Author: Robert Beringer

Winds of change

As our world stumbles through this painful and unprecedented time, with businesses and schools closed, boat shows canceled and so many of us compelled to shelter in place, it’s frustrating to think that even our boats can only provide limited respite from the draconian restrictions of the pandemic.

The last straw

The discourse on worldwide plastic pollution is hard to avoid these days; everywhere you look, there’s another alarming story about Texas-sized garbage patches in the Pacific and pounds of plastic in the bellies of marine mammals and birds.

Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

Talk about good timing: Just as British author Peter Moore was putting the finishing touches on his biography of HMS Endeavour and its multifarious 18th-century voyages, marine archaeologists in Rhode Island pinpointed its final resting place near Newport, where in 1778 it had been scuttled by the British to prevent the French fleet from attacking.

Spice Island safari

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to ride in a dhow, then you’ve truly experienced poetry in motion.

Vanishing lands of the Chesapeake

It’s an image I’ll never forget: a solitary wooden house floating on the waters of the eastern Chesapeake, surrounded by a small pile of sandbags and covered with cormorants and gulls.

River of fear

Somewhere in the wilds of central North Carolina on I-95, where trees grow tall and cell reception is spotty, I passed a green sign that said “Cape Fear River.”

Sails for Haiti

As mariners, we all know the importance of a good sail on our boat.

Derelict boats in Florida

Florida Statute 327.4107, which took effect July 1, is Florida’s latest attempt to deal with its intractable derelict boat problem.

No drilling for now in the Atlantic

After a long and contentious debate that pitted boaters, coastal communities and the fishing industry against Big Oil, the Obama administration has reversed its original stance and directed the Interior Department to remove 104 million acres of the mid- and southeast Atlantic areas of the U.S. outer continental shelf from its 2017 oil and gas leasing program.

Changes in vessel documentation

Way, way back when I purchased my Catalina 34, I had to make a quick decision on whether I would register the boat in Florida, or document it.

Sardine harbor

To the editor: On the NOAA chart it looked fine, albeit a little small: an almost square dredged anchorage just north of Plymouth, Mass., that services the Pilgrim-founded hamlet of Duxbury. Sailing a tight serpentine path up the sprawling sand…

Doing the customs two step

Recently, I left my Catalina 34 in the Bahamas and flew back to the U.S. for some long-delayed errands and to purchase equipment for the boat.

Santa to Nassau

A voyager delivers presents to the Bahamas without a magic sled

Boatyard blues

Haul outs are de rigueur for big displacement boaters; the old fun machine must be pulled out regularly for a scrape and a fresh coat of ablative bottom paint.

That sinking feeling

Boating is all about staying on top of the water as you move from point A to point B. But gravity will not be denied here: all things will find their way to the lowest point. And if not properly attended to, boats will find their way to the bottom.

Solar night light

To the editor: Several times I have spent the night at anchor, showing a light for safety, while enjoying a movie in my lighted saloon, only to discover in the morning that my house bank was dead and that there…

Boats and bombers

Every other October the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., opens its cloistered gates to the public for a free air show. This year a record 277,000 people crowded onto the base to get a close look at various 20th…