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The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England Volume 12 Number 9 Midwinter 2010


A crack in the electronic armor


The Stephen Taber and me


New Englanders in the Carib 1500


A chink in the electronic armor


Eggemoggin Reach Regatta


Capt. Mike’s chowders


A fireboat and a schooner may have hit a ledge that was not on some charts for Maine’s Whitehead Passage. But it was marked on an electronic NOAA version. What’s the story? By Roger Long

Sailing before the mast aboard a 74-foot coasting schooner set a steady course for me, toward a rich seaside life with the woman of my dreams. By Capt. Bob Sawyer

The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta Competition is secondary to sheer spectacle, for it brings together a large collection of classic wooden boats in a setting that’s worldclass. By W.R. Cheney LAST WORD



A Gloucesterman’s guts Howard Blackburn lost all his fingers, half of each thumb, and five toes as a doryman, but later, at age 42, he sailed solo across the Atlantic in a 25-foot sloop. By Mike Tougias

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The dreams of aging sailors I know what I’ll do when it’s time for Plan B. Tim Plouff

The value of people on the bright sea Sometimes the child is father to the man. Dodge Morgan

The machine rules On a motorboat, even the language changes. D E PA R T M E N T S Letters..........................................7 Who’ll take us for our last sail; A century after Slocum’s death; Ontario cruisers Maine-bound.

Yardwork ...................................53 South Shore Boatworks Gurnet 25; Lyman Morse launches 65-foot sport fisherman; Kingman install large solar-power system.

Mystery Harbor...........................10 Kinsale Inn is a major attraction New Mystery Harbor is on page 47.

Calendar.....................................56 Eastport, Maine’s Speedo run;

News..........................................22 New Englanders revel in rollicking Carib 1500.

Recipes.......................................58 Captain Mike’s clam or cod chowder.

The Racing Pages ........................40 Bill Cheney does the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta; Ipswich boat takes US-IRC silver; Scott Smithwick is Yachtsman of the Year.

Fetching Along ............................62 Buckman on Eastport, Maine.

Media ........................................50 Flotsam and Jetsam by waterman Robb White; New SNAME stability tome available; Stamp series honors Navy veterans.

Compass Adjuster .......................66 Jon Wilson, Steve White, Ralph Stanley Advertisers .................................78



New England tides Need to know a tide and you’ve misplaced your copy of Points East? Just check online! We’ve got tides from Eastport, Maine to Bridgepoprt, Conn.

On the cover: The photo was taken at dusk on a an icy Jan. 9 at O'Connell's Boat Yard on Water Street, in Warren, R.I. The shot looks Northwest across the Warren River toward Barrington. Kathleen, under the canvas, is a beautiful gaff rigged wooden catboat. Barnacle, a Cape Dory 28 fly-bridge cruiser, is keeping her company in her winter berth. Photo by Chuck Anastasia



The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England Volume 12, Number 9 Publisher Joseph Burke Editor Nim Marsh Marketing director Bernard Wideman Ad representatives Lynn Emerson Whitney Gerry Thompson, David Stewart Ad design Holly St. Onge Art Director Custom Communications/John Gold Contributors Dodge Morgan, David Roper, Carol Standish, David Buckman, Randy Randall, Ken Packie, Roger Long Delivery team Christopher Morse, Victoria Boucher, Michael Hopgood, Jeff Redston Points East, a magazine by and for boaters on the coast of New England, is owned by Points East Publishing, Inc, with offices in Portsmouth, N.H. The magazine is published nine times annually. It is available free for the taking. More than 25,000 copies of each issue are distributed through more than 700 outlets from Greenwich, Conn., to Eastport, Maine. The magazine is available at marinas, yacht clubs, chandleries, boatyards, bookstores and maritime museums. If you have difficulty locating a distribution site, call the office for the name of the distributor closest to you. The magazine is also available by subscription, $26 for nine issues by first-class mail. Single issues and back issues (when available) cost $5, which includes first-class postage. All materials in the magazine are copyrighted and use of these materials is prohibited except with written permission. The magazine welcomes advice, critiques, letters to the editor, ideas for stories, and photos of boating activities in New England coastal waters. A stamped, self-addressed envelope should accompany any materials that are expected to be returned.

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Ode to the dead-end street onsider the much-maligned dead-end street: It goes nowhere, the conventional wisdom decrees, and anyone who travels it must turn around and tediously retrace her or his steps and look at the same old things all over again. In short, a waste of time. Well, we don’t buy this – on land or on the water. We cannot think of any dead-end streets – or their coastal counterparts, rivers, creeks, coves, fjords, and sounds – that haven’t held some degree of interest for us. Low, late-afternoon sunlight cast on the side of a red-brick warehouse, in a cul-de-sac God seems to have forgotten, can be a glorious sight to behold, whether seen by boat or Shank’s mare. And the nicest part of any route requiring retracing of one’s steps is that most everything looks different on the way back, and you get to say hi to folks on the other side of the street. In our youth, we plied, by motor and sail, the same Buzzards Bay estuary for a quarter of a century. We never tired of noting the changes in the bar at its mouth, the mud flats inside, and the channels which ran between them – moon tide by moon tide, storm by storm, winter by winter, year by year. During our time in Maine, most every boating excursion began and ended at the Thomaston landing. As the time, tides and seasons advanced, our St. George River excursions presented a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and shapes as well as a four-season sea-life circus with a rotating cast of characters.



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Some years back, in our 27-foot sloop, we turned the corner at Cape May, N.J., and headed up into Delaware Bay. A wild shore opened up to the north, which piqued our curiosity. The cruising guide told us: “The Maurice River is too far out of the way – except to take shelter from a northwest blow. . . The town of Bivalve is an oystering port, probably the busiest on the Delaware,” and that was all we needed to hear. We cracked off and set a course for the mouth of the Maurice, where we spent several days exploring the river to the head of navigation, and, of, course, back to its mouth. To ply this estuary was to step back a halfcentury in history. The experience was so peaceful, so enriching, that we returned some years later by powerboat to again immerse ourselves in the spell of this tidal cul-de-sac. British yacht designer, writer and sailor Maurice Griffiths spent a lifetime cruising in and around the rivers of southern England, designing boats for them, and writing about his simple adventures. In the introduction to Griffith’s “Magic of the Swatchways,” Frank G.G. Carr wrote: “Not for him the long ocean passages of the globe-trotting singlehander, nor yet the hard-fought contests of the ocean racer. Sailing for him has always meant the fascination of the shoals and channels of the Thames estuary, the haunting appeal of the rivers, and the lure of the little creeks, stretching far inland, where peace and quiet and beauty can still be found. . . .” Those wonderful dead-end streets.


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If you see this Hughes-Columbia 10.7 sloop out of North Bay, Ontario, along the Maine coast this summer, give her crew a wave.

Veteran cruisers Maine bound My wife, Cheryl, and I are planning a trip to the coast of Maine in 2011 or 2012. We have sailed the five Great Lakes and have completed the Great Loop (with a side trip to the Bahamas) in 2005-06, but we

have never cruised the East Coast of the States, north of New York. We live in North Bay, Ontario, but we keep our Hughes-Columbia 10.7 sloop (see photo) at the North Channel Yacht Club on the north shore of Lake Huron. We have registered with the Points East Parley to give us an opportunity to discuss with the locals and the experienced cruisers of the area points of interest, cautions and advice. We have found this to be a valuable part of the planning process for any major trip. If you are wondering, we will be going down Lake Huron, down the St. Clair and Detroit rivers, across Lake Erie, east on the Erie Barge and New York State canals, down the Hudson to New York (all of which we have already down in the other direction), and up the coast to Maine. We look forward to visiting your beautiful coast and State in the near future. Ray and Cheryl Girard North Bay, Ontario, Canada

His Authors of Year nominations How I do enjoy your great magazine. My son, David Roper, writes for it. As does Dodge Morgan. Both are so very good. May I nominate those two as Authors of the Year.

Marking the passing of Bob Pond Yesterday's email from Stripers Forever mentioned the passing of Bob Pond of Attleboro, MA, the creator of the Atom Plug. Dick Russell, author of Striper Wars was an old friend of Bob's and consulted him while writing that book. The following are Dick's words about Bob shared with Stripers Forever membership. "The passing of Bob Pond at 92 is a great loss, for he was a true pioneer of stripe bass conservation. Without Bob's sounding the alarm about the striper population in the mid-60's, long before anyone else thought there was a problem, this magnificent fish would likely have disappeared from Atlantic coastal waters. After creating the legendary Atom Plug, used with success by so many anglers, Bob devoted his life to preserving striped bass for future generations. It is our job now to carry his legacy forward. Thank you,

Bob Pond, may you rest in peace. – Dick Russell" Zekes Do you have a memory of Bob that you’d like to share? Perhaps mark the passing of someone else in the boating world? Then go to the Points East Parley. While you’re there, take a look at the other nautical conversations that are going on and feel free to contribute something about yourself as well. That’s what the Parley is all about.

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Before they took away my car (good idea), I visited your offices – most pleasant bunch of people. Joseph Roper, age 93 Marblehead, Mass.

Who will take us for our last sail? I had to write and comment on what a beautiful piece of writing Dave Roper did on “The Last Sail” in the December Points East. I’ve always admired his writing, and David Buckman’s also, but Dave really excelled on this piece. It was especially poignant to all of us who are entering the sunset of our sailing years. I can only hope to find somebody as sensitive and understanding to take me on my last sail. Hopefully, that won’t be for quite a while! Keep up the good work Dave. My thanks go to Points East for publishing these unusual essays that deal with more than just the technical aspects of sailing and boats. Mike Pothier s/v Dragonfly

Granite-Stater is happy to re-up Your articles are great fun, and having it all available via both USPS and online is just plain terrific. Keep up the good work. I am happy to “re-up.” Fair winds. Malcolm Sandberg s/v Sparhawk Durham, N.H.

A century after Slocum’s death If you have a moment today, pause and drink a toast to the memory of Captain Joshua Slocum. Today is the 100th anniversary of the last time that he was

seen alive – Nov. 14, 1909 – as he sailed away from Martha’s Vineyard in Spray, with the intention of exploring the Amazon and other rivers. He was never seen or heard from again. According to Slocum’s great biographer, Walter Teller, Slocum was declared dead (it took some years – until 1924 – for Slocum’s second wife Hettie to get it officially declared) as of Nov. 14, 1909, the day he officially set sail from Martha’s Vineyard for the last time. He set out in his aging craft in a rising gale, and was never seen again as far as we know. He sailed every fall to the Caribbean and southern waters to avoid, he used to joke, the expense of having to purchase a winter coat. More probably, he didn’t like New England winters or the prospect of being cooped up for months inside in close quarters with Hettie. No doubt Hettie felt the same way about being cooped up with him. It’s a rainy, gray, dark, leafless, blowy day outside today – a nor’easter whipping by – the kind of day that makes one want to hoist sail and head for southern waters for the winter. What happened to Captain Joshua? Theories abound. One I read suggested that he was run down by a mail packet steamer at night somewhere down in the Caribbean – assuming that he got that far – near a place called Turtle Island. Slocum always hated steamers. It’s an odd anniversary because it is the last one of any kind related to Slocum that falls within the century mark. After this, regardless of the meaninglessness of dates, days or years following one after another, there is the sense that a boundary has been crossed. Slocum is now, I suppose, truly gone, adrift among old books, statistics, and sepia-toned photographs from another age; a certain finality descends on the legend and last mystery of Captain Joshua Slocum.

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He’s as gone as he ever has been since 1909, but somehow, it seems, after today, he has disappeared beyond the horizon. Mike Martel Bristol, R.I.

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Entering Carter’s Beach western entrance exposed a strand with turquoise water and glistening white sand that cried out “pina colada.”

This had to be the Caribbean! Our first Fundy Flotilla was memorable. We met great people on the flotilla, and hospitable folks in Nova Scotia, but Carter’s Beach and its Caribbean feel stand out. We left Shelburne around 10:30 a.m. for the 30-mile hop to Carter’s Beach. Heavy fog had set in, so we saw absolutely no coastline. We had Cruisin’ III close behind us and kept in constant contact. A strange blip appeared on the radar heading straight for us at a rapid speed. Both of us were trying to decide what to do, when suddenly a helicopter appeared in our eighth-mile range, circled us three times, then disappeared. A little shaken up, we continued on to Carter’s Beach Western Entrance. As we cut between the islands, the fog dissipated, and we went from black and white to high-def color, and we felt that we were in the Caribbean. The waters were a turquoise, the long white-sand beach glinted like diamonds, evergreens providing the contrast. But these were pine trees, not


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palm trees, and the water was 30 degrees colder. We anchored in 22 feet of water. We launched the dinghy, walked the length of the sand beach to the bluffs and climbed to the top of the hill to look out on the flotilla boats anchored for the evening. Snippets of either Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffett wafted through the air, enhancing the Caribbean feel. After cocktails on Ocean Magic’s flybridge, we dinghied over to Cruisin’ III for great conversation and food, returning to our boat much later with stars twinkling in the sky. Bob & Maryanne Olsen m/v Ocean Magic Falmouth, Mass.

