April 2017 Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

A bi-monthly companion to Good Old Boat magazine

Editor: Michael Robertson (Michael_r@goodoldboat.com)
Web Editor: Jerry Stearns

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ALTERNATIVES TO RED?

Robin Urquhart

Good Old Boat Contributing
Editor Robin Urquhart in red

I usually have a question or two about the articles in most sailing magazines, including Good Old Boat, but I almost never comment. However, one sentence in Fiona McGlynn’s “Night Passages” (March 2017) caught my eye: "We've found red lights and headlamps help us to get around the boat without impairing our night vision."

It is important to know that there are alternatives to red light. In a 1991 article published by Professional Boatbuilder, I wrote "Most nav stations ordinarily operate with red light to avoid degrading the navigator's night vision. But according to recent Navy research, it is better to have variable-intensity white night lighting aboard a vessel. (In fact, red light makes it difficult to see red lines on a chart.) The Navy has found that when white light is dimmed to the same intensity as red light, full night vision will be restored in the same amount of time after turning off the light."

Elsewhere I expounded, "There is a solution in that it is possible to dark-adapt one eye at a time. Navy experiments with wearing a black patch over one eye showed that using one dark-adapted eye and the other recently exposed to a relatively bright light gave the impression of looking through a mild veiling glare. However the dark-adapted eye is not impaired. You can do the same without an eye patch and a parrot on your shoulder; some night try closing one eye about three minutes or so before turning all the lights out. It's a useful technique."

I've also seen recent data suggesting that green light is the most effective of the colored lights for preserving night vision.
Jay Paris, West Bath, Maine

THANKS AND A FREE GUIDE

Thank you for mentioning our YouTube channel, Sailing Britican, in Jerry Thompson’s “Aboard the good ship Vicarious” (March 2017). When I got the news, I rushed out and purchased a copy.

Good Old Boat is a fantastic magazine. I read the issue in one sitting and found great value in every article. Karen Larson’s “Pulling her weight” brought back memories of my brother and I rowing our flat-bottom rowboat on the St Lawrence River (and failing miserably)!

I found Roger Hughes’ journey to replace his rotten bowsprit very educational and inspiring. He provided his thought and decision-making process, which I found invaluable. I had to chuckle when I read that his Down East 45 restoration took five years rather than the two he anticipated. My husband and I always underestimate our own boat repairs/restorations. Rob Mazza’s article, “Bowsprits past and present,” was also very enlightening!

I could comment on every article, but the one that I enjoyed most was Fiona McGlynn’s “Night Passages.” For anyone who’s new to night sailing, it’s a great guide. I loved the tip about considering the moon phase before a departure. In all our night passages, I never considered timing our trips to full (or fuller) moon phases, yet if I had the choice I’d go full moon all the time!

My husband, Simon, and I gave up on the rat race in 2014. We sold everything we owned, bought a boat, and with our 3 ½-year-old daughter set sail from Gibraltar for an adventure into the unknown. Simon was 47 and I was 39. Thus far we’ve gone 18,500 miles circumnavigating the Mediterranean, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and sailing up the Caribbean and landing, temporarily, in Charleston, South Carolina. Bluewater cruising is certainly different than my lazy childhood days on Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence!

We set off to prove that life doesn’t have to be about doing a job you dislike until you retire and then finally getting the chance to live the lifestyle you dreamed about (but are now too old to enjoy it). Our purpose has been to share our lifestyle and to entertain, educate, inspire, and connect with other boat lovers.

For any of your readers who are passionate about sailing and are considering a lifestyle change, or who perhaps want to take time out to sail for a year or so and finances are a consideration, I wrote a guide that I’m currently offering for free called, “How To Make Money While Sailing Around The World.” The guide can be requested on our site: https://sailingbritican.com/make-money-sailing-free-guide/
Kim Brown, Charleston, South Carolina

Sailing Britican crew

Sailing Britican crew

GOOD OLD BOAT IN THE CARIBBEAN, MON

Our own Contributing Editor Rob Mazza reports from a recent sailing charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs)--Ed

While spending time ashore at beautiful Marina Cay, we did some shopping in the Pusser’s Co. Store and I bought a couple of items for myself. While we explored the rest of the island, I carried these things around. At the Happy Hour Bar at the top of the island, I put the Pusser’s bag down to take some photos and admire the fine view of the bay. An hour later, heading back to the dinghy, I didn’t have my bag, but I’d assumed my wife, Za, had picked it up. You can imagine my surprise then when two couples approached me with my white bag and asked whether I had misplaced my Pusser’s purchases. I described the items in the bag and they gleefully returned them.

The two couples were Tom and Donna Quinn and Steve and Susie Trillet, from Michigan and Wisconsin, both also in the BVIs on a charter. As Tom described events, "It was a fluke of sailor’s luck that my wife grabbed your bag from the other bar; your purchases were identical to mine so that when she looked in the bag she thought she had caught me. But walking back to the dinghy, she was more than a bit surprised that I was already carrying my purchases!"

I don't know how the subject came up, but it turned out that Tom is a long-time Good Old Boat subscriber and is familiar with some of my articles. Like most sailors, Tom enjoys being around and reading about boats, but he says he found Good Old Boat particularly useful years ago when he and Donna owned their first big-boat, an older Pearson 31. So, Good Old Boat really does have a long reach and brings together complete strangers in exotic locals to create new friendships—Good Old Boat and a few Painkillers that is.
Rob Mazza, Good Old Boat Contributing Editor

Rob Mazza and crew

Left to right: Bob Levo, Za Mazza, John Vickers (all from Rob's charter),
Susie Trillet, Tom Quinn, Rob Mazza, Donna Quinn, and Steve Trillet

WE’RE OFF AND RUNNING!

In “Living the Dream” (January 2017) I shared my partner Tim’s and my early experiences falling in love with our Alberg 30, Ariose, and the germination of our cruising dreams. Although that time I wrote about was only two short years ago, we re-read those musing from our more seasoned perspective and laughed at our innocent ignorance, while allowing ourselves some pride at how far we’ve come.

We have since put our dream into motion, stepping aside last year from work and “real” life to focus for six months on preparing Ariose and ourselves for ocean cruising. Our stack of Good Old Boat issues is well perused! Your inspiring stories and helpful technical articles have helped us realize our dream.

