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The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England Volume 11 Number 9 Midwinter 2009



A Nova Scotia log


The second happiest day


“Severe thunderstorms off York...”

A Nova Scotia log


The second happiest day


Racing pages




A Connecticut boat cruises from Northeast Harbor, Maine, to the southeast coast of this province, as far east as Rogue’s Roost. By Charles J. Hodge

They loved their C-Dory 22 motorboat, Urchin, but the time came to find a new home for her, which was not a sad experience. By Thomas Moore

Sailing essentially solo, a New Hampshire sailor confronts 60-knot wind, thunder, lightning, fog, and dime-sized hailstones. By Mike Pothier


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Facing fears, rising to the challenge He broke his neck, responded to a Mayday. By Michael Tougias

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Tom Snyder

My latest reorg Focusing on elaborate systems. Dodge Morgan

Sad and good tidings in life’s news

Volume 11, Number 9 Publisher Joseph Burke

Lots of changes afoot. Dave Roper

The truth about mermaids The sighting changed his life. D E PA R T M E N T S Letters..........................................7 How to donate a boat; Unexplained light phenomenon.

Media ........................................50 “A Hard-Water World,” an icefishing book.

Mystery Harbor...........................10 Winners were liveaboards there; New mystery harbor, page 63.

Yardwork ...................................52 South Shore Boatworks; Cape Yachts; Lyman-Morse

News ..........................................17 USCG rescues four sailors; 100-foot ship sinks of Newfoundland.

Fetching Along ............................68 Islands have secrets

Dispatches ..................................18 Marinas clean up their acts.

Calendar.....................................71 Newport Winter Festival

The Racing Pages ........................44 Marion-Bermuda update; Mainer to circle world in a 10-foot boat.

Advertisers .................................86


Cape Cod Boatbuilders’ Show Check out the program for the 3rd Annual Cape Cod Boatbuilders’ show on pages 40-43.



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Boston Swan Boat? 1877: Custer’s Last Stand It was the age of the boat, as well as her character, that intrigued us. She was built in 1937, perhaps in May when the German airship Hindenburg blew up at Lakehurst, N.J., with a loss of 16 lives. That was a long time ago: It was only eight years after the start of the Great Depression, just two years before Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany after the latter invaded Poland, and four years before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. So, in awe of the decades to which she’d been witness – smitten by the classic lines these years reflected – we acquired our cedar-on-oak treasure and brought her home to try to give her a new life in Rhode Island waters. But our little princess is a mere sapling compared with a true queen, Boadicea, who, in 2008, celebrated her 200th birthday in West Mersea, England. Boadicea – named after Queen Boadicea of East Anglia, who waged war on the Romans around 61 A.D. – was built in 1808, when the United States of America was only 34 years old. This was the year a federal law was passed to prevent slaves from being imported into the United States, two years after Lewis and Clark completed their Pacific expedition, three years after the Battle of Trafalgar, and when Napoleon Bonaparte was putting the final touches on his short-guy complex as he rampaged through Europe. For two years, Queen Boadicea raided Roman settlements (for which she became one of England‘s greatest heroines); for 200 years, the 30-foot oyster smack Boadicea has plied British waters (for which she has long been a national treasure) and is today thought to be the oldest vessel in the world still sailed

on a regular basis. She worked commercially until 1938, and nowadays she races against other Old Gaffers (“If the breeze is up, we can hold our own,” claims her skipper) and in the fall, she drift-nets for herring. You say you don’t own a boat built of wood, that your “modern” fiberglass vessel can’t qualify as a time-capsule. Well, get this: Some fiberglass boats are already being called antiques, and many are considered classics. Why, in 1942 – in May that year, 19,000 U.S. Marines landed on Guadalcanal and other of the Solomon Islands during World War II – one Ray Greene, of Toledo, Ohio, built the first fiberglass boat, which was a dinghy. By 1947 (the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave in Jordan, the first UFO was recorded over Kansas, and test pilot Chuck Yaeger became the first person to fly through the sound barrier), my family was using 10-foot fiberglass Beetle Boat dinghies for fishing and duck hunting in a Buzzards Bay river. In 1952 (George Jorgenson becomes Christine Jorgenson after the world’s first sex-change operation in Denmark), Marscot Plastics in Fairhaven, Mass., was building their tough little 18- and 22-foot fiberglass motor launches, which became the famed Tripp Angler 18s and 22s, still built by E.L. Tripp in Westport, Mass. Well, you get the idea. As the late Fenwick Williams signed off at the end of his June 1967 (the Six-Day War . . . oh, the heck with it!) catboat-design monograph: "If it is already too late to avoid complete exhaustion of the reader's patience, interest and endurance, it may be just in time to avoid the collapse of the writer . . . ”

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Now, here’s how to donate a boat! Good evening shipmates. Here is a photo of Chester “Chuck” Bates alongside Grigri at Castine, Maine, the afternoon of Nov. 11 last year. Chuck has donated his beloved Albin 27 to Maine Maritime Academy. Against all odds and advice from fellow mariners, Chuck Bates (80 years young and recent stroke victim) got under way, solo, from his mooring at Damariscotta at 0700 on Nov. 5, and anchored in Rockland Harbor at 1630. The next morning, Chuck got Grigri under way for Castine, Maine, and arrived there at 1400. Grigri will be used as a committee boat each summer when MMA runs its annual sailboat races. Chuck’s motto is “Don’t say I can’t do it,” and both Grigri and Chuck have shown their colors many times along the coast of Maine. Probably, he knows more overnight anchorages than do most mariners, but he is not yet ready to tell their locations . Rowland Gilbert, Sr. CWO/USN/Ret. Friday Jr., Seaman Apprentice/Golden Retriever Damariscotta, Maine

Can anyone explain light quirk? I read David Roper’s article in the October/November 2008 issue, about getting scared especially where a crew lost a fine sailboat when they mistook a red flash of Thacher Island Light for Eastern Point (and that I can’t understand at all) and the green light of Straitsmouth Island Light for a buoy. I grew up in Scituate, Mass., moving to neighboring Cohasset when I graduated from high school, living there for 72 years. My favorite time was evening, when I’d go down a nearby beach and watch the

houses come on, something I enjoyed even as a little kid. It wasn’t long before these beacons – Minots, Boston, Graves, Marblehead and Bakers Island – became old friends. Once I had a most unusual experience, something I had never seen before or since, and I wondered if any reader also had this experience. A few years ago, at sunset, I happened to be at the Old Fort Independence in Hull, Mass., now a town park. I waited to see the lighthouses come on and recognized each one – Minots with its 1-4-3 flashes, Boston’s single white flash, Graves’ double white flash, Marblehead’s green beam, and Bakers Island’s red and white flashes. Beyond, there were two lighthouses, which I knew were eastern Point and Thacher Island. Both seemed to be showing a single white flash every five seconds. Thacher’s was supposed to be red, and I puzzled over this oddity. Was the lens broken? As it got darker, I saw Thacher’s white beam slowly turn to its correct red color. Nothing was wrong with the optic, of course, but I never came up with any solution. Was the beam too bright to show the color? No, I’ve seen many colored bright lights. Or was it something in the atmosphere? What do you think? On another subject: the building of the 19th-century warship Oliver Hazard Perry, which will become a sail-training ship out of Newport, R.I. Apparently, we have forgotten the fate of the 18th-century replica British warship Rose. As we all know, she appeared in the movie “Master and Commander.” Recently, a friend told me that he saw the Rose in San Diego, Calif., painted black, very dirty, and seemingly abandoned. Is this the ultimate fate of the Perry? Robert Fraser Belfast, Maine

Here’s my accident perspective I received a call from a good friend, inquiring whether I had read the “Perspectives” article featured in the September 2008 issue of Points East. After reading Mr. Morgan’s account of his “rocky” start to his summer season, I thought it might be appropriate to give my perspective. . . . I have never heard “sailors describe the risks of being run down;” however, I can tell you how it feels to have a large sailboat bear down on you while sitting at anchor fishing from a 19foot “small outboard boat:” The disbelief that such a large vessel is on a direct Points East Midwinter 2009


collision course with your own boat. The shouting, screaming, and blowing of your horn in futility, trying to raise the attention of the other boat’s captain. The attempt at starting the 6-year-old, two-stroke outboard in hopes it will fire on the first crank. The quick short pulls on the anchor line in hopes of moving the boat a few feet. Thinking it might be best to abandon ship in an effort to not be crushed by the enormous boat. Being thrown violently to the floor like a rag doll after being hit, or watching in disbelief as the other boat motors off without stopping to check if we were sinking. Hailing the Coast Guard on a VHF radio that had been tested many times but never used in an emergency. The Coast Guard offering to call me back on a cell phone because they couldn’t understand what I was saying. Spending the afternoon talking to the local police because the Coast Guard only investigates commercial accidents. Spending the early evening talking to the Environmental Police after being told the local police do not investigate boating accidents. If you haven’t figured it out yet, my brother and I are the “two fellows out fishing on a bright, sunny day” that Mr. Morgan mentions in his story. From my perspective, we were all very lucky that day. We were all lucky no one on either boat was hurt. We were also lucky that neither boat experienced any substantial damage. I was lucky Mr. Morgan paid for all damages. However, from my perspective, circumstances that led up to the event, and the way it was handled afterwards, could have, and should have, been handled differently. It is our responsibility to pay attention, operate safely, and be willing to accept responsibility for our mistakes, immediately. And please keep in mind how important it is to have adequate signaling devices on board. And, most important, always, always, wear your life preserver. Thomas Dion Somerset, Mass.

La mer, monikers and yacht clubs Thank you for running “Of La Mer and Monikers” in your December issue. We got a kick out of reading it again and of thinking of all the names compiled since (which I have on a list buried somewhere in my files). The inventiveness of mariners never ceases to amaze. We enjoyed as always the whole issue, and “Musings about Yacht Clubs” (Editor’s Page, December) was fascinating. We have had experienced so many, and they are so varied in appearance but usually not in their cordiality. We have always loved to cruise to Marblehead particularly, with its three great clubs – the Boston Yacht Club, the Corinthian 8

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and the Eastern. Usually we stayed at the Boston Yacht Club because we love to stroll the old town, but we have made it a point to stay at both the Corinthian and Eastern as well. They are like a trip through the Ritz, and I’ve never stopped being surprised at how windblown people such as us, in downto-earth boating clothes, could penetrate such inner sanctums and be welcomed. Also, the walks from both out to Marblehead Neck with its Chandler Hovey Park and greens and benches and grand views of the town shore and out to sea were continual happenings. And last time we put into the very wealthy port of Manchester, its yacht club was still the only one we knew of that didn’t charge for moorings. Launch service was always included. Love the ambience of every club we’ve ever been in; they have aesthetics all their own. Mary Jane Hayes Hanover, Mass.

Maine summer committed to list Friends Russ and Marty Roth, who keep their boat Skiya in Rockland, Maine, convinced us to base our trawler there, too, for several weeks of cruising this past summer, then recently asked us what our summer was like. They think I summed up the summer in Maine perfectly. Good things in the last few weeks 1. Saw Bob Marley (comedian) in Rockland. 2. Saw Tim Sample (comedian) in Rockland. 3. Ate at several good restaurants in Rockland. Cafe Miranda is our favorite. 4. Bought shoes in Camden. 5. Ate dinner with friends in Camden. 6. Attended boat show in Rockland. Drooled a great deal, but with pouring rain, no one noticed. 7. Had electronic issues attended to in Rockland. 8. Liked the harbor of Belfast. Nice place, good ice cream. 9. Attended farmers market in Rockland. Bought lifetime supply of olive oil-infused goat cheese. 10. Took a multi-week pass at a health facility/gym in Rockland. 11. Visited Owls Head Museum. Wonderful; got good pictures. 12. Installed Sat TV on board; gets NESN, and the Red Sox appreciated my viewership. 13. Took a side trip to Andover, Maine, Ellen’s family homestead/farm. Interacted with a group on environmentalists who squeezed a conservation easement out of Ellen’s folks. Good fun in the thunderstorm last Sunday.

USPS New Years’ resolutions I’m an experienced boater, why make resolutions you ask? Just remembering all of those rules is really quite a task. And so to set the record straight and clear up the confusion, Let me explain the reason for my New Years resolutions. I will turn on my blower, when I’m running rather slow ‘Cause CO is odorless and deadly, as you know. I’ll check flares and extinguishers, especially the date. Because in an emergency, there’s little time to wait. I wear a lightweight life jacket when voyaging around, Because in most fatalities, you’ll find the victim drowned. I’ll Vow to take a first aid class: learn CPR and more; When the emergency’s on board, help’s always on the shore When pumping fuel into my boat I promise to take care. Flying may be fun, but not when blown into the air.

And I will never use alcohol when I am the skipper, For a Captain under the influence is as dangerous as Jack the Ripper

When setting my boat’s anchor, the rode’ll be 7 to 1, Cause drifting on some muddy shoal is really not much fun.

I truly love cruising my boat, and don’t want one mistake, But there are times when I forget about my vessel’s wake.

I’ll monitor my fuel, remembering the rule of thirds; Endangering on empty is much more than absurd.

In the spirit of the New Year I will take time to pause, Remembering the injuries and harm my wake could cause.

I’ll check the weather forecast and always watch the sky, With rain you’re wet and soggy, but with lightning you can die.

These are my resolutions with appropriate explanations; To be a safer boater is high in my expectations.

I’ll go into new waters with GPS ’n chart in hand; What looks like tawny water, Mate, could actually be land.

I’ll do things right, forget misdeeds, remorses. Every boater needs U.S. Power Squadron courses.

Happy and Safe New Year! There’s navigational hazards, pilings and shoals you know, And using local charts could save you an expensive Tow.

Lt. Bill Hempel Peace River Sail and Power Squadron Charlotte County Fla.

When a person is in the water, my engines I will stop. I wouldn’t want to injure them with my razor sharp prop.

Good things while on water 1. Found Pulpit Harbor. 2. Found Holbrook Island Sanctuary and their two moorings. Ate mussels, met a local couple who sail a Moody 34; she commutes by bus from Belfast to NYC every other week. 3. Revisited Cradle Cove. Ellen got lost running her eight miles on Islesboro. 4. Had a visit from a young finback whale off Boothbay. He was curious and swam under our boat twice before leaving to investigate the sailboat behind us – sort of like a large dog. 5) Saved your list of “must-do” places for next trip.

6) Took ferry to Monhegan; nice afternoon of hiking. 7) Only used around 350 gallons of diesel in 36 hours of run time. Bad things while on the water 1. Radar crapped out in fog several times; fixed now. 2. Propane controls on board crapped out. I diverted the wiring back to manual, and now it is Capt. Tom’s problem to fix 3. Realized that all those people on multi-day schooner trips were less comfortable than us. Frank J. Wilich, Jr. Portsmouth, N.H. Points East Midwinter 2009


Points East as a sociology text Here is payment for what seems to be a fine magazine. Thank you (publisher) Joe Burke for returning a call to my home. I am looking forward to seeing what makes boating such a treasured way of life. We have just started out this year as part of this extended


community of real enthusiasts, obviously, as seen in this publication. Again, thank you Joe, for your call. I look forward to seeing those nice features of stories and experiences in this publication. Bill Starr Cheshire, Conn.


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We were liveaboards at December’s harbor This harbor (cove, actually) is in Oakland Beach, Warwick Cove, Warwick, R.I., in front of Timmy’s One Bay. Me and my girlfriend would eat at Timmy’s because we were liveaboards at Warwick Cove Marina. And the food and drinks were awesome. Angela and I lived in Warwick Cove for a year and a half aboard my sailboat, a 30 foot O’Day named Jesse’s Girl. We loved eating at Timmy’s One Bay Restaurant, which offers transient dockage for dining, and Iggy’s was also a favorite for clam cakes and chowder right on the beach. Centrally located, it was an easy cruise or sail to many popular locations: East Greenwich Harbor, Prudence and Patience islands, and Bristol Harbor. On many occasions we would anchor off Oakland Beach to watch spectacular fireworks over the summer. In the coldest winter months, the Quahoggers would keep the cove free of solid ice with their skiffs. The liveaboard community is a unique group of people who really look out for each other and maintain a safer environment for the marina in the nonboating months of the year. Jesse and I were able to help prevent several boats stored in the water for the winter from sinking. We have made friends at Warwick Cove that will be friends forever. We currently live on our 36-foot Pacemaker, Outlaw, in Stillhouse Cove, Cranston R.I. This will be our second winter on the Outlaw. We are one of four families living here year-round. We truly love this lifestyle, and cannot imagine being land dwellers ever again! Angela and Jesse James m/v Outlaw Cranston, R.I.

Harbor Light Marina. I haven’t been there for years, but it still looks the same. Willard Robinson. New Castle N.H.

Haven’t been there in years

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Took the mystery out of harbor Well, you certainly took the mystery out of Warwick harbor in Rhode Island. Thoroughly enjoy Points East, the saltiest publication around. Keep up the good work. I’d like to see a follow up on the case with Linda Greenlaw. I thought she was smarter than that. Is the catch so bad that she felt she had to cross the border? Bill English Hingham, Mass.

Maybe I’ll stop there next time Your mystery harbor is Warwick R.I. I’ve never stopped there for some strange reason; when I’m in Narragansett Bay, I always seem to bypass Warwick for places like Bristol, or Potters Cove on Prudence Island, or Jamestown. Maybe next trip I’ll stop in there. Mike Pothier s/v Dragonfly Eliot, Maine

Just a great hint, that’s all The Mystery Harbor is Warwick, R.I. I’d like to tell you that I recognized it only by my friend Mike’s boat in the first picture (burgundy top) and Charlie the clammer’s boat in the second picture. Warwick is a great place to boat with super-clean, warm water and plenty of amenities nearby. But the truth is it was a great hint. Anyway, this is the second harbor I’ve identified. Keep up the great work. Dana Shorey Salem, Mass.

I think it is Warwick Cove in Warwick, R.I. I

nize the bend in the harbor in the first picture in the distance. My family had a boat in that harbor when I was growing up. It seemed like a long channel to get to the bay, but now I realize it wasn’t that long after all. Am I right? First? Kathy Naughton N. Kingstown, R.I.