Time to suck it up, tough it out You should hear the sheets of ice groan and grind as the tide falls! Pretty loud. Sounds like a semi pulling a load up a long hill. Maybe it’s more like a moan – a sad sound, though, because it means the end of boating this year. I notice there are only four lobster boats nestled behind the icebreaker pilings in Camp Ellis. Hard-core types they are. You ever pull a boat in January? Some years ago, we had a boat that never left. The owner did not return to claim it, so we left it swinging on a mooring. Not our boat. But then, along about New Years, the harbormaster

knocked on the door and in so many words told us, “You boys need to get that boat out of the river.” “It’s not our boat,” we told him. “Doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s on your mooring. You’re responsible.” All we could say was OK. But it wasn’t that easy. We had to dig the skiff out of a snowbank and drag it down to the river. Had to break out the Evinrude motor and then make some phone calls to various and sundry friends. “We gotta haul this boat,” we told them “and we could use some help.” We had to shovel snow off the decks and then tow the unwanted craft to the launch ramp downriver. On the high tide we convinced another friend to haul it out. We were calling in favors and straining friendships at a great rate. We even had to hire the snowplow to make a place where we could park the darned thing. At the end of the day we were all frozen – and disgusted to boot. But we got it done, and when spring came, we held an auction. But that’s another story. Hope your woodpile is long and dry and that you’re all snugged down for the next few months. Time to suck it up and tough it out until the ice disappears and the stripers return. Randy Randall Marston’s Marina Saco, Maine

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Kinsale Inn is a major Mystery Harbor attraction The Mystery Harbor is Mattapoisett Harbor, Mass. We have moored our J/42 Amigo VI here to have a fine dinner at the local Kinsale Inn. The picture shows the whiteroofed Mattapoisett Boatyard on the left and one of the old stone jetties in the bottom left foreground. Mattapoisett Harbor, on the north shore of Buzzards Bay, offers reasonable protection from the prevailing southwesterly winds, although the seas can grow just outside the harbor off Mattapoisett Neck. Depths are good with 11 to 16 feet of water at low tide. Ned Point Lighthouse is visible in the center background of the picture. Shipyard Park overlooks the harbor and is a pleasant place to enjoy band concerts during the summer evenings. The Mattapoisett Boatyard offers moorings, showers and fuel. One of the reasons we like going here is to 10 Points East Midwinter 2010

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enjoy great meals at the Kinsale Inn. Billing itself as the oldest seaside inn in the nation, it has a warm and lively Irish pub atmosphere. Tie up your dinghy at the public dock at the head of the harbor, and the restaurant is just steps away. While we were staying here, we met a young Frenchwoman who was loading up her racing yacht to enter a singlehanded transatlantic ocean race starting in Newport. She was staying in Mattapoisett because she could not afford the berthing expenses of Newport. This is just one of the many harbors we’ve enjoyed while cruising Buzzards Bay. Bernie Coyne/Lynn Squire s/v Amigo VI Marblehead, Mass.

Your mystery harbor in the December Issue is Mattapoisett Harbor, located in Buzzards Bay Mass. We live there. We own Mattapoisett Boatyard. Alberta McLean Mattapoisett, Mass.

It’s a perfect place to hang out Mattapoisett Harbor, my home town, is a perfect place to hang out. It’s beautiful, friendly, has nice warm water, beaches, and the town is most supportive to cruising boats. Merry Eustis Mattapoisett, Mass

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Mainers love Mystery Harbor

I’m not positive, but I think the Mystery Harbor in the December issue is Mattapoisett Harbor in Massachusetts and the light on the point is Ned Point lighthouse. I like to stop there occasionally when returning from “southern” trips to the Cape and Islands, or to Rhode Island and Long Island. Mike Pothier s/v Dragonfly

I first moored my sailboat in Mattapoisett in 1984 and sailed out of there until 2000. My wife and I have spent many beautiful Sundays heading for Ned’s Point Lighthouse, shown in your photo. We now live in and sail out of Deer Isle, Maine, but we have many fond memories of, and good friends in, Mattapoisett. Philip Glaser Deer Isle, Maine

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Few harbors compare with this The picture is of Mattapoisett Harbor, looking out to Ned’s Point and its lighthouse from the town wharf at the head of the harbor. On the left side of the picture is the Mattapoisett Boatyard with a Nonsuch sailboat sitting on the dock. In past years, we have often stayed in, and sailed from, this harbor, availing ourselves of the fine services furnished by Dave Kaiser, the general manager of the boatyard. For cruising Buzzards Bay, there are few harbors that compare to Mattapoisett for ease of access, ready convenience, and well-marked navigation aids. Richard Fried Marblehead, Mass.


The Mystery Harbor is Mattapoisett, Mass. You can see Ned’s Point Lighthouse in the distance, the Mattapoisett Boatyard sheds to the left, the Grand Banks Annabelle, owned by Beth and Randy Kunz, and the custom Brownell in the foreground. The photo was taken from the town beach or maybe the town dock. Happy New Year everyone. Summer is coming soon. Hank Keene, Jr., m/v General Knox Marion, Mass. .

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Perspectives The compelling dreams of aging sailors n Dec. 15, 2009, Kenneth Ketchum, age 80, decided to sail alone to Mexico from Houston on his Downeast 32 sailboat. He had been living in his recreational vehicle, which he sold to buy the boat. One hundred and fifteen miles southeast of Houston, he was plucked from his boat by the Coast Guard 10 days after leaving. The next night he spent in a homeless shelter. “I tried; I was just unable to fend for myself out there,” said Mr. Ketchum, a Purple Heart recipient from the Korean War. At age 80, it seems, he was still making valiant efforts. When I read this story recently, I thought back 30 years to a boat delivery of a 50-foot yawl from Duluth, Minn., to Stuart, Fla. My crew and I were locking down in a little town called Brockport in western New York along the Erie Canal.


I was leaning against the bow pulpit, handling the forward line of the yawl while the water drained from the lock chamber. There was a small sailboat, perhaps 23 feet long, just ahead of me. An old man sat on the side of the cuddy cabin and handled his two guiding lines, which hung down from the lock high above. In hand-lettered script on his boat’s transom were the words “Homeward Bound, Auckland.” “Where you from?” I asked. “Auckland,” came the reply. “No, where are you coming from?” “Town of Erie, Pennsylvania. Used to live there. Lived there for 60-plus years.” “Where are you headed?” “Auckland.” “As in Auckland, New Zealand.” “That would be the one.”

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There was a long pause on my end of the conversation, as you might expect. “Soooo, how you are getting there?” I asked finally. “I’m headed there on this boat,” he said proudly. “I don’t know if I’m getting there.” I think he could sense me wavering about my next comment. He continued. “You see, I’d been sitting alone on this paint-chipped, rotting porch in this rental house for I don’t know how long since retirement, and all I’d been thinking about most of those days was returning to Auckland, where I was raised. It’s home, really. It’s still where my heart is.” I cocked my head at the tiny, farfrom-seaworthy sloop and its sixhorsepower outboard. “You think you’ll make it?” I said finally. For the first time he smiled, his face lightened by a broad, knowing look. “Don’t have the slightest idea,” he said, adjusting one of the lock lines. “But I figure I have two choices, given my time and financial circumstances. Plan A is to sit on that crummy porch, think that I’m stuck there, and just think about Auckland until I die in that chair. Plan B is to get there or die trying to get there. You’re now witnessing me on the sixth day of Plan B. And you’re witnessing a happy man with a mission.” How many of us will have a Plan B? How many of us will opt for it? John Steinbeck suffered a stroke in December 1959. Those close to him begged him to slow down and take better care of himself, yet he felt the very opposite: “I see too many men delay their exits with a sickly slow reluctance to leave the stage. It’s bad theater as well as bad living,” Steinbeck wrote. In contrast, Steinbeck fitted out his truck with a camper, named the rig Rocinante, took his poodle Charley as crew, and prepared to

cross the United States just after Labor Day in 1960. Because of that journey, Steinbeck gave us “Travels with Charley” in 1962, which was published the same year he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his acceptance speech, he spoke of man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit – for gallantry in defeat and for courage. Westin Martyr wrote his “The £200 Millionaire” in 1932. He tells M Y S T I C


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But, rest assured, wherever I am headed will have purpose, regardless of whether I ever get there. And, ultimately, when I am done in this world, it will be in the middle, rather than the end, of one of these journeys. waterways of Europe on his tiny vessel. He talked of “gentle rivers wandering through valleys of everlasting peace; of a quiet canal, lost amongst scented reeds and covered with a pink and white carpet of water lilies; of a string of tiny lakes, their blue waters ringed with the green of forest pines; of a narrow canal, built by old Romans, but navigable still, that climbs up through the clouds into the high mountains; of aqueducts spanning bottomless ravines and a view from the yacht’s deck of southern Germany.” And he talked of the charm of this old earth and the fun of living on it, if “only you understand the proper way to live.” “The secret?” he was asked. “The secret,” the old man replied, “seems to be, to do everything you can yourself….Take travel. Allow yourself to be carried about the world in deluxe cabins, and what do you get out of it? You get bored to death. Everything is done for you and you don’t even have to think. You’re carried about with the greatest

care and wrapped up and fed and insulated from…from everything. But sail all day in the wet and cold, then bring up in some quiet harbor and go below and toast your feet before the galley fire, and you’ll realize what bliss means. But travel in a steamheated Pullman and then put up at the Ritz…see if you find true bliss there!” The next day the aged wanderer was off early, catching the first of the flood tide, which would carry him into the Rhine and Germany. “Good-bye, you two,” he said to the author and his wife, who gazed at him with the same awe and admiration they had the night before. He surely sensed their envy. “I don’t want to influence you unduly,” he said as he drifted away, “but, remember: One step does it and you’re out of the rut for good.” So, to all you aging boaters out there: What will your one step be? What will be your Plan B for those years? I’ll volunteer to get the ball rolling; I’ll tell you mine:


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If my precious wife leaves this earth before me, and my usefulness to others has dwindled, then I’m going to buy a small cabin sailboat on a trailer. I will fill her with good wine and cheeses, with my favorite books and those I never had the time to read, and with pictures and scrapbooks to relive my old memories. But I will not dwell on these too much. I will visit them carefully the way one visits relatives: I will absorb the richness but will not linger too long. I will not linger because I will be off to make new memories each day and each season. I will travel by land to a launching ramp in Key West in the winter, watch the green flash at sunset, and then depart for the Dry Tortugas. In the late spring, I’ll trailer my little vessel to Lake Powell in Utah, with its majestic 2,000-mile shoreline and its alluring tiny ports of Rainbow Bridge, Wahweap, Hite and Bullfrog. I’ll sail into remote 50-mile-long canyons and gaze up at the sandstone cliffs that

house ancient Anasazi Indian dwellings. In the summer, I will sail east to Maine and Nova Scotia and revisit the harbors I have always loved. And perhaps one year I’ll take an ambitious, international overland journey to Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territory. I’ll catch lake trout and watch the Northern Lights while sailing on the fifth largest lake in North America. But, rest assured, wherever I am headed will have purpose, regardless of whether I ever get there. And, ultimately, when I am done in this world, it will be in the middle, rather than the end, of one of these journeys. Dave Roper will be sailing Elsa, a Bruce King-designed Independence 31, out of Marblehead, Mass., for a long, long time before turning to Plan B. This is Elsa’s 30th year, he says, “and still, despite her age, she’s quite lovely, and she never lets me down.�





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The value of people on the bright, blue sea or many years, the lure of the bright, blue coast of Maine had been pulling for more of my attention. Twenty-plus years of coastal kayaking had only whetted my appetite for longer, faster sea adventures. Include the occasional powerboat excursions with a gracious Uncle Brian, an enthusiastic mentor barely older than myself, and it soon became overly clear that anything short of owning my own boat would be less than satisfactory. After years of none-too-subtly skirting the topic, my faithful navigator, Kathryn, finally relented and allowed that maybe this dedicated motorhead could seek a suitable boat to consume space in our country driveway. In preparation for such a prudent spousal decision, I had already taken the Coast Guard Auxiliary course. I had been to numerous boat shows, too, so my dreamboat design had been narrowed to a workable list: a boat that I could comfortably tow with my aging pickup truck, yet would allow us to enjoy overnight trips on the water. Incredibly, we bought an inflatable boat first. The


brief ad in “Uncle Henry’s” didn’t tell the story behind our planned island escort boat. Used by a float plane pilot to handle his fishing chores on remote lakes, the orange Zodiac showed definite signs of use, signals of character and durability that would prove valuable to us, too, in the years ahead. I was so excited; I didn’t even wonder why the paddles were missing. By Easter of that year, my boating choice was apparent. At first only a small poster on the bulletin board at the spring boat show, the 21-foot express cruiser would have our name on it after taking the in-laws for a Sunday inspection in South Portland. We peeled the winter plastic back and clambered aboard in our Sunday best, as I could barely contain my enthusiasm for a dream about to be realized. I didn’t even notice that every vessel surrounding “my” new boat was easily twice as big. The navigator’s trepidations were quickly dispelled as we learned the ropes together. We quickly established a launching and retrieving procedure that has worked to perfection (knock-knock) every time we have used the boat. She patiently pilots the boat off the