This past fall, we launched in Lake Ontario and have been southbound ever since. It hasn’t been easy. We suffered a rudder-smashing grounding on day one and had to call the Coast Guard. We chipped away at ice to release dock lines on the Erie Canal ahead of another day of standing in the open cockpit in the freezing rain. We survived a horrendous overnight passage (our first) along the New Jersey coast. We felt dismay, seven hours into our Gulf Stream crossing, when our usually reliable Yanmar sputtered in protest at having been fed gasoline earlier that day.

But we’ve also enjoyed the sweetnesses that are there for all of us who are fortunate enough to cruise: the glorious sunrises and peaceful anchorages, the thrill of perfect winds allowing us to fly, meeting inspiring and generous folks, exploring new places, the personal growth, and more. We’re sharing our journey at ariosenotes.com and invite anyone to join us.

Thank you, Good Old Boat. Keep up the excellent work.
Shirley Jones, s/v Ariose, Southbound

Shirley Jones aboard Ariose

Shirley and Tim aboard Ariose.

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NEWS FROM THE HELM

WE’VE BEEN IMPOUNDED!

We just received word from the Union Correctional Institution of Union County, Florida, that they impounded a copy of our March issue en route to one of their inmates, a Good Old Boat subscriber.

“Why in the world?” we ask. They wrote:

impounded 1

Hmmm. That wasn’t helpful, but then reading further, we saw that they’d carefully checked the box next to one of 13 possible infractions, so we could better understand the type of risk our magazine poses:

impounded 2

Really? What article in our fine publication could have been objectionable to a prison warden? Their answer:

impounded 3

Well. I asked the writer of the contentious “how to refurbish an aging furler” story, Contributing Editor Ed Zacko, whether he has any insight, perhaps he planted a coded message in the article that Good Old Boat editors missed, an escape plan for one of his buddies? Ed insists he did not.

Perhaps a Good Old Boat reader who works in the penal system can shed light on this for us? It’s not the first time this has happened.
MR

GOOD OLD BOAT TAKES HOME THE GOLD

I’m very proud to announce that three Good Old Boat writers were recognized for their work in this magazine at this year’s Boating Writers International (bwi.org) awards presentation at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.

In the Seamanship, Rescue, and Safety category, “The Storm Trysail” (Good Old Boat, January 2016) earned the top prize (and $500) for Ed Zacko, one of our contributing editors. In the Gear, Electronics, & Product Tests category, writer Drew Frye also won first place for “Splash Test Dummy” (Good Old Boat, September 2016). Finally, under the Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits category, our own Connie McBride earned a Merit Award for her story, “Filling in the Blanks” (Good Old Boat, November 2016).

This is a very respectable showing for our humble magazine. Because the competition is so stiff in all 17 categories, it’s a bit of validation for the efforts of our writers and production crew. Hats off.
MR

WANNA BUY A TURN-KEY MARINE BUSINESS?

Alfred Poor, a friend of Good Old Boat, recently sent the following note and we’re passing it on in case there is an interested nautical entrepreneur out there.

“Bebe and I have started the down-sizing process, which includes stuff, houses, and peripheral business projects. I’m not going to stop working any time soon, but I have decided that it’s (past) time to hand off the Reef Rite Furler/Kiwi Slide agency to someone else. I think it might be a good fit for a rigger, but any sailor might be interested. I’m willing to sell it for the cost of my existing inventory, plus a little for the demo pieces and the website (www. reefrite-na.com) and all the files and documentation that I’ve amassed. The total is probably a few boat bucks.”

If you’re interested, please contact Alfred: apoor@verizon.net or 215-453-9312.
MR

Good Old Boat founder Jerry Powlas saw this and weighed in:
We have had our Reef-rite furler for about 5 years. It is a good furler. We installed it ourselves. Two features make the furler unique. Unlike most furlers the jibs on a Reef-rite are attached with small slugs which ride in a slot. There are two slots in the foil. This allows the sail to be struck in windy conditions without it getting blown off the deck. The strike is very much like striking a sail with hanks. One simply loads the next sail in the other slot, removes the one that was struck, and raises the new sail.

The other distinguishing feature, and the more important one, is the use of a ratchet and pawl mechanism that locks the drum so it won’t rotate in the unfurl direction unless the pawl is released. The pawl is released from the cockpit. I’ve seen too many headsails unfurl in a storm. To my thinking every furler should have a feature like this.
—JP

I’LL GET THERE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

Bob Hicks, founder of Messing About in Boats magazine, started it. The ink was barely dry on our March issue (in which I admit I'm learning to row after many years spent paddling kayaks) when Bob sent a scan of my rowing editorial to David Rosen with these words:

"See attached column from the editor of Good Old Boat. After rowing that yacht tender around, she might be ready to learn about real rowboats."

David wasted no time upon receiving Bob’s note. His note to me said:

"I used to own the Adirondack Guideboat Company…The guys at the boat shop have a neat DVD I'm sure they'd be happy to send your way."

I wrote a note to "the guys at the boat shop," as David suggested and Justin Martin, one of the new owners of the Adirondack Guideboat Company, sent the DVD promptly.

In the meantime, other messages from rowing enthusiasts began showing up in my inbox. Longtime Good Old Boat subscriber Jim Shell knew that he would be seeing us in Florida in April. He wrote: "I read your editorial about rowing and I decided I will try to bring our Seahopper folding dinghy with us so you can amuse us by rowing."

Huh, I thought, I prefer to have my learning experiences occur in a less public forum.

When the Adirondack Guideboat DVD arrived, I expected a technical primer about rowing using an exotic stroke. Instead it was a marketing piece meant to make any lover of boats drool. What is it about gorgeous dinghies anyway, that makes us love them so?

As the DVD intended, I was mesmerized by the apparent ease with which rowers moved Adirondack Guideboats over the surface of the water. There was no sailor talk of the type that generally follows my rowing episodes. Instead, they exhibited peaceful, serene contentment.

For all the rest of our readers who are certain that my boating life will be incomplete until I have mastered rowing and who therefore feel compelled to help, I promise that I'll continue my education this summer. No rank beginner anymore, I'll surely be up to Rowing 102 by then. No need to send any additional URLs, DVDs, or PDFs. No more tips, hints, or glossy brochures, please.I have to do this thing my way: making progress slowly and (I hope) without an audience.
--KL

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WHAT’S COMING IN THE MAY ISSUE?