What’s this about documentation? I just sent in the application to document my boat. I'd always understood that one advantage of documentation was that you didn't have to register with the state but recently learned that some states do require it. The feds don't permit state registration numbers on documented boats so most states give out a different sticker. LA evidently hasn't gotten the message and is insisting on state numbers as well and there is a bit of a flap going on down there now. I decided to check about our fair state. -Posted by Roger Long

Kept quahog boat there 30 years This Mystery Harbor is Warwick Cove in Rhode Island. The reason how I know is because I have had a boat there for 30 years. And the little picture is Harbor Light Marina. And that dock in the first picture is a state-owned or public dock, and I have been launching my quahog boat there for over 30 years. Antonio Manish, Jr. West Warwick, R.I.

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Perspectives The truth about mermaids


une 15, 1608: In 1608, the English navigator Henry Hudson was skirting the polar ice off the Arctic coast of Russia in his second attempt to find a northeast route to the spice markets of China. Near the coast of Novaya Zemlya, Hudson made his log entry of 15 June: This morning, one of our companie looking over board saw a mermaid, and calling up some of the companie to see her, one more came up, and by that time shee was close to the ship’s side, looking earnestly upon the men: a little after, a Sea came and overturned her: From the Navill upward, her backe and breasts were like a woman’s; her body as big as one of us; her skin very white; and long haire hanging down behinde, of colour blacke; in her going down they saw her tayle, which was like the tayle of a Porposse, and speckled like a Macrell.

et…and please wear your hat.” The dinghy’s bow line hung limp like the anchor line of the bigger boat. The totally calm and clear sea appeared viscous, a thick gel that held the reflections of the bow lines of the two boats in its midst like fruit in a Jello. My sudden movement into the dinghy was startling in a world so still. I untied the bow line and pushed away from the big boat, picked up the wooden oars and slid them into their oar locks. The sudden shuffling of the oars echoed against the shore. “I might go ashore. OK, Dad? Might do some beachcombing,” I said. I pulled toward shore, my eyes aimed down at my feet. The oars were adult oars, too long and heavy for me, and I had to concentrate. There was a small pool of water in the bottom of the boat, and I watched it move forward and aft with each motion of my oar strokes. I spread my feet to the side of the bilge, trying to keep them dry. Then I looked over my shoulder to check on my progress toward shore. The sandy beach and rocks and pine trees were getting close, and I began to smell the decaying seaweed left behind by the tide. The tide had been dead low, and its flood was just now beginning. I knew that in its retreat six hours before it would have left other things behind. It would be a good time for beachcombing, I thought. I walked perhaps a half-mile, a long ways for a nine-year-old. Combing was good. I found three horseshoe crabs, those foot-long shelled creatures that look like miniature brown tanks, their tails like great cannons coming out of the turrets. I moved on, lost in my world of exploration. I found a bottle with a cork in it (though no note inside), a bright-yellow orphaned lobster buoy, and a broken hockey stick. The bottle excited me the most because someday I knew I’d find one with a note in it. It might be a note from someone who was in trouble, and needed my help. I was thinking about that, imagining where the note would be from, and how I would help, when I rounded a bend in the shore. I didn’t realize it at first because I was looking down, but I was walking into a U-shaped indentation made by years of hammering and then funneling of the Atlantic ocean against the shore. It was a secluded nook, about 30 yards deep

David Roper

*** July 11, 1959: 44.04N/68.35W, a small island east of Isle au Haut, Maine: When I was nine years old I saw two mermaids. Really. I understand why you might doubt me. So be it. But when I was nine years old, I saw two mermaids. Period. It could have been just another false sighting, another apparition, like the ones in those handwritten captains’ logs of square-rigged vessels roaming the oceans looking for whales, or from the sailors’ journals aboard the spice traders journeying back from Zanzibar. It could have been written off as just one more incident out of a young boy’s imagination. But a stream of events flowed forth from that moment when I saw them, on that hot, languid day in July of the year 1959, that made me much different from other nine-year-olds. But that’s another, much longer story. Early on that morning of the sighting, my father and I had hidden from the heat under the canvas awning in the cockpit of Phyllis, our old wooden cutter. We were anchored in a rocky Maine cove that was somewhat open to the Northeast. Dad had hoped for a breeze to cool us, but it was not to be. The anchor line lay limp of the end off the bowsprit. “Why don’t you get in the dinghy and practice your rowing?” Dad asked. I nodded. “And don’t forget your lifejack12 Points East Midwinter 2009

But the tail. It was a tail, and it was bent around, partly under a rock, where the other creature, who looked about the same, lay curled up, perhaps sleeping. and 50 yards wide, and framed by two high, narrow arms of protruding rock. The nook’s only access was at low tide, around these jutting walls, and along a short, normally submerged stretch of beach. The only other way to reach it was by boat, and I could see numerous nasty ledges now uncovered to seaward. A gull flew close overhead, crying, but I didn’t look at it. I didn’t look at it because I was frozen by another sight. At first, it seemed just another scene from my vivid imagination, only this time I realized I hadn’t willed this. I was looking at two creatures curled against a smooth boulder near the sea. They glistened in the sunlight, their lower halves like scales… shiny, reflective. Their upper torsos were soft, pink and smooth like the morning’s sunrise, or like the skin on my friend Johnny Wyman’s baby sister. Motionless, mesmerized, my eyes wide with wonder, I simply and silently mouthed one word: mermaids. One of the creatures was running her hands through her long black hair. Her back was arched, her head tipped back. Then she shook her head and ran her


hands through her hair again. I looked at her whole body, up and down, over and over, my eyes each time skidding to a stop at her breasts. I looked at her face and thought of the paintings of angels I’d seen at the museum, faces smooth and rosy with the kind of pink that comes from being a bit embarrassed. But the tail. It was a tail, and it was bent around, partly under a rock, where the other creature, who looked about the same, lay curled up, perhaps sleeping. It was all too much for a little boy, and I backed away slowly. They were probably 150 feet off, and hadn’t heard or seen me. Never taking my eyes off of them, I backed around the corner of protruding rock and jutting shore that protected the cove until they were out of sight. Then I leaned against the ledge, took a deep breath, closed my eyes, counted to 10, and looked around the corner again. They were still there. And then, I ran. Dave Roper is in the midst of writing a book about what happened in his life from ages 9 to 21 after, and due to, his mermaid sightings.

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wonder if this global recession plays any role in the rash of sad news we have witnessed recently. Olin Stephens died, Francis Stokes died, I sold Wings of Time, and Tom Snyder has put Blue Moon up for sale in an announcement in the October/November issue, ending his affair with sailing. A footnote to the impressive list of achievements for both Stephens and Stokes would be that they were true gentlemen. Neither of them were inclined to sound out their successes. Both carried a quiet, self-effacing presence that exuded a fundamental self-confidence, at least to those with the ability to sense it. I once witnessed Olin’s appearance before students in a boat-design class. He wore expressions of pleasure as he listened to the young people extol their creative ideas. It took a direct question for him to speak up: The student who wanted to know the most important factors in rudder design got a classic Stephens answer, objective and precise yet ending with the question, “What do you think?” Olin chatted up the design ideas that flowed from the class and only spoke of his own when one student asked if Dorade was really what gave him his start in the hierarchy of designers. Francis was the classic solo sailor, competing before the spotlight on the sport became red hot. He sailed a production cruising boat, unheralded in a number of solo ocean races, and may be known most for his rescue of fellow sailor Tony Lush in a BOC circumnavigation. Lush’s boat dropped its keel, flipped, and finally sank just as Francis hauled him aboard his boat. I understand Lush brought just his passport and a bottle of booze with him since he knew Francis to be

a nondrinker at sea. I once watched as Francis sat in attentive silence with a group in the bar on Goat Island as one guy blared out his rather meager solo techniques and achievements, probably unaware he was in the company of one of the best. I have actually sold my Wings of Time, which keeps me one boating step ahead of Tom Snyder who has simply put the forsale sign on Blue Moon. I still have the little, old schooner Eagle, so am not carrying my oars inland until someone asks what they are. Ironically, it takes me a half-hour to get under way with the schooner, which I am keeping, and three minutes with the sloop I have sold. What I do next remains a question. Sailing the schooner is a revisit to the past – no electronics, no sail-handling gear, no standing headroom, no self-steering, camping-style galley. I have owned this 82-year-old for 40 years. Another boat now? Sail or motorsailer or power? I have decided to carefully observe Snyder’s upcoming lifestyle decisions for the entertainment value and for evidence of where popular trends are not heading. My guess is that Tom will avoid wet, cold places, varnished surfaces, and boat brokers. I hope he will tell us how to laugh our way out of this global recession. On the heartening page of life’s news, I note that F. E. “Ted” Hood and a family crew took top honors sailing his recently restored, first-design Robin to victory. And I sailed Eagle back to Paul Bryant, at Riverside Boat in Newcastle, wing-and-wing all the way from Cape Small to the Damariscotta River entrance. Dodge Morgan singled handed around the world in 1986. He now sails out of Swans Island, Maine.

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What’s not to like about this reorg?


found a note that I wrote to myself a few years ago. It said: “If I ever don’t have a sailboat, I’m going to have to find another place to focus my love of elaborate systems.” This note was buried deep in a …Well, honestly, where do we find things buried deeply these days? We, of course, find them within a hierarchy of folders on a laptop computer. And this goes directly to my point. That note appeared this morning when I was cleaning out and reorganizing my computer files. About every two months, I announce to my wife that I am doing a “reorg.” (In business, that used to be a dreaded word: reorg. It meant that consultants were going to be eating lunch in the cafeteria. These professionals have the personal affect of a kindly therapist and a ruthless passion for bold experiments in human efficiencies that meant jobs would be lost.) My reorgs are no less potent. During my most recent, I decided that my home-insurance files would no longer be found under “Properties,” but now would be filed under the vastly more sensible “Family” category. This thoughtful shift was inspired by a whole new way of thinking about my priorities. Now, as I look across the landscape of my high level folders, I see categories that are meaningful. Imagine looking at folders called “Family,” “Public Service,” “Work,” “Personal Growth.” It is all so lovely and efficient I can hardly bear it. Previously, home insurance has been filed under “Properties,” and before that, under “Financial,” and before that, under “Contracts,” and before that, under “Risks.” I think anyone would agree that this most recent reorg is going to make me more proficient, happier and a better person. Alright then! See what I meant in that little note I found? Just look at the above. Thinking about systems is a full-blown hobby. Add a boat to the mix and… well, a boat can be described as a mounting surface on which to install systems. I’m not saying all, or even most, boaters have such a suspicious relationship to their vessel. A few do, and we do more than our part to keep the modern marine hardware

industry alive. To that extent we are heroes, I suppose. The opportunities are ever-expanding in the marine world. Take refrigeration, for example. The opportunity for monitoring and controlling efficiencies is spectacular. Once you have your fridge installed, you will quickly want to save on fuel by powering it with a solar panel, the output of which you will want to enhance with a nifty piece of electronics that senses and maximizes its behavior. Then, with a little thought, you will realize that on cloudy days you will need a backup of wind power, which will nicely fill in the gaps unless the wind is blowing too hard. Your battery needs to be protected from such an overload. But here again is another opportunity for efficiency: Shunt any extra surge of wind energy into a heating coil inside your fresh hot-water tank. And speaking of batteries, the refrigeration demands on these hard-working cells can be monitored with an amperage-sensing device the output of which can be sent directly to a spreadsheet on your laptop. But why stop there when a wireless thermometer inside your fridge can send cooling-cycle data to that same spreadsheet? Now to close the loop on the entire refrigeration system, you need merely to write a macro program that will discover within your dataoptimizing scenarios. Fun? Yes sir. By some therapeutic lights, however, it has been suggested that people who fill their time with dreams of robust organization and its associated devices are hiding from emotion. I couldn’t agree more, and believe me, I’m working on it. By the way, that is a separate project filed under “Personal Growth.” Back to the note. Having sold my boat, I am considering the hobby of bicycle touring. Obviously the first project will be to install a trailer rack on which to mount my gear. I figure that any efficiency lost due to the added weight will be offset by the maximizing breakthroughs waiting for my attention.

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News Coast Guard rescues four off Block Island The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a storm-ravaged sailboat Dec. 20, about seven miles south of Block Island, R.I. The crew of the 45-foot Moonshine left East Greenwich, R.I., the day before, bound for Puerto Rico, when they were caught by the storm, which ripped their sails and disabled their propulsion. Aboard were Jacob A. Freedman, 27, of East Greenwich, the owner and skipper; his father, Michael Freedman, 57, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two others. At the time of the rescue, air temperature was 39 degrees; water, 42 degrees. They activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). The Coast Guard received the signal and tracked their position. The First District Command Center in Boston, launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Point Judith, R.I. and a helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod. Both crews arrived at about 1 a.m., at the last position the EPIRB indicated, but because of the 30- to 40-knot winds, the sailboat was drifting out of position faster than the beacon could transmit. Visibility was less than one mile, and the seas were 8 to 12 feet high. The crew of Moonshine shot off a flare, and the rescue crews located the disabled sailboat and determined no one was injured. The motor lifeboat crew took Moonshine in tow. After a nearly seven-hour transit, they arrived near Montauk, N.Y., and transferred the tow to a Station Montauk lifeboat crew, which took Moonshine and crew safely to Montauk later that morning. “If they didn’t have the EPIRB or flares, it would

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The battered 45-foot Mooneshine lies alongside a Montauk Point, N.Y., dock after a seven-hour tow by a 47-foot Coast Guard lifeboat out of Point Judith, R.I.

have been extremely hard to find them out there in the snow,” said Lt. J.G. Ben O’Loughlin, the watchstander at the command center in Boston. For more details, visit

100-foot French ship sinks off Newfoundland A French cargo ship with a crew of four capsized and sank off the southern coast of Newfoundland Dec. 2, the Canadian Coast Guard in Halifax, Nova Scotia, reported. The 100-foot Cap Blanc, headed for its home port in St. Pierre & Miquelon, was carrying a cargo of road salt when it capsized without issuing a distress signal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. A search wasn’t launched until the ship was reported late in arriving, Coast Guard officials said. Divers reached the ship 12 miles south of Marystown, Newfoundland, before it sank completely and got re16 Points East Midwinter 2009

sponses to knocks on the hull, but no one emerged. Jeri Grychowski of the Canadian Coast Guard rescue coordination center in Halifax told the Canwest News Service searchers found one of the ship’s three lifeboats, but no survivors. Two Coast Guard ships and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police patrol boat searched through the night and helicopters, and aircraft returned to the air at sunrise the following day, the reports said. For more information, visit

Briefly LNG tanker loses power off Boston The 920-foot tanker Suez Matthew, carrying 31 people and a full cargo of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) it was carrying from Trinidad to Boston, lost power late on the night of December 27 and drifted for about an hour. The LNG carrier was escorted to a Broad Sound anchorage by the USCG cutter Jefferson Island and two tugs, where Coast Guard inspectors and investigators attempted to determine why it lost power. The tanker conducted a successful propulsion test early on the 28th. FMI:

Cape show to highlight custom builders The Third Annual Boatbuilders’ Show on Cape Cod will return to Hyannis Feb 13-15 at the Resort Conference Center. This year, more than 40 exhibitors and a large variety of custom-built sail and powerboats will provide a showcase of “Made in Massachusetts” boatbuilders. This year’s exhibitor list includes Arey’s Pond Boat Yard, Beetle Cat, Howard Boats, and Marshall Marine. Points East is the media sponsor for the show, so drop by our booth and say hello. FMI:

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The remains of a schooner that collided with a steamship and sank near Block Island, R.I., 106 years ago has been found by Mark Munro of Griswold, Conn., and his Sound Underwater Survey group and the Baccala Wreck Divers about six miles southeast of Block Island. The two groups had been searching for the bones of the Jennie R. Dubois since 2002. According to Munro, the five-masted schooner was the largest ship ever built on Connecticut’s Mystic River. The sinking occurred only 19 months after the Dubois was launched. The wreckage was identified in late summer 2007, but the discovery was not revealed until further investigations could be made. The divers will present their findings in Mystic in February. FMI:

Periwinkler dies on Lubec sandbar The Coast Guard ended its search Dec. 3, for a Lubec, Maine, man who went missing Tuesday night while he was harvesting periwinkles at low tide in the Lubec Narrows near Eastport, Maine. Christopher Ferguson, 30, and Dennis Knox, both of Lubec, went to the narrows together but separated to look for the sea snails. Knox later heard his friend yelling for help and responded by running to shore to get assistance. Two Coast Guard boats, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, a Maine Marine Patrol boat, Washington County sheriffs, the Lubec Fire Department, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police saturated the area during the 17-hour search for Ferguson. The total search effort included more than 60 responders and covered 27 square nautical miles. Though the wind and seas were calm for the search, the 20-foot tidal range and six-knot current, one of the strongest in the country, made it difficult at times for boats to access the area. Cold air and water temperatures – 38 and 48 degrees respectively – complicated the search. FMI:

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DISPATCHES/From our obser vers

Clean Marinas: No longer the bad-old days By Carol Standish For Points East Back in the bad-old days, we boaters and marina people thought nothing of tossing, rolling and dribbling any old toxin and average icky stuff into the ocean, bay, river or stream we loved to play in. (I make a grateful exception for the habitually fastidious) but basically, we just didn’t know any better. Late last century, however, the increasing degradation of coastal waters came to the attention of the federal government, and in 1990, The Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program was established by Congress to be jointly administered by NOAA and the EPA (“nonpoint pollution” is governmentese for runoff). This program became the proud parent of the Clean Marina Programs that have since been established in more than 20 states, Maryland and Florida being the first in the late 1990s. According to the NOAA Office of Coastal Resource Management, “All the state programs encourage marina operators and recreational boaters to protect coastal water quality by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures.” Some states are very proactive. In coastal New England, Connecticut was the first to design and launch a voluntary state-certification program in 2000. Maine’s effort got rolling in 2004 and Rhode Island’s started in 2007. At the end of 2008, according to a survey by “Marine Dock Age”, Connecticut had a total of 14 marinas certified clean. Maine boasted 15, and Rhode Island added a second in the second year of its program.