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trailer while I maneuver the truck around our selected boat ramps. I haven’t gotten stuck, jack-knifed the trailer, or otherwise gotten distracted while she has nailed the center of the trailer first time, every time. Not that we haven’t met some launching challenges. Our favorite spots have typically been readily accessible launch sites that lead to adventures in multiple directions. Those with fewer options have been one-time visits, sites that still rendered excellent adventures with memories that fill my log book. Northeast Harbor’s steep ramp is perfect for all but the lowest tides, as the trailer doesn’t float very well at the deep end of this concrete slab. Nonetheless, she nailed the re-load like a pro, and I drove up the ramp like we did this all of the time as a bevy of tourists lined the railings on the mail boat dock. Some of the best memories have come from the isolated – and, I dare say, kind of secret – ramp that’s a real gem in West Tremont. I have solo launched here with relative ease, once into a pea-soup fog that never lifted and forced a ride back from Southwest Harbor to retrieve truck and trailer, plus another time when I launched at mean-low tide, pushing and pulling to get the boat off before the tide got lower, only to discover that my main battery was as limp as the harbor’s sails. One busy Saturday here found us lining up with the locals as the day’s weather promised more fun at sea than any landlubber deserved. Trucks were maneuvering around the ramp, some launching and some retrieving boats as this normally staid harbor was abuzz with activity. While we prepared our boat off to the side of the ramp, a young boy firmly addressed me. “I’ll be done in just a minute, is that alright, sir?” I turned to see a youngster of no more than 11, his rubber boots turned down at the top, with large, firm hands running toward the cab of the diesel pickup idling on the ramp. I acknowledged his politeness with

affirmation and explained that he needn’t worry. I certainly didn’t want to create a stir in a place where men, and boys, were obviously working, and we were getting ready to play. The lad quickly bounded down the ramp and jumped in behind the wheel of the big Ford. He smoothly backed the truck down the ramp, snatched his small lobstering boat from the hands of his waiting sternman, his dad, Ronald “Bruiser” Sanborn – a man recognizable as much for his distinctive voice as his outgoing personality – and up the ramp he came under full power, deftly parking truck and trailer in a space seemingly reserved for expert drivers only. As he passed us, he took special effort to thank my wife and me for waiting for him. It seemed only fair that I compliment Bruiser for his son’s exceedingly impressive manners, and also for the lesson that he and his son had shared with us. While boaters of a different sort, we were each there to enjoy the fruits of the sea in a different yet similar fashion. If we respected each other, as both boaters and humans, we would realize our respective pursuits and get more from each other in times when we least expect it. Just as Bruiser’s son was learning about the responsibility of lobstering – working for what he wanted, and that driving the truck was really no different from operating his grandfather’s excavators – we learned another valuable lesson about boating and how the people around the sea are just as important as the bright, blue ocean itself. Tim Plouff and his wife trailer a Sea Ray 215 Weekender up and down the coast as much as possible, overnighting a few times each season. In five years, they’ve added 240 hours to the meter. His launches are West Tremont and any destination from South Bath. On weekends, he writes an automotive column for the “Ellsworth American/Mt. Desert Islander.”

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The machine rules rawler Osprey is a boat that evokes a subtle power of persuasion but with a significant impact on a sailor’s mental state and cruising frame of reference. To begin with, she has the amenities of a high-rise flat in Manhattan or a luxury house trailer in Milwaukee – refrigerator-freezer, kitchen stove with multiple burners and oven, two toilets, stand up and move around shower stall, constant hot water, queen bed, six and a half feet of headroom everywhere. A sailor’s perspective is overwhelmed. Even the language one uses and thinks in changes. Left and right replace port and starboard, upstairs and downstairs for below and topsides. Places on the boat become back and front rather than fore and aft, and she has a living room, bedroom, porch and piazza. While under way, there is just one concern: Will the engine continue to run and the propeller keep turning when asked. These are the same considerations when driving an automobile. And just in case, one belongs to SeaTow rather than AAA for peace of mind.


Cruising down the Intracoastal Waterway is measured in statute miles not nautical miles and counts roughly a thousand of them from Norfolk, Va., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This travel dimension screws up all the learned nautical calculations and adds dramatically to the change in a sailor’s standard attitudes. Ten statute miles equals 8.68 nautical miles. Eight knots of speed is 9.2 miles per hour. I refused to change knots to mph on the GPS fearing I would never get it back to where it belongs, so I ended up being early everywhere. I have never been afloat in such thin water as in Chesapeake Bay and the ICW. The deepest the depth meter has registered for the past month and a half is 40 feet, just three times, and the average depth of all soundings is close to eight feet. These are numbers that scare the bejesus out of a sailor from Maine. One needs to check the sounder maybe twice in the more normal sailing trip to more tropical temperatures, which is Harpswell to Tortola, but cruising the ICW you fasten on the depth num-

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New Englanders revel in rollicking Carib 1500 By Julie Palm sailed in the 1990 Caribbean 1500 For Points East under the tutelage of his father, Peter Sr. Today, Peter Sr. lives in A week of strong northeast Camden, Maine, and is the immewinds propelled the 54 sailboats in diate past commodore of the the 20th Anniversary Caribbean Camden Yacht Club. This rally, the 1500 fleet from Hampton, Va., to two VanAlstines completed the ralTortola, B.V.I. One quarter of the ly with roles reversed. Peter and fleet heralded from New England his wife Christine are cruising the ports, including five boats from Photo by Julie Palm Caribbean this winter with their Maine and a smattering from Rhode Island, Vermont, New The J/44 Stolen Hour, out of Yarmouth, children Hannah and Hayden. Brown-Eyed Girl, an Amel 53 Hampshire, Connecticut, and Mas- Maine, was sailed by the VanAlstine family. Peter, wife Christine, and chilowned by Jim and Judy Metz of sachusetts. West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, will The boats, which departed dren Hannah and Hayden are cruising the Caribbean this winter. follow up its Caribbean 1500 pasHampton on Nov. 2 after a week of preparatory briefings, safety inspections, and gala sage by continuing around the world on the social events, hugged the rhumb line and sailed on a WorldArc, an 18-month cruising rally. Paul Dinkle, single port tack for the entire passage. The J/44 who spends summers in Boothbay, joined the rally as Stolen Hour received the event’s Tempest Award, crew on Brown-Eyed Girl. Also from the Boothbay emblematic of the “Spirit of the Caribbean 1500.” area were Nan and Chip Davison who sailed their Skipper Peter VanAlstine, from Yarmouth, Maine, CARIB 1500, continued on Page 25 22 Points East Midwinter 2010

Chip and Nan Davison, Dawn 48 Winsome It has been a dream of Chip’s to do the Caribbean 1500, and we definitely picked the right year to make the trip. What a sail! One of our goals was to share this offshore experience with other sailing friends. We had five crew plus ourselves. Too many for a lot of folks, but pretty standard for us. Owners/admiral and captain: Nan and Chip Davison, Boothbay, Maine. Crew: Sam Scott, Scott Briggs, Jeff Curtis, Charlie Cochrane, and Brett Korpella The boat sailed beautifully in the heavy weather, and the crew loved tuning and steering her – handsteering the entire way. Incredibly after all those miles, we ended up neck and neck at the finish with Nepenthe, a J/40 WK skippered by another New Englander, Robert Reed of Seekonk, Mass. With the lights of Jost Van Dyke and Tortola sparkling around us, they set their chute and glided past, crossing the line seconds before us. Chip, Sam and Scott grew up sailing together with their families, and they reminisced and shared stories endlessly during the days and nights. To say we laughed a lot would be an understatement. This trip for Chip and myself was really about friends and the bonds created during a passage like

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Nan and Chip Davison, who hail from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, say their Caribbean 1500 experience aboard Winsome was all about rekindling old friendships at sea and nurturing new ones.

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Rick and Julie Palm, Saga 48 Altair Yee Haw! What a terrific way to finish up the passage. On the last day of this year’s Caribbean 1500, we completed a 200.6-mile day from noon to noon. For a boat like ours, a 200-mile day is the equivalent of a four-minute mile. We charged along under blue skies and puffy white clouds going eight to 10 knots, beam-reaching in 18 to 20 knots of wind. It seems that every time we do the Caribbean 1500 passage, we get a day like this as we near the islands. Makes you forget any discomfort that may have happened in the days before. Back at the beginning of the trip, we had a rockin’ and rollin’ ride through the Gulf Stream the first night. Big rolling seas and swells mixed with a few squalls. Wind was 30 to 35 knots, so we were very content to run under our genoa alone with no main. The next morning, as we left the Gulf Stream, we put up our wing-and-wing rig with the two headsails and still no main – the equivalent of front-wheel drive on a sailboat. Probably not the way to win a race, but it’s comfortable and very balanced for the autopilot. We all caught up on sleep and, more importantly, caught a mahi-mahi for dinner. The seas settled, the white caps disappeared, and we charged along at eight knots on a beam reach all day long. The blue sky with its puffy white clouds cast its reflection to create that blue-purple color of the

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Rick (right) and Julie Palm, with crew Robin Ricca, prepare for departure from Hampton, Va., bound for the tropics, aboard Altair, their Saga 48.

deep, deep ocean water. Flying fish were everywhere; no sea mammals or tropic birds yet. We continued to discard clothing as the air and the water warmed up. We were down to long-sleeved shirts and jeans, but shorts and T-shirts were the norm by the third day. At night the moon was full at first and then waned to a half by our last day out, giving the world around us a silvery glow. A few of the brighter constellations were clearly visible, and our old friend Orion was positioned in his familiar place between the second and third spreaders, leading us to the Caribbean. There is something very liberating about sailing in the middle of the ocean for days at a time. Julie Palm

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CARIB 1500, continued from Page 22 Dawn 48, Winsome. Scott Ackerman, captain on Arbella, an Oyster 53, hails from South Portland, Maine. Rick and Julie Palm from Cushing, Maine, sailed their fifth Caribbean 1500 Rally on Altair, a Saga 48. The 2009 Caribbean 1500 fleet included participants from 23 states, three Canadian provinces, Germany, the UK, and New Zealand. The boats averaged 47.5 feet in length. Four multihulls and a schooner joined the fleet of sloops and several ketches in this year’s fleet. The fleet sailed in two divisions: the Cruising Class or the Rally Class, to participate in the fun race. In the Rally Class I, Clover III, a Swan 56, skippered by David Fraizer from Cohasset Mass., led the pack, narrowly edging out a victory over the J/44 Stolen Hour.

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Veteran Caribbean 1500 ralliers Bill and Linda Knowles savor a breakfast at sea aboard the Jeanneau 54 Sapphire out of from Bristol, R.I.

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Features If, while on its way back to base, the Portland fireboat had run over the 29-foot spot indicated on the electronic chart (left), about where a schooner struck two years earlier, underbody damage might have been incurred similar to that seen in the photo below.


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A fireboat and a schooner may have hit a ledge that wasn’t on some charts for Maine’s Whitehead Passage. But it was marked on an electronic NOAA version. What’s the story? By Roger Long For Points East he damage suffered to the prop, shaft and rudder of the new Portland fireboat last fall in Whitehead Passage got me thinking long and


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hard about modern piloting and navigation. The 65foot fireboat – and, two years previously, a schooner – may have hit a ledge in the passage between Peaks and Cushing islands, in Maine’s Casco Bay, that was not clearly delineated on some charts.

I know, or thought I knew, this passage about as well as the Casco Bay Bridge. I’ve been through there so many times that I long ago stopped looking at the chart or GPS. I’ve beaten through it against the tide and know it well enough to go outside the buoys to save a tack. It’s almost a straight shot through for a powerboat, so my first thought on hearing the news was How in the....? I then read on one of the Internet forums about uncharted rocks in the passage. My depthsounder alarm has never given me any evidence of such, and the passage is a pretty heavily traveled route to be hiding unreported rocks. The big ledge around the green day beacon is fairly obvious, even at higher tide levels, if you look carefully at the current flow and wave patterns. This didn’t seem a very likely explanation for both accidents. I’ve been all over the coast of Maine, three trips to West Quoddy Head or beyond, with almost 2,000 miles of GPS tracks recorded just last summer alone. I’m a guy who likes to get in close, and I’ve been incredibly impressed with accuracy of the Garmin Blue Charts I use. I keep paper charts handy and have never spotted any significant errors or discrepancies. I consider myself a fairly careful navigator. I made long fog runs in my youth on boats with no more complex equipment than a springwound pocket watch and the compass. Only once in 40 years have I hit a rock when I wasn’t intentionally poking around in shallow places where a bump of the keel was an expected part of the navigational process. I’d come to think that Maine is so heavily traveled that just about everything gets reported. The rocks don’t move much, and most of the few chart errors I’ve seen have been things that aren’t

Chartbook scan by Roger Long

Figure 1: This is how the passage is shown in the chart book, which was reproduced from NOAA Chart No. 13290. According to this, I could take my 4-foot, 6inch draft inside the beacon, which I know is not the case.

ally there, like the ghost rock in the Roque Island Thorofare. Familiarity breeds complacency, though, and I’ve been drifting into greater and greater trust in the little LED screen.

I ran across this interesting account on one of the Internet forums about a well-known Portland schooner discovering something hard near where the fireboat struck:


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Figure 2: This shows how Whitehead Passage looks on the GPS I’d come to trust so much. At a marine-supply store, all the chart plotters I looked at showed the passage the same way.

Figure 2a: This screen shows the area around the beacon zoomed in close. This was really an eye-opener for me. If I’d been navigating in a strange area, I would have thought that I could pass this mark pretty closely.

“Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2007: Entering Whitehead Passage under sail and power, draft 9 feet with 1.5 feet of tide no swell contacted ‘ground?’ in an area showing near 29 feet MLW on the chart. We were in the marked channel approximately 40 feet N of Spire G ‘3’. Spire G ‘3’ is located on the 15-foot depth contour. We transit this area on a regular basis and have checked GPS track lines of the vessel, and had a

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Figure 3: This is the electronic version of the NOAA chart. The whole story has been there all along. The 6-foot contour at mean low water is clearly shown extending over 100 feet north of the beacon.

boats.” It was time to get out the charts. Figure 1 shows how the passage is shown in the ubiquitous chart book. I was shocked not to see the ledge shown around the day beacon. As I said, it’s been so long since I looked at a chart going through there that I’d just taken the ledge for granted. (Strongly resisting the temptation to fall back on the old pun and say

“granite.”) According to this chart, I could take my 4-foot, 6inch draft inside the beacon, which I know is not the case. Aside from the fact that I always give beacons a wide berth, because they are usually anchored on something, I would think, if I were navigating in a strange area, that I could pass this one pretty closely. Figure 2 shows how it looks on the GPS that I’ve come to trust so much. Figure 2a shows the area zoomed in close. This was really an eye-opener. I went down to a marine-supply store and looked at it on every chart plotter model that had it loaded in a demo unit. All the ones I looked at showed it the same way. Time to go back to the definitive source, the original NOAA charts (Figure 3). This is the electronic version. Wow! The whole story has been there all along. The 6-foot MLW contour is clearly shown extending over 100 feet from the beacon. If the schooner was 40 feet out, her skipper didn’t need a diver to figure out what he struck. A NOAA update shows that day beacon “3” was repositioned early last year, but it only was moved a few yards to the east-northeast, which does not move it north of the six-foot contour line, which would lead boats out of harm’s way. As I’ve cruised, I’ve been watching all over the coast of Maine for just this type of discrepancy. The more

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Here’s the straight dope from NOAA By Dave Enabnit, Technical Director Office of Coast Survey, NOAA Electronic charts come in two types – raster and vector. Raster charts are digital pictures of the paper charts that have been geo-referenced for use with electronic positioning systems and navigation software. Vector charts are not charts per se, but are databases of chart features and feature attributes. The databases can be read by navigation software and used to produce chartlike displays. Vector charts support some advanced capabilities that raster charts do not support. These include automated alarms for certain chart features (e.g., obstructions, own ship’s safety contour) and the ability to simplify a chart display by turning off classes of features (e.g., aids to navigation, text). However, both types integrate with GPS to give realtime positioning over a chart-like im-

age, and both types allow for voyageplanning and route-monitoring tools usually found in navigation software. Official raster charts, called Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs), and official vector charts – called Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) – are produced by NOAA and comply with International Hydrographic Office standards. RNCs and ENCs are distributed for free by NOAA over the Internet at Both RNCs and ENCs are continuously updated by NOAA so mariners are advised to download often. Editor’s note: As our good friend Capt. Bernie Weiss says: “When unknowing boaters ask me to explain the difference, here’s what I say: Raster charts are digital photo reproductions of real honest-to-goodness nautical charts. Vector charts are ‘toy’ charts – real mariners don’t like ‘em. Not entirely accurate, of course, but usually gets a laugh.

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The Stephen Taber, a Maine coasting schooner built in 1870, is seen here anchored at Harbor Island in Muscongus Bay.

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Chart scan courtesy Capt. Bob Sawyer

The first week I was aboard, we entered Christmas Cove on the Damariscotta River. I was responsible for grabbing the spar buoy, and that was when I realized there was a lot more to sailing than driving a car.

Chart scan courtesy Capt. Bob Sawyer

The skipper towed the disabled Wentworth into New Harbor, and the two vessels, not counting the tow line, were 150 feet long. He anchored them and claimed salvage for the remaining interest in the Wentworth.

That was when I first realized that there was a lot more to sailing than driving a car or a powerboat. The skipper would sail into the cove and round up into the wind. He couldn’t even see the mooring for the last 74 feet or more. He had to allow for the strength of the wind, the immense inertia of the vessel, and any current. The old, retired sea captains on shore would ring their retired ship’s bells as we picked up the mooring, saluting the skipper’s excellent seamanship. Of course, Christmas Cove was much less crowded 60 years ago. In fact, when one of our passengers complained that he had run out of his cocktail-hour scotch, the skipper used the VHF radio to call Brown Brothers in Boothbay Harbor for help. They had a small seaplane, which, in 30 minutes or so, landed in the cove, taxied up to the Taber, and delivered the bottle of scotch. The passenger happily exclaimed, “Better than room service!” There’s not a remote possibility of a seaplane landing in Christmas Cove today unless it should crash into it. I have numerous fond memories of the cove, one of which is when the Christmas Cove Yacht Club invited the skipper, the crew, and all of the passengers to one of its dances. There were 18 female passengers and two males. Bud, the other deckhand, and I were ordered to help entertain the passengers. It was tough duty, but someone had to do it. Points East Midwinter 2010


During the summer, I witnessed a salvage operation by the skipper. At the time he owned the Stephen Taber, and he also had part ownership of the Alice Wentworth, an 85-foot coasting schooner. One night, both vessels anchored in Friendship. The Wentworth’s captain decided to leave about 0900 using the yawl boat for power since there was no wind that early in the morning. Neither of these old vessels would have passed Steamship Inspection if they’d had internal engines installed. Therefore, they were pushed by yawl boats secured to their sterns. The skipper waited until noon for the breeze to make up and sailed out of Friendship. As we left, he received a VHF call from the Wentworth stating that their yawl boat had thrown a rod and that they were drifting toward some ledges. The skipper used his yawl boat to push the Taber and tow the Wentworth. At the time, we were in a dense fog. I was manning the yawl boat. The skipper told me

to occasionally shut off the engine so we could hear the bells and gongs and know where we were. I was impressed by his navigation skills. I have since learned that it isn’t that difficult, even without Loran or GPS. We arrived in New Harbor, a small harbor, and the two vessels, not counting the tow line, totaled 150 feet in length. The skipper managed to get them safely anchored and claimed salvage for the remaining interest in the Wentworth. Another memory of New Harbor was when we were leaving the mouth of the harbor and snagged a lobster-trap warp on the keel of the Taber. One of the passengers had caught my eye, and I was anxious to impress her. I grabbed a knife, bit down on its blade, and dove off the stern. In my young mind, I thought I was performing just like Errol Flynn in the movies. However, the passenger had disappeared below by the time I climbed aboard. I guess she was not all that impressed. The skipper chewed me out for putting the

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knife between my teeth, saying, “There’s no doctor aboard. If you do that foolish thing again and cut yourself, I’ll just let you bleed.” He was a hard man. While in Friendship, he went ashore to get some lobsters for the night’s meal. I was told to “slush” the mast while he was gone. Slushing the mast involved being hoisted up the mast with a can of bacon grease and rubbing it on the surface of the mast so that the sail hoops could slide up and down easily. The job took a while, so I rigged my bosun’s chair with a pillow and tied a portable radio on to the rig. In those days, the smallest portable radios were bulky and weighed about 30 pounds.

Unfortunately for me, the skipper returned before I finished the job. He yelled up to me and said, “ You look like you’re really comfortable, Bob – so comfortable I’m going to leave you up there. Bud, secure that halyard while we go below and have some good ole lobster.” I never did get a lobster that night. My fondest memories of my days on the Stephen Taber relate to my marriage. I promised the skipper that I would work up to a week before college started. In the meantime, I became closely involved with nurse Mary Margaret Ryan. When it came time to plan our wedding, I accommodatingly offered to take TABER, continued on Page 67



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NGPAGES A bit of everything at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta ’09 By W. R. Cheney For Points East The Swan’s Island contingent at the Wooden Boat Regatta had high hopes this past Aug. 1 as we headed for Doug Day’s immaculate 51-year-old Olin Stephens-designed sloop Valencia, lying in Mackerel Cove, Swans Island, Maine. Valencia was known as a strong contender in medium to heavy conditions, and we had a talented skipper in Rick Navarro who divides his time between sailing big boats in tropical waters and piloting commercial jetliners around the world. Doug Day, who is organizer and moving spirit behind the uniquely wonderful Sweet Chariot folk-music festivals on Swans Island, fixed a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and fried potatoes as we motored through the early morning calm to Brooklin, Maine, the “WoodenBoat” Magazine campus, and the race. A pretty jaunty crew, we could not know that there was an evil jinni lurking in our spinnaker who would kill our chances in a downwind start before the race WOODEN, continued on Page 42

Ipswich boat takes second in yearlong Gulf Stream series Privateer, a Cookson 50 owned and skippered by Ron O’Hanley of Ipswich, Mass., took 2nd overall in the 2009 yearlong US-IRC Gulf Stream Series. Privateer finished 1st at the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race and Block Island Race Week, 2nd in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, Acura Key West Race Week and New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, and 3rd at the Ida Lewis Distance Race. Rosebud/Team DYT, the Farr-designed STP65, sailed by Photo by W.R. Cheney

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WOODEN, continued from Page 41 had fairly begun. But competition, while it is certainly important in this event, has to be secondary to sheer spectacle. The regatta brings together what must be the world’s largest collection of classic wooden boats in a setting which, also, can only be called “world class.” If we were out of the running for gold, we still could not be denied the glories of the day. Seventy-six boats participated in this year’s regatta, representing at least five countries and ports of call all up and down the eastern seaboard. This number was down slightly from the recent average of around 90 entries, but was way up from the tally in 1984, when there were six. Steve White, owner of the Brooklin Boat Yard and co-sponsor of the race along with Rockport Marine, says he never imagined the event would grow into what it has become. For the first several years, participation doubled every year, and it looked like things were getting out of hand, but now it has leveled off into something that is “about right.” Entrants are divided into four categories according to type and then subdivided further according to size. The categories are: 1. Spirit of Tradition A (smaller) and B (larger): This is an interesting category made up of relatively new wooden boats that look traditional above the waterline but boast modern underwater profiles, meaning primarily that, in the interest of speed, the traditional long keel has given way to a more cutaway profile where the rudder is separate from the keel. This appears to be pretty much the direction modern wooden boatbuilding is taking. This writer suggested to Steve White that such a profile must be somewhat of a pain in the derriere in Maine waters, where lobster pots lurk everywhere, waiting to catch on to such rudders, and he agreed that it was a problem, but one outweighed by the desire for overall performance. 2. Gaffers and Schooners: Unbelievable romance and beauty here. My heart was stolen by the lovely old Alden Malabar II, built by Charles A. Morse in 1922. 3. Vintage A and B: Older boats built on traditional lines above and below the waterline. Dates 42 Points East Midwinter 2010

here range from 1903 (the Herreshoff Bar Harbor 30 Desperate Lark) to 1946. 4. Classic A, B, and C: Newer boats, traditional above and below the waterline, 1953 and on. Very light winds marked the staggered start of a course that started in the Reach ran out to and clockwise around Egg Rock, then South to and clockwise

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Doug Day takes a gander at the Irish entry, Cuilan, from the foredeck of his 51-year-old Olin Stephens-designed Valencia.

around the Halibut Rocks, with a run back to the Reach and a finish off the WoodenBoat campus. As boats passed White Island and arrived in Jericho Bay proper the wind began to pick up and was soon gusting to 22 knots or more. Aboard Valencia, we got a taste of what might have been as the great, old boat made a good progress at catching many of her rivals, but it was far too late, and besides, the jinni was still hovering around our spinnaker. The fleet made an awesome sight as it rounded Halibut Rocks and spinnakers bloomed like giant exotic flowers. Notable among this fabulous array of wooden magnificence was the Joel White-designed 76-foot W-Class racing yacht White Wings, skippered by Donald Tofias, which logged the fastest elapsed time around the course. Nipping at her heels was the largest boat in the race, the Brooklin Boat Yard-built 90-footer Bequia. And how could we fail to mention Malabar II, which, in a class by herself, won the “Most Photogenic” award, an honor with which I totally concur. This boat is a subtle symphony of curves, which could only have been produced by a complete genius.

She, more than any othSome of the happy er in my humble opinion, mariners were seen to looks the way a boat be making their way should look. Sadly, I back to their boats as failed to get any pictures late as 3 a.m. Sunday of her myself: Navarro morning, and although and Day were making there had been feeder me crank on a winch races on the Thursday much of the time. and Friday preceding The event was free of the big one, they were collisions and major probably just as happy mishaps, the only minor that there was no race in contretemps being the prospect for the day fate of the yawl ahead. Cimarron, which beAboard Valencia, we Photo by W.R. Cheney came entangled with a The regatta is a gathering of classic sailing vessels in a setting borrowed a motto from lobster pot. Since she that only brings the spectacle into sharper focus. Here, Paul the old Brooklyn was a “Classic” and not a Belkan’s old-gaffer claws her way to windward. Dodgers, to wit: “Wait “Spirit of Tradition,” we ’til next year!” In the fucan’t blame her misfortune on those new-fangled sep- ture we will be inspecting our spinnaker very carearate rudders. fully before any racing is contemplated. And speaking Evening saw the sunburned and windblown crews of next year, it’s already arrived, and this year’s edirepairing to the shore, where chef John Hacadi of tion is scheduled for this coming Aug. 7. For complete “Movable Feast” fame had prepared a spread of ribs, results of the 2009 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, visit barbequed chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, wa- termelon and dessert. Then it was live music from W. R. Cheney sails the engineless Marshall 22 Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish along with guitarist Penelope out of Burnt Coat Harbor, Swans Island, Mike Dinallo of the Radio Kings. Maine.