Rich Sutorius

Reader Rich Sutorius

  • We review the capable Hunter 30 and share a fantastic refit of a Columbia 29
  • Jerry Thompson warns of the most dangerous thing you can do in a marina
  • Ever wanted a watermaker, but balked at the price? We tell you how to build one, step-by-step
  • Our own Robin Urquhart offers his best practices for setting the hook
  • DIY: build an attractive, practical sea chest—or learn to easily tend varnish touch-ups
  • Roger Hughes replaced the overhead liner in his Down Easter 38 with bead board paneling and it looks outstanding (get ready to be inspired to replace your own)
  • Plus a navigation light pictorial, catboat dreaming, a better mousetrap dinghy cover support, and several of our readers looking filthy dirty in the yard (not unlike Rich, at right).
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PROFLIGATE OR PARSIMONIOUS WITH THE H2O?

BY JIM SHELL

H2O

Cruising usually entails conservation of fresh water supplies. It is clear that most 25- to 35-foot sailboats carry fewer than 50 gallons of fresh water aboard. Marshaling this precious resource is necessary to prolong time away from the dock. On long passages, marshaling this precious resource is necessary to survive.

Personal hygiene and dish washing are responsible for most consumption of fresh water, with drinking and cooking accounting for less. We found that aboard our Pearson we used more water dishwashing than all other uses combined. One way we cut water use while doing dishes is by rinsing the washed dishes using fresh water from a recycled dishwashing soap bottle. The process is simple: clean the soap bottle well, fill it with clean water and squirt—rinse the dishes after they have been thoroughly scrubbed. This method uses only the water needed to flush off all soapy water and there is no faucet running while you let the water drip and place the dish in a drying rack. Using the water bottle to rinse easily saves us a gallon or so of water each dishwashing cycle, probably 20 to 30 gallons of water a week. Some folks recommend using a tablespoon of white vinegar in the rinse water to improve the rinse and to give a nice gloss to the dishes. Not only does this consume a fraction of the water normally used to rinse dishes, it’s also a much neater method on boats that have small galley sinks.

A very popular boating site recommends using a small pressure spray bottle for dish rinsing, but I had mixed results with this technique. It saved a lot of water, but it was too easy to get overspray all over the galley. The recycled bottle will not last forever, but by the time the cap breaks off, you will probably have emptied another bottle of soap.

Jim Shell is a father and a retired dentist and a Pearson 365 ketch owner. His son, John Shell, is a schoolteacher and Baba 30 owner. It is becoming less clear who is “Master” and who is “Grasshopper.”

GOOD OLD BOAT FOUNDER JERRY POWLAS WEIGHS IN:

We use a half-gallon weed sprayer to rinse dishes. Jim Shell is correct, there is some overspray. Onboard Mystic, our C&C 30, I have to wipe the overspray up at the end of KP duty. On Sunflower, our C&C Mega 30, knowing about the overspray, I designed the sink as a miniature spray booth which captures the overspray. We use the same sprayer to shower. Water is heated on the stove. We can get two “Navy showers” out of one tank.
JP

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80 YEARS, STILL RUNNING

Well, happy birthday wishes go out this year to Westerbeke, a name well-known to many of us with diesel-powered sailboats. The company was founded in 1937 by the late John H. Westerbeke, Sr. in Massachusetts. By 1938, he and his team were pioneers, marinizing a Detroit diesel engine to power boats. Westerbeke engineAfter World War II, Westerbeke began customizing small Perkins engine blocks for use in sailboats. And in the 1990s, the company took over Universal (maker of competing diesel engines and the legendary Atomic 4) and continues to manufacture small diesel auxiliary engines under that name.

Today Westerbeke is still focused on powering boats, but has also branched out to provide engines and generators to the non-marine market.
MR

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REMEMBERING CAPTAIN DON LAUNER

BY ROB TEMPLE

It was late April, 2010 in a boat yard in Bayville, NJ. I was rolling bottom paint on my newly-purchased Hermann Lazy Jack schooner in preparation for sailing her home to the North Carolina Outer Banks when a car pulled up next to the boat and a friendly, grey-bearded gentleman hopped out and introduced himself with a warm smile.

“Don Launer,” he said. “I live right down the bay and I have a sister ship. I heard this boat had finally been sold and wanted to come meet the new owner.”

Actually, I knew exactly who he was as soon as he stated his name. I’d seen plenty of photographs of his Lazy Jack, Delphinus, inside and out in the numerous magazine articles he’d written. It was a real honor to meet him. We could easily have talked all day, but he was reluctant to keep me standing there with the paint drying on my roller. So after giving me a copy of his latest Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters, he gave me his card, invited me to email him any time I had questions, and drove away.

Although I never saw him again, I had a number of reasons to seek his advice and opinions by the time I docked up in Ocracoke a week later. Our correspondence continued over the next few years. Every time I’d consult him with a question, I’d get a nearly immediate reply, usually containing photographs and/or an attached article he’d written about the issue at hand. Of all these consultations, one stands out.

My Lazy Jack, which was built in 1979, has an Edson worm gear steering system. After I’d owned the boat for a couple of years, a strange groaning sound came out from the steering shaft whenever I turned the wheel. I’d always kept the gear well lubricated, but this sounded like friction somewhere in the system. When liberal applications of WD-40 failed resolve the issue, I wrote an email to the customer service department at Edson.

Then it occurred to me: WWDLD? (What Would Don Launer Do?)

I sent a copy of my Edson email to Don.

Later that day I received an email from Edson telling me that, being as old as it was, my steering gear was probably in need of a factory rebuild and if I would provide them with the serial number of my unit, they’d tell me how much it would cost to ship it to them for an overhaul. Ouch! Expensive as I knew a rebuild would be, it was nothing compared to losing income in the middle of my summer charter season.

Windfall II

Rob Temple and Sundae Horn own Windfall II, this gorgeous 1979 Hermann Lazy Jack schooner.

But a half-hour later I got the following message from Don:

Rob,

On the aft side of the steering system, just above where the rudder shaft enters it, there’s a square-head screw. If you tighten that up a bit with a 7/16-inch wrench, I believe it will take care of your problem.

Regards,
Don

I hurried down to the boat, opened the hatch over the steering gear and reached in. I had to work by feel because only a double-jointed dwarf would be able to see the back of the unit. But sure enough, I immediately located the screw and found that it was loose enough to rotate with my fingers. After tightening it up I’ve had several more years of trouble-free steering.