Connecticut The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection administers the voluntary program and provides a self-assessment check-list. When the marina operator believes the tasks on the list have been successfully completed, a visit is scheduled for representatives from the program to confirm compliance. The state guidelines cover 15 major categories of clean-up, everything from mechanical activities, and painting to emergency management. Mystic Shipyard, West is a certified Clean Marina. “We’re one of largest facilities to be awarded the designation,” says owner, Jeff Marshall. Located on seven acres on the Mystic River, the yard is a full-service, year-round operation, with 22 employees and 350 customers. The shipyard offers a broad spectrum of marine services, including shipwright, fiberglass, electronics, mechanical, rigging, canvas and steel. 18 Points East Midwinter 2009

Achieving the certification was “well worth the expense and the effort,” says Marshal. “It was really positive move in the eyes of both the customers and the crew. It affects everybody, and it’s safer.” Some of the down-and-dirty details of the effort include pre-sorting all trash for appropriate recycling, using more advanced (and expensive) tools like dustless sanders, installing complicated catch systems for storm water and other “gray” water, all of which create not only initial expenses, but also a higher operations costs. “Collecting power-washing waste water, treating it and having it removed is the biggest and most expensive operation. Hazardous waste is the most difficult,” says Marshal. “To think it all used to go into just one dumpster!”

Rhode Island The Rhode Island Clean Marina Program was developed by the state Coastal Resources Management Council with support from the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Department of Environmental Management, and Save the Bay. It, like similar programs around the country, is a voluntary initiative to encourage “best management practices to improve daily operations.” Management and staff at Point Judith Marina are all for it. Dockmaster Anne Skorupski loves her job. “We’re the first full service marina in the state to receive certification,” she says proudly. The marina provides gas, diesel, pump-out service, certified mechanics, winter storage, three docks and dry stack for 40 boats. “We’re big on testing,” says Skorupski. “Our storm water and spill water is captured in a closed loop. Water samples are sent out.” Residue in the bottom of holding tanks is hauled off. “I am required to know where the toxins are going. I have to sign a statement,” she says. “If a paint can is found in a landfill in upstate New York, it can be traced right back to me.” (Most of it gets incinerated.) The crew at Point Judith is not resting on their laurels, however. “We all were already environmentally conscious. It was a team effort that we were rewarded for by receiving the designation. Now we’re striving to raise the bar,” says Skorupski. “Next we’re planning to install solar panels to heat the building and the pool and researching something called a ‘rain garden’ to filter water along the bulkhead.”

Massachusetts Although Massachusetts and New Hampshire have no active certification programs, both states publish

guidelines for cleaning up, and, according to Lisa Capone, press secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the state of Massachusetts is proactive. She writes: “a suite of environmental regulations are in place to ensure that the marina industry minimizes its impacts on coastal water quality [with] the CZM (Coastal Zone Management) providing regulatory and technical support at the request of the marinas − with CZM support always only a phone call away. “Since distribution of the Clean Marinas Guide in 2001, CZM staff have presented at numerous industry workshops to provide direct education to industry representatives. In 2004, as part of a comprehensive effort to assist marinas in tackling the pressure washing issue, CZM awarded $12,500 each to Cape Ann Marina in Gloucester and Arey's Pond Boatyard in Orleans for the installation of treatment systems that will remove pollutants from pressure washwater. Each of these facilities hosted a demonstration project… [for] marina operators and state officials. Since then [more than 20] marinas have installed treatment systems and are now in compliance. “In 2007, CZM, in coordination with MMTA, held two regulatory compliance workshops that tackled the industry’s main concerns…pressure washing, stormwater management, and hazardous materi-

als…. In 2008, CZM released ‘A Guide to Selecting Pressure Washing Management Practices and Technologies.’ In 2009, CZM will release a comprehensive marina regulatory compliance checklist. Used…with the ‘Clean Marina Guide’, it will help facilities come into full compliance.” Charlie Swain was one of the authors of the 2001 guide and had already been practicing “best management practices” at Edward’s Boat Yard in East Falmouth for 20-plus years prior to 2001. Established in 1951, the venerable yard is located adjacent to the Route 28 bridge on the Childs River which empties into Nantucket Sound “We’ve had a pump-out station here since the mid-1980s, probably the first on the Cape, says Charlie. “Originally, Fish and Wildlife helped with that. It was a big improvement. Research people use our dock year round for water testing.” Swain continues to do all he can “Nothing goes into the water,” he says. The next big step would be pressure-washing facility but to do it right would cost 25 or 30 thousand. “That’s not easy in this economy,” he says.

New Hampshire New Hampshire marina owners seem to be a little better off than their neighbor to the south. The state


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We cruised from Northeast Harbor, Maine, to Nova Scotia’s southeast coast, from Cape Sable Island to Halifax. By Charles J. Hodge For Points East his was the last leg of the Stonington (Conn.) Cruising Club annual cruise, which last July targeted Penobscot Bay and the Mount Desert region and took place over several weeks. Two boats planned to extend the trip and go to Nova Scotia for the first time. This was typical of SCC, a small club


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whose members work closely together to improve their sailing skills. The following report is from the log of Surprise, the Little Harbor 44 my wife, Cathy, and I cruise aboard. We left Northeast Harbor on Aug. 1, at 5:30 a.m., to start our first leg of the trip to Shelburne, Nova Scotia. It is cold, about 60 degrees, with wind from the east-northeast at 10 knots. Ken and Susan Packie

A richly hued sunset was one of Surprise’s rewards after a long, cold, foggy passage with wind on the nose much of the time.

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sailed Golden Mean, an Able 45 foot sloop. We exited the Mount Desert region through the Western Passage and steered 140 degrees M toward our first waypoint south of Cape Sable Island. We planned to stay well away from the mouth of the Bay of Fundy and the waters close to the southern tip of Nova Scotia because of the remarkable currents that can make navigating there dangerous. During the first hour, we dodged lobster pots in dense fog, which had arrived to stay for the next 24 hours. Both Golden Mean and Surprise motor-sailed to maintain an average speed of about 5.5 to 6 knots.

This was not exactly like sailing the Drake Channel, but we were hoping that the sun might make an appearance. It didn’t. At noon, the wind was on the nose and was expected to stay there, southeast, for the next 36 hours. There was a moderate chop slowing us down as well. We discovered a new noise from the top of the mast when the forestay moves under pressure after hitting a wave – sort of a creaking noise as if two metal parts are rubbing together under pressure. We’d have to go up the mast when in Shelburne to ensure the integrity of the masthead. Points East Midwinter 2009


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Golden Mean decided they did not have enough fuel (40 gallons) to do the trip safely in these conditions, and Ken and Sue reluctantly turned back. We would miss their company, and we felt for them after all the planning they both had done to make this trip a reality. We decided to keep going with a fairly good course, about 20 degrees off the rhumb line with a lee-bow current due to the ebb from Bay of Fundy. It was a little clearer by 2 p.m., with visibility about a mile. The seas had flattened out a bit and sailing on starboard tack is quite comfortable. Wind was from south-southeast at 14 knots. We just tacked so as not to get too far into the Bay of Fundy with its difficult currents. I believed that we had crossed the Hague Line. The wind died at 7 p.m., and we motored in dense fog using radar full-time with half-hourly chart plotter checks for position and to be sure our cross-track error is not too large. We have about three knots of favorable current. At 8 a.m. the next morning, we were 15 miles south of Blonde Rock and about 25 from Brazil Rock. It was foggy and cold all night. There were vague returns, never lasting more than a minute or so, on our radar all night. We saw no traffic other than what we took to be the Cat, the high-speed, car-carrying ferry traveling between Portland, Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, N.S. We had two knots of obliquely unfavorable current as we headed toward Brazil Rock. We needed to sail at about 100 degrees to keep a course over the ground (COG) of 83 degrees M. This is a great place for the tracking option of Auto Bob, our Ray Marine auto pilot. We changed watches every two hours. This was about as long as either of us was comfortable watching the radar with the visibility at about 100 feet; besides, there was a need to warm ourselves. This got me fantasizing about how one might make a dark and foggy drink, as opposed to a Dark and Stormy one. I have decided to offer a prize for the best recipe. The prize will be a genuine picture, suitable for framing, signed by yours truly, of Nova Scotia fog. My baseline recipe is this: Dark ’n Foggy 2 oz. Canadian Club whiskey 4 oz. Molson – or Labatt if you like hockey Garnish with small piece of salmon. Drink rapidly – and often. The fog slowly lifted, and, just like that life was good. We were surrounded with sea life – hundreds of whales, small ones, big ones and mammoth ones, tons of seals and porpoises and, of course, seabirds. It became apparent that the mysterious evanescent returns on the radar during the night had been sea mammals surfacing and diving. As the sun warmed us we started to peel some of the layers of clothing

from the previous night. We passed Brazil Rock at 3 p.m., in a warming and drying sun. The fog descended again however, but the sun had irrevocably buoyed our spirits. We finally motored past MacNutts Island and entered Shelburne Harbor, thus seeing the shore of Nova Scotia for the first time. We motored the five miles up to the Shelburne Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) and hailed them on Channel 16. They helped us dock and directed us immediately to the phone for Canadian Customs.

Shelburne The customs officer, of course, asked about alcohol and we told him that we had five or six bottles of wine and some hard liquor as well. They asked if we were going Photo by Dennis McKay to leave it here in Canada. We said, “No, we’re going to drink it Cathy Hodge, left, and Sue McKay bracket skipper/author Charlie Hodge on here.” No problem and no duty. We “Surprise Beach” at Port Mouton. were checked in by phone in less large thunder storms, and passing the annual than five minutes, and were then off to a mooring. A Shelburne schooner races. We had a relatively brief little wine and pasta warmed us before a deep sleep. sail, then the wind died and we motored about eight The next day, Dennis and Sue McKay, friends from hours to Port Mouton. SCC, joined our company to cruise with us for the next two weeks. Port Mouton It was Aug. 4, and we planned sail to Port Mouton, We arrived at about 9 p.m., in the dark. It was fogbut first we refueled, shopped, and looked for the gy and necessarily slow going as we entered the narsource of unusual masthead noise. Dennis went up rows of the Western Passage to get behind Spectacle the mast and discovered problems with the forestay Island. A few navigation notes: The quick flasher at connection, which he quickly remedied. Our chores the shoal in Western Passage was on the north side of done, we departed for Port Mouton, skirting several the shoal, not the south as indicated on the charts.

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Also, the anchorages behind Spectacle Island were cluttered with fish-farm pens, so we anchored off the Beach at Carter’s Island. We were maybe 200 feet from the beach in about 40 feet of water and holding well. We christened the unnamed stretch of sand Surprise Beach. To get a sense of the terrain here, I have listed some of the local place names: Lost Hope Island, Lesser Hope Island, Devastation Reef, Massacre Island, Coffin Island, Enrage Point and Hells Reef.

Surprise Beach The next morning, we explored “Surprise Beach” next to Carter’s Island. It was absolutely beautiful, made of soft, white sand and close to deserted but for the couples on Sweet Dreams, a new Perry-designed sloop we first met in Shelburne. Like everything else in Nova Scotia, these new friends from Maine were helpful and friendly, then we left through the Eastern Passage, sailing past Medway Ledge to the entrance of LaHave River. Note: Green Bay, just west of La Have River entrance, would be a fabulous stop in a northerly wind if there were no swells from the south. The sail to the LaHave River was into the face of a 16- to 20-knot north-northwest breeze. We eventually reefed and put in several long tacks. The trip was long, slightly over eight hours, for only 32 miles since we were hard on the wind; but the sailing was good and well suited to our Little Harbor. Dark ’n Stormies were consumed with gusto after we anchored south of the hill on Mosher Island in an area known as Sloop Cove, which we had all to ourselves with a spectacular sunset. We christened the beach in front of us Bolero Beach in honor of Sue and Dennis’s boat.

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LaHave River YC Having had several long and fairly tough days of sailing, the next day we headed for the La Have River Yacht Club. We stopped at the La Have Bakery several miles up the LaHave River. This was an old boatyard that’s now a co-op. The upper floor is a gnarly skate board shop. There are very basic showers, washing, and toilet facilities on the second floor. On

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Lunenberg We sailed to Lunenberg the following day – a nice downwind sail after motoring down the LaHave River. Cathy spotted a small hole in the jib at the level of the spreader, and we saw that there were no spreader patches on this new composite genoa. We took the jib to the Yacht Shop and Marina on the Lunenburg waterfront. They are affiliated with North Sails, and they agreed to pick it up, fix it and return it by 4 p.m. This was yet another example of the extreme graciousness of the Nova Scotians. We then headed for shore, toured the fabulous Bluenose schooner (the only nonhuman member of the Canadian Hall of Fame), and had a very nice dinner at Magnolias. Aug. 8 was a relaxing day spent in Lunenburg, a World Heritage Site. We had a waterside breakfast, did the laundry, got some booze, found some replacement light bulbs for the boat, and picked up the jib after a $65 repair. The weather was variable, with occasional showers. We bought Surprise, previously named Minx, here five years ago, and we really love this town. We stopped at the local foundry and obtained a Lunenburg brass seal to mount in our cabin to indicate that this is the emotional home of 26 Points East Midwinter 2009

Surprise. This was the weekend of the Lunenburg folk festival, but we managed, somehow, to miss all of them, but we’ll be back next year to make up for this lapse in judgment. We stopped to eat at The Knot Pub with its perfect pub food and lots of activity. Then we went to hear a man named Jeff Coats play and sing blues at the Simple Moment Cafe. We took off in a gentle southeast wind the next morning, and entered Mahone Bay after passing between East Point and Cross islands, then inside Little Duck Island. We then decided to put up the chute. This worked well until the sheet became jammed in the turning block, and we had a Chinese fire drill getting it down while screaming along at close to 8.5 knots. Navigating in this bay for the first time was a bit confusing because of the multitude of beautiful islands, but we got to Prince’s Inlet and the Lunenburg Yacht Club. They were full because they were hosting a J/29 regatta. It looked to be a very nice club, with fuel, water, showers and a restaurant. But we left and were rewarded with a beautiful anchorage, all to ourselves, on the west side of Covey Island. We topped off the evening with a nice meal and an outstanding game of scrabble with Bach in the background and single malt in the foreground.

Aug. 10 began with a quest for fuel and water. We left Covey cove and headed for Mahone Harbor, where the only diesel available was from a local gas station. Otherwise, this looked to be a small attractive town with the three churches reflecting Nova Scotia’s history of French and English control and later protestant immigrations. We then headed for Oak Island Marina, where there was no diesel. Then we hit gold. We went to South Shore Marina at Hawkers Point in Mahone Bay, a full service marina with easy docking. Here was a restaurant, The Red Fire, which looked delightful and should be considered for future gatherings. After fueling and watering, we had a lovely sail under clear skies through the islands of Mahone Bay, around Snake Island, and then to Chester, a busy harbor with active racing in a variety of classes. No available moorings were evident, and the Yacht Club, busy with its races, did not respond to our hails. We meandered to the Back Harbor and tried to anchor in soft mud but just slipped through it. Then a waterfront dweller called to us from his dock and provided us with a mooring, and his charming grandchildren came aboard Surprise for wine and snacks. He was typical of Nova Scotian generosity. Sadly, the next day would be turn-around day: We headed off to Rogues Roost, just west of Halifax. Under blue skies we sailed gently out of Mahone Bay

between Little Tancook Island and Aspotogan Peninsula, and had a very nice six-plus-knot sail all the way to Roost Island. Entering Rogues Roost was not hard, though the entrance was indeed tight. We anchored with three other sailboats at the northern end of the small pond that was quiet, isolated and beautifully desolate. This was as far east as we would get and, we celebrated with a terrific chicken and boxed-wine dinner. On Aug. 12, we began the trek home by way of Liverpool, Brooklyn, Lockeport, and Shelburne, where we bid shipmates Dennis and Sue farewell and began the offshore leg to Provincetown. We cleared Customs in Sandwich, then transited the Cape Cod Canal and headed home. Would we do this again? Absolutely. There is so much to experience in terms of wonderful sailing, scenery and, best of all, kind, friendly people, that several weeks allows one to only scratch the surface of the south coast of Nova Scotia. We hope, next year, to make a longer trip, at least to Bras D’Or Lakes and maybe farther. Neurosurgeon Charlie Hodge and his wife, Cathy, a neurosurgical nurse practitioner, live in Syracuse, N.Y. and sail out of Stonington, Conn. This summer, they plan to sail on a friend’s boat in the Marion Bermuda Race and cruise to Casco Bay in August.

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The betrayal of the usually dependable bilge pump did not scuttle what is recognized as a momentous moment of relief in the life of every boat owner. Photo by Thomas Moore

With wife Leslie calling out directions, author Moore backed Urchin and her trailer into Brooksville, Maine’s Smith Cove, in preparation for sea trials for a prospective buyer who came all the way from Michigan to meet her.

By Thomas Moore For Points East he bilge pump nearly scuttled the whole deal. On Thursday, a full-fury summer thunderstorm poured 1.9 inches of rain on Belfast, Maine, perhaps more here on the east side of Penobscot Bay seven miles away, and Urchin sat on the dual-axle trail-


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er, drain-plug removed, shedding water like a downspout. Once I pushed my finger in the drain to be sure leaves or pine needles weren’t clogging it. No problems. Then, just before high tide on Friday afternoon, my wife Leslie and I launched her from the town boat ramp on Smith Cove in Brooksville. We backed the

1997 Ford F-150 up to her: “Three inches more and a little to the left. Hold it! Hold it! Whoops, just a bit more.” Leslie gave directions and I backed the truck with the ball up to the receiver on the trailer. Safety pin. Safety chains. Electrical harness. Cable to trigger the trailer brakes in case of emergency. All in order.


he whole rig – truck, trailer, and boat – was new to us just over a year ago. The boat is a C-Dory 22, a small cruiser manufactured in Washington State with a devoted following among a small group of fishermen, cruisers, and lovers of just being out on the water in a classy boat. It has a V-berth, a fold-down settee, a dinette table, water pumped with a foot pedal into a sink behind the helm, a combination diesel stove and cabin heater for meals and chilly mornings, storage nooks, shelves, and a cabin door that locks – all the amenities of a far larger boat packed into a trailerable 22 feet. And she rides sweetly through some pretty rough water powered by (usually) a 90-horsepower outboard or a pair of 40-horsepoer outboards. She has positive flotation, but one item she doesn’t have is a self-bailing cockpit, so a reliable bilge pump is important since you could float all the lines, the cooler, the sponges, and the flipflops in the cockpit after a good thunderstorm if the pump failed. The pump worked fine all last season. It worked on Thursday after the big downpour. It worked on Friday. It worked on Saturday morning just before a heavy shower when I took the canoe out to check her one last time on the mooring before the potential buyer was due to arrive. I pushed the manual override button to test it and it hummed as usual and spat some water out the pipe. No problems at all to mention to the buyer.