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By Joe Burke Publisher, Points East The 2009 Points East Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association (GMORA) Yachtsman of the Year award has been presented to Scott Smithwick, owner and skipper of Kaos a Frers 41. Many aspects contributed to Scott winning this award, including Scott’s performance on the race course, his attention to safety for his crew and his boat, his support of regattas beyond his participation, and his sportsmanship on and off the water. For 2009, the selection process was changed, and nominations were opened to the public. Former recipients made up the selection committee. Reading through the nomination submissions, it’s clear that his fellow sailors, both crew and competitors alike, have a great deal of respect for Scott Smithwick. Not just for his skill, but also for his approach to the sport. First, Scott is a tireless competitor. Over the course of the season, Kaos can be found as far north as Castine, and as far south as Marblehead, with Scott doing all the deliveries himself. He is “notorious,” as one nominator put it, for having every tool, every spare part, and every piece of safety gear that could possibly be needed. He has taken the time to learn about his boat, he always gets to the race early, and he is known for having every detail under control well before the race begins, including sandwiches, beer and Oreos. Second, it was very clear that Scott’s style of skippering includes respecting his crew, and earning YOY, continued on Page 45

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2010 Lobster Run starts July 23 The 2010 Corinthians Stonington to Boothbay Harbor Race, known as “The Lobster Run,” starts on Friday, July 23. Starting off Stonington, Conn., entries will round the Nantucket Shoals buoys and finish at Boothbay Harbor, Maine, after some 332 nautical miles later. This is a navigator’s race, with a choice of passing to the north or south of Block Island, and a similar decision near Squirrel Island near the finish. A plus for Marion-Bermuda racers: The best combined scores between the 2009 Marion-Bermuda Race and the 2010 Stonington-to-Boothbay Harbor Race will be awarded the New England Offshore Racing Trophy.

After a successful inauguration 2008, The Corinthians in Association, in cooperation with the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club and the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, reports that planning for the second running of the event is well under way. The race is a US Sailing sanctioned Category 2 event, with ORR and PHRF spinnaker divisions.

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YOY, continued from Page 44 their respect in return. Nominations talked about his leadership. One crewmember said, “He is calm under fire, and I’ve never heard him yell or blame others for when things just go wrong.” Scott’s first racing boat was called Patience. Some of his crew say this is more descriptive for how the boat is run than Kaos. “He doesn’t put people in bad positions,” another person said. Scott exemplifies the best traditions of good sportsmanship and fair play. At the PHRF-NE Championships in Marblehead last August, where Kaos was the Class C winner, Scott noticed his rig was different than that of other Frers 41, and asked that it be reviewed. Sure enough, his observations were correct, and his handicap was changed by three seconds per mile. Even with that adjustment, he still won his class. So thank you, Scott, and congratulations for being such a positive role model on and off the race course.

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IRC, continued from Page 41 owner Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the 2009 US-IRC GSS Trophy. Rosebud’s successful season ended with a fallen rig in rough conditions at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. US-IRC President John Brim explained that 19 events will make up the 2010 GSS, an increase of three over last year, with events running as far north as Newport, R.I., and as far south as the second running of the RORC’s Caribbean 600. The 2010 GSS starts with the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race Jan. 13, and ends with the Storm Trysail Club IRC East Coast Championship Oct. 2931. FMI: "The Series is a fantastic way to judge sailboats on a level playing field," said Sturgeon. "There were plenty of races to qualify, and the ratings system allowed for boats to be ranked against each other in an extremely fair manner.”

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Reviewed by W. R. Cheney For Points East Sailor, boatbuilder, fisherman, hunter, marine biologist, tugboat deck hand, humorist, philosopher – Robb White was all of these things and more. In “Flotsam and Jetsam,” he gives us a collection of essays reflecting the variety and depth of his experience. In a graceful, unaffected style, which incidentally should be a lesson to us all about the virtues of simplicity and directness, he discourses on subjects as diverse as a nostrum for getting rid of tick infestations (including a vital tip on anatomical parts to avoid when applying it), how to operate a cast net, and how to outwit the crafty mullet. Mr. White grew up on a plantation on the

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Florida-Georgia line, and his youth was spent between there and a beach house on the Gulf of Mexico. The family was not rich, as these facts might seem to imply, and was, in fact, in the process of losing both status and property. White thus avoided some of the pitfalls of affluence and, instead, developed a taste for unadorned nature along with material things of a simple, perhaps old-fashioned kind. Want to build a tin canoe from old sheets of tin off your chicken-house roof? This book will tell you how. Want to own the “best boat lamp in the whole world?” Mr. White makes a convincing argument for the kerosene mantle Aladdin Lamp, which most of us know only from antique stores. This lamp is actually still manufactured by a small outfit in Tennessee and shipped all over the world to those in the know. If you want one, White recommends the “Genie II.” Robb White’s father was also Robb White, a popu-

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The Gurnet Point 25 Sandpiper III, built by South Shore Boatworks, is styling off its new home in Rhode Island’s Sakonnet River. Her lines (below) reveal her Downeast heritage.

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South Shore Boatworks unveils the Gurnet Point 25 Sandpiper III, a Gurnet Point 25 built by South Shore Boatworks of Halifax, Mass., was launched late last year in Rhode Island’s Sakonnet River. The Downeast-style powerboat (25’6” x 24’1” x 8’6” x 2’6”) is from the board of Jamie Lowell, a sixth-generation designer of Maine lobsterboats. Above the waterline, the Gurnet Point has a moderate flare forward, slight tumblehome aft, and the uninterrupted sheer of a traditional Maine lobsterboat. Below the water, the 25 has Downeast-style lines that equate to stability, speed and efficiency. The long full keel, with faired deadwood around the stern bearing, provides a long, straight run, protects the running gear, and minimizes resistance, the builder says.

A lightweight diesel inboard of 170 to 230 horsepower will push the Gurnet Point 25 at speeds of 20 to 25 knots. An outboard-powered version of the 25 is also available with a maximum 200-horsde power package. The Gurnet Point 25 is offered in three configurations: open-boat with center console, lobster-style hardtop, and bass-boat. And it’s available in both cold-molded wood and fiberglass construction. With its 8½-foot beam, the 25 is legally trailerable without special permits or restrictions, which is desirable, the builder reminds us, because of the cost and limited availability of dock space. FMI: Points East Midwinter 2010


Briefly Custom Float Services of Portland, Maine, has landed a $500,000 project, the largest in its history. With Port Harbor Marine in South Portland, which will build the concrete float structures, they will completely rebuild a 64-slip Newport, R.I., marina. Custom Float Services is now building five- by 40-foot finger floats for the marina, which they’ll install in the spring, said president Charles A. Poole. FMI:

tem will provide almost one-quarter of the marina’s annual electrical needs. The solar project consists of 474 panels mounted on the south-facing roof surfaces of each of the marina’s three large, steel buildings. To hold the weight of the solar array, the roofs were replaced. The electrical infrastructure of the marina is also being overhauled and updated to handle the new electrical service. FMI:

Brownell Trailers, now of Fairhaven, Mass., builders of hydraulic boat trailers, was bought in November by John J. Medeiros of Marion, Mass., owner of Integrated Machine, LLC, and shares its new location with Integrated Machine at 129 Alden Road, Fairhaven. Integrated Machine provides automated machining of precision components. The union of these two companies will take the Brownell Trailers, LLC to the next level, Medeiros predicted. FMI: Photo courtesy Herreshoff Designs

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston, Maine, late last year launched Ring Leader, a 65-foot Express Sportfish designed by Robert Ullberg of Winter Park, Fla., who worked closely with Ring Power Corp., the Caterpillar distributor for northern Florida. She’s powered by two C-32s, cruises at 39 knots, with a top speed of 43 knots. She has two 600-lb./day icemakers for fish storage, Rupp 46-foot hydraulic outriggers and center rigger, cockpit corner plugins for downriggers and deep-drop electric reels. FMI:

The Apprenticeshop in Designed by The Wizard of Bristol a century ago, the Herreshoff Designs, Inc. of Bristol, Rockland, Maine, has four new Alerion 26 is now built cold-molded, with diesel or R.I., has reintroduced the builds and a major restoration electric powering options. Herreshoff Alerion 26, a daysailer project currently under way. originally developed for the last private owner of Capt. Apprentices have laid the keel for a 23-foot Mermaid Sloop, Nathanael Greene Herreshoff’s 1912 Alerion, Isaac B. and begun planking on a 10-foot Abeking and Rasmussen Merriman, Jr., in 1977. This model incorporates the same yacht tender, a 14-foot Whitehall, and a 14-foot North Shore classic styling with cold-molded construction and diesel or Dory. The shop is also restoring a 31-foot, 1931 Haj, a electric power. The first three hulls are now under construcFinnish raceboat with interior space for day cruising. FMI: tion at the Brion Rieff Boatbuilder yard ( in Brooklin, Maine. FMI: www.herreshoffdeKingman Yacht Center in Cataumet, Mass., at season’s end, began installation of what is believed to be the largest commercial solar project on Cape Cod. The 99.54-kW solar sysHoward Boats of Barnstable, Mass., received six orders in

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October and November for boats to be built this winter, according to Howard’s Peter Eastman. Hull numbers on the Fisher Cat have broken into the 20s, he says, and the shop plans to have Hull No. 30 built before the spring rush. The Barnstable Cat Boat soon will reach Hull No. 150; Hull No. 148 is in the shop, Eastman says: “We have four in Italy, two in Bermuda, four in the Turks and Caicos, and one bound for Australia.� FMI:

Callinectes Boatworks, LLC, in Kennebunkport, Maine, received an Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) Show Award for Best of Class Contemporary Replica. The ACBS Lake Champlain Chapter awarded Julie Lynne, a 2009 prototype, the honor. Built of cold molded Spanish cedar, and powered by a jet pump, the 16’ 3� replica has a top end of 50 mph. FMI: Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor, Maine, has won a contract to build four David Pedrick-designed Leadership 44 training vessels. The 44-footers will replace the old Luders sailboats. Morris began construction at the end of last year. Morris says it was selected over Hinckley, Tartan, Goetz and Pearson. The Coast Guard hopes to build as many as eight 44s, one for each cadet company. FMI: Kittery Point Boatbuilders of Eliot, Maine, is building the PYY 22, a line of trailerable 22-foot boats designed by George A. Patten that can be finished off for a variety of uses, including sport fishing (center console) and cruising (cuddy cabin, with two berths and a head). All models have I/O, jet or outboard power options up to 250 horsepower. The standard 150-horse motor will provide 40mph cruising speeds. FMI:

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Trawler Fest, Bahia Mar Beach Resort and Yachting Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cruising-under-power-lifestyle celebration produced by PassageMaker Magazine. FMI:, FMI: Pep Rally for Feb. 14 Hearts Warming Hearts Bikini and Speedo Dash, The Happy Crab Restaurant, Eastport, Maine, 5 p.m. A great kick-off for getting people to pledge and get the word out. The event raises money to help our neighbors, especially the elderly, get through the winter. Call Jeff or Leslie Starling. FMI: 207853-9400 Anchoring, Bristol Community College, 770 Elsbree, Fall River, Mass. A safe Boating Seminar from the Mattapoisett and Taunton River Power Squadrons in cooperation with Bristol Community College's Center for Business and Industry. Selection and use of anchors, rodes and components. FMI:


Tangling with Tugs and Barges on Long Island Sound, Halloween Yacht Club, Stamford, Conn. Free, reservations required, Speaker: Capt. Eric Knott, manager of safety and security, Moran Towing Corp. Contact Capt. Bernie Weiss, 203329-2503. FMI:


to Oct. 11. Building America's Canals, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Conn. An interactive exhibition organized by the National Canal Museum of Easton, Pa., showing the construction and operation of the nation's man-built waterways. FMI:


To May 6. USPS Electronic Navigation Course, Middle Street Education Center, 80 Middle St., Fairhaven, Mass. 14-week course includes GPS instruction, voyage planning, tracking progress, piloting, traditional chart work, current correction.FMI:


48th Annual Meeting of The Catboat Association, The Mystic Marriot, Mystic, Conn. Three days of tours, exhibits, seminars, discussions, dining and dancing. FMI:


The Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod, The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, Mass., organized by the Cape Cod Marine Trades Association. Save the date! FMI:,

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And they’re off! The field in the Feb. 14 Bikini and Speedo Dash are out of the blocks.