It’s been over a year now since Captain Don Launer finally “slipped his cable” and sailed on. As a grey-bearded schoonerman myself in this age of “discard and replace” I recognize in his passing the loss of one of the last of a breed of independent sailors who took pleasure and pride in meeting the day-to-day challenges of boat ownership.

Fair winds, old friend!

A former teacher and mental health professional, Rob Temple, Ph.D, has been a charter sailboat captain since 1978 and a schooner enthusiast since 1985. He lives on Ocracoke Island (NC Outer Banks) where he currently skippers two charter vessels, the 32-foot schooner Windfall II and the 50-foot skipjack Wilma Lee.

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THWAP-TAP-TAP-TAP

BY KIETH DAVIE

Thwap-tap-tap

Keith and Nicki aboard Sionna.

Things break on boats.

Well OK, things break everywhere in life. But because boats exist in a uniquely challenging environment, they seem to offer mechanical breakdowns more frequently than one might hope.

During our time in the twisty, curvy marshes of Georgia, we were blessed with delightful (if chilly) weather, reasonably fair winds to help Mr. Diesel do his job, and our first significant breakdown requiring all we could muster in terms of decision-making, prioritization, and crew coordination. It happened this way:

Thwap-tap-tap-tap.

“What was that?”

“What was what?”

“That… Oh, never mind.”

But I can’t quite put the unexplained, unfamiliar noise out of my mind. The engine sounds fine, we still have raw cooling water pumping out the exhaust like it should, and there’s nothing else unfamiliar happening. Maybe the noise was nothing…

BEEEE…

The depth meter! Shallow water! Wait, no, the gauge shows 20 feet…

“Nicki! Is the cabin smoke detector going off? No?!”

BEEEE…

Nicki heads for the aft cabin to check the other smoke/CO detector, and I’m wracking my brain for what could make that sound? It’s eerily familiar&hellip;

BEEEE…

Propane! The propane alarm&hellip; If there’s a leak, the bilge can fill with gas, and with all this electric gear on…I center the wheel so that Sionna is tracking down the middle of the canal, put the engine in neutral, and dive below.

BEEEEEEE…

I find the propane valve off, the alarm showing normal. What the heck? Seems like the wailing screech we’re hearing is coming from the cockpit, but what could…

Thwap-tap-tap 2

ENGINE ALARM!

Pilots are warned of acclimation during training, of the problems created when warning lights or sounds become familiar (from testing the warning during preflight checks, for example) that they fail to get the flight crew’s attention when they’re indicating an actual alarm trigger.

And that’s what’s happened to us. The engine alarm warns of either an over-heat in the fresh-water cooling system (the antifreeze mixture), or a loss of engine oil pressure. Because it took us over 30 seconds to determine the source of the alarm, we may have failed to prevent significant damage to our engine.

Nicki rushed forward and I rushed aft and we met in the cockpit. “It’s the engine alarm! I’ll steer toward the center and shut the engine down, you drop the anchor.”

With one hand I pull the fuel shutoff and use the other to steer us back toward the center of the channel. Nicki is already forward and has the anchor running out. The anchor bites and Sionna swings her nose into the current and comes to a stop. With the key off, silence descends on the marsh and we breathe again.

Time from recognition to all stop: about 45 seconds.

Now looking around, my eye lands on the freshwater coolant temperature gauge I installed in an out-of-the-way corner of the cockpit before leaving Maine (and which I’ve hardly noticed since). The coolant is 40 degrees hotter than normal. I’m relieved to learn the alarm wasn’t signaling a drop in oil pressure.

Despite the calm, our adrenaline is still rushing and our knees shaking and we laugh nervously for a minute. But now anchored in the exact middle of a narrow section of the Intracoastal Waterway, I realize we’re not out of danger. We need to get busy.

Opening up the engine compartment, I find that the belt which runs the alternator and the coolant circulating pump has shredded, leaving a layer of black dust on everything and it’s spent carcass in the bilge. No belt, no cooling water through the engine. That mystery sound I heard, a few minutes before the alarm went off, was the belt parting ways with the pulleys as it failed.

In 10 minutes I installed the spare belt (we carry two spares for each belt, cheap insurance), started the engine, and watched the coolant temperature drop to normal within a minute. Anchor up and we’re back underway.

Time lost: 15 minutes.

Cost of belt: $6.

Lessons learned: Priceless!

Keith Davie and Nicki Dunbar live aboard their 32-foot Triangle ketch, Sionna, on a seasonal basis, commuter-cruising to warmer climes in the winter and returning by land to their RV-home in Maine for summer income generation. They keep a blog of their adventures, “Til the Butter Melts,” at www.sionnablog.wordpress.com.

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THE NEW YORKER UNDER SAIL

New Yorker sailboats

Reader and contributor C. H. "Chas" Hague recently sent me an uber-cool link to a digital exhibition of 48 illustrated covers of The New Yorker magazine, from 1930 to 2016, all of which feature a sailboat. It’s worth checking out as the range of artwork depicted is gorgeous and fascinating. It’s a real treat, and a walk through history, put together by the National Sailing Hall of Fame, on the board of which sits Chuck Townsend, Chairman of Condé

Nast, publisher of The New Yorker. That’s how stuff like this happens. I’m glad it did.

Prints of these images are available for order from the exhibition site—any one of which would make a good present for someone, after a new Good Old Boat subscription or Good Old Boat shirt, of course. Visit (http://nshof.org/ny/newyorker/index.html#10)
--MR

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PUT IT TO THE READERS

Ketch with dinghy

Reader John Strand sent us this pretty picture of…a…sailboat…a ketch, towing a dinghy off the town of Menominee, MI, on Green Bay. Do you know what kind of boat this is? John has no idea what kind of boat this is, nor does he know who the owner is. I thought I may be able to peg it as a Force, Sea Wolf, or Downeaster, but I can't find a profile on sailboatdata.com that matches. And that swan insignia on the sail isn’t ringing any bells. So I’ll tell you what, we're offering a Good Old Boat cap to the first newsletter reader who can identify this boat and demonstrate their guess is correct. And if you’re not sure of the type, take a guess. Any correct guessers will get recognized for their guess. Send your answer to me: michael_r@goodoldboat.com.
MR

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THE BEST DINGHY

In the February Newsletter, we asked folks what kind of dinghy they use to reach their boat when she’s not tied to shore, and why. The responses were interesting given how skewed they were toward the hard dinghy. In the real world, inflatables must outnumber hard dinks 10 to 1, right? So I figured there would be many more responses from inflatable owners. Nope. Perhaps there are reasons our results are inverse. Maybe inflatable owners are so busy enjoying zipping about that they’ve no time for reading newsletters and responding? Maybe as underdogs hard dinghy owners feel unheard and jump at the chance to weigh in? Who knows.