Photo courtesy Thomas Moore

For one whole season, the Moores loved their C-Dory 22, Urchin, taking her to such places as East Barred Island in northeast Penobscot Bay, but then they realized she a little too much boat for them.

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the trailer wheels disappeared from view. “Pull forward again,” she said. “OK, straighten it out. Now straight back. About three more feet till the wheels touch water.” Last fall, on pulling Urchin for the winter, we backed the trailer down that same ramp into the water, positioned the boat, and cranked it up with the winch to the front of the trailer. Then Leslie pulled out the wheel blocks, I stepped on the brake, and I put the truck into drive to ease her up the ramp. My foot on the brake pedal went to the floor, the truck started backwards, and my pulse and adrenaline shot off the chart. “No brakes!” I yelled, but luckily truck, trailer and boat started up the ramp as I gave it the gas and we didn’t slide inelegantly and humiliatingly down the ramp backwards into Smith Cove. Richard, our local car mechanic, snow-plower and town selectman was working on some moorings

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nearby. He came over and told me to step on the brakes as he looked underneath, and a jet of brake fluid squirted onto the asphalt from one of the front brake lines. Richard towed Urchin home for us and I warily drove the F-150 to his garage.


o on Friday we launched her; on Saturday morning I checked her; and on Saturday afternoon, after another cloudburst, Rick, the potential buyer, and I took her for “sea trials,” a delightfully grand term for a test run in a 22-foot boat. Rick is a licensed captain, retired, who lives in Michigan on the St. Clair River between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair just north of Detroit. His house faces the main shipping channel that continues south into Lake St. Clair and then on to Lake Erie. “A pretty good slingshot, and you can hit a 1,000 foot freighter from our float,” Rick says. He worked for Detroit Edison in various capacities, including captain of a Detroit Edison workboat, head diver, cooling-water tester in a laboratory, and master of interesting tasks related to the water. “We worked on one project to determine the lowest amount of chlorine we could safely use in our heat-shedding coolers at the plant to accommodate groups who were concerned about the chlorine affecting the fish population,” he says. “I plan to use the C-Dory for fishing, maybe to take my wife out for a night or two in Georgian Bay.” Checking a road map, it looks as if Rick might be only a couple of hours overland from Georgian Bay. Not a bad arrangement at all. Rick clearly suffered from the same addiction that I do, an irrational passion for boating, a blinding, impetuous, sometimes dangerous, willingness to spend lots of money on a boat. And he’s just as knowledgeable about the C-Dory as a potential buyer should be.

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Tom and Leslie savored a lot of the romance of the sea aboard Urchin, always enhanced by the passage of an historic schooner such as the Victory Chimes. But it was time to let her go.





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He’s an aficionado of the C-Brats site (, the web message board/forum/photograph center created by C-Dory owners that offers encyclopedic information on every facet of C-Dory ownership from bottom paint to electronics to diesel-heaters, to dinghies, dogs, and from day-trips inside Vancouver Island to cruises on South Carolina rivers. Quite simply, the site was why I bought the boat. Rick and I had been conversing by telephone and email for about a week, discussing equipment on the boat, payment options, trailering back to Michigan, why I am selling, and how to find our place in Brooksville, Maine. He made an offer – low, but it was a very soft market, with lots of motorboats with forsale signs beside the roads – and I accepted it. This was Wednesday, and he said he’d drive with his wife from the St. Clair River and plan to arrive on the coast of Maine by noon on Saturday, about 950 miles. And now we were on sea trials with the Suzuki 90 cranked up to 5000 rpm and the #2 nun across from Castine whizzing by to port. All was well, and Rick seemed to like what he felt and saw of Urchin. He idled her down to a trolling speed and we chatted about Maine Maritime Academy, with the State of Maine training ship in view on the Castine waterfront, and I tell him of the imminent return of the schooner Bowdoin from its Arctic voyage. Rick punched the port windshield wiper button and the

blade swished left to right, then the starboard wiper went back and forth; he hit the horn and it blasted, and then he hit the manual bilge pump override. and nothing happened. We both turned and noticed, around the battery case in the stern, the slosh of rainwater the pump should have discharged overboard. The effing pump is not working. I get on my hands and knees and unclip the pump, spin the impeller, clean the intake screen. Nothing. Double eff. Is this going to jinx the deal? “It’s probably just a faulty connection somewhere,” Rick says to my intense relief. And he’s right, and he probably knows how to locate the problem with one of those little testers with two wires dangling that checks the ohms or the watts or the volts or the amperes of electrical connections. I can’t even use the words correctly, but it doesn’t seem to faze him. Whew. Double whew.


eslie and I have decided to sell the boat after only one summer because, well, it’s expensive to own a boat, especially with gas at the marinas hovering near five dollars a gallon. Yes, we could lug gas in five-gallon plastic jugs from the local Citgo station, but when those fumes fill our Subaru, I wonder how far from the road the explosion would toss me. And I’m retired with minimal pension income because of my checkered past: half a career in high

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It’s a done deal: Tom and new owner Rick tie up the loose ends of the sale before the latter sets a course for Lake St. Clair, Michigan.

ed plastic dinghy still there – it was part of the deal! We raced after them and found Urchin and the Pathfinder 10 miles down the road at the Gulf station, where Rick was checking the temperature of the trailer hubs. Again, there are good-byes all around. Rick called on Monday night. They were in Springfield, Mass., and all was well. On Tuesday, he emailed that the boat was at home in Michigan with-

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Suddenly the chart, it slowly peneweather alerts starttrated my weary ed on the radio. brain: fog. A thick, “Severe thunderjuicy and dense fog storm cells in the was like a solid wall area of York Harbor ahead. O.K. I’m a litwith 60-knot gusts, tle tired, but I fired up dangerous lightning, the radar, put on the and dime-sized hailfoulies, and navigated stones are traveling slowly and vigilantly in a southwesterly dithrough the lobsterrection. There are alboats, rocks, islands so some severe cells and lobster pots. reported near the Visibility was about Hampton Beach 100 yards. I was conarea.” Needless to say, stantly clearing the moisture from my eyeI was attentive now. glasses the whole At this point, I’m time in order to see Photo courtesy Mike Potheir about seven or eight miles north of Cape anything. Focus adds Perhaps obscured by the storm we encountered on our way home Ann, and the thickest to the fatigue. Mistake from our Martha’s Vineyard cruise were the lovely sights, like this Number Two: Perhaps classic sloop, that were presented to us in such spots as Edgartown. of the fog is behind me. Visibility was I should have felt my way into Rockport Harbor or Sandy Bay and called it now about a third-mile. Possibly Mistake Number a day, or turned around and headed back toward Three: I didn’t feel comfortable heading into either Gloucester. At this point, I thought it was just a local Rockport or the Annisquam or Merrimack rivers due fog bank and would lift as I got away from shore, to the lack of sea room and numerous lee shores with a storm approaching. I pressed on, thinking if it did north of Cape Ann.


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The wind noise was impressive. The shrouds were whistling like a haunted symphony. Then the lightning and thunder occurred simultaneously, and I was making a deal with my Higher Power: “Please spare me the lightning strike, and I’ll deal with the rest.” There was nothing more I could do but hold on, pray and wait. The nice part about violent, summer storms such as this one is that they don’t usually last too long. This was no exception. God did his part and missed us with the lightning, and the whole thing died down after 10 to 15 minutes – a very long 10 to 15 minutes. The only thing missing was a rainbow. The Dragonfly came through unscathed other than one missing sail tie, last seen heading toward Provincetown at 50 knots. Amazingly, Derek was down below during all this excitement drawing pictures at the saloon table and singing along with his favorite music. No problem there. I don’t think he ever realized anything was out of the ordinary, other than the life jacket I made him wear earlier. He was a little concerned about what was for dinner. The sun made an almost instant appearance, the hailstones melted away, and we continued on to Gosport Harbor under sail again. I had picked up a mooring before I realized everybody on the surrounding boats was out on deck in their shorts and swim suits having cocktails and enjoying the sun because the storm never hit there. Needless to say they were looking at me very oddly: a dented hat, still in foulweather gear, life jacket, and safety harness attached. I’m sure I looked like a strange, obviously paranoid, and weary, sailor. Mike Pothier has been sailing off and on for more than 30 years on a wide variety of boats. He presently owns Dragonfly, a 1990 Hunter Legend 35.5, which is berthed in Eliot, Maine. He sails with his son Derek (known up and down the coast as “Big D”) and sometimes with Elphis, “The Hiking Goddess.”

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THERACIN Marion-Bermuda has new wrinkles for 2009 running By Ray Cullum For Points East Another great Marion-Bermuda Race is now in its final planning stages. Registration is open, and the new development programs are in place. So whether you own a monohull or multihull, start planning what you have to do to get your boat, crew, and shoreside support ready for this year’s race. What’s new for 2009? We are pleased to have in place a Race Mentor Program especially developed for those skippers who have never done the Marion to Bermuda Race before. A small group of individuals have been recruited and stand ready to assist potential first-time entrants into the race. The mentors come from the areas where most of the participants come from and are available by phone, email, and, when mutually convenient, in-person meetings and consultations. The program is informal. Each new entrant brings particular areas of experience and expertise and also diverse needs. Perhaps the approach to MB, continued on Page 46

Are these salts happy or what? The crew of Seaflower is psyched for the start of t Outstanding Performance by a New England yacht. With one exception, the same

20 entries set for NYYC Invitational Cup Twenty yacht club teams from around the world have accepted the New York Yacht Club’s (NYYC) invitation to compete in the first-ever New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup off Newport, R.I. Announced last August and scheduled to debut this Sept. 15-19, the event is for Corinthian (amateur) sailors representing their yacht clubs and respective nations. Racing will be aboard NYYC Club Swan 42s (, one-design racer/cruisers created by the NYYC in partnership with Nautor’s Swan to boost Corinthian sailing and promote increased 44 Points East Midwinter 2009

competitiveness within an owner-driver and amateur sailing framework. The worldwide fleet of Club Swan 42s currently consists of 46 boats, 23 of which are owned by New York Yacht Club members. The event will be the most significant event that the New York Yacht Club has hosted in recent memory. The New York Yacht Club ran the America’s Cup races on Rhode Island Sound for 53 years until 1983, when Australia wrested the Cup from the U.S Participating clubs, to date, are: Royal Prince Alfred NYYC, continued on Page 48

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t of the 2001 Marion-Bermuda race, in which they won the Adams Award for ame crew members have rejoined to participate in this year's challenge.

Mainer to race Around in 10 Around in Ten, the singlehanded, around-the-world race in 10-foot boats, scheduled to start this Feb. 10, may have a Mainer in its fleet. Steve Rinker, from Hampden, Maine, is a 45-year-old house carpenter who also likes to build boats. He moved to Maine about six years ago, built a ferro-cement house with his partner Jenny, who has three children, two of whom still live at home. His Around in Ten boat is called The Floating Bear. At one time, seven daredevils had signed up for this event, but weeks from the start, only two remain, the second entrant being Paul Boucher of Eastpoint, Fla. and his Flying Frog. The goal is to beat record set in 1987 by Serge Testa, who sailed 27,000 miles in 500 days in his 12-foot boat.

A couple of New Englanders are looking forward to the 2009 International Rolex Regatta March 27-29, at St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Sam Fleet and his Team Aquarius (East Greenwich, R.I.) will be returning to defend their 2008 title. Fleet won the inaugural IRC 1 class with his Swan 601. For the victory, he was awarded lodging at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef hotel for the 2009 event. Roger Sturgeon’s (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Hyannis, Mass.) STP65 Rosebud also will be competing in the 2009 edition. “We will definitely be returning; however it may be in a different boat,” said Fleet. “Continuing to build on the success of the Aquarius program, we want to charter a grand prix boat for the 2009 Florida and Caribbean season and race in IRC and CSA regattas throughout the region. The winter season will serve as an excellent training ground for the 2010 Audi MedCup.” The International Rolex Regatta is followed by the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which is held “right next door” in the British Virgin Islands and links the two events to make Virgin Islands Race Week (VIRW), now in its second year. Fleet added enthusiastically that the International Rolex Regatta is “the best run regatta and the most professional race committee in the Caribbean.” For more information about this event, go to

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MB, continued from Page 44 Bermuda becomes a focus, or where to rent a life raft and satellite phone. The big picture is to welcome that group of sailors who have always wanted to experience an adventure like the Marion to Bermuda Race. The mentor program can help the potential new entrant make the most efficient use of preparation time by consulting with people who have been there and done that before. If you would like to sign up for a mentor, go to the Marion Bermuda Race website, click on “Mentor,” fill out the form, and a mentor will contact you. We have also added a social networking website – Race to Bermuda ( – to provide access to knowledgeable people who can advise on the following topics: Gulf Stream, Safety and Equipment, Race Entry and Boat Acceptance, Bermuda – The Destination, Financial Commitment, Crew Management, Sail Inventory, Medical, Navigational Approach to Bermuda, Buzzards Bay and Marion Harbor, Provisioning, and Compliance Boat Inspection. This year’s Safety at Sea Symposium is scheduled for March 28, 2009, and will be held in Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. We have lined up a very experienced group of speakers to address topics of vital interest to serious sailors. The

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David M. Caso’s Cherubini 44 Silhouette bashes to windward at the start of the last race, in which they took 7th in the Cruiser Division.

event is sanctioned by US Sailing and will be moderated by Capt. John Bonds, USN (Ret). He will be assisted by Howard Lapsley, an experienced offshore sailor; Capt. Henry Marx; and several other qualified speakers. Local yacht clubs and sailing organizations should consider putting a team together to compete for the iBoattrack Marion Bermuda Team Trophy. This troMB, continued on Page 47

MB, continued from Page 46 phy is awarded to the yacht club or sailing organization whose team of three yachts has the lowest combined time. The trophy has been won by the United States Naval Academy; the Harraseeket Yacht Club, Casco Bay, Maine; and the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, which has won the trophy the last two races. We have a new individual trophy this year, the New England Ocean Racing Trophy, awarded for the first time last summer during the inaugural running of the Corinthians Stonington to Boothbay Harbor Race. Last year’s trophy was won by Jim Feeney from the Beverly Yacht Club and his 72-foot ketch Kathleen. The winner of the trophy is the skipper with the lowest combined finish in consecutive Marion Bermuda/Stonington to Boothbay Harbor Races. So if you participated in the 2008 Stonington to Boothbay Harbor Race, go for it in this years Marion Bermuda Race. This is a perfect four- to five-day offshore sail to an absolutely beautiful destination. The challenge of an ocean passage, the camaraderie of the crew, and the personal reward of a good finish in this competitive event remains unchanged. We are looking forward to seeing you on the starting line on June 19 for monohulls and June 20 for multihulls. Don’t forget to check for race updates on

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Waterline Systems of Portsmouth, R.I., builders of the Farr 40, M-30, J/105, J/22 and J/24 has rolled out a program to support local yacht and sailing clubs who are the real pillars of our sport. This initiative, the Adopt an RC Boat program, offers free or discounted refit, repair and maintenance work for committee boats in exchange for Waterline Systems signage on the boat. Waterline Systems is reserving up to six service slots a year for the Adopt an RC Boat program. FMI:

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The Compass Boys from Portland, Maine’s King Middle School have just finished three Cape Cod Frosties called Patticakes, Daisy, and Sugar. As you can see, these students are really proud of their finished work. Compass Boys is an after-school arts and boatbuilding program of Portland’s Compass Project (www.compass that has middleschool boys combining projects such as sailmaking and wood carving with the construction of Frosty boats.



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BRIEFS, continued from Page 54 Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Inc of Thomaston, Maine, has partnered with Reluminati, a company offering energy-conscious products using sustainable materials and built in the U.S., to develop the PowerCube, a plug-and-play, easily deployable, solar-power unit. Designed for use “outside the power grid,” where there’s a need for reliable back-up power without the bother and hassle of fossil fuel. the PowerCube is suitable for island camps or homes, construction sites, or wherever conventional power is unavailable. The PowerCube is designed to integrate standard generators, solar, and wind power in one unit. Regarding “rampant rumors” of a joint venture between Lyman-Morse and Union River Boat, LM reports that no formal announcement has been made as yet. Stay tuned. FMI: Jock West’s Showtime out of Newport. R.I. – the restored, 63-foot, classic Trumpy motoryacht that serves as a floating showcase for marine products – hosted more than 3,000 visitors at five U.S. East Coast boat shows last fall. More than 30 leading manufacturers and suppliers have provided new products and services for the unique project, which will continue to exhibit at boat shows and other marine events throughout the winter and spring of 2009. Sponsors included J&J Marine, The Yacht Record, L&L Electronics, Yachting Magazine, M2 Motoryachts, Seafuels Yacht, Home Port Marine Marketing, Awlgrip, F.W. Murphy, Sunbrella, eDesign, Billy Black Photography, Thetford Marine, Interlux, IMTRA, M.


