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Current issue highlights

  • Fiona McGlynn offers a bottom-cleaning primer
  • The immutable pull of the sea stirs Butch Evans
  • Allen Penticoff reviews the sprightly Spirit 28 and Rob Mazza offers a design comparison
  • DIY: Paul Esterle adds an effective dual-fuel-filter system that doesn’t break the bank
  • Don Davies feels only joy for the sailor who enjoys the sweet seasons life offers
  • Drew Frye sings the praises of fishing underway with a Cuban yo-yo, Cliff Moore fashions an autopilot riser, and Gregg Nestor creates cowl screens
  • Robin Urquhart gets to the bottom of a puzzling overheating cause—what he found surprised us all
  • Plus a really big announcement…and much more

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July 2017
Print: June 19-23
Digital: June 21
Newsstands: June 27

September 2017
Print: September 21-25
Digital: September 23
Newsstands: September 29

What's New At Good Old Boat

Free Treasure for Allied Seawind Owners

Dennis Reitz at the Boatyard

More than 40 years ago, a dozen Allied Seawind owners formed an owners' association that eventually became the Seawind Owners Association. Through 2002, the association gathered individual boat information and published periodic newsletters detailing verified solutions and clever enhancements. At one time, all but 50 Allied Seawind owners were members. When the organization disbanded, one member, This Old Boat author Don Casey, wound up with the treasure trove of Seawind Owners Association files. Recognizing the value of the information in these files to Seawind owners, and realizing that in the back of his closet these files are inaccessible to all but one Seawind owner, Don Casey scanned every membership form, every correspondence, every newsletter, every sketch, and every photo and copied those files onto DVDs. Any Seawind owner out there who wants a copy of this DVD can email Don at boatwrite@earthlink.net and he will happily share one with you.

Photo above: Don Casey's Allied Seawind, Richard Cory, anchored in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou, Grenada, in 2015.

Send us your boat photos!

Dennis Reitz at the Boatyard

We’re proud of the photo spread in this issue, photos of our Good Old Boat community of do-it-yourselfers doing it themselves (see page 42 of the new May/June issue.). But we know there's a flip side to all the work we all put into our boats, and that's the sailing side. So we're on the hunt for photos of you, aboard and under sail. From the photos we receive, we'll pick a select few for a future magazine spread, and find a home for the rest, either on the Reader Photos page of our website or in our newsletter. And if we get just the right photo, portrait orientation, we'll make it a Good Old Boat cover. Be creative, have fun, and send your unretouched high-resphotos to michael_r@goodoldboat.com.

Sailing videos galore!

YouTube Sailing channels

If winter has gone on for too long, this list of YouTube sailing channels and other available sailing videos will get you in the mood for summer! This article (just published in our March 2017 issue) gives you nearly 30 YouTube channels and other ways to find uncountable videos . . . all with a salty theme.

Our Facebook Grows!

Good Old Boat has nearly 7,000 Facebook friends, fans, and followers and the list is growing every day. Thanks for "liking us," as they say and for being part of our community of sailors. Facebook.com/goodoldboat

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Good Old Boat on Twitter What can you say in 140 characters or less? Plenty. We post on Twitter too: @GoodOldBoat.com.



Robin and Fiona

Surf over to youngandsalty.com, a brand-new blog site created specifically for young sailors and would-be sailors. Good Old Boat contributing editors Robin Urquhart and Fiona McGlynn want to encourage more millennials to take to sailing (and voyaging) as they have. These experienced twenty-something cruisers are offering their guidance for those who wonder how to get started in sailing and how to do it affordably. Current posts focus on how to go sailing for $100 a month, choosing the right boat, sailing apps, and an interview with Ian Drogin. With scant sailing experience and rock climbing experience, Ian and four friends spent six weeks sailing and climbing in the Greek Islands. They tell how they planned the trip and got their sailing and climbing skills up to speed. There will be a lot more to come with future posts. Keep you eye on youngandsalty.com and please tell the kids about it!

Just what you're looking for

Will you be heading offshore soon or taking a long coastal cruise? Are you planning to buy a boat? Sell one? Do you need new sails? Are you interested in spars and rigging?

Sails articles

We have more of what you're looking for. We just completed and posted full collections of our archived articles (we call them Archive eXtractions) on these subjects:

  • Sails
  • Rigging
  • Cruising Preparations
  • Boat Buyers Collection

These collections are available as downloads from AudioSeaStories.com, our store for downloads and clothing, for only $25 each. This useful content is as relevant today as when it was first published and we're proud to offer it to you.

Sailboats 101

We have other Archive eXtractions as well, for a total of 13 excellent collections of articles organized by subject matter. Other topics include:

  • Refit Boats 18-27 footers
  • Refit Boats 28-42 footers
  • Sailboats 101 (brief, excellent overviews by Don Launer)
  • Boat Designers (historical background about your good old boat)
  • Boatbuilders (more historical background about your good old boat)
  • The Galley Book (not just recipes, this book is about provisioning, preserving, and managing food aboard)
  • Review Boats 25-27 footers
  • Review Boats 28-30 footers
  • Review Boats 31-36 footers


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