  • 75% of respondents are hard dinghy fans (some fanatic). The hard dinghies you swear by include wood, fiberglass, plastic, and folding dinghies.
  • 5% of you carry aboard both a hard dinghy and an inflatable and can’t pick a favorite.
  • 20% of you sang the praises of an inflatable dinghy.
Shane's dinghy

This is one of two of Shane Bartus' dachshunds enjoying exploration of Cambridge, MD,
aboard Shane's Boatex 8 hard dinghy.

Some of you pointed out that the dinghy question is a contentious one. Shane Bartus of Maryland put it clearly: “The question of hard or soft dinghy seems to fall into the realm of naming the best anchor or varnish, of whether or not to carry guns aboard, of cat vs. mono, of political affiliation, of stance on abortion or capital punishment." Then sensibly added, “It seems to me, every boat is a compromise and dependent on how one is intending to use it.”

Shane and his wife actually have two hard dinghies they use to ply around the Chesapeake. “I like the low maintenance of hard dinks and the ability to row efficiently (the outboard stays on the stern rail for short jaunts to shore).” But he concedes, “If we were cruising full time, a rib would most likely be in our future due to the capacity to haul fuel, stores, and water. But for now, I have my eye on a Bauer 10 with a sailing rig.”

Richard Sims, who sails around and between Canada’s Gulf Islands, wrote, “Hard dinghies rule!!” He rows a home-built, Dudley Dix-designed Arghie 10, sometimes strapping a Yamaha 2.5-horse motor on the back. “The motor uses little fuel and is so light that it's extremely easy to attach, unlike the hassle associated with motorizing and carrying fuel for a RIB (and lifting the heavy motor and fuel onto the mothership for safety - Yuck!).”

Carolyn Daley, currently cruising in the Sea of Cortez aboard Shannon's Spirit, is on the other side of the fence. She said she’s owned several dinghies over the years, both hard and soft, but 13 years ago bought an Aquapro Sportmaster inflatable and hasn’t looked back. She cites the acknowledged attributes of an inflatable: lighter, more stable, greater cargo ability. Hers has an aluminum hull and traditional oar locks. “We love our dinghy and intend to use it for many more years. If we ever have to replace it, we will look for the same kind again.”

Best dinghy

George Bamford of Vancouver, BC, built this beautiful 7-foot lapstrake dinghy from wood.
It's an Auklet design by Iain Oughtred and includes a sail kit.

Peter Hogan, who keeps a Sabre 30 on a mooring about 300 yards from the Georgetown, Maine, shoreline, uses an 8-foot fiberglass dink to get back and forth. When he got the motorless dinghy, he wondered whether it would do the job, considering there is often strong, opposing tidal currents, winds, and chop to contend with. He need not have worried. He sent Good Old Boat a list of 8 things his dinghy has taught him:

  • After a long drive to the marina, I am happy to have the physical task of rowing the dinghy.
  • What is the hurry? Sailing is an escape from unnecessary time constraints. Relax!
  • Outboards are heavy, noisy, dirty, and unreliable (unless you maintain them scrupulously). I'd rather not. Oars always work.
  • Checking the tides and weather is something I have to do anyway. It has not been a problem to time my ferrying to the conditions.
  • If conditions are poor and I have to get ashore then I can always motor my Sabre to the dock.
  • The dink tows nicely.
  • Nobody is ever going to be tempted to steal my dink. If they do, I can get a replacement cheaply and quickly.
  • My dinghy is tough. I can't imagine how I would break it.

Several folks mentioned that they just plain like the look of a traditional hard dinghy. Paula Fleck, who owns an 8-foot HarborMaster Dinghy made by Sturdee Boat, values the look of her boat’s hard chines, round bow, mahogany seats, oak rails, and bronze fittings. Glenn Meadows also has a pretty dinghy, a Joel White-designed Shellback. “The best yacht tender, hands down,” adds Glenn.

Then there’s writer Jim Shell of Houston, Texas, one of the few respondents who own and use both an inflatable and hard dinghy. He keeps a 2.5-horse propane-powered outboard on his 10-foot West Marine inflatable and rows his 8-foot Seahopper folding hard dinghy. Despite them being vastly different craft, he doesn’t seem to take sides, viewing either dinghy as an effective tool, a “workhorse, our recreation, our transportation, and our emergency vehicle. We don’t leave home without it.”

That sounds about right to me.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a little dinghy ditty that Good Old Boat webmaster Jerry Stearns cobbled together once…

The water is wide, I cannot get o’er.
That’s what I have a dinghy for.
So hoist the sails, to the sky so blue,
And you will find, I’m dingy, too.
MR

Portland Pudgy

Editor Michael Robertson's Portland Pudgy dinghy on the rocks and barnacles of a Sea of Cortez island. This
Swiss Army knife of dinghies rows, motors, and sails and is ready to serve as a lifeboat with an inflatable canopy.

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BOATING POEM OF THE MONTH

Has the wind on your face and the tiller in your hand inspired you to put down some lines of verse? If it’s unpublished and you think it’s really good or will give us a chuckle, send it to michael_r@goodoldboat.com. If we agree, we just might find a spot for it here. — Ed.

Drink Rum from a Cup

by D.B. Davies

What carries a man,
Out onto the sea,
Forsake all he’s been given,
All he ever will be,
Castaway lines,
A future so bright,
To chase bright, yellow moonbeams,
Through a dark, lonely night.


Be it the voice of the Sirens,
The scream of the wind,
The terror of death,
A rage still within,
Salt on your tongue,
The sun on your face,
Dreams distant beckoning,
Time you can’t waste.


It’s a howl in your heart,
An ache in your bones,
It’s living with dying,
Perchance dying alone,
So fly all your canvas,
Let seas swallow you up,
Make love in a V-Berth,
Drink rum from a cup.

Don Davies is a sailor and writer who is a frequent contributor to Good Old Boat.  He sails Affinity, his 1974 Grampian 30 around Lake Ontario. After extensively researching the men and sailing schooners of Canada's Maritime provinces, Don has written a dramatic screenplay about the famous Bluenose and her skipper, Angus Walters. You can find out more at www.thebluenosemovie.com.