Fishing in the Footsteps of Dr. Charles K. Stillman, A Look into One of Our Founder's favorite Hobbies. Mystic Museum's Collections Research Center, Mystic, Conn., 5:30-7 p.m. Cash bar and light snacks available. FMI:


Eastport Valentine's Day Hearts Warming Hearts Bikini and Speedo Run, Post Office Square to the Happy Crab Restaurant, Eastport, Maine, 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Happy Crab, the event raises money to help Eastport's elderly and keep people warm in local communities. Bikinis and Speedos encouraged, but competitors urged not to frighten the local livestock. Contact John Miller. FMI:


Recent Advances in Sail Cloth and Sailmaking, Chris Wentz of Z Sails explains their practical applications for go-fast racing and leisure cruising. Contact Capt. Bernie Weiss, 203-329-250s FMI:


U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Presentation, Beverly Yacht Club, Marion, Mass. Meet 2008 Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe and other Olympic Sailing Team members, who will share their Olympic sailing experiences with you. FMI:


The Global Positioning System or GPS, Bristol Community College, 770 Elsbree, Fall River, Mass. A safe Boating Seminar from the Mattapoisett and Taunton River Power Squadrons in cooperation with Bristol Community College's Center for Business and Industry. The principles of waypoint navigation and how to operate the GPS. FMI:


Small Boat "Issues" & Opportunities, Halloween Yacht Club, Stamford, Conn. An open discussion with local dockside marine expert


Ocean Sailing Seminar, Cruising Rally Association, Newport, R.I. Designed to make offshore passages safer, more comfortable and more fun. The focus is on skills and resources used for safe ocean voyages. FMI:,

A Return to the Cabinet of Curiosities, A Behind the Scenes Tour. Mystic Museum's Collections Research Center, Mystic, Conn., 5:30-7 p.m. Cash bar and light snacks available. FMI:


Weather Forecasting: The Basics, Gunnar Edelstein, airline captain, yacht captain and meteorologist discusses cloud, wind-direction and sea-state observations and how they can tell a different story than the forecast. Contact Capt. Bernie Weiss, 203-329-2503. FMI:

Saving Sailing, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, R.I. Nicholas D. Hayes, author of "Saving Sailing," is guest speaker, who will discuss the five years he researched this book and interviewed more than 1,200 sailors worldwide.FMI:


The Mariner's Compass Bristol Community College, 770 Elsbree, Fall River, Mass. A safe Boating Seminar from the Mattapoisett and Taunton River Power Squadrons in cooperation with Bristol Community College's Center for Business and Industry. How to select, install, calibrate and use your compass.FMI:


Through July 18 Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass. A new way of viewing the art of a great civilization, by interpreting the importance of water to the ancient Maya. FMI:

Joe Gerace about the '09 barnacle infestation, keeping outboards running at peak performance, 4-cycle outboards, winter storage and more. Contact Capt. Bernie Weiss, 203-3292503. FMI: MARCH 12



Safety at Sea Seminar, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Goat Island, Newport, R.I. Moderated by John Bonds and Ron Trossbach, this is core curriculum sanctioned by US Sailing and meets primary Safety At Sea requirement of the 2010 Notice of Race. Full-day schedule includes special keynote speaker, helicopter briefing by USCG crew, “Helicopter Rescue Preparation Guide� video, and flare demonstrations. FMI:,

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Capt. Mike’s New England clam or cod chowder Capt. Mike Martel For Points East The temperature has been below the freezing mark for days now, and it occurred to me that the time is very right to share with the readers of Points East a couple of chowder recipes that will warm the cockles of stomachs, if not hearts. Fish Chowder: If you can buy a whole codfish or haddock, do so, and after you fillet it, simmer the head and backbone(s) – tossing away the skin – in just enough water to cover with a couple of halved garlic cloves and some cracked black peppercorns. Poach or simmer on low for about 30 minutes after bringing to a boil. Then strain the bones and head out, and poach the fillets next, by themselves, for 20 minutes, maybe add a stick of celery and a halved carrot. When done, set the fish aside to cool, strain the broth clear of the vegetables and anything else in there. This will make a flavorful stock. If you cannot get a whole fish, just poach the fillets and the stock vegetables together. Strain out the fish and discard the stock vegetables, including the garlic and the peppercorns if you can. Next, add diced potatoes. I like them small, diced in half-inch cubes or even smaller. Peel if you like, or leave the jackets on. For a finer “chowdy,” use a French-fry cutter, and when the fries are pressed 58 Points East Midwinter 2010

through the cutter, take a knife and cut crosswise. This makes tiny little cubes, and lots of them, quite quickly. If you started with two quarts of water, you will probably use five or six medium-sized potatoes. The stock in the pan should cover the potatoes with a little to spare. Don’t add more water. Instead, add less potatoes if the stock does not cover them. Cook the potatoes until just tender; do not overcook. Clam Chowder: Start with two quarts of shucked clams and juice. Put in a pot and slowly simmer to near the boiling point. Juice will turn milky and the quahog edges will curl. Do not boil. Remove from heat and set aside. Strain clams out and set aside in a bowl. Add potatoes (as above) to the clam juice and perhaps a little water to cover the potatoes. Cook potatoes in the clam juice and water broth until just tender, or al dente. Both: Whilst the potatoes are cooking, dice up a half piece of salt pork or fatback very small and put over gentle heat in a new pot (this will be the pot that you make the finished chowder in). You want to render the pork, not burn it. Turn down the heat if it starts to smoke. You want to generate small, crispy brown salt-pork cracklings. For a more robust flavor, add some nice smoked bacon (diced) to the pot and render together.

While the salt pork is rendering, chop up two medium onions (or one very large one) – yellow Spanish or cooking onions. Chop small. When the rendering is done, scoop out the cracklings and bacon and set aside in a little dish. Now add the onions to the pot and, over heat, sauté the onions in the rendered drippings until the outer edges of the onion pieces are clear. Do not overcook. Add some ground black pepper. Next, add the cooked potatoes and broth to the sautéed onions. If clam chowder, you may want to add a half-teaspoon of creamed garlic. A very small amount of garlic in a pot of chowder will enhance flavor without adding a garlic taste. You don’t want to be able to taste the garlic. Now add a quart of half and half and turn up the heat. You do not want to bring it to a boil, just to the point where it is steamy and you can tell that it is quite warm. Add the fish, broken up small, or the clams, and if the clams are whole, pulse the mixture in a food processor a few times to break them up into smaller pieces. Now is the time to see if it looks right. Add more half and half if it seems too thick, maybe another pint. Do not add too much so that you make it watery. Stir. Add parsley if you like. Add ground black pepper, and now taste-test for salt. The clam chowder may not need added salt, but a fish chowder will. I use

coarse-grained sea salt. The last thing you put in are the bacon and salt pork cracklings. Stir. Taste test again. If you like a thick chowder Aidan’s Pub (Bristol, R.I.)-style, you stir about three to four tablespoons of flour into a cup of half and half, mix well, and then pour into the chowder and stir while the chowder is just below the boiling point, after everything else has been added. This will thicken it. Now that you are done, turn off the heat, cover the pot, and put it in the refrigerator overnight to cool. Do not eat it. Re-heat on the following day and serve with biscuits or clamcakes or fish cakes. Enjoy. Capt. Mike Martel grew up on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, and has swallowed enough of it to truly be part of his environment. Although he has been on the water, in one form or craft or another, since childhood, he is currently, like Slocum, “cast up from the old sea, so to speak” while he refurbishes his antique wooden gaff yawl Privateer and ekes out a living writing and seeking jobs delivering derelicts from one forlorn harbor to another. He lives in Bristol, R.I., with his wife Denise and son Tom. His other two older children, now grown, have moved southward to warmer climes, and – perhaps understandably – inland.



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Eastport, Maine offers a lively and interesting stopover for far-Downeast cruisers.

Eastport and the life without risk As Thoreau wrote, “Travelers generally exaggerate the difficulties of the way,” and this inclination seems nowhere more thoroughly exercised than in matters of Maine’s Passamaquoddy Bay. Here, something of a cottage industry has long flourished among the glasshalf-empty crowd that puts a fearsome spin on challenges to navigation that can be met with ordinary prudence. While its 18-foot tides and hard-running currents demand respect and good timing, in decades of calling here – first in a small sloop equipped with an engine possessing less power than a weed whacker – we’ve experienced none of the “frightening tidal commotions and maelstroms in constant motion,” nor have we been spun about in Lubec Narrows or Head Harbor Passage. The same goes for the terror of whirlpools, about which one local offered that, as a kid, he “sported” about the biggest of them all, the Old Sow – reportedly the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world – in a wooden skiff with a five-horsepower outboard motor. A watch, tide book, chart, guide and common sense are all it takes to enjoy the far, foreign feeling of these shores, the centerpiece of which is Eastport, a tidy knot of a town perched on the vaulted escarpments of Moose Island and feeling an era or two removed from the moment. Among its attractions, besides a commanding sense of distance from the familiar, and nearby foreign ports of call, is the fact that Eastport 62 Points East Midwinter 2010

has not been tarted up for tourists and the locals are a friendly lot. Though something of a hardscrabble place that has known good times and bad, it is possessed of an appealing grace, energy, resiliency, and rousing vitality of spirit that is reflected in the people you meet, and in its extraordinary Fourth of July celebration. The Pleasant Point Indian Reservation adds another layer of local color and hosts an Indian Day celebration Aug. 8, 2010. Landing at the dock just north of the Eastport breakwater, one is immediately in the heart of the community with Rosie’s Hot Dog Stand, U.S. Customs, and busy Water Street just a few steps away. There is an appealing 1900s time-warp sense to the brick storefronts gathered along the way, housing a hardware store, dry-goods outlets, gift shops, several interesting art galleries, and choice of good restaurants, including the Pickled Herring, Happy Crab and Waco Diner. The well-stocked IGA is a good place to gather stores, and, with luck, a local might stop and offer a lift back to the dock as has happened to the Leight’s crew several times. Fuel is available at the Chowder House Restaurant and Pier (207-853-4700), close north of the town floats. Set sail for Eastport and other new ports of call. Life without a little risk is all but pointless. David Buckman, a devotee of waterways less traveled, sails the sloop Leight out of Round Pond, Maine.



William T. Mitchell 80, Boston

William T. Mitchell died last Oct. 14 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A shipping pilot or 40 years, he lived in Boston’s South End while piloting commercial vessels through Boston Harbor and elsewhere in New England waters. “He was one of the last of a breed,’’ former shipping agent and friend Richard Chase was quoted in the “Boston Globe” . . . . Bill had a way of establishing his authority on the bridge and yet making people feel comfortable with him, so everyone was clear what was going to happen.’’ Mitchell’s father and his older brother also were Boston Harbor pilots. He was president of the Boston Harbor Pilots Association from 1979 to 1983.

David Ednie 41, South Dennis, Mass,

Dave Ednie passed away Dec. 26, at home with his wife by his side, surrounded by loved ones, after a four-year battle with epithelioid sarcoma. A native Cape Codder, David was for years a marine electronics technician before joining his father in their business, Land & Sea Communications, communications specialists, in Harwich Port. There, he

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worked for 25 years, serving both recreational and commercial mariners. He was known to the fishing fleet as one who could be depended on when the chips were down.

David Davignon 62, Mattapoisett

David died at St. Luke’s Hospital Dec. 14. He was a longtime employee of Edey & Duff, Mattapoisett boatbuilders, starting as a fiberglass technician in 1970 and rising through the ranks to president. He worked the Stone Horse, Dovekie and Shearwater, and was central to introducing the Doughdish, Stuart Knockabout, Conch 27, Sakonnet 23, Fatty Knees, and Beetle Whale Boat. Dave was considered the backbone of the company for many years, known for his leadership and personal touch. “He had a great memory,” said Ed Pavao, who had worked with Dave since 1973. “He learned, he remembered, and he passed it on.”

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Newport, R.I. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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12:14AM 11.1 01:04AM 11.2 01:54AM 11.2 02:45AM 10.9 03:38AM 10.5 04:35AM 10.1 05:35AM 9.7 12:12AM 1.5 01:14AM 1.6 02:12AM 1.6 03:03AM 1.4 03:48AM 1.1 04:30AM 0.8 05:09AM 0.6 05:47AM 0.4 12:22AM 9.5 12:56AM 9.6 01:32AM 9.6 02:10AM 9.6 02:51AM 9.6 03:38AM 9.6 04:32AM 9.6 05:31AM 9.7 12:20AM 1.2 01:23AM 0.7 02:24AM 0.1 03:22AM -0.5 04:17AM -1.2

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Bar Harbor, Maine 11.4 11.0 10.3 9.6 8.9 8.3 7.9 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 9.3 9.1 8.8 8.5 8.2 8.0 7.8 7.9 8.3 -0.3 -0.9 -1.4 -1.7


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New London Newport Newport Newport

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Connecticut Stamford New Haven Branford Saybrook Jetty Saybrook Point Mystic Westport

Bridgeport Bridgeport Bridgeport New London New London Boston Newport

High +0 hr. 3 min., Low +0 hr. 8 min., High -0 hr. 4 min., Low -0 hr. 7 min., High -0 hr. 5 min., Low -0 hr. 13 min., High +1 hr. 11 min., Low +0 hr. 45 min., High +1 hr. 11 min., Low +0 hr. 53 min., High +0 hr. 1 min., Low +0 hr. 2 min., High +0 hr. 9 min., Low +0 hr. 33 min.,

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Part VII: White, Wilson, Stanley are nice folks By Bob Witherill For Points East A little-known figure in the world of boats is the marine-compass adjuster. Bob Witherill of Belfast, Maine, has been one for more than a quarter-century, and his “Confessions of a Compass Adjuster” will reveal the highlights of a colorful life devoted to keeping mariners in the middle of the channel. While all of my customers were nice, a few stand out over the years. One was Tom Greenquist. When I knew Tom, he was president of Bangor Hydro Electric Co. For a number of years, he would have me adjust his compasses. Sometimes he would pick up one of my moorings, and we would do the compass in front of my house. Then he and his wife would come ashore and we would have coffee together with Jean. Although he held one of the top positions in Maine, he was just as folksy as could be – no airs or pretension at all – and Jean and I both felt at ease with them. Jon Wilson, founder and publisher of “WoodenBoat” magazine was another good customer and friend. Jon had me come over to Brooklin and do the compasses in his boats. We had a great time talking about the various aspects of boats and sailing. One day I asked, “Jon, you have access to any number of adjusters – some a lot closer than me – so why do you continue to use me as your adjuster?” His answer was simple, “Because you are so fussy.” So I guess it does pay to try for perfection. Joel and Steve White, father and son, were owners of the Brooklin Boat Yard. I got started with the yard when an owner of a yacht kept at the yard was dissatisfied with his current compass adjuster and asked for someone different. So the yard called me to do a repair. This was about the second year I was in business, and it started a relationship that lasted over 20 years. Steve was managing the yard during this period and Joel was upstairs doing design work. Each summer, I made three or four trips to the yard and would do two or three boats each time. It was a pleasure to do the newly launched boats as they were like pieces PASSAGES, continued from Page 63 ing plug, died on Dec. 26 in Attleboro. Bob developed his famous Atom plug in 1945, testing it in the Cape Cod Canal and manufacturing it in Attleboro. Using his income from the Atom plug, in the early 1970s Bob began a series of research trips to the Striped Bass spawning rivers of Maryland. He developed the Tri-State Tournament in 1965, and the Tri-State ex66 Points East Midwinter 2010

Confessions of a compass adjuster

of fine furniture with superb craftsmanship. One day Joel asked me to do his own boat, a husky cruising vessel. I got it all done and was tightening the magnet locking screws when the screwdriver slipped and knocked the magnet out of alignment. To top it all off, on our way back into the harbor, the wind blew the deviation card overboard. I was most embarrassed, but Joel was very nice about it and not at all critical. Ralph Stanley brought a compass from Southwest Harbor to my shop for repair. I invited Ralph into the house for coffee, and he stayed for over an hour talking about, of all things, boats. He was quiet and unassuming yet had a twinkle in his eye. With all the honors Ralph has received, I felt privileged to be able to visit with him and share the hospitality of our home. Alan Pease was working on one of the Windjammers in Camden, but he had a spoon-bowed sloop of his own. He hired me to adjust his compass on that boat, then he told his father about me. Judge Pease then hired me to do the compass on his Nonsuch 30 cat-rigged boat. Later, Alan Pease bought the windjammer Lewis R. French, and I did the compass on that vessel. So you never know where one compass job is going to lead. Luke Allen was owner of the Sail Loft Restaurant and the Rockport Boat Yard. One day, before he was to leave on a cruise, his wife brought two compasses to my shop for repair. I repaired them overnight, and he had them back the next morning. That effort resulted in my doing all the work for the Rockport Boat Yard for 22 years. Later, Taylor Allen, his son, took over the yard and I continued to do all their adjusting work. Taylor had married Steve White’s sister, so there is connection from one boat yard to the other. They have collaborated on a number of building projects. ists today as an honor code catch-and-release tournament for fishing clubs in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island. Dick Russell, author of Striper Wars and an old friend of Bob’s, said about him: “Without Bob’s sounding the alarm about the striper population in the mid-1960s, long before anyone else thought there was a problem, this magnificent fish would likely have disappeared from Atlantic coastal waters.”