Bolke Veneer, Xchanger, Izit Leather, Pannish Controls, Flint, Swobbit, Soundown, MapTech, New England Ropes, and the Antique Boat Museum. FMI: or email Jock West, Dockscape of Marion, Mass., has launched a web-based service that helps companies strengthen customer relations and grow their businesses. Using Dockscape’s simple web service (www.docks, yard and marina operators busy with day-to-day operations can now produce a wide range of online communications, from e-newsletters to customer bulletins and service promotions, with a minimal investment of time. The goal is to help companies keep their customers well informed about their boats and maintenance, as well as the capabilities of the people and facilities that care for their vessels. FMI: Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats, Inc. of Bristol, R.I., builder of the Volvo Ocean Race entry PUMA, was petitioned into receivership, effective 1/06/09. The receivership was the result of ongoing cash-flow problems caused by the company’s inability to obtain refinancing and by the termination of a construction contract by one of the company’s international customers. The company laid off workers on Dec. 31 after having met its payroll and health insurance obligations. The company continues to work on ongoing projects while Eric Goetz is working with lenders and investors to obtain funding to pur-

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Maine Built Boats’ ‘Art & Soul’ a real hit After almost a year making a movie about Maine Boatbuilding, Maine Built Boats presented the world premiere of the movie “Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul” to a sell-out crowd from all over Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, Nov. 20. Gary Jobson, the producer, introduced the movie and talked with people after at a reception at the Eric Hopkins gallery. MBB presented Gary with the first ever “Honorary From Here Maine Citizenship” award. Cited as reasons for this honor were “his ability to get over 20 Maine Boatbuilders to talk at all, let alone on film; for

his ability to avoid six deer at night in the rain while driving on Mount Desert; for personally eating enough lobster to keep prices up 10 cents a pound throughout 2008; for showing strength of character by returning to Maine after the fog at Eggemoggin Reach; and for his enthusiastic love of and promotion of Maine.” MBB plans to use this film nationally to recruit and retain its workforce, to celebrate the people who work in our maritime trade, and to build on our 400-yearold boatbuilding tradition. MBB has put 16 short (but really fun) vignettes on its website,

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John G. Alden of Massachusetts Inc. in Andover, Mass., has split into three separate companies: Alden Designs has become NHYD (Niels Helleberg Yacht Design, 23 Glendale St., Salem, MA 01970, 617-227-7997, www.aldendesigns. com); Alden Brokerage is now part of East Coast Yacht Sales (Dion’s Yacht Yard, 23 Glendale St., Salem, Mass 01970, 978-744-7070,; and Alden Insurance is now Haut Insurance Agency, Inc. (80 Chestnut St., Andover, MA 01810, 978-475-0367,

chase the assets of Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats, Inc. and/or to create a new company to continue in the custom-boat market and develop other marine related semi-custom projects. FMI: True North at Pearson Composites, LLC., 373 Market Street, Warren, R.I., was presented with the 2008 Best Product Literature Neptune Award from the Marine Marketers of America. This award recognized one of the highlights of True North’s new marketing campaign which the company launched in September 2008. Criteria included visual appeal, headline effectiveness, use of language, effective differentiation of the product or service, clarity of message, presentation of information and overall impact. FMI:



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DISPATCHES, continued from Page 19 issued the “Best Management Practices Manual” in 2001 and, in partnership with the N.H. Marine Trades Association, has been holding periodic workshops. But given the hard work and expense, the cleanliness of a New Hampshire marina depends on the conscience of the owner/operator. Tom Brown, a spokesman/manager at Great Bay Marine in Newington, has a very active conscience. “Customers can’t just willy-nilly make a mess,” he says emphatically. Great Bay Marine, situated on 36 acres on the Piscataqua River is a full-service marina. The marina staff is working on all the points in the manual. “The big deal is a water-recycling area for the power-wash facility where all the solids are recaptured. Permits are in the pipeline and hope to have all the mechanics installed by haul-out season this year,” says Brown.

Maine Down river on the Maine side of the Piscataqua, Kittery Point Yacht Yard has been the beneficiary of two driving forces in the effort to become a clean marina. The first is the yard’s determined new owner, Tom Allen, a true believer in the program, and Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection in active partnership with the state’s Marine Trades


Association. The state agency and the trade association team up to administer and aid in the process of educating, encouraging, and certifying clean marinas in the state. Established with a grant from the federal government to the state DEP in 2002, the program has certified 17 marinas (two recently) compliant by a visiting verification team from the DEP and fellow business people. “We have more stringent standards than other states,” say MMTA director, Susan Swanton. “And every third year we recertify. But we’ve had no complaints. In fact, the program is industry-driven.” Kittery Point has been on a straight-and-narrow track to achieving Clean Marina certification since Allen purchased it six year ago. The yard received certification in October 2007. He didn’t need to be sold on this admittedly expensive choice. He already believed “in protecting the resource, in being proactive. It’s the right thing to do. I love the yard,” he says. Allen’s Kittery customers are as enthusiastic as he is, but when he acquired another marina a little further up the river he has met resistance. “Kittery’s a closed yard,” he says. “The staff does all the work, but at the Patten yard, the boat owners do their own work. I’ve found the odd mystery can back in the woods, so now when I’m asked, ‘Do I have to go elsewhere if I can’t do it here do?’, the answer is, ‘yes.’” The times, they are a changin’.


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Registration fees: Rally 1, $225. Rally 2, $325 - Both, $500 Rally 1 is open to all owners of any Beneteau, sail or power. Rally 2 is open to owners of sail or power boats of any make View of South Wharf Yacht Yard, Padanaram.

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24 04:38 AM 0.1 L

10:45 AM



04:58 PM -0.2 L

11:06 PM 6.9 H

24 02:54 AM 0.0 L

08:54 AM



03:14 PM -0.1 L 09:15 PM 2.6 H

11:41 PM 7.1 H

11:06 PM 0.6 L

25 05:17 AM -0.1 L

11:22 AM



05:34 PM -0.3 L

25 03:33 AM -0.1 L

09:30 AM



03:49 PM -0.2 L 09:51 PM 2.7 H

26 05:55 AM -0.2 L

12:00 PM



06:09 PM -0.3 L

26 04:14 AM -0.1 L

10:07 AM



04:25 PM -0.1 L 10:26 PM 2.8 H

27 12:16 AM 7.2 H

06:35 AM -0.3


12:39 PM

6.9 H 06:47 PM -0.2 L

27 04:57 AM -0.2 L

10:44 AM



05:02 PM -0.1 L

11:02 PM 2.9 H

28 12:53 AM 7.3 H

07:16 AM -0.3


01:20 PM

6.7 H 07:27 PM 0.0 L

28 05:44 AM -0.2 L

11:24 AM



05:43 PM

11:41 PM 2.9 H

01 04:48 AM 0.1 L

11:45 AM



04:58 PM -0.2 L

01 02:50 AM 9.8 H

09:09 AM



03:15 PM

9.1 H 09:26 PM 0.5 L

02 12:07 AM 3.4 H

05:43 AM



12:38 PM

2.8 H 05:50 PM -0.1 L

02 03:38 AM 9.9 H

10:02 AM



04:09 PM

8.8 H 10:17 PM 0.8 L

03 01:04 AM 3.4 H

07:01 AM



01:38 PM

2.7 H 06:55 PM -0.1 L

03 04:31 AM 9.9 H

11:01 AM



05:09 PM

8.5 H

04 02:08 AM 3.5 H

08:46 AM



02:44 PM

2.8 H 08:10 PM -0.1 L

04 05:30 AM 10.0 H

12:04 PM



06:13 PM

8.5 H

05 03:18 AM 3.6 H

10:04 AM



03:53 PM

3.0 H 09:22 PM -0.3 L

05 12:17 AM 0.9 L

06:33 AM 10.2


01:09 PM

0.0 L 07:20 PM 8.6 H

06 04:28 AM 3.8 H

11:03 AM -0.1


04:57 PM

3.3 H 10:28 PM -0.5 L

06 01:21 AM 0.7 L

07:38 AM 10.6


02:12 PM -0.4 L 08:25 PM 9.0 H

07 02:23 AM 0.3 L

08:41 AM 11.0


03:11 PM -0.9 L 09:25 PM 9.5 H

08 03:23 AM -0.2 L

09:40 AM 11.4


04:05 PM -1.3 L 10:20 PM 10.0 H

Newport, R.I.

0.0 L

Boston, Mass.