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A WRITER AT HOME

Jennifer Bagley

We really enjoyed seeing this photo of Jack and his person, contributor Jennifer Bagley, relaxing at home in Vermont. And sharing it is an excuse to let you know that we've got a great article by Jennifer on the schedule for later this year. It's about various good old boat cockpit configurations.

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NEWSLETTER SAILORS OF THE MONTH

Sailors of the Month

Lilah (5) and Emmett (3) are our April Newsletter Sailors of the Month. The pair sail out of Annapolis, Maryland, aboard Scout, their folks’ 1976 Catalina 27. Here they are on the final sail of the 2016 season. It was blowing in the high teens and you can see they’re having a blast. Sailors of any age can be our newsletter sailors of the month, you’ve just got to send a photo of you or your favorite sailor to michael_r@goodoldboat.com and hope we pick it.
MR

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OLD SAILS, NEW BAGS

BY SUSAN PETERSON GATELEY

Old sails 1

A shower curtain from Second Wind Sails. I want one.

Sailors and land lubbers alike have been re-purposing old boats and gear for ages. I've seen an old wooden dinghy turned into a bar, a respectable sailboat put out to pasture as a billboard, and a number of rowboats serving as planters. Back before widespread land-use zoning, many an old cruiser or canal boat was hauled ashore and transformed into a summer cottage. I do my own recycling, too. A mahogany hot pad from an old Star boat's transom has graced my dinner table, and a set of grabrails from our 32-foot Chris Craft sloop now serves to stabilize our passages up and down a steep stairway in our house.

In recent years, however, the rise of the consumer economy and more durable yachting technology has created new opportunities for nautical recycling by ingenious artisans. Internet searches reveal that dozens of crafty creative types are recycling maritime objects or adapting sailors' arts for use ashore to turn a profit, rope workers, carvers, and modelers among them. Other crafters take bits of boats or even whole dinghies and rowboats and transform them into furniture or office accessories. These artisans know that the patina of age and hints of an object's past life are part of the appeal for the customers who purchase their products. I recently contacted two women who are giving new life to old sails.

Laura Cleminson of Hoist Away Bags (hoistawaybags.com) based in Eliot, Maine, recycles old sails by making them into durable duffel bags, sturdy tool totes, wallets, and even lampshades. She wrote in an email, “I create a functional product, but I also see what I do as storytelling.” She says that after she began harvesting old sails, she “had the distinct pleasure of hearing tons of sailing stories. There were stories about being becalmed, stories of crazy weather situations, stories of broken equipment—all told with lots of laughter and hinting at ingenuity on the water.” She respects the history of the objects she uses and incorporates a bit of the past in each of her products, stitching its story into the bag or tote to create a unique example of what she calls functional art.

Laura Cleminson

Laura Cleminson of Hoist Away Bags

Laura started sailing as a crew on the Tuesday- and Thursday-night racing circuit aboard a J/24 and other boats. Today she sails OPB (Other People's Boats) because there simply isn't time for the commitment of boat ownership along with managing a business and other obligations. She has been running Hoist Away Bags as a one-man shop since 2010.

“I really enjoy creating something useful from something that has outlived its useful life on the water,” she wrote me. Her online store product description at etsy.com states that her goods are “like snowflakes, no two are alike.” However, they're far more durable!

The sail cloth that makes up her totes and bags varies considerably with the source, and she tailors the item accordingly. Modern laminate racing sails make tough garden totes because they don't soak up moisture from the ground. Lighter-weight cloth might find a second life as a cross-body bag, and her Stowaway bag incorporates bits of trim and rope work from more traditional sails with their hand stitched reinforcements and service. Laura says of the vintage Dacron sails with their leather and bronze and hand needle work, “They are truly works of art and I do my best to incorporate as much of this work as possible in the finished bags.”

Laura uses more than just the cloth as she deconstructs the sails. She tells people that she recycles a sail “like I imagine Native Americans treated buffalo — use as much as humanly possible. I even take the various types of trim off the sails, give them a good long soak and use those pieces…on my signature Stowaway bags.”

Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis of Second Wind Sails.

Jenny Davis runs another New England-based artisan business using retired sails. She launched Second Wind Sails in 2007 and finds her raw material in the Gloucester, Massachusetts area.

Second Wind Sails, like Hoist Away Bags, transforms used sail cloth into a variety of durable products including sail bags, shower curtains, backpacks, duffle bags, and totes. Jenny also creates custom products to order and sells most of her products either through her online store and website (secondwindsails.net, not to be confused with the Florida based used sail dealers at secondwindsails.com) or from her shop to local customers.

Jenny was born and raised a sailor and owns the family boat, a Pearson Ariel, that she started sailing aboard at age two. That good old boat has been with the family for 29 years and is now being restored by Jenny and her spouse as they sail it with a third generation aboard, the owners' two young daughters. Although her business recycles sails, she also knows how to create new ones; she built the sails for the Pearson, a boat with no auxiliary engine.

After a period of expanding the business, the birth of her two children prompted Jenny to scale it back to a two-woman shop. “I realized that I wanted to scale the business back to its roots and bring my focus back to handcrafting, keeping my hands in the creative development of all of our products in my studio.”

These recycling entrepreneurs exercise the creativity of the artist and sculptor as they devise new lives for old sails.

“I’m in awe,” Laura wrote, “of the creativity that others come up with for recycling and upcycling things. There are so many more uses for items than we can imagine before it ever should see a landfill.”

In a materialistic age of throw-away consumption and single-use plastic, these durable hand-crafted products are a refreshing breeze. In the end perhaps much of the appeal of these recycled old bits of boats and sails lies in bridging past and present users. We leave a bit of ourselves in those well-used and well-loved boats and their gear as we move on to something new, scattering stories in our wake as we travel life's seas.

Susan Gateley writes and sails on Lake Ontario. She holds a MMC to 100 tons and teaches basic sailing on Little Sodus Bay and recently completed a one-hour video on Lake Ontario. Her books and DVD are available through chimneybluff.com. She also writes and blogs at (www.susanpgateley.com).

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BOOK REVIEWS

These reviews are also available online, along with all the reviews from past Good Old Boat newsletters.