TABER, continued from Page 35 the week before school started for the honeymoon and use Christmas vacation for our marriage vows. She was too smart – or too old-fashioned to buy that offer. Instead, we decided to get married while I was crewing on the Taber. Then we would use the week off for the honeymoon. The skipper checked out the legal aspects of marrying us on the high seas and agreed to perform the ceremony. As a result, we were married Sept. 4, 1947, at Latitude 43 degrees 45 minutes and Longitude 69 degrees and 28 minutes – about six miles southeast of Pemaquid light on the schooner Stephen Taber by Capt. Frederick B. Guild. The knot he tied lasted over 50 years, until Mary sailed on to the great beyond. My introduction to sailing long ago has given me a love for sailing that has lasted to this day. In attendance were my brother Scout and bridesmaid Attlie Hodson. The love of sailing I found some seven decades ago is still with me. I’m operating Sawyer’s Sailing School out of the Dolphin Marina in South Harpswell and enjoying it still. Capt. Bob retired from General Electric in Auburn

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We were married Sept. 4, 1947, at latitude 43 degrees, 45 minutes/longitude 69 degrees, 28 minutes on the Taber by Captain Guild.

at 59. Upon obtaining his Captain’s license and American Sailing Association’s certifications, he established Sawyer’s Sailing School (, where he teaches ASA’s Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation courses. He is author of “Capt’n Bob’s ABCs of Coastal Navigation” and “Learning to Sail on the Maine Coast.”



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A Gloucesterman’s guts oward Blackburn first came to the attention of the nautical world in 1883 at age 23. He was trawling for halibut aboard the schooner Grace L. Fears on Burgeo Bank off Newfoundland. On a cold and blustery January day, the captain of Fears steered the ship over this fishing ground. The crew lowered six 18-foot dories, and Howard Blackburn and Tom Welch climbed down into one, rowing away from the mother ship to their assigned area. There, they set the trawl line with hundreds of baited hooks dangling toward the ocean’s floor at 15-foot intervals. Blackburn and Welch were hauling in the trawl lines when a squall suddenly hit, its snow and driving winds pushing their dory away from the ship. Within minutes, they were in whiteout conditions, and try as they might, they could not reach the Fears. Exhausted, they decided to drop anchor and wait for a break in the storm. A few hours later, at nightfall, the snow stopped, and the two men could see the dim light of a torch on the distant mother ship. They hauled up anchor and rowed with every ounce of their


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strength. With a stiff head wind and rough seas, they were forced to drop anchor once again, having made little headway. Spray hitting the dory instantly froze, coating it in a thick sheet of ice while waves crashed up and over the bow, forcing Blackburn and Welch to bail the entire night. When dawn broke, the Fears was gone, and the two exhausted men were utterly alone, 60 miles from Newfoundland. The seas gave them no quarter and threatened to capsize the dory, forcing the men to take turns pulling on the oars to keep the bow pointed into the oncoming waves while the other bailed. Blackburn took off his mittens and dropped them in the bilge so he could use his fingers to fashioned a sea anchor from a buoy keg. The improvised sea anchor worked, helping to hold the bow to the wind. Water still came up and over the dory, and as Welch bailed, he inadvertently scooped up Blackburn’s mittens, pitching them overboard. A couple of hours later, both of Blackburn’s hands had a sickly gray hue, the blood and tissue having frozen to the bone.

Knowing he’d be next to useless without his hands, he wrapped his fingers around the oars and let his hands freeze solid in that grip, like two claws. In this position he could use his hands for both rowing and bailing. Sometime during the second night, the cold sapped Welch’s will to live, and he stopped bailing and lay frozen, huddled in the water-soaked bow. Blackburn grabbed his mate and said, “Tom, this won’t do. You must do your part. Your hands are not frozen and beaten to pieces like mine.” But Welch replied, “Howard, what’s the use? We can’t live until morning, and might as well go first as last.” By dawn, Welch was dead. The following day the seas calmed a bit, and Blackburn used the opportunity to begin rowing north, hoping to make Newfoundland before the cold crept closer to his vital organs, killing him as it had his dory mate. His frozen hands were disintegrating before his very eyes, and Blackburn later described the grizzly details: “The end of the oar would strike the side of my hand and knock off a piece of flesh as big around as a fifty-cent piece, and fully three times as thick.” Late on the fourth day, Blackburn’s tenaciousness paid off when he spotted land and forced himself to bend to the oars harder still, directing the boat to-


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ward the mouth of a river. He found an abandoned shack, where he spent a freezing night, and the next day finally found an inhabited cabin. The cabin was owned by the Lishman family. Mrs. Lishman tried to remedy his frozen feet and hands by placing them in a tub of cold water. “In a few minutes, I was wishing myself in Welch’s place,” wrote Blackburn. “I will say no more about the agony….” Blackburn’s fingers could not be saved, and over the next two months dry gangrene set in. He eventually lost all his fingers, half of each thumb, and five toes. His flesh, however, grew out from the stumps of his hands and feet and covered the wounds with scar tissue. Most men, after surviving such an experience, would understandably curse the sea and never again set foot in a boat. But not Blackburn. At age 42, he made a solo sail in a 25-foot sailboat across the Atlantic. It took him just 39 days to cross the ocean, recording the fastest, singlehanded (or in Blackburn’s case no-handed) nonstop voyage across the Atlantic sailed up to that point. Michael Tougias is the author of “Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival At Sea” and “Ten Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do.” He also wrote“Remembering the Andrea Gail” in the December 2009 issue.

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24’ Bridges Point, 1989 A cuddy cabin version of the popular Bridges Point 24. Roomy cockpit and a unique interior layout. New diesel in 2007. A lovely boat to sail. 207-244-7854. 24’ Bridges Point, 2002 JUDITH, built by the John Williams Boat Co. Daysailor layout. $59,000. Call 207-255-7854 or email

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19’ Cat-Schooner, 2007 William Garden cat-schooner built 2007. Fin keel, teak hatch and trim, 7hp diesel, electric lights, double berth, wood stove, sink, CQR, three sails. Fast and handsome. Located Cape Cod. $18,000.

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Ocean Point Marina at 207-6330773 or email 30’ O’Day Diesel centerboard sloop, 1981. Universal 16hp diesel, sleeps 6, GPS, autopilot, 3’6î draft w/board up, professionally maintained. Many updates. $17,600. Call Suzanne at 207-518-9397. 30’ Catalina 30, 1982 Sacrifice priced for health reasons. Boat, sails and equipment in excellent shape. Fully battened main with lazy jacks. 3 gennys. Propane stove/oven, grille, shower. Full electronics. Wheel steering. Asking $18,000. 603-431-5843

30’ Pearson Coaster, 1966 Alberg design. Full keel. Recent main and roller furling jib. Tiller. Rebuilt Atomic 4. Sails beautifully. $6,000. or best offer. Selling as is. Call Kevin, at 413-4993153. 30’ PEARSON 303, 1986 Yanmar, 10’11 beam, 4’4 draft, clean and turn key. Asking $33,000. Call John Morin at Wilbur Yachts Brokerage, 207691-1637. 30’ Hinckley Sou’wester Sloop 1962. Flag blue awlgripped hull ‘08, 2004 Yanmar diesel, sleeps

4, new radar-gps, 1998 roller furler genoa. Caring ownership $54,000. Gray & Gray, Inc 207363-7997 30’ Grampion, 1972 Grampion sail boat with Atomic 4. Sails in tough shape. Structurally sound. Needs cosmetic work. Good project. $2,250. 207-882-9870.

36’ C&C, 1979 Yanmar (‘95) low hours, many updates & new equipment, All new sails and interior cushions, 10’ Zodiac w/’01 Mercury 5hp. $32,000. Call Suzanne at 207518-9397. 30’ C&C Cruising Sloop, 1972 1992 Yanmar. Many upgrades including new venting portlights, new alcohol stove, cabin heater, roller furling headsail, Dutchman fully battened main, new through hull fittings, etc. Well maintained, ready to sail. Located at Winterport Marine. Asking $22,500. 207-223-5093. 34’ Irwin Citation Sloop, 1980 10,000. Contact Ocean Point Marina at 207-633-0773. 34’ Tartan Sloop New Westerbeke 30B & exhaust system. $24,000 or best offer. Jonesport Shipyard, 207-4972701. 35’ Greene Trimaran, 1994 LWL 34’6; beam 30; displacement 6000 lbs. 3 berths. Loaded. Get a rush and take the next step. Cruise/race at 12-15 kts (and more). Excellent condition.

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able 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. 37’ C&C Sloop, 1982 A very clean, well cared for C&C 37. Well regarded for their good sailing qualities and comfortable accomodations. $54,500. 207371-2899.

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36’ Pearson, 1975 Rebuilt ‘01 Universal Atomic 4, decks & topsides recently Awlgripped, full sail inventory, GPS. $29,900. Call Suzanne 201-518-9397.

38’ Sabre Sloop, 1982 Newly refinished exterior teak, recent sails, electronics and Force 10 propane stove. Sea Frost refrigeration and Espar heating system. A good value in a performance cruiser. $79,500. 207-371-2899.

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26’ Somes Sound 26 “Bai Ji Er”, with enclosed pilot house. Great day boat and small cruiser. Gas inboard. $165,000. Call207-255-7854, or email 26’ Somes Sound 26 Open launch “Salt Ponds”. Classic launch look with plenty of teak and bronze. $100,000. Call 207-255-7854 or email 26’ Eldredge McInnis, 1989 A beautiful example of the well known Eldredge McInnis Bass boat, built by the Landing Boat School. Wood hull, single diesel. Located in Southport, Maine. $49,500. 207-371-2899.

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28’ Rampage, 1988 Sportsman Custom Top of the line high quality offshore sport fishing boat. Beam 11’ Draft 2’6 Gross weight 10,150 lbs. Excellent condition. Needs no work. Twin inboard GM 350’s. Original engines w/ low hours. Cruise 25K. Top 30K. Handles rough seas like a breeze. Cabin w/ full size bed, kitchenette and enclosed head w/ shower. Great boat for 25 miles out to Jeffreys. Selling to get bigger boat. Appraised at 59K. Will sell for 39K. Located in Kennebunkport. 207-522-5113. 30’ Pro-Line Walkaround, 1997 Fishing/family layout, fish box, bait well, transom door. Cabin w/ galley and head, sleeps 4. $39,500. 207-799-3600. 32’ Down East New 32’ Carroll Lowell Down East design, cedar on white oak, silicon bronze fastenings, hull, trunk, deck, done, fuel tanks, shaft, rudder installed, will finish to your custom design, work or pleasure. 508-224-3709.

32’ Holland Downeast, 1989 There is nothing out there like SALLY G. She has undergone extensive restoration over the past 4 years. Since the work was completed, state of the art Simrad Electronics, 23’ Pulpit, and Custom Tuna Tower have all been added. The tower and pulpit were both done by Redman Marine. Sally G will do 30 knots and get you on the fish in a hurry with her 6 cylinder 315hp (1998) Cummins diesel(520hrs). This boat is for the serious fisherman who appreciates the quality Holland design and numerous upgrades. (This boat is a proven Fish-Raiser.) $159,000. Call Kyle at 207-439-9582 or email. 35’ Duffy FB Cruiser, 2000 Single Cat 435hp diesel, 587 hours. Sidepower thruster, dual helms, large cockpit and salon, galley down. Sleeps 4. Cruise 17 knots. Handsome green hull. $164,500. Gray & Gray, Inc. 207363-7997.

