for your patronage & a wonderful season. From all of us at Brewer...

Mike Acebo Paige Acebo Ned Ahlborn Albert Albertson Russell Allard Michael Allen Alec Allison Mark Andrews Chris Andrianas Richard Arce Jason Arenberg Wayne Aubry Peter Aurigemma Jeff Bagnati Lorraine Baker Christina Ballantyne Joe Balsamo Keith Baptiste Peter Baptiste Jeff Barnett James Barney John Barney Victor Barreto Lance Barrow Grzegorz Bartoszuk Mihran H Batzanian Matthew Beer Paul Belisle Penelope Bennett Katelyn Berardi Janet Berg Jeff Bernier Scott Biette Matthew Binkoski David Bird Vinoode Bissoondial Cathy Black John Bottella Larry Brainard Howard Braithwaite David J Brander Scott Bratz Todd A Breden Jack Brewer John Brewer Bill Brown Jim Brown Callie Bubb Jeffrey Bubb Jeffrey C Bubb Jairo W Builes Lawrence Bumble John Burns Michael Burns Peter Burns Harry Butler Mark Byrnes Scott Carpenter Tarra Carroll Silvia Castro Alex Chadwick Gary Chandler Catherine Chapman Bruce Chappell Matthew Charters Buddy Chase Lisa Chasko Frank Chaves Karen Ciarmello Roger Clark Ronald Clark George Cochran Larry W Colantuono Patricia Cole

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Tyler Gilbert Paul Gilhuly Sean Gilligan Sue Gilot Danielle Giserman Tim Giulini Jamie Glashow Andrew Glod William Goeben Doreen Goldsmith Tommy Gomersall Michael Govoni Matt Graillat David Gray Luciano Greto Griffin Gribbel Amy Griffin Oscar Guerrero Erik Gunderson Robert Haggstrom Kyle Halda Warren Hall Kane Harrison Amy Haverly Philip Hawkins Curt Heath Jon Hendrickson Shari Herman David Heroux David Heroux Andrew Herrmann Michael Hetzel William Higgins Kathleen Hill Tom Hilton Stephen Hinckley Tim Hinckley Pat Hines William Hobby Zack Hobson Philip Hodgkins Dexter Holaday John Holbrook Daniel Holmes Brian Homan Liz Horan Eric Horn Mike Hotkowski Wayne Hughes Jason Hyde Jim Injaychock Marek Jachimczyk Daniel Jackson Scott Jackson Jim Jardin Albert Jenicek Bobbie Johnson Dave Johnson Jackie Joslyn Eulalio Juarez Joshua Karpiloff David Kegal Thomas Kehlenbach Andrew G M Kenny Christopher Keyworth J. Michael Keyworth Sydney Kingsbury Sam Knoblock Rudi Kobelt Wayne Kobrock Andy Kovacs Paul Kreiling Regina Kurz Paul Kurzawa

Charles Labash Collin Lachapelle Scott Lachapelle Richard LaDelfa Joanna Laffey John Lagalanti Gary Langlois Frank Lapetina John Lapointe Richard Lapointe Kurt K Larsen David Larusso Jeffrey Larusso Paul Latella Daniel Leask Kristina Lemanis Tom Lemos Brian Lenahan Cy Libby Ken Lidstone Andy Liljequist Dennis Lima Anthony Lividini Luis G Lugo Jr. Peter Lukens Tammy Malcarne Kevin Maloney Peter Manion Diane Mann James P. Manning Tony Manuppelli Richard Manwaring Michael Marcuccilli Samantha Marold Andrew Marshall Matt Marshall Vanda Martinez Joe Martocchia Anthony Matzkewitz Jeremy Maxwell Lloyd Mayberry Denis McAuliffe Amy McCann Chris McCann David McGhie Doug McGinley Mark McKenna David McKenney Jeffrey McMahon John McMahon Brian McManus William McNeil Jerome Mello Troy Messier Stephen Metzler Brandon Michaud Chick Michaud George Middleton William Mihopoulos Donald Mikalsen Charles Miller Gordon Miller Robert Mills William Miranda Tim Moll Webb Moore Doreen Moran George Morani Jon Moreno Jamie Morisio Rayon E Morrison Paul Muenzinger Christopher Mullen Micheal Mumford