Close-Hauled

Close Hauled

BY ROB AVERY (Jack Tar Publishing, 2016; 402 Pages, Print $14.99; eBook $6.99)
REVIEW BY MICHAEL ROBERTSON
EDITOR, GOOD OLD BOAT

Ever wonder why all Good Old Boat book reviews are positive? It’s not because all the books we review are good. It’s not because our reviewers are kind to a fault. It’s because when a Good Old Boat book reviewer can’t recommend a book, we don’t publish the review. This means that as reviewers, we sometimes wind up reading books we don’t like (or can’t finish). That’s our lot. But it also means that we sometimes get a jewel that seems to have been written just for us.

Close-Hauled was that kind of reading pleasure for me.

This is a crime mystery filled with Southern California liveaboards, sailboats, powerboats, cruising dreams, and a victim’s body, discovered by our protagonist off the harbor jetty in the opening pages.

From there, author Rob Avery unfolds a smart whodunit with impeccable timing, dead ends, creative twists, the right pace, and a cast of salty characters who propel the story with ample dialogue.

In describing Close-Hauled to family and friends, I’ve likened it to a John D. MacDonald read, except that 40 years have passed and instead of Travis McGee on the East Coast, it’s Sim Greene on the West Coast.

Greene is a compelling character, pulled along by his pursuit of the truth through a maze of others’ lies and corruption, a pull that doesn’t always align with his best interests. And along the way he’s torn between a settled life with a woman he loves, and his boat and a life on the water he’d have to walk away from.

His choices ultimately drive this story to its dramatic, satisfying conclusion.

The Salty Bard: Up In Smoke

The Salty Bard

BY CRAIG PARMELEE CARTER (BeachWrites, 2017; 48 Pages, Print; $8.95; Kindle Ebook, $3.99)
REVIEW BY DON DAVIES
TORONTO, ONTARIO

The Salty Bard makes magical moments.

For those who sail there are magic moments; and not all of them come with the canvas flying.  While the swoosh of a hull slicing through white caps can quicken the pulse of any good old boater, there are other, equally unforgettable memories, only the sea-stricken share. Good times with family and friends conversing over a meal and beverage while tied to the dock. Diving off the stern into ice-cold water on a blistering summer day while your boat sways at anchor in a sheltered bay. But the moment the Salty Bard makes magical is that one we all know; huddled below decks in the dark of night as the boat dances on the hook, the wind and waves tossing our bodies and teasing our minds. Rain pelting a machine-gun melody on the deck over head and us wondering if that anchor will bite and stay&hellip;or drag and wander as we sit and ponder. It's then&hellip;that moment when you call together your crew, young and old, and reach for the slender tome of poems, Up In Smoke, by Craig Parmelee Carter; or as he is better known&hellip;the Salty Bard.

You read aloud in a calm and soothing voice, the rhyming couplets cascading across the hushed silence. Their eyes widen as the verses pour forth bringing with them images of ships and seas and seafarers of long ago or just yesterday. The storm outside becomes less fearsome as they knowingly nod at the wistful "Sailor's Dream," smile at the whimsy of "Tattoo," shudder at the ghostly spirits "Aboard the Charles W. Morgan" and sing along to "Yacht Club Party," for those who are old enough to remember Ricky Nelson's song, "Garden Party."

One after another, the stories roll forth with soothing, comforting contagion. All is well and the moment is seared in impressionable minds to be evoked over and over again in days to come. Up In Smoke is a sailor's poetic romp that should come as standard equipment aboard every good old boat. With wit and humor and insight, The Salty Bard captures the thoughts and feelings all sailors have known at one time or another. With each reading there's something new and fresh that emerges&hellip;a thought&hellip;a feeling&hellip;a remembrance&hellip;that was somehow missed before. The Salty Bard is a master painter with the sea his canvas and poetry his pallet. Buy your copy of Up In Smoke today&hellip;read it forever.

Islands in a Circle Sea

Islands in a Circle Sea

BY SANDRA CLAYTON (MALVERN PARTNERSHIP, 2016; 264 Pages, $14.95)
REVIEW BY SUSAN LYNN KINGSBURY
PORT LUDLOW, WA

“Initially a reluctant sailor, I fell in love with the cruising life…waking up each morning in a different place…Also the satisfaction of a life pared down to the essentials, yet all you really need…understanding what is most important in your life. What actually makes you happy.” —Sandra Clayton

Superb story-telling and perceptive descriptions hooked me and off I went on a pleasurable journey aboard Voyager, the author’s 40-foot Solaris Sunstream. It’s a journey that begins where the author left off in her previous book, heading out from the Florida coast for a winter in the Bahamas. From there she took me up the United States East Coast, from Florida to Nantucket and back, before crossing the Atlantic to England, by way of the Azores.

Clayton’s books read like a ship’s log in some ways, and like an interesting travel log in others. She describes the sea conditions and weather as well as tourist sites. She’s also clearly done her research and weaves it effectively into histories of the places she visited.

Islands in a Circle Sea is a fitting title for the conclusion in the series, as here the Claytons return home, exactly four years after the beginning their voyage. There is ample, astute reflection in here from someone who has traveled 23,137 nautical miles and visited 19 countries. Someone who has gone full circle.

“The Milky Way on a clear, moonless night, stretching out to infinity is truly awe-inspiring…a meteor storm above your head is magical&hellip;there is no more joyous way to begin or end the day than with the rising or setting of a vast, luminous sun.” —Sandra Clayton

An Unlikely Voyage: 2000 miles alone in a small wooden boat

An Unlikely Voyage

BY JOHN ALMBERG (Unlikely Voyages, LLC, 2016; 328 Pages; $19.95)
REVIEW BY DAVID MCDANIEL
REDONDO BEACH, CA

In An Unlikely Voyage, John Almberg takes us along a 2,000-mile journey, from a sleepy slip on the Florida Gulf Coast to grand New York Harbor, aboard his newly-purchased good-old-wooden boat Blue Moon. The journey starts with the dream of owning a classic wooden sailing vessel all his own, and where his delightful book begins.
In the early chapters, John shares with his reader the trials and tribulations of searching out that never-quite-perfect boat. As he wrestles with the myriad of questions associated with sailboat ownership, as well as those pesky questions aimed back at his own commitment to the project, John decides to check himself by building from scratch the dinghy he’ll eventually need with his dream yacht. The author admits to having very limited boat-building skills, but welcomes the test with humility and spirit, two ingredients that see the project through and instill an integral confidence needed by any sailor. Cabin Boy, a John Atkins-designed wooden skiff, was built in his rudimentary basement workshop from the plans up, and John documents the project thoroughly. Through the challenges, questions, and mishaps that come with any boat-building project, he impresses upon the reader his unshakable determination in realizing his dream. Like so many DIY projects, his success building Cabin Boy becomes the foundation for his journey, purchasing, preparing, and motor-sailing the Blue Moon to her new home waters in New York.