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

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38’ Holland/Pettegrow Downeast Sportfishing, 1987. 3208 435hp Cat, 3400 hrs. Teak interior, galley down, enclosed head and shower, sleeps 4. Fighting chair, tower and pulpit. Furuno Navnet. $160,000. 207450-6119. 40’ Hatteras Double Cabin 1987. Voyager is a very clean and well mainatined Hatteras 40 Motoryacht. Re-powered in 1999 with twin Yanmar 315hp diesels and a diesel genset. Solar panels, recent electronics, fuel system upgrades and numerous other upgrades make Voyager a desirable vessel in a classic Hatteras. $198,500. 207-3712899.

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


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

47’ Maine Cat, 2009 Maine Cat P-47, hull#2, launched June ‘09. Twin 180 Yanmar, live-aboard equipped, low fuel burn, 3’ draft, located in Bahamas. $110k below list. 1888-832-2287.




42’ Bunker & Ellis,1958 ALERIA is prime for restoration. $120,000. Call 207-255-7854, or email 43’ Marine Trader, 1984 Priced to sell at $69,999. FMI contact Ocean Point Marina at 207-633-0773.

46' Grand Banks for Charter Available for Charter: 46' Grand Banks Classic 1996, Stabilized. 3 cabin layout, galley up, sleeps 6 in 3 cabins. Twin Cat 210hp., cruises about 8.5 kts. @ 5 gph.

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Vessel is stabilized with Naiad stabilizers. Full electronics, 3/4 canvas enclosure on bridge, Avon hardbottom w/new 15hp. Yamaha. LPG stove/range, A/C, heat, inverter. Looking for 2 week minimum. Located on Buzzards Bay, Mass. Contact Dave, 508-728-5288.

Tolman Skiff Hulls, etc. Tolman Skiff hulls and kits, CNC machining, carved signs, transom boards, bait tables etc. The Salt Water Workshop. 207-8370236.

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 $1950 16' Gloucester Light Dory $1,600 Call 207-774-0682

Boat Rental Triumph Boats 17' & 19' Center Console available for half day, full day and extended rental. Guilford Boat Yards, View Details, Guilford, Connecticut 203-453-5031

Repower & Refit Considering repower or refit upgrades to your boat? Our two locations offer you in -house, factory trained technicians ready to address your upgrades to the highest standards. Stop by or give us a call, we'd be happy to talk about your options. Kittery Point Yacht Yard 207-439-9582, Eliot yard 207-439-3967.

Will Trade Land for Boat I have many prime lots available, 2 – 50+ acres in Me., N.H., Vt., all buildable. Want to trade for new 22' – 34' boat with 4-stroke outboard or diesel engine. Brokers welcome. Call 1-781259-9124.

Perfect Thank You Gift A perfect Thank You gift-A set of lovely fitted sheets for their boat. Check for ideas or to arrange for a Gift Card. Westerbeke 6 Cyl. Diesel Model 6-346, 120hp, 1050 hrs. with recently rebuilt 2:1 Paragon gear, engine harness, mounts and panel. Clean and well maintained. $3800. Call Fred 781771-1053.

Delivery Captain Your power or sail boat delivered wherever you need it. Owners welcome on deliveries. Also available for instruction. Captain Tim. 603-770-8378.

Tilting Frame Ship's Saw 36 Crescent Dayton motor, very nice shape. Cost $6,000 rebuilt. Selling Price: $3,000.

CHARTER Maine 2010 Contact Jan at Bayview Rigging & Sails Inc.

Caribbean Big Boat Racing Race aboard the Swan 48 "Avocation". Heineken, BVI, Antigua. Podium finish not guaranteed, but possible. New Sails. One week includes accommodations. Discount for 3 or more crew. Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe,

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.

Offshore Passage Opportunities # 1 Crew Networking Service. Sail for free on OPB's. Call for free brochure and membership application. 631-423-4988.

Charter Phoenix 40’ C&C

New Canvas Option Introducing Center Harbor Marine Canvas, offering expanded canvas services to cover and protect you and your investment! Contact Aimee Claybaugh through Center Harbor Sails, Brooklin, Maine 207.359.2003

Boat Transport Best rates, fully insured. Nationwide trucking and/or ocean freight. Reliable service. Contact Rob Lee, Maritime. 800533-6312 or 508-758-9409. Repower Special New Westerbeke 30B 3 Diesel in crate. 27hp, 3 cyl., 2.47:1 gear, flexible mts., 272 lb. List $9979, asking $8,000. Perfect Atomic 4 replacement. Jonesport Shipyard, 207-4972701. Ocean Master, Motor 40 years in big boats and small ships, BOATWISE instructor.

NorthPoint Yacht Charter Co. Want to off-set yard bills? Call about chartering your boat ■

Power & Sail

Boats for charter

Larrain Slaymaker PO Box 252 Rockport, Maine 04856 (207) 557-1872


Buy or Charter • Power or Sail


888-832-2287 P-47 Power Catamaran now available for Charter


HINCKLEY YACHT CHARTERS Southwest Harbor, Maine 1-800-HYC-SAIL • (207) 244-5008

“We’re on the job, so you can be on the water.”

Charter Maine! Bareboat • Crewed • Power • Sail Trawlers • DownEast Cruisers

Yacht North Charters 182 Christopher Rd, Suite 1, North Yarmouth, ME 04097-6733 207-221-5285 • •

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Deliveries, training, management. 401-885-3189. Slips & Moorings in N.H. Limited dockside slips and protected moorings available in pristine Great Bay, New Hampshire. Leave trailering behind and chase the big stripers more often. Reasonable rates. Great Bay Marine 603-436-5299 or Rental Moorings Sail beautiful Penobscot Bay. Seasonal moorings in protected Rockland harbor with an expansive float and pier facility for dinghy tie-ups and provisioning. On-site parking. 207-594-1800.

Maine Chartering Consider chartering your boat(s) to help with those yard bills. Give us a call to talk about options. NPYC 207-557-1872

Marina For Sale For Sale: Wottonís Wharf Marina in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For more information call Bruce Tindal at 207-633-6711. Private Slip for Rent At the Mystic Shipyard. 50' x 18' Includes access to yachting center pool. Mystic, Conn. 860-9123415.

Moorings Available Kittery Point Yacht Yard has moorings available for the 2010í summer season. Very well protected and just inside the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Donít Wait – call now for information: 207-439-9582 or email Boat Storage Kittery Point Yacht Yard has two waterfront locations with plenty of off-season storage space available. Store with KPYY and our full service yard and factory trained technicians are available if you need us. Call to join our family of customers: 207-4399582 or email

Bilge Rat Been away? Keep your little boats afloat with the Bilge Rat. Only $199.99 (plus shipping and tax for Maine residents). Visit www.

Advertiser index Alexseal All Paint Areys Pond Atlantic Outboard Bardens Boat Yard, Inc. Bay of Maine Boats Bay Sails Marine Bayview Rigging and Sails Beetle Boat Shop Boatwise Bohndell Sails & Rigging Boothbay Region Boatyard Bowden Marine Service Brewer Plymouth Marine Brewer Yacht Yard Brooklin Inn Burr Brothers Boats Capt. Jay Michaud Marine Surveys Casey Yacht Enterprises Chase, Leavitt & Co. Conanicut Marine Concordia Company Crocker’s Boat Yard CPT Aotopilot, Inc. Curtis Yacht Brokerage, LLC Custom Communications Custom Float Services Dark Harbor Boat Yard Dick Stanley Dockwise Yacht Transport Dor-Mor Inc. Doyle Center Harbor Ecovita Enos Marine Finestkind Brokerage Flanders Bay Boats Fleet Sheets Fortune Inc. Fred J. Dion Yacht Yard Gemini Marine Canvas

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9 59 37 46 80 73 37 18,77 38 16 34 13,28 14 80 79 65 13,80 75 72 52 13,80 13,80 13 72 74 64 43 35 74 17 72 67 74 46 71 75 55 55 13,80 63

Gowen Marine 20,46,80 Gray & Gray, Inc. 70 Grey Barn Boatworks 39 Great Bay Marine 13,80 Great Cove Boat Club 73 Gritty McDuff’s 47 Guilford Boat Yards 63 Gulf of Maine Boat Surveyors 55 Hallett Canvas & Sails 29 Hamilton Marine 2 Handy Boat Service 13,51 Hansen Marine Engineering 24,72 Hinckley Yacht Charters 43,77 Howard Boats 28,37 J-Way Enterprises 13 Jackson’s Hardware & Marine 47 J.R. Overseas 74 John Williams Boat Company 16,69 Jonesport Shipyard 75 Journey’s End Marina 34,80 Kent Thurston Marine Surveyor 74 Kingman Yacht Center 11,13,80 Kittery Point Yacht Yard 27,80 Kramp Electronics 11 Lippincott Marine Electrical 11 MacDougalls Cape Cod Marine 11,80 Maine Cat 44,77 Maine Sailing Partners 21 Maine Yacht Center 50 Maine Veterinary Referral Center 28 Manchester Marine 11 Marine Engines 25 Marblehead Trading Co. 13 Merri-Mar Yacht Basin 13,80 Mike Martel 75 Miliner Marine Services 76 Mobile Marine Canvas 32 Moose Island Marine 46 Mystic Shipyard 15 Nauset Marine 52

Navtronics 11 New England Boat Show 3 New Wave Yachts 69 Newburyport Marinas 45 Niemiec Marine 13,80 Norm Leblanc 75 North East Rigging Systems 11 Ocean Point Marina 71 Ocean Pursuits 35 Ocean Tailors 38 Padebco Custom Yachts 14 Pierce Yacht Co. 23 Points East - First Mate Class 59 Points East Online Tides 57 Pope Sails 43 Port Clyde General Store 30 Portland Yacht Services 8,13,31,52 Robinhood Marine Center 11,20,70,80 Rockcoast Boatworks 12 Royal River Boatyard 18 Russell’s Marine 73 Samoset Boatworks, Inc. 47 Scandia Yacht Sales of Maine 70 Seal Cove Boatyard 51,80 SeaTech Systems 76 Seatronics 11 South Shore Boatworks 38 Spruce Head Marine, Inc. 35 South Port Marine 63,71 URLs 60,61 Waterline Services 64 Webhannett River Boat Yard 28 Winter Island Yacht Yard 12 Women Under Sail 55,77 Yacht North Charters 65,77 Yankee Boat Yard & Marina 13 Yankee Marina & Boatyard 13 Yarmouth Boatyard 11 York Harbor Marine Service 24,71

EXPECT more from a marina EXPERIENCE Brewer Yacht Yards During these challenging times, boat owners are spending New York Greenport Stirling Harbor Glen Cove Port Washington Mamaroneck

(631) 477-9594 (631) 477-0828 (516) 671-5563 (516) 883-7800 (914) 698-0295

It’s no secret; Brewer Yacht Yards are renowned for exceptional

Connecticut Stamford Stratford Branford Westbrook Old Saybrook Essex Deep River Mystic

(203) 359-4500 (203) 377-4477 (203) 488-8329 (860) 399-7906 (860) 388-3260 (860) 767-0001 (860) 526-5560 (860) 536-2293

service. Yet, discriminating yachtsmen also choose Brewer for the gold-star treatment THEY receive! Taking care of customers is why Brewer has such a great waterfront reputation. You are important to us – allow us to treat you like Brewer family! Contact us today and experience boating the Brewer way.

Rhode Island Wickford Warwick Greenwich Bay Barrington Portsmouth

(401) 884-7014 (401) 884-0544 (401) 884-1810 (401) 246-1600 (401) 683-3551

Call a Brewer yard of your choice, or send an e-mail to

Massachusetts N. Falmouth (508) 564-6327 Plymouth (508) 746-4500

their money more wisely. At Brewer Yacht Yards, customers know that a safe and secure “summer home” for their boat, located amongst some of New England’s most beautiful cruising grounds, is just the beginning. With the many amenities, beautifully groomed grounds, shoreside benefits, and FREE WiFi, a summer season at a Brewer Yacht Yard is practically a vacation in itself! Add-in Customer Club benefits, such as FREE transient dockage, discounted fuel prices, and access to a 24-hour help-line, and you’ve got the kind of security, savings, and peace of mind only Brewer can offer.

Maine South Freeport (207) 865-3181




Light weight

6CX-530 (390 kW / 530 mhp)


3YM20C (15.3 kW / 21 mhp) with Saildrive (SD20)

Genuine Yanmar Parts and Service available from our extensive network of New England authorized dealers Gowen Marine 800-564-6936 Portland, ME

Barden's Boat Yard, Inc. 508-748-0250 Marion, MA

MacDougalls' Cape Cod Marine 508-548-3146 Falmouth, MA

Kittery Point Yacht Yard 207-439-9582 Kittery, ME

Brewer Plymouth Marine 508-746-4500 Plymouth, MA

Merri-Mar Yacht Basin 978-465-3022 Newburyport, MA

Journey's End Marina 207-594-4444 Rockland, ME

Burr Brothers Boats 508-748-0541 Marion, MA

Niemiec Marine 508-997-7390 New Bedford, MA

Robinhood Marine Center 800-443-3625 Georgetown, ME

Concordia Company 508-999-1381 Dartmouth, MA

Conanicut Marine 401-423-7003 Jamestown, RI

Seal Cove Boatyard Inc. 207-326-4422 Harborside, ME

Fred J. Dion Yacht Yard 978-744-0844 Salem, MA

Great Bay Marine 603-436-5299 Newington, NH

Kingman Yacht Center 508-563-7136 Bourne, MA

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Points East Magazine, midwinter issue  

Points East is the magazine for boaters and cruisers along the New England Coast. This issue features a startling revelation about the accur...

Points East Magazine, midwinter issue  

Points East is the magazine for boaters and cruisers along the New England Coast. This issue features a startling revelation about the accur...