07 05:30 AM 4.1 H

11:55 AM -0.4


05:55 PM

3.7 H

08 06:25 AM 4.3 H

12:42 PM -0.6


06:48 PM

4.0 H

09 12:27 AM -0.8 L

07:15 AM



01:24 PM -0.7 L 07:38 PM 4.2 H

09 04:18 AM -0.7 L

10:35 AM 11.6


04:56 PM -1.6 L

10 01:21 AM -0.9 L

08:03 AM



02:03 PM -0.8 L 08:26 PM 4.3 H

10 05:11 AM -1.0 L

11:27 AM 11.6


05:45 PM -1.6 L

11 02:11 AM -0.9 L

08:51 AM



02:39 PM -0.7 L 09:14 PM 4.3 H

11 12:00 AM 10.8 H

06:02 AM -1.1


12:17 PM 11.4 H 06:31 PM -1.4 L

12 02:56 AM -0.7 L

09:38 AM



03:12 PM -0.6 L 10:02 PM 4.1 H

12 12:46 AM 10.9 H

06:52 AM -1.0


01:06 PM 11.0 H 07:17 PM -1.0 L

13 03:39 AM -0.5 L

10:25 AM



03:46 PM -0.4 L 10:51 PM 3.8 H

13 01:32 AM 10.7 H

07:41 AM -0.7


01:54 PM 10.4 H 08:02 PM -0.4 L

14 04:21 AM -0.2 L

11:13 AM



04:21 PM -0.1 L

14 02:18 AM 10.4 H

08:31 AM -0.3


02:44 PM

9.7 H 08:48 PM 0.2 L

15 05:05 AM 0.2 L

12:00 PM



05:01 PM

0.1 L

15 03:05 AM 10.0 H

09:22 AM



03:35 PM

9.0 H 09:37 PM 0.9 L

16 12:30 AM 3.2 H

05:57 AM



12:50 PM

2.5 H 05:48 PM 0.4 L

16 03:54 AM 9.6 H

10:16 AM



04:29 PM

8.3 H 10:28 PM 1.5 L

17 01:24 AM 2.9 H

07:12 AM



01:44 PM

2.3 H 06:49 PM 0.5 L

17 04:47 AM 9.2 H

11:14 AM



05:28 PM

7.9 H

18 02:25 AM 2.7 H

08:52 AM



02:46 PM

2.3 H 08:07 PM 0.6 L

18 05:45 AM 8.9 H

12:15 PM



06:30 PM

7.7 H

19 03:34 AM 2.7 H

09:53 AM



03:52 PM

2.3 H 09:22 PM 0.5 L

19 12:23 AM 2.1 L

06:45 AM



01:17 PM

1.5 L 07:31 PM 7.7 H

20 04:36 AM 2.8 H

10:38 AM



04:50 PM

2.5 H 10:20 PM 0.4 L

20 01:21 AM 2.1 L

07:43 AM



02:13 PM

1.3 L 08:27 PM 7.9 H

21 05:25 AM 2.9 H

11:18 AM



05:37 PM

2.8 H

11:10 PM 0.2 L

21 02:15 AM 1.8 L

08:36 AM



03:01 PM

1.0 L 09:15 PM 8.2 H

22 06:05 AM 3.1 H

11:55 AM



06:17 PM

3.1 H

11:55 PM 0.0 L

22 03:04 AM 1.5 L

09:23 AM



03:43 PM

0.7 L 09:57 PM 8.6 H

23 06:40 AM 3.3 H

12:31 PM -0.1


06:53 PM

3.3 H

23 03:48 AM 1.1 L

10:05 AM



04:21 PM

0.3 L 10:35 PM 9.0 H

24 12:38 AM -0.1 L

07:14 AM



01:04 PM -0.2 L 07:28 PM 3.5 H

24 04:30 AM 0.7 L

10:45 AM 10.0


04:58 PM

0.1 L

11:11 PM 9.4 H

25 01:17 AM -0.3 L

07:49 AM



01:36 PM -0.3 L 08:03 PM 3.7 H

25 05:10 AM 0.3 L

11:23 AM 10.2


05:34 PM -0.1 L

11:46 PM 9.7 H

26 01:55 AM -0.3 L

08:26 AM



02:07 PM -0.4 L 08:41 PM 3.7 H

26 05:50 AM 0.0 L

12:01 PM 10.2


06:11 PM -0.2 L

27 02:31 AM -0.4 L

09:05 AM



02:38 PM -0.4 L 09:21 PM 3.8 H

27 12:21 AM 10.0 H

06:30 AM -0.2


12:40 PM 10.1 H 06:49 PM -0.2 L

28 03:07 AM -0.3 L

09:48 AM



03:11 PM -0.4 L 10:05 PM 3.8 H

28 12:58 AM 10.2 H

07:12 AM -0.3


01:21 PM

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11:29 PM -0.7 L

11:15 PM 0.9 L

11:40 PM 3.5 H

11:11 PM 10.5 H

11:24 PM 1.9 L

9.9 H 07:29 PM 0.0 L

February Tides Portland, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

01 02:31 AM 9.4 H

08:45 AM



02:54 PM

8.7 H 09:01 PM 0.4 L

01 02:11 AM 11.0 H

08:27 AM



02:35 PM 10.4 H 08:43 PM 0.8 L

02 03:18 AM 9.5 H

09:39 AM



03:49 PM

8.4 H 09:52 PM 0.7 L

02 02:58 AM 11.1 H

09:20 AM



03:29 PM 10.0 H 09:35 PM 1.0 L

03 04:11 AM 9.5 H

10:39 AM



04:50 PM

8.1 H 10:51 PM 0.9 L

03 03:52 AM 11.1 H

10:20 AM



04:30 PM

04 05:12 AM 9.6 H

11:46 AM



05:59 PM

8.0 H

04 04:54 AM 11.1 H

11:28 AM



05:39 PM

9.6 H

05 06:19 AM 9.8 H

12:56 PM



07:11 PM

8.2 H

05 06:02 AM 11.3 H

12:38 PM



06:49 PM

9.8 H

06 01:05 AM 0.8 L

07:27 AM 10.1


02:03 PM -0.4 L 08:18 PM 8.6 H

06 12:52 AM 1.1 L

07:10 AM 11.7


01:44 PM -0.2 L 07:56 PM 10.3 H

07 02:12 AM 0.4 L

08:32 AM 10.5


03:03 PM -0.9 L 09:18 PM 9.2 H

07 01:58 AM 0.6 L

08:14 AM 12.2


02:45 PM -0.7 L 08:56 PM 10.9 H

08 03:13 AM -0.2 L

09:32 AM 10.9


03:58 PM -1.3 L 10:12 PM 9.7 H

08 02:59 AM 0.0 L

09:14 AM 12.7


03:40 PM -1.2 L 09:51 PM 11.5 H

09 04:09 AM -0.6 L

10:27 AM 11.2


04:49 PM -1.6 L

11:03 PM 10.1 H

09 03:55 AM -0.5 L

10:08 AM 13.0


04:31 PM -1.6 L 10:41 PM 12.0 H

10 05:03 AM -1.0 L

11:18 AM 11.2


05:37 PM -1.6 L

11:51 PM 10.4 H

10 04:48 AM -0.9 L

11:00 AM 13.1


05:19 PM -1.6 L

11 05:54 AM -1.1 L

12:08 PM 11.0


06:23 PM -1.4 L

11 05:38 AM -1.1 L

11:49 AM 12.9


06:06 PM -1.4 L

12 12:37 AM 10.4 H

06:44 AM -1.0


12:57 PM 10.5 H 07:08 PM -1.0 L

12 12:16 AM 12.3 H

06:28 AM -1.0


12:37 PM 12.4 H 06:52 PM -0.9 L

13 01:23 AM 10.3 H

07:34 AM -0.7


01:46 PM

9.9 H 07:54 PM -0.4 L

13 01:02 AM 12.1 H

07:17 AM -0.6


01:26 PM 11.7 H 07:38 PM -0.3 L

14 02:09 AM 10.0 H

08:24 AM -0.3


02:36 PM

9.2 H 08:41 PM 0.3 L

14 01:49 AM 11.7 H

08:07 AM -0.1


02:16 PM 10.9 H 08:25 PM 0.4 L

15 02:57 AM 9.6 H

09:17 AM



03:29 PM

8.5 H 09:30 PM 0.9 L

15 02:37 AM 11.2 H

08:59 AM



03:08 PM 10.2 H 09:15 PM 1.2 L

16 03:47 AM 9.1 H

10:14 AM



04:26 PM

7.9 H 10:23 PM 1.5 L

16 03:28 AM 10.7 H

09:54 AM



04:04 PM

9.5 H 10:09 PM 1.8 L

17 04:42 AM 8.7 H

11:15 AM



05:28 PM

7.5 H

17 04:23 AM 10.2 H

10:54 AM



05:04 PM

9.0 H

18 05:42 AM 8.5 H

12:19 PM



06:32 PM

7.3 H

18 05:22 AM 9.9 H

11:55 AM



06:07 PM

8.8 H

19 12:24 AM 2.0 L

06:43 AM



01:20 PM

1.2 L 07:33 PM 7.4 H

19 12:09 AM 2.4 L

06:23 AM



12:56 PM

1.6 L 07:07 PM 8.8 H

20 01:24 AM 1.9 L

07:41 AM



02:14 PM

1.0 L 08:26 PM 7.6 H

20 01:08 AM 2.3 L

07:21 AM 10.0


01:50 PM

1.3 L 08:01 PM 9.1 H

21 02:17 AM 1.7 L

08:33 AM



03:01 PM

0.8 L 09:12 PM 8.0 H

21 02:02 AM 2.0 L

08:13 AM 10.3


02:39 PM

1.0 L 08:47 PM 9.5 H

22 03:04 AM 1.4 L

09:18 AM



03:42 PM

0.5 L 09:52 PM 8.3 H

22 02:49 AM 1.6 L

08:58 AM 10.7


03:21 PM

0.7 L 09:28 PM 9.9 H

23 03:45 AM 1.0 L

09:58 AM



04:17 PM

0.3 L 10:27 PM 8.7 H

23 03:31 AM 1.2 L

09:39 AM 11.0


03:58 PM

0.4 L 10:05 PM 10.3 H

24 04:23 AM 0.6 L

10:35 AM



04:50 PM

0.1 L

11:00 PM 9.0 H

24 04:09 AM 0.8 L

10:16 AM 11.2


04:33 PM

0.2 L 10:39 PM 10.7 H

25 04:59 AM 0.3 L

11:10 AM



05:22 PM -0.1 L

11:32 PM 9.3 H

25 04:45 AM 0.5 L

10:52 AM 11.4


05:06 PM

0.0 L

11:12 PM 11.0 H

26 05:34 AM 0.1 L

11:46 AM



05:54 PM -0.1 L

26 05:20 AM 0.2 L

11:27 AM 11.4


05:39 PM

0.0 L

11:45 PM 11.3 H

27 12:05 AM 9.6 H

06:12 AM -0.1


12:23 PM

9.6 H 06:29 PM -0.1 L

27 05:56 AM 0.0 L

12:04 PM 11.3


06:13 PM

0.0 L

28 12:40 AM 9.8 H

06:52 AM -0.2


01:03 PM

9.4 H 07:07 PM 0.0 L

28 12:21 AM 11.5 H

06:35 AM -0.1


12:43 PM 11.2 H 06:50 PM 0.2 L

11:57 PM 0.9 L

11:22 PM 1.9 L

Corrections for other ports Port


Time Corrections

Height Corrections

Maine/ New Hampshire Stonington

Bar Harbor

High +0 hr. 8 min., Low +0 hr. 6 min.,

High *0.91, Low *0.90


Bar Harbor

High +0 hr. 9 min., Low +0 hr. 6 min.,

High *0.93, Low *1.03

Boothbay Harbor


High -0 hr. 6 min., Low -0 hr. 8 min.,

High *0.97, Low *0.97



High +0 hr. 7 min., Low +0 hr. 5 min.,

High *0.97, Low *1.00



High +0 hr. 22 min., Low +0 hr. 17 min.,

High *0.86, Low *0.86


9.7 H 10:34 PM 1.3 L 11:42 PM 1.3 L

11:29 PM 12.3 H

11:08 PM 2.2 L

Eastport, Maine 01 02:25 AM 18.9 H

08:49 AM



02:48 PM 18.1 H 09:10 PM 1.0 L

02 03:13 AM 18.8 H

09:41 AM



03:41 PM 17.6 H 10:02 PM 1.5 L

03 04:08 AM 18.6 H

10:39 AM



04:41 PM 17.1 H

04 05:08 AM 18.6 H

11:42 AM



05:45 PM 16.9 H

05 12:06 AM 2.0 L

06:14 AM 18.8


12:49 PM

0.8 L 06:52 PM 17.1 H

06 01:12 AM 1.6 L

07:19 AM 19.3


01:54 PM

0.1 L 07:57 PM 17.8 H

07 02:16 AM 0.8 L

08:22 AM 20.1


02:55 PM -0.9 L 08:58 PM 18.7 H

08 03:16 AM -0.2 L

09:20 AM 20.9


03:51 PM -1.8 L 09:53 PM 19.7 H

09 04:11 AM -1.1 L

10:14 AM 21.5


04:43 PM -2.4 L 10:44 PM 20.4 H

11:01 PM 1.9 L



High +0 hr. 0 min., Low -0 hr. 4 min.,

High *0.93, Low *0.97

10 05:03 AM -1.7 L

11:05 AM 21.8


05:32 PM -2.6 L



High +0 hr. 4 min., Low +0 hr. 18 min.,

High *1.03, Low *1.00

11 05:53 AM -2.0 L

11:54 AM 21.6


06:19 PM -2.4 L



High +0 hr. 3 min., Low -0 hr. 1 min.,

High *0.95, Low *1.03

12 12:20 AM 20.9 H

06:40 AM -1.8


12:42 PM 21.0 H 07:04 PM -1.8 L



High +0 hr. 16 min., Low +0 hr. 18 min.,

High *0.95, Low *0.95

13 01:06 AM 20.6 H

07:28 AM -1.3


01:29 PM 20.1 H 07:50 PM -0.9 L



High +0 hr. 10 min., Low +0 hr. 12 min.,

High *1.13, Low *1.29

Woods Hole


High +0 hr. 32 min., Low +2 hr. 21 min.,

High *0.40, Low *0.40

14 01:52 AM 20.0 H

08:15 AM -0.4


02:17 PM 19.0 H 08:36 PM 0.3 L

15 02:39 AM 19.1 H

09:04 AM



03:06 PM 17.8 H 09:24 PM 1.4 L

16 03:29 AM 18.2 H

09:55 AM



03:59 PM 16.7 H 10:15 PM 2.5 L

Rhode Island

11:33 PM 20.9 H


New London

High -0 hr. 21 min., Low +0 hr. 3 min.,

High *1.02, Low *1.00

17 04:23 AM 17.4 H

10:50 AM



04:56 PM 15.9 H

Point Judith


High -0 hr. 1 min., Low +0 hr. 32 min.,

High *0.87, Low *0.54

18 05:21 AM 16.8 H

11:49 AM



05:57 PM 15.4 H

East Greenwich


High +0 hr. 13 min., Low +0 hr. 3 min.,

High *1.14, Low *1.14

19 12:10 AM 3.6 L

06:21 AM 16.7


12:50 PM

2.8 L 06:57 PM 15.5 H



High +0 hr. 13 min., Low +0 hr. 0 min.,

High *1.16, Low *1.14

20 01:10 AM 3.5 L

07:19 AM 16.9


01:47 PM

2.4 L 07:54 PM 15.8 H

21 02:05 AM 3.0 L

08:13 AM 17.4


02:38 PM

1.9 L 08:44 PM 16.5 H

22 02:55 AM 2.4 L

09:01 AM 18.0


03:24 PM

1.2 L 09:28 PM 17.2 H

23 03:39 AM 1.6 L

09:44 AM 18.6


04:05 PM

0.5 L 10:08 PM 17.9 H

24 04:20 AM 0.9 L

10:24 AM 19.1


04:44 PM

0.0 L 10:45 PM 18.5 H

25 04:59 AM 0.4 L

11:01 AM 19.4


05:21 PM -0.3 L

11:21 PM 19.0 H

11:38 AM 19.5


05:58 PM -0.4 L

11:57 PM 19.4 H

Connecticut Stamford


High +0 hr. 3 min., Low +0 hr. 8 min.,

High *1.07, Low *1.08

New Haven


High -0 hr. 4 min., Low -0 hr. 7 min.,

High *0.91, Low *0.96



High -0 hr. 5 min., Low -0 hr. 13 min.,

High *0.87, Low *0.96

Saybrook Jetty

New London

High +1 hr. 11 min., Low +0 hr. 45 min.,

High *1.36, Low *1.35

11:11 PM 3.2 L

Saybrook Point

New London

High +1 hr. 11 min., Low +0 hr. 53 min.,

High *1.24, Low *1.25

26 05:38 AM -0.1 L



High +0 hr. 1 min., Low +0 hr. 2 min.,

High *1.01, Low *0.97

27 06:17 AM -0.4 L

12:16 PM 19.5


06:36 PM -0.4 L



High +0 hr. 9 min., Low +0 hr. 33 min.,

High *0.85, Low *0.85

28 12:35 AM 19.7 H

06:57 AM -0.5


12:56 PM 19.3 H 07:16 PM -0.1 L

Points East Midwinter 2009



ALONG/Da vid

Bu ckman

Photo by David Buckman

The mate, Leigh, looks over the ruins of a small dory wrecked on the shore of Louds Island in Muscongus Bay.

Island secrets of gravity and mystery


slands play to sailors’ imaginations with particular intensity, their estrangement from the main and their vulnerability possessed of palpable tension and fascination. Anchoring under their protecting shores, we are drawn to fathom their secrets – find out what lies around the next headland, plumb the tales of overgrown cemeteries, discover what has washed ashore or is revealed by the falling tide – for they are invested of appealing gravity and mystery. Beachcombing along the southern shore of Louds Island in Muscongus Bay, breathless scarves of fog scudding low, the mate and I stumbled upon the wreck of a dory tossed up high on the unforgiving shore. There is an awkwardness and tangible poignancy to shipwrecks, even one as modest as this battered wooden skiff, which had lost any semblance of dignity, though we could seen that it once had been possessed of a certain nobility. Tracing the ragged edges of shattered planking and broken frames with our fingers, a gentle wash of breaking seas sounded a hushed drum roll, and squalling gulls wailed a haunting dirge from far down the rocky strand. It was not difficult to imagine the violence of its last moments in the inexplicable maw of warring seas and unforgiving shore that tore sheering topsides from sturdy frames like the petals of a

68 Points East Midwinter 2009

flower. We sensed the drama of its demise, searched our imaginations for answers, came to sympathy with the loss and hoped that there was no loss of precious life – looking for anything that would help us make sense of the destruction of this innocent and artful creation. We wondered what human flaws were revealed by the wreck, what sins of omission or commission contributed, mistakes made, material failures occurred or responsibilities were unmet. And, I suppose, we studied it from the point of view of being able to avoid a similar fate, clinging irrationally, as we do, to the expectation that life’s accidents, setbacks and tests of mettle may be avoided by care and caution and we can let them pass us by unsullied. To come face to face with such things on a wild island shore, unfettered by the usual comforts, we can hardly escape the realization that, despite our bravado and designs, we are frail sojourners of the sea and the tossing oceans of life. Such moments are metaphors for all the questions there are no answers to – the precious, frail and unfathomable things along life’s path, and we know it. That’s the compelling thing about sailing the great blue ocean. It’s one of the few places in life that we are exposed and quieted.

We’re heading for Nova Scotia with the POINTS EAST

FUNDY FLOTILLA! DATES: Aug. 15-29, 2009

ITINERARY: Northeast Harbor Yarmouth, N.S. Shelburne Port Mouton Mahone Bay Lunenburg LeHave River Brooklyn Lockeport

FEATURING: • Weather routing by Real Weather of Newport, R.I. Guidance by Peter Loveridge, author of “A Cruising Guide to Nova Scotia” May meeting for all those planning to take part in the flotilla Communal dinners Tours Camaraderie Gifts Discounts

COST: $450 per boat (no extra per-person charges) RESTRICTIONS: Boats and crews must be capable of overnight offshore voyage. Only 30 boats - sail and power - will be accepted into the flotilla. For additional information and a registration form, and to get on the Flotilla Newsletter mailing list, please call Points East at 1-888-778-5790; or visit the Flotilla page at; or email us at

Points East Midwinter 2009


Part I: Can you trust your compass? Bob Witherill for Points East A little-known figure in the world of boats is the marine-compass adjuster. He or she is of a rare breed nowadays, tending to fly below the radars of both recreational and commercial mariners. However, despite the modern technologies of the global-positioning system (GPS), chart-plotters, radar, and other electronic devices, most all boats carry a magnetic compass, some as the primary navigating tool, others as back-up. Bob Witherill of Belfast, Maine, has been a compass adjuster for more than a quarter-century, and lest you think “below the radar” means a career devoid of drama, adventure and exposure to the rich, the famous and the infamous, he will share the highlights of his professional life with us over the next year in his series, “Confessions of a Compass Adjuster.”

Confessions of a compass adjuster

professional adjusters over the years to adjust my compasses. So I knew about the process. I had just completed 35 years of college teaching and wanted something to do that pertained to boats. I was interested in navigation and compasses, so learning the business seemed like a logical way to stay involved with boats and perform a useful service. One of the first people I talked with was Guilford “Giffy” Full of Brooklin, Maine, who is a highly respected marine surveyor. Giffy was not very encouraging. He felt that it would be difficult to learn, and hard to break into the established compass adjust“Can you trust your coming group to get enough pass?” was the heading I jobs to make it worthwhile. used for newspaper ads However, I knew that the when I started in the comBelfast-Rockland area did pass business. After 25not have many adjusters plus years in the business, and figured I could get I realize that at times I enough jobs to keep me should have asked myself busy (I still wanted time to if I could trust my client. use my own boat). More An example would be the about Giffy later. kid who wanted me to adNext, I went to my own Photo courtesy Bob Witherill just the $39 automobile compass adjuster, Capt. compass on his scallop Bob Witherill conducts compass-adjusting runs aboard the Bill Rice of Yarmouth, dragger, which periodically 48-foot steel Prock Marine tug Alton A II. Maine. He agreed to take burst into flames while we me on as an apprentice and teach me the business. I ran numerous courses and whose engine died yards liked Bill very much, and we became good friends. I from the dock upon our return. Sometimes the life of paid for the instruction but really not very much cona compass adjuster can be a little too exciting. But sidering the amount of time Bill spent with me. that’s a story for a later installment. Let’s lay some groundwork: Here’s how I got started in this busiInstruction and training: I should explain to ness. those not familiar with the process, that adjusting a compass is correcting a compass that is no longer acGetting started: One of the questions often asked curate due to the addition of engine, anchors, radios me is “How did you get into this business? It is a good and other equipment. The correcting is done with question as there are no schools for compass work in magnets placed near the compass, both internal this country that I know of, and really no manuals, aland/or external. Sometimes the external forces of though some pamphlets have been written on how to equipment, particularly with a steel hull, will be so adjust your own compass. In the U.K., one must sit great that corrected courses will be listed on a chart for a license to adjust compasses after taking a four called a “deviation card.” year course. I started the instruction about two years before I I had owned many boats and having tried and retired from teaching so I would be ready to start jobs failed to adjust my own compasses had hired several when I retired. I would go to Bill’s shop in the base70 Points East Midwinter 2009

ment of his Yarmouth house, where he taught me about the inner workings of compasses. After repairing a few under his tutelage, he sent me home with a whole box full of compasses to repair. I did not have a good, warm shop in the winter months and, therefore, repaired the compasses in our bathroom. One time a tiny spring flew out of a compass and I never could find it, but I think I know where it went. Just one of many lessons learned in the process. Wheelbarrow boat: In the spring it was time to start learning adjusting. At that time (1980), the use of electric gyros had come into use for compass adjustment. These replaced the sun compass and the use of the polaris as tools of adjustment. The gyros were a great improvement for it meant that compasses could be adjusted in the rain, fog and even dark-

ness. Bill wanted me to know all the tools though, and so I learned to adjust a compass with either a sun compass or a polaris as well as the gyro. Bill took a wooden wheelbarrow and mounted a compass on the front of it. Then he put the gyro in the box of the wheel barrow. Now I had a boat in the form of a wheelbarrow. And so I would trundle my “boat” around the yard and adjust the compass over and over. It must have seemed funny to the neighbors to see us with a wheelbarrow and compass about the yard. But then again, I don’t think anything Bill did surprised people. Bill loved people and had a great many stories to tell. After 25 years in this esoteric business, I do, too. Stay tuned for Part II of the compass-adjusting wars in the March/April Boat Show issue.

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Bill Cavanaugh.

Facing fears, rising to the challenge


ew people have faced death in their line of work, survived life-threatening injury and recovered, only to put themselves in harm’s way again to try and save another’s life. Bill Cavanaugh of New Hampshire did just that in two of the worst storms to hit New England in the last 50 years. Cavanaugh was serving in the Coast Guard in January 1977 when a Mayday call came in from a 282-foot oil tanker, Chester A. Poling. Captain Burgess of the Chester Poling had just looked out the rear porthole of the bridge when a giant wave slammed into the vessel. When the wave retreated he could not believe his eyes: His vessel had split in two. Captain Burgess immediately called out a Mayday message on Channel 13, followed by this transmission: “We are six miles off Cape Ann! Don’t know how much longer we can stay afloat!” “Be advised the Cutter Cape George is on the way,” replies Coast Guard Group Boston. “We split in two!” shouts Burgess, “and don’t know

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how long we can stay afloat. Not sinking yet, but we might be any minute.” “Are there any persons on board the other section?” “We have five members aft.” “Can you see the aft section?” “No, too much seas coming over.” The nearest Coast Guard station was Gloucester, where the cutters Cape George and Cape Cross were berthed. Upon receiving the Mayday, Gloucester Coast Guard asked all nearby vessels to proceed to the scene and dispatched both 95-foot cutters, as well as its 41- and 44-foot patrol boats to the rescue. Onboard the 41-footer was Bill Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh remembers fighting 20- and 30-foot seas as his small vessel raced to the aid of tanker. “We had just crested the top of a thirty-foot wave,” says Cavanaugh, “and I was down below preparing a Stokes Litter [a wire rescue basket] when we plunged off the face of the wave, the same way an elevator would plunge if its cables broke. I was literally

weightless, then was slammed into the deck. I remember looking at this pair of legs beneath my body wondering whose they were because I couldn’t feel anything.” Cavanaugh had broken his neck. The seas, however, were so rough the skipper of the patrol boat couldn’t turn back until he reached the broken tanker and made the turn in the lee of the tanker’s bow. Cavanaugh survived the ordeal after a lengthy hospital stay of being in traction and weeks of therapy. And his fellow Coast Guards men on the larger cutters made it to the crippled tanker and saved six out of the seven men, losing just one tanker crewmen to drowning in the icy seas. Rather than leave the Coast Guard, Cavanaugh returned to duty at Station Gloucester. Almost one year to the date of the Chester Poling rescue, he was again called to the 41-foot patrol boat on a rescue mission. This time during the Great Blizzard of 1978. The pilot boat Can Do was somewhere outside of Gloucester Harbor and in a Mayday situation after having the windshield of its pilothouse smashed by a giant wave. The pilot boat was taking on water and Cavanaugh was sent into the storm to try and find it. If Cavanaugh was thinking of his prior injury and comparing this storm to the one that broke his neck, he kept his thoughts to himself and set back out to sea. Fellow Coastie Ralph Stevens, who’d been out in a patrol boat earlier in the storm, thought Cavanaugh was being sent on a suicide mission. Cavanaugh had to answer the call, though, and out he went into a pitch black night of blinding snow and 100-mph winds. Cavanaugh remembered the night like it was yesterday: “We hoped maybe we could pick up the Can Do on radar, but even in Gloucester Harbor conditions were terrible. We hadn’t even reached the breakwater and our radar was out. The waves were so big that even if we’d had our radar, it wouldn’t have helped much because each time we went down in a trough the radar would have just picked up the seas in the front and back, and above the troughs it was all

snow. “I had learned a lot from when I was a rookie on the Chester Poling rescue, and that was to make sure I knew when the waves were going to hit. Most of us, over time, develop a built-in sense of timing, so you know when to brace yourself so your not airborne. The 41 wasn’t designed for those kinds of seas, and we couldn’t get beyond the breakwater without being killed. At that time, there was no escape hatch in the 41; those didn’t come until after a 41 capsized off the Columbia River and the entire crew was trapped and perished.” Cavanaugh spent two hours in the storm searching for the Can Do, but the pilot boat could not be found. Although his rescue attempt was unsuccessful, he and his crew gave it their best shot. Imagine if you had broken your neck onboard a small boat in a storm. Would you go back on that same boat into conditions that were worst than the first time? Cavanaugh did. He faced down his fears and did what all good Coast Guard men and women try to do – go to the aid of fellow mariners in distress, putting aside personal safety. Bill Cavanaugh is featured in Michael Tougias’ new best-selling book, “Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do.” Visit