Matthew Murphy Marynn Musto Nicholas Muzante Dereck Mychajlowskyj Robert Myron Hugo Navarrete Charlie Newcomb Thuan Nguyen John Nicolls III Kelly Norman Patricia Noto John O’Connor Joaquin Oliva Sean O’Shea Joseph Palmieri Loren Panowich Robert Panowich Adam Paquin Lynne Parenteau Scott Parker Anthony Parmigiani David Pavelko Bob Pavia Barbara Pearson Patrick Peck Piotr Pedzich Rose Pereira J. Santos Perez Michael Perito John Peterson Kristin Peterson James Phyfe Scott Pierce Edward Pilcher Jim Pinno William Plock Ron Poette Rives Potts David Pugsley Ron Pulley Kevin Purdy Stephen Purdy Dave Quirk Sharon Raiola Tom Raiola Rodolfo Ramirez Eric Rancourt Craig Renjifo John Reuschle Ernesto Reyes Mary Rice Dave Richard Colin Richardson Gustavo Rios Antonio Rioux Keith Ritchie Doug Roach Henry Robinson Timothy Robinson Seth Rodenbaugh Dave Rodrigues Jim Rolston Chuck Romeo Jose Rosales Glen Rossier Karen Rothman Ged Round Chris Ruhling Richard Rumskas Katherine Russell

Matthew Ryan Steve Saja Maureen Salaun Juan Salinas Andres Sanchez Marcos Santana Edgar Santos Dick Sciuto Thomas Scott Caleb Seacord Bernardino Secaida Timothy Sedlmayr Jon Seeber Vinnie Seiders Erika Sgambato Doug Sieffert Joseph Sieverman Hal Slater Jefferey Sleebos David Smith Jack Smith Jordan Smith Richard Smith Stanley Smith William J. Smith III David Smith, Jr. Ray Snow Bill Sopelak John Sorenson Wally Sorenson Fred Sorrento Viengkeo Souksavath Andrew Spaulding Tom Spencer Arron St. Sauveur Matt St. Angelo Bill Stankard Kelsey Stanton Brett Stephenson Rachel Stephenson Andrew Stino Michael Stoddard Rob Straight Samuel Streeter James Stulsky Rod Swift Roland Sylvia Robert Symes Janie Szkred Jodi Thomas Ken Tippett Carlos Tol Juarez Keith Toohey Walter Tramposch Anne Troy Mike Trubia Monica Tupac-yupanqui Bryan Turner Josh Twidwell Elmer Tyler III Brian Varney Jon Verity Elisa Virgilio Steven Wachter Fred Wadelin Mike Wall Kyle Warren Dick Waterhouse Betsy Welling Regan John Werner

Eben Whitcomb Shawn White Zach White Brian Wicander Thomas Wicander James Wiebe Edwin Wiggins Robert Wigham Kip Wiley Debby Willis Peter Wilson Jason Wojciechowski Michael Wojnar Charles Woods Caitlin Worcester Nathan Wroblinski Michael Yankowski Samuel York Andre Zaratin Jack Zeramby Jason Zeramby Maureen Zeramby Hans Zimmer

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Universal Diesel Engines

J-Way Enterprises Scituate, MA 781-544-0333


Kingman Yacht Center Cataumet, MA 508-563-7136

Merri-Mar Yacht Basin Newburyport, MA 978-465-3022 Westerbeke Diesel & Gasoline Engines

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Hansen Marine Engineering, Inc Marblehead, MA 781-631-3282

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Points East Magazine, December, 2009  

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