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Portland: Becky’s Restaurant, Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, Chase Leavitt, China Sea Marine Trading Co., Custom Float Services, DiMillo’s Marina, Fortune, Inc., Gilbert’s Chowder House, Gowen Marine, Gritty McDuff’s, Hamilton Marine, Maine Yacht Center, Portland Yacht Services, Ports of Call, Sawyer & Whitten, Vessel Services Inc., West Marine. Raymond: Jordan Bay Marina, Panther Run Marina. Rockland: Atlantic Challenge, Back Cove Yachts, E.L.Spear, Gemini Marine Canvas, Hamilton Marine, Harbormaster, Journey’s End Marina, Knight Marine Service, Landings Restaurant, Maine Lighthouse Museum, North End Shipyard Schooners, Ocean Pursuits, Pope Sails, Reading Corner, Rockland Ferry, Sawyer & Whitten. Rockport: Bohndell Sails, Corner Store, Harbormaster, Market Basket, Rockport Boat Club, Rockport Marine. Round Pond: Cabadetis Boat Club, King Row Market. Saco: Marston’s Riverside Anchorage, Saco Bay Tackle, Saco Yacht Club. Scarborough: Seal Harbor Y.C. Searsport: Hamilton Marine. Sorrento: Sorrento Yacht Club. South Bristol: Bittersweet Landing Boatyard, Christmas Cove Improvement Assoc., Coveside Marine, Gamage Shipyard, Osier’s Wharf. South Freeport: Brewer’s South Freeport Marine, Casco Bay Yacht Exchange, DiMillo’s South Freeport, Harraseeket Y.C., Strouts Point Wharf Co., Waterman Marine. South Harpswell: Dolphin Marina, Finestkind Boatyard, Moe’s Country Store South Portland: Aspasia Marina, Boater’s World, Centerboard Yacht Club, Joe’s Boathouse Restaurant, Port Harbor Marine, Reo Marine, Salt Water Grill, South Port Marine, Sunset Marina. Spruce Head: Spruce Head Marine. Steuben: H&H Marine, T. Jason Boats. Stonington: Billings Diesel & Marine, Downeast Properties, Fisherman’s Friend, Inn on the Harbor, Lily’s Café, Shepard’s Select Properties. Sullivan: Flanders Bay Boats. Sunset: Deer Isle Y.C. Surry: Wesmac. Swan’s Island: Carrying Place Market Tenants Harbor: Cod End Store and Marina, East Wind Inn, Halls Market. Thomaston: Harbor View Tavern, Jeff’s Marine, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Turner: Youly’s Restaurant. Vinalhaven: Jaret & Cohn Island Group, Vinal’s Newsstand. Waldoboro: Stetson & Pinkham. Wells: Lighthouse Depot, Webhannet River Boat Yard. West Boothbay Harbor: Blake’s Boatyard. West Southport: Boothbay Region Boatyard, Southport General Store. Windham: Richardson’s Boat Yard. Winter Harbor: Winter Harbor 5 & 10. Winterport: Winterport Marine. Wiscasset: Ames Hardware, Wiscasset Yacht Club. Woolwich: Scandia Yacht Sales, Shelter Institute. Yarmouth: Bayview Rigging & Sails, East Coast Yacht Sales, Landing Boat Supply, Maine Sailing Partners, Royal River Boatyard, Royal River Grillehouse, Yankee Marina & Boatyard, Yarmouth Boatyard. York: Agamenticus Yacht Club, Woods to Goods, York Harbor Marine Service. NEW HAMPSHIRE Dover: Dover Marine. Dover Point: Little Bay Marina. Gilford: Fay’s Boat Yard, Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. Greenland: Sailmaking Support Systems. Hampton: Hampton River Boat Club. Milton: Ray’s Marina & RV Sales. New Castle: Kittery Point Yacht Club, Portsmouth Yacht Club, Wentworth-ByThe-Sea Marina. Newington: Great Bay Marine, Portsmouth: New England Marine and Industrial, West Marine. Seabrook: West Marine. Tuftonboro: Tuftonboro General Store. MASSACHUSETTS Barnstable: Millway Marina. Beverly: Bartlett Boat Service, Beverly Point Marina, Jubilee Yacht Club. Boston: Boston Harbor Islands Moorings, Boston Yacht Haven, Columbia Yacht Club, Mirabito Marine, The Marina at Rowes Wharf, Waterboat Marina. Bourne: Taylor’s Point Marina Braintree: West Marine. Buzzards Bay: Dick’s Marine, Onset Bay Marina. Cataumet: Kingman Marine, Parker’s Boat Yard. Charlestown: Constitution Marina, Shipyard Quarters Marina. Chatham: Ryders Cove Marina, Stage Harbor Marine. Chelsea: The Marina at Admiral’s Hill. Cohasset: Cohasset Y.C. Cotuit: Peck’s Boats. Cuttyhunk: Cuttyhunk Town Marina. Danvers: Boater’s World, Danversport Yacht Club, Liberty Marina, West Marine. Dedham: West Marine. Dighton: Shaw’s Boat Yard. Dorchester: Savin Hill Yacht Club. East Boston: Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, Orient Heights Yacht Club, Quarterdeck Marina.

East Dennis: Dennis Yacht Club, North Side Marina. Edgartown: Boat Safe Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown Moorings, Edgartown Yacht Club, Harborside Inn. Essex: Flying Dragon Antiques, Perkins Marine. Fairhaven: West Marine. Falmouth: East Marine, Falmouth Harbor Town Marina, Falmouth Marine, MacDougall’s Cape Cod Marine Service, West Marine. Gloucester: Beacon Marine Basin, Brown’s Yacht Yard, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, Enos Marine, Three Lanterns Ship Supply. Green Harbor: Green Harbor Marina, Taylor Marine. Harwich Port: Allen Harbor Marine Service, Cranberry Liquors, Saquatucket Municipal Marina. Hingham: 3A Marine Sales, Eastern Yacht Sales, Hewitts Cove Marina, Hingham Shipyard marina, Hingham Yacht Club. Hyannis: Boater’s World, Hyannis Marina, West Marine. Ipswich: Ipswich Bay Yacht Club. Manchester: Manchester Marine, Manchester Yacht Club. Marblehead: Boston Yacht Club, Corinthian Yacht Club, , Dolphin Y.C., Eastern Yacht Club, Lynn Marine Supply Co., Marblehead Yacht Club, The Forepeak, Wells Yachts. Marion: Barden’s Boat Yard, Beverly Yacht Club, Burr Bros. Boats, Harding Sails, West Marine. Marshfield: Bullock’s Boat Yard. Marston Mills: Prince’s Cove Marina. Mattapoisett: Mattapoisett Boatyard. Medford: Russo Marine. Nantucket: Glyns Marine, Nantucket Boat Basin, Nantucket Moorings, Nantucket Y.C., Town Pier Marina. New Bedford: C.E. Beckman, Cutty Hunk Launch, IMP Fishing Gear, Lyndon’s, Neimic Marine, New Bedford Visitors Center, Pope’s Island Marina, Skip’s Marine, West Marine. Newburyport: American Yacht Club, Merri-Mar Yacht Basin, Newburyport Boat Basin, Newburyport Harbor Marina, North End Boat Club, The Boatworks, Windward Yacht Yard. North Falmouth: Brewer Fiddler’s Cove Marina. North Weymouth: Tern Harbor Marina. Oak Bluffs: Dockside Marketplace. Onset: Point Independence Yacht Club. Orleans: Nauset Marine. Osterville: Crosby Yacht Yard, Oyster Harbors Marine Service. Peabody: West Marine. Plymouth: Boater’s World, Brewer’s Plymouth Marine, Plymouth Yacht Club, West Marine. Provincetown: Harbormaster. Quincy: Captain’s Cove Marina, Marina Bay, POSH, Squantum Yacht Club, Wollaston Yacht Club. Salem: , Fred J. Dion Yacht Yard, Hawthorne Cove Marina, H&H Propeller Shop, Palmer’s Cove Yacht Club, Pickering Wharf Marina, Salem Water Taxi, Winter Island Yacht Yard. Salisbury: Bridge Marina. Sandwich: Sandwich Marina, Sandwich Ship Supply. Scituate: A to Z Boatworks, Cole Parkway Municipal Marina, Front Street Book Shop, Scituate Harbor Marina, Scituate Harbor Y.C. Seekonk: Boater’s World, E&B Marine, West Marine. Somerset: Auclair’s Market, J&J Marine Fabricators South Dartmouth: Davis & Tripp Boatyard, Doyle Sails, New Bedford Y.C., New Wave Yachts. Vineyard Haven: Owen Park Town Dock, Vineyard Haven Marina. Watertown: Watertown Yacht Club. Wareham: Zecco Marine. Wellfleet: Bay Sails Marine, Town of Wellfleet Marina, Wellfleet Marine Corp. West Barnstable: Northside Village Liquor Store. West Dennis: Bass River Marina. Westport: F.L.Tripp & Sons, Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, Westport Marine, Westport Y.C. Weymouth: Monahan’s Marine. Winthrop: Cottage Park Y.C., Cove Convenience, Crystal Cove Marina, Pleasant Point Y.C., Winthrop Book Depot, Winthrop Lodge of Elks, Winthrop Y.C. Woburn: E&B Marine, West Marine. Woods Hole: Woods Hole Marina. Yarmouth: Arborvitae Woodworking. RHODE ISLAND Barrington: Barrington Y.C., Brewer Cove Haven Marina, Lavin’s Marina, Stanley’s Boat Yard, Striper Marina. Block Island: Ballard’s Inn, Block Island Boat Basin, Block Island Marina, Champlin’s, Harbormaster, Old Harbor Dock, Payne’s New Harbor Dock. Bristol: Aidan’s Irish Pub, All Paint, Bristol Bagel Works, Bristol Marine, Bristol Yacht Club, Hall Spars & Rigging, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Jamestown Distributors, Quantum Thurston Sails, Sailing Specialties, Superior Marine. Central Falls: Twin City Marine. Charlestown: Ocean House Marina. Cranston: Edgewood Yacht Club, Port Edgewood Marina, Rhode Island Yacht Club. East Greenwich: Anderson’s Ski & Dive Center, BoatUS Marine Center, East Greenwich Yacht Club, Norton’s Shipyard & Marina, West Marine. East Providence: East Providence Yacht Club. Jamestown: Conanicut Marine Supply, Dutch Harbor Boatyard. Middletown: Freedom Yachts. Narraganset: West Marine. Newport: America’s Cup Charters, Armchair Sailor, Brewer Street Boatworks,

Casey’s Marina, Goat Island Marina, IYRS, J/Boats, Museum of Yachting, New York Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport Nautical Supply, Newport Yacht Club, Newport Yachting Center, Old Port Marine Services, Sail Newport, Seamen’s Church Institute, The Marina at Brown & Howard, The Newport Shipyard, West Marine, West Wind Marina. North Kingstown: Allen Harbor Marina, Johnson’s Boatyard, Quonset Davisville Yacht Club, RI Mooring Services. Portsmouth: Brewer Sakonnet Marina, East Passage Yachting Center, Eastern Yacht Sales, Hinckley Yacht Services, Life Raft & Survival Equipment, Little Harbor Yacht Brokers, Ship’s Store and Rigging, The Melville Grill. Riverside: Bullock’s Cove Marina. Tiverton: Don’s Marine, Ocean Options and Quality Yacht Services, Standish Boat Yard. Wakefield: Boater’s World, Point Jude Boats, Point Judith Marina, Point Judith Yacht Club, Point View Marina, Ram Point Marina, Silver Spring Marine, Snug Harbor Marine. Warren: West Marine. Warwick: Appanoag Harbor Marina, Boater’s World, Brewer Yacht Yard at Cowesett, Greenwich Bay Marina, Pettis Boat Yard, Ponaug Marina, Warwick Cove Marina. Wickford: Brewer Wickford Cove Marina, Johnson’s Boatyard, Marine Consignment of Wickford, Pleasant Street Wharf, Wickford Marina, Wickford Shipyard, Wickford Yacht Club. CONNECTICUT Branford: Birbarie Marine, Branford River Marina, Branford Yacht Club, Brewer Bruce & Johnson’s Marina, Dutch Wharf Boat Yard, Indian Neck Yacht Club, Pine Orchard Yacht Club, West Marine. Byram: Byram Town Marina. Chester: Castle Marina, Chester Marina, Hays Haven Marina, Middlesex Yacht Club. Clinton: Cedar Island Marina, Cerino Marine, Clinton Yacht Haven, Harborside Marina, Old Harbor Marina, Port Clinton Marina, Riverside Basin Marina, West Marine. Cos Cob: Palmer Point Marina. Darien: E&B Marine, Noroton Yacht Club. Deep River: Brewer Deep River Marina, West Marine Express. East Haddam: Andrews Marina East Norwalk: Rex Marine. Essex: Boatique, Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Essex Island Marina, Essex Yacht Club. Fairfield: West Marine. Farmington: Pattaconk Yacht Club. Greenwich: Beacon Point Marine, Indian Harbor Yacht Club. Groton: Pine Island Marina, Shennecossett Yacht Club. Guilford: Brown’s Boat Yard, Guilford Boat Yard, Harbormaster. Lyme: Cove Landing Marine. Madison: East River Marine. Milford: Flagship Marina, Milford Boat Works, Milford Landing, Milford Yacht Club, Port Milford, Spencer’s Marina, West Marine. Mystic: Brewer Yacht Yard, Fort Rachel Marina, Gwenmor Marina, Mason Island Yacht Club, Mystic Point Marina, Mystic River Yacht Club, Mystic Seaport Museum Store, Mystic Shipyard, West Marine. New Haven: City Point Yacht Club, Fairclough Sails, Oyster Point Marina. New London: Crocker’s Boatyard, Ferry Slip Dockominium Assoc., Hellier Yacht Sales, Thames Shipyard and Ferry, Thames Yacht Club, Thamesport Marina, West Marine. Niantic: Boats Inc., Mago Pt. Marina, Port Niantic Marina, Three Belles Marina. Noank: Brower’s Cove Marina, Hood Sails, Noank Village Boatyard, Palmers Cove Marina, Ram Island Yacht Club, Spicer’s. Norwalk: Norwest Marine, Rex Marine, Total Marine, West Marine. Norwich: The Marina at American Wharf. Old Lyme: Old Lyme Marina. Old Saybrook: Boater’s World, Brewer’s Ferry Point Marina, Harbor Hill Marina & Inn, Harbor One Marina, Island Cove Marina, Oak Leaf Marina, Ocean Performance, Ragged Rock Marina, Saybrook Point Marina, West Marine. Orange: Boater’s World. Portland: Yankee Boat Yard & Marina. Riverside: Riverside Yacht Club. Rowayton: All Seasons Marina, Wilson Cove Marina. South Norwalk: Norwalk Yacht Club, Rex Marine Center, Surfside 3 Marina. Stamford: Brewer Yacht Haven Marina, Czescik Marina, Halloween Yacht Club, Hathaway Reiser Rigging, Landfall Navigation, Ponas Yacht Club, Prestige Yacht Sales, Stamford Landing Marina, Stamford Yacht Club, West Marine, Z Sails. Stonington: Dodson Boat Yard, Dog Watch Café, Madwanuck Yacht Club, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club. Stratford: Brewer Stratford Marina. Waterford: Boater’s World, Defender Industries, Niantic Bay Marina. Westbrook: Atlantic Outboard, Basset Boat Company, Brewer Pilots Point Marina, Pier 76 Marina. West Haven: West Cove Marina. Westport: Cedar Point Yacht Club. NEW YORK Sag Harbor: Sag Harbor Yacht Club. West Islip: West Marine.

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28ʼ Shannon Sloop, 1980 Yanmar diesel, roller furling main & genoa. New electronics, windlass. $54,500. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207-363-7997 28ʼ Albin Cumulus, 1982 Race/cruise. Good. New cruising sails, systems, paint; 10 racing sails, many extras. Dingy and kicker available. On hard, Georgetown, ME. $13,000.

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spotless Yanmar engine. $9,900. 207-223-8885.

14ʼ Catalina Capri 14.2, 1988 With trailer. Great little boat to learn on. Be ready for spring, buy now, clean her up and she is ready to go. $1500. 207-7510331 or email 17ʼ Herreshoff Buzzards Bay Boat. Classic style. Built by the Wooden Boat School in Eastport, Maine. Marconi-rigged with a 3hp Yamaha outboard. $14,000. 24ʼ Bridges Point, 2002 JUDITH, built by the John Williams Boat Co. Daysailor layout. $75,000. Call 207-255-7854 or email 26ʼ S2 7.9, 1984 Great racer/cruiser, fast and fun. Trailer, sails, stove, head included. Email for spec. sheet. $18,500 or best offer. 27ʼ Pacific Seacraft Orion 1982. Fully equipped & professionally maintained. Hand laid solid fiberglass hull. Bronze portlights. This is a well found yacht ready to go. $45,000. 207-2447854. 27ʼ Sun Sloop With new: ground tackle, compass, coax, antenna, upholstery, roller furler, halyards, solar panel. Beautiful roomy wood interior,

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Jonesport Shipyard, 207-4972701. 36ʼ 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 207-439-9582.

30ʼ Haven, 1977 Wonderful double-ender, full galley, head, sleeps four comfortably. $35,000. Atlantic Boat Company, 207-359-4658. 30ʼ Dufour Arpege, 1970 Beautifully maintained, blue Awlgrip hull, recent sails and dodger. Teak cabin sole. 10hp Volvo diesel. $19,900. Robinhood Marine Center, 207371-2343. 32ʼ 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. 34ʼ Tartan Sloop New Westerbeke 30B & exhaust system. $29,500 or best offer.

36ʼ Intʼl 600 yawl, 1952 Barefoot was the winner of the 2005 Boston Harbor Islands Regatta classics division. Professionally maintained by Crocker’s Boatyard, she was built in Bremen, Germany at the De Dood Boatworks and is britefinished with white boottop and green bottom. Mahogany over oak, lead keel, Sitka spruce hollow spars; 2003 Yanmar 3GM w/3-blade Maxiprop; Dickinson Newport propane heater; Hallett sails (2003), all new canvas (2005), Harken roller-furling, backstay adjuster; Furuno radar, Garmin 2010C chartplotter. (Photo is sistership.) Lots of

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equipment. Ready to race or cruise. $35,000. Possible dockage package at Boston Waterboat Marina. 617-5231027 (Larry) 36ʼ Hinckley Standard Sloop 1953. 2004 Westerbeke 30 diesel. 2001 sails, new wiring, new electronics. Special $59,000 Gray & Gray, Inc. 207-363-7997 37ʼ Hunter, 1998 Fully equipped including Genset, heat/AC, Radar, autopilot. 38hp Yanmar diesel. Superb condition. $109,500. Robinhood Marine Center, 207-371-2342. 37ʼ 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.

40ʼ Baba Cutter, 1984 Heavily built, comfortable, ocean or live-aboard vessel built by Ta Shing. Much upgraded equipment including Yanmar turbo diesel, new fuel tank, Furuno 1832 radar, dodger. Also equipped with Robertson LD autopilot, SSB, GPS, Grunert refrigerator/freezer, solar panels, sounder, roller furling, Avon raft, dinghy. Has made passages to



Europe and Caribbean. Located in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For sale by original owner. $150,000. 207-633-0964. 42ʼ Tartan Sloop 1982 West. diesel, updated S&S design. New bottom, new mast, rigging, sails, & much more. Reduced to $105,000. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207-363-7997 POWER 13ʼ Boston Whaler 13 Sport All ready to go fishing. 1989 Mariner 25hp 2-stroke. Ritchie compass and Eagle fishfinder. Bimini top and bilge pump. On a new LoadRite trailer. $4,475. Call York Harbor Marine Service at 207-363-3602. 17ʼ Eastporter, 1989 Many improvements by yard 2006. Must see to appreciate. $3,900. 1988 40hp Evinrude add $600. Jonesport Shipyard, 207497-2701. 17ʼ Boston Whaler 17 Sport GLS. An uncommon classic – 17’ Montauk hull w/molded fiberglas interior, side console and vinyl seats. VHF radio, Bimini top, mooring cover. 1991 Yamaha 90hp 2-stroke. Pacific trailer w/spare tire. $8,750. Call York Harbor Marine Service at 207-363-3602. 17ʼ Scout Boats Dorado, 2002 Only 100 hours on great fueleffiecent family/fish boat, 100hp Yamaha four stroke, trailer. $14,500. 207-799-3600. 16ʼ9 Boston Whaler Nauset 1968. All new varnished mahogany rebuilt to Whaler specs 2006. Dry sailed lake boat. First bottom paint 2006. New Morse controls and cables. Original wheel powder coated. Original wheel hub rechromed. Stainless rails (bow not on). White Sunbrella full console cover, no snaps. 1998 88hp Johnson professionally maintained. Trailer. Asking $9500.


23ʼ Palmer Scott, 1954 Located in Mt. Desert, Maine. Fiberglass hull, gas engine. $16,800. Call 207-255-7854 or email

18ʼ Maritime Skiff 1890 2002. New Honda 90hp with 5year warranty. Just re-rigged with all new controls and guages. New Load-Rite trailersingle axle w/brakes. Ready to go fishing. $14,990. York Harbor Marine Service at 207-3633602. 19ʼ Boston Whaler Outrage 1991. New Honda 135hp engine w/25 hours, full 5-yr factory warranty. New control cables, wiring harness and control box. Blue bimini top, 2008 Karavan trailer. New Raymarine A65 Chartplotter with East Coast chip, Uniden Solara DSC VHF radio. Yard Maintained. $21,880. York Harbor Marine. 19ʼ Eastern, 2003 Center console, 90hp Evenrude, power tilt, professionally maintained and stored indoors. Low operating hours. $20,000. Atlantic Boat Company, 207359-4658. 22’ Pro-Line, 2003 Center console with trailer, 200hp Mercury, very clean, low hours, t-top, cover, bow cushion and more. $25,500.

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21ʼ 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.

25ʼ Surf Hunter, 1967 For immediate sale, $15,000. Famous Ray Hunt design built by Mattapoisett Boat Yard (MA) hull #3 using cold molded mahogany for light weight and strength. Five hours only on complete rebuild Volvo Penta 265 gasoline engine. Delivers 6 miles a gallon cruising at 22 MPH . Top end is 29 MPH. Furano radar and many extras. Call Joel Flather – 401 635 9990 or email 25ʼ 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. 25ʼ General Marine Downeast 1987. Great small lobster boat, 351Cleveland/Windsor V8 inboard. Cuddy V-berth cabin w/


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26ʼ Back Cove Open, 2005 This model is powered with common-rail Volvo 260hp diesel (only 220 hours). Sporting claret hull, she is equipped with a bow thruster and a stern thruster, electric anchor windlass, oil changer, 1800W inverter w/ third battery in bank, Raymarine electronics, bimini top with enclosure (excellent condition), aft cockpit bench seats, swim platform, helm deck jump seats, electrically operated engine hatch, electric head & toilet system, threewiper windshield system and more. Asking $119,000. Contact DiMilloís Yacht Sales, 207-7737632 or email

fridge, stainless steel sink, microwave oven and cooktop for meal preparation. A v-berth with drop-down, inlaid table, sleeps two comfortably; and her fully enclosed head provides a spacious layout for maneuverability. Asking $149,900. Contact DiMilloís Yacht Sales, 207-7737632 or email

26' downeast wooden boat Classic, with lobster fishing history ready for fishing or family cruising. Designed and built ca 1960 by Nelson of Rockport, Mass. 8'beam 3'draft. V-8 gas engine, VHF, GPS, video sounder, safety gear and portable head. Canvass and Plexiglas addition (not fitted in photo) for enlarged, weatherprotected wheel house. All reasonable offers for sale or trade considered. Contact C. Gollrad, 978-281-4104, Gloucester, Mass.

26ʼ Back Cove Pipe Hardtop 2008. Just traded for a Back Cove 33 and options like no other on the market. Her galley includes a 120V AC/12 VDC Albin 27ʼ Aft-cabin family cruiser, 1990. New Price. Comfortable for liveaboard or ready to cruise. Perkins 78-HD turbo, w/577 hours. Redlines at 4200, cruises at 3000 at 1 gal./hr. New 96 gallon aluminum w/epoxy fuel tank. New AGM batteries, Raytheon RIOXX raster scan, Garmin GPS 128, Horizon VHF. Marine grill, aft wx/curtain $34,800. York Harbor Marine Service at 207363-3602 .

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27ʼ Eastern, 2006 In flag blue with white cushions. Evinrude Etec 250hp with great fuel economy, Fortune canvas, Garmin Electronics, and loaded with options, and less than 50 hours. Venture tandem axle trailer, with 4 wheel brakes. Reduced for fall sale. $64,900. 207-266-2018.

29ʼ Back Cove Hardtop express, 2007. Powered with the Yamnar 315hp (112 hours) and cruises up to 25 knots. Equipped with air conditioning & heat, bow thruster, helm deck trim package, anchor windlass, Raymarine E120, 2kW radar, aft canvas enclosure, aft bench seats w/ filler cushion, Ultrasuede interior, composite hardtop, oil changing system, cockpit Sunbrella awning, fitted sheets, fitted mattress pad, fitted comforter and all wrapped up in a beautiful flag blue hull. Asking $215,000. Contact DiMilloís Yacht Sales, 207-773-7632 or email 30ʼ Albin Aft Cabin, 2004 This family cruiser is in Bristol condition and has been professionally maintained since purchased by her original owner. She has a great electronics package and a reliable Yanmar deisel. Perfect coastal cruiser with a full canvas enlosure that allows for plenty of room for entertaining or just enjoying your privacy. Owner is motivated, so bring reasonable offers. Located in New Castle, New Hampshire. $139,900. Call Kyle, 207-4399582. 30ʼ 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. 32ʼ Morris Flybridge, 1998 BHM hull and deck. Finished by Morris Yachts. Proven Downeast hull. Design and construction first class. Professionally main-

tained, stored indoors. $235,000. Atlantic Boat Company, 207359-4658. 32ʼ 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.

33ʼ Pearson True North, 2004 True North 33 is one of the most popular 33’ downeast style boats on the brokerage market. With a helm deck that has easy access to the large open cockpit and opening transom door for boarding from a dinghy, swimming or just carrying recreational toys. This TN 33 is equipped with the upgraded 440 Yanmar diesel, Mastervolt generator, air conditioning, bow thruster and Espar heater. Asking $215,000. Contact DiMilloís Yacht Sales, 207-773-7632 or email 33ʼ Robinhood Flybridge Poweryacht, 2001 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. 34ʼ American Tug Trawler 2001. This popular American Tug has been well maintained by her

knowledgable owners who have truly enjoyed her. She is well equipped and ready to go. Please check out her pictures and full specs and dont miss the opportunity to own this fantastic coastal cruiser. $235,000. Call Kyle, 207-439-9582. 34ʼ Mainship Pilot 34, 2003 Hardtop Cruiser, twin 280 Yanmar diesels (200 hrs). Raymarine GPS & radar, windlass, generator, heat & A/C, galley w/seating 4/6, head w/shower, queen berth & sleeping 4/6. Immaculate. More. $155,500. Larry: 207-882-7041, or email 36ʼ Grand Banks, 1979 Twin Lehman 120’s. Excellent condition. Fully equipped for cruising. $115,000. Call 781461-2692 or email.

37ʼ Egg Harbor Classic, 1966 True soul and authenticity. Engines are well maintained and run strong. Interior is pristine, Captain owned, mechanic maintained. Cruise 14 knts; 19 top end. Contact Kenny in Rockport at 207-236-2846. $29,900.

cal systems. $250,000. Atlantic Boat Company, 207-359-4658. 42’ Bunker & Ellis,1958 ALERIA is prime for restoration. $134,900. Call 207-255-7854, or email

43ʼ Sabreline Motoryacht 1996. Sabreline maintained and up-dated like no other on the market today. The Sabre 43 Motoryacht differs from the norm in that she’s constructed on a modified-V hull which allows her to run efficiently at much higher speeds than you would expect from a trawler-style design. Performance aside, the 43 is a quality-built, double cabin cruiser with full walk around decks and well-arranged accommodations. Asking $319,900. Contact DiMilloís Yacht Sales, 207-7737632 or email 46ʼ Duffy, 2007 Exceptionally able off-shore boat. Cummins 670hp QSM-11 diesel, 100 hours. Shorepower, inverter, generator, full electronics. Three staterooms, two heads, great liveaboard. $595,000. Atlantic Boat Company, 207-359-4658.

42ʼ Duffy, 1997 Heavy-duty, commercial pilot and tow boat converted to pleasure. CAT 3406E 800hp. Meticulous maintenance. Firstrate construction and mechani-

47ʼ Novi Dragger, 1985 Fiberglass Atkinson Novi Dragger.43.8’ + 4’ extension. 15.5’ beam, 6’ draft. Good Condition. $135,000. Jonesport



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Shipyard, 207-497-2701. 50ʼ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge 2005. SHEGAVIN shows as new and is in absolute Bristol condition. Powered by 730hp Mann’s she has plenty of power and reliability. Her well thought out interior is done in dark cherry and there were numerous option upgrades. The Mann engine upgrade was a $100K upgrade itself and should be an indication of the rest of this boats condition. No expense was spared to make this vessel the best one of its kind. This boat is loaded and ready for her new owner. She was finished with digital guagesat the helm station and is the only one of her kind. Please view her full specs and call if interested in a showing. This should be the next one to sell. Dont miss out. $630,000. Call Kyle, 207-439-9582 or email OTHER Wanted: Vessel for bareboat charter Around 50’, with two comfortable cabins and a bunk berth for a mate. Trawlers are okay. Two very experienced captains (the male contingent of the charter party) will command the vessel. Would like charter to begin and end in Penobscot Bay, Maine. July, August, or September 2009. Email info to F. Lee Bailey. 18ʼ Echo Rowing The most advanced recreational rowing shell on the market today. This is a demo boat – one available. 207-799-3600.

10 1/2ʼ & 12ʼ Skiffs Maine style and quality. Epoxy 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. Commission a Tender Get a great boat while helping a great cause. Custom-built for you by the Compass Project. Come on in and meet your build team. 12’ Bevins Skiff $850 12’ Echo Bay Dory $1600 16’ Gloucester Light Dory $1,600 Call Clint at 207-774-0682

Tough Tender Traditional 8’ pram. Oak frame, marine plywood; double oak gunwales. Painted or unpainted. Classic Boatworks of Maine, 207-422-9180.


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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.

Master of Towing Motor and steam, 40 years in big boats and small ships. BOATWISE instructor. Deliveries, onboard training. 401-885-3189.

Wanted: Rhodes 19 Mast Needed: Replacement mast for O’Day Rhodes 19. Want to sail this summer! Call 207-326-9051 or email

Charter Your Boat Established Midcoast Maine Charter Company expanding the fleet. If you’re interested in offsetting yard bills, give a call. 207-785-2465.

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.

Fuel Polishing Business Very established fuel polishing business for sale. All equipment and 2007 Tule trailer included. Clients from Boston to MDI. Much more potential for growth. $9,599. 207-232-7906.

m Partner Wanted for Mooring Have 22’ boat in Sctuate, Ma. Want bigger boat to 36’. Need mooring in protected area. Will buy your boat and keep you as partner. You do nothing. Bob. Offshore Passage Opportunities # 1 Crew Networking Service since 1993. Sail for free on OPBís Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe for free brochure/membership application. Need Crew? Call. Offshore Swan Sailing Program Sail a Swan (46,48,56) from St. Maarten, Bermuda, Newport May 9th to 24th. 1500 miles off-

shore. All inclusive super low price $2300. Since 2000. Call 1800-4-PASSAGe or visit Marina For Sale For Sale: Wottonís Wharf Marina in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For more information call Bruce Tindal at 207-633-6711. Coastal Navigation Course Held at Auburn High School, 784-9220 on 2/26, 0700 to 0900 for 12 weeks. Plotting tools and charts included. For more info:

Points East Crew Match boat. Call me at 781-545-2040 or send email to and let me know your interests. 2009 and 2010 Hi, My boat (Diesel Duck 44) will leave Miami Beach about the 3rd week in April 2009 heading for NYC. From there, I’ll spend

NEED CREW Join me on the 2009 River Flotilla I am a retired college professor, a USCG Auxiliarist and USPS member, looking for crew to join me on the 2009 River Flotilla. I have a 2008 Mainship trawler with all the amenities of a 34’ 617-834-7560 Capt.Norm LeBlanc, AMS , SAMS ®



some time on the Hudson River, Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, Rideau Waterway, Ottawa River, Montreal, St. Lawrence Seaway, then back into the USA via Lake Champlain. Tommy, Telephone: 305-538-9674 Email: Need ICW Companion Planning first ICW RI to SC ?? this season and I need someone who has done this a few times to go along. This is not a paid position, but I can take care of expenses. 44’ Gulfstar Center in good shaps. This is not a sure plan, but I’d like to go this year in my boat. Dave Telephone:

401-739-8111 Email: WANT TO CREW Ex-Coastie Retired Coastie looking to sail/cruise New England waters (Portsmouth, N.H.. to L.I. Sound). Offshore and inland experience with motor and sail vessels (100-ton near coastal). Telephone: 774-249-1543, email: Professional skipper, Yachtmaster offshore, 2007 Pacific ocean crossing, 2008 repaires on boat in Turkey and PO Box 313 Yarmouth, ME 04096 207.415.6973 Peter F. Curtis, CPYB, Representing Buyers or Sellers Featured Boat:

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Trawler going south? Experienced mate can be your third set of eyes, hold your course, and teach you more knots than you knew existed (former Eagle Scout). I'm 57 and am building on my sea-time. Will cover own expenses, know my limitations, and will happily swab decks and polish rails without being asked. Give me a call! I DO smoke, but only outside at the transom. Thanks. Telephone: 207-218-8384.

Experienced Sailor I am interested in any crewing

Engine expert Want to join an offshore rig as a motorman, having over 20 years experience. Telephone: 009477683301 Email:

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opportunity. I am a enthusiastic recreational sailor (I have my ASA Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat, and Coastal Navigation Certifications); trying to log days for my USCG 6 Pack. I have limited offshore experience. Telephone: 404-7189666 m

Prefer Etchells Racing Hi all, just moved to the area. 25 yrs old. avid one-design racer both J/24 & Etchells as well as small boat racing (primarily Lasers). from Westbrook, CT. Collegiate sailor 01-05 for UVM. Live in Portland. If you need crew, I’m your man!! Telephone: (860) 510-3773 Email:

Weekend Sailor Enthusiastic female looking to cruise weekends and maybe longer with some planning. Experienced 1st mate, ASA certified in basic keelboat and coastal cruising plus Coast Guard Nav. Anywhere from Portland to Penobscot. Email:

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Want to Sail in Winter I am a 20-year-old female college student with sailing experience on the collegiate level as well as keel boats around 30’. I am available mid Dec.-end Jan. Sailing anywhere warm is a plus! Telephone: 203-751-2867 Email:

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BREWER YACHT YARD AT GREENPORT Greenport, NY 631/477-9594 BREWER STIRLING HARBOR MARINA Greenport, NY 631/477-0828 BREWER YACHT YARD AT GLEN COVE Glen Cove, NY 516/671-5563 BREWER CAPRI MARINA Port Washington, NY 516/883-7800 BREWER POST ROAD BOAT YARD Mamaroneck, NY 914/698-0295 BREWER YACHT HAVEN MARINA Stamford, CT 203/359-4500 BREWER STRATFORD MARINA Stratford, CT 203/377-4477 BREWER BRUCE & JOHNSON’S MARINA Branford, CT 203/488-8329 BREWER PILOTS POINT MARINA Westbrook, CT 860/399-7906 BREWER FERRY POINT MARINA Old Saybrook, CT 860/388-3260 BREWER DAUNTLESS SHIPYARD Essex, CT 860/767-0001 BREWER DEEP RIVER MARINA Deep River, CT 860/526-5560 BREWER YACHT YARD AT MYSTIC Mystic, CT 860/536-2293 BREWER WICKFORD COVE MARINA Wickford, RI 401/884-7014 BREWER YACHT YARD AT COWESETT Warwick, RI 401/884-0544 BREWER GREENWICH BAY MARINA Warwick, RI 401/884-1810 BREWER COVE HAVEN MARINA Barrington, RI 401/246-1600 BREWER SAKONNET MARINA Portsmouth, RI 401/683-3551 BREWER FIDDLER’S COVE MARINA N. Falmouth, MA 508/564-6327 BREWER PLYMOUTH MARINE Plymouth, MA 508/746-4500 BREWER SOUTH FREEPORT MARINE S. Freeport, ME 207/865-3181




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