And journey he does, down the west coast of Florida, across the peninsula via the Okeechobee Waterway, and into the ICW for the northbound trip toward home, all the while with his hand-built companion and first mate Cabin Boy in tow. Their adventures along the way are full of lessons learned by first-time voyagers that are both humorous and enlightening. From alligators eying him in the murky Florida/Georgia shallows to rowdy locals in backwoods marinas; from fast-moving tidal runs to bridge-ducking in the ICW; from heavy weather in the Atlantic to entering New York Harbor via Hell Gate, John again and again proves his mettle by negotiating endless hazards as he ventures on. All the while, the author encounters beauty at every leg of his journey, documenting events with a steady pen and Thoreau-like mindfulness. John’s story is no bluewater adventure; instead it is a graceful challenge filled with moments of clarity that only slow travel can provide. Enjoy the ride!

Herreshoff: American Masterpieces

BY MAYNARD BRAY, CLAAS van der LINDE, BENJAMIN MENDLOWITZ (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016; 272 Pages; $100.00)
REVIEW BY ROB MAZZA
GOOD OLD BOAT CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Herreshoff: American Masterpieces

The thing I like about opera is its ability to bring together of so many complementary artistic endeavors to create a production that pleases all the senses. That is, a production where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts, even when the parts are each first-rate. In that regard this book is a Puccini of publications. Whether you like opera or not, if you are at all interested in the history of our sport, this book brings a whole lot to the table.

The book focusses on 36 surviving boats and classes designed and manufactured by the Herreshoff Manufacturing company from 1889 (Coquina) to 1938 (Seafarer Class), with the 34 other boats in between, listed in chronological order. The foreword is co-authored by Maynard Bray and Claas van der Linde who provided the detailed and meticulously researched text for this book. Importantly, their foreword addresses N.G. Herreshoff’s unique design process, based on the older method of carving models rather than designing the hull on a drawing board in the then-established “Scientific” method. Indeed, Herreshoff throws a monkey wrench in my oft repeated narrative of the evolution of yacht design from “rule of thumb” modellers to drawing board designers. This emphasis on the model explains why there are so few lines plans in the Herreshoff Collection in the Hart Nautical Collection housed at MIT, and one could say is a harbinger of the current computer design method of “solid modeling.” The introduction is written by Kurt Hasselbalch, curator of the collection, who describes Herreshoff’s early engineering education at MIT starting in 1866, only one year after MIT opened, and goes on to explain how MIT ultimately acquired the over-14,000 engineering drawings in the collection.

Buzzards Bay 25

The Herreshoff-designed-and-built Buzzards Bay 25

Herreshoff was a superb engineer. Some will argue that his designs weren’t as breathtakingly beautiful as Fife or Watson, but there can be no doubt that he was a master of early production and custom boat building. That is one reason why so many of his designs survive today. They were just well and soundly built. Each “chapter” in the book focusses on a particular boat or class, listing the Herreshoff project number, the date of design, the class, and the principal hull dimensions. The text then focusses on the initiation of the project, for whom it was designed and built, the boat or class’ history and significance, subsequent owners, and the boats still in existence with histories of their rebuilding. The level of detail is exceptional, while still being immensely readable. Herreshoff started his career with his blind brother, John Brown Herreshoff, designing and building high-speed steam launches and patrol boats, so the book does include a number of elegant powerboats, as well as sailboats.

In addition to the remarkably detailed and readable text, what raises this book to operatic levels is the photography of Benjamin Mendlowitz. The photos span many years, transitioning from film to digital, but some of the photos are so remarkably beautiful that they illicit comparisons to a Christopher Pratt painting. Each chapter not only includes photos of the yachts under sail (or power as appropriate), but also detail photos of deck and interior. Accompanying every boat featured is a photo of the incredibly detailed construction plan, often with watercolor highlights to the drawing.

I was pleased to see the 1907 Canada’s Cup winner Seneca (to which I recently referred in my short article on bowsprits—“Bowsprits past and present,” March 2017), featured in the book, which elicited an intriguing and enjoyable email communication with Maynard Bray and Claas van der Linde, whose patience with my enquiries was admirable. Often the discussion of one boat in this text would lead to other boats associated with that boat. The chapter on the large “rule beater” P-Boat Joyant makes reference to “Corinthian, Joyant’s nemesis from 1911, has also survived, owned for decades in Toronto as Nutmeg III…..” Nutmeg was actually owned by Norm Robertson of my own Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in the late 1930s and early 40s.

This is a book of some substance, measuring 11½ x 14 inches, with corresponding heft. It is listed at $100 and would be a fine addition to any serious nautical library. This is truly remarkable addition to the record of the history of our sport.

construction plan

The construction plan of the Buzzards Bay 25, with photo of a replica under
construction using the Herreshoff method of upside-down construction

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CALENDAR

To suggest events for an upcoming calendar, please contact Michael Facius at michael@goodoldboat.com.

27TH ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES: STORIED ADVENTURES AT SEA

February—April
New Bedford, Massachusetts
The New Bedford Whaling Museum promises to keep audiences at the edge of their seats as mariners tell their first-hand, gripping stories of adventure and travel.

  • April 6: The Great American Loop Relive the six-week journey of Sham and Josh Hunt, who traveled 3,370 miles on their Ray Hunt-designed, 26-foot Black Watch, sailing up and down the country’s most well-known waterways.

For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

PACIFIC SAIL & POWER BOAT SHOW AND MARINE SPORTS EXPO

April 6—9
Richmond, California
This year’s show features increased exhibit hall space, with even more exhibitors from around the world, and a showcase of beautiful boats both in and out of the water. Boats of every size and for every budget will be on display, including high-end yachts, multihulls, sleek racers and fun daysailers.

For more information: www.sailamerica.com.

35TH ANNUAL SUNCOAST BOAT SHOW

April 21-23
Sarasota, Florida
This year’s show will feature hundreds of boats and marine exhibitors and will take place at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota.

For more information: www.showmanagement.com

ANNAPOLIS SPRING SAILBOAT SHOW

April 28-30
Annapolis, Maryland
One of a kind opportunity for sailors to be with sailors. There are very few places where you will find so many sailors in one place; the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is one of them.

Expect another picture-perfect spring weekend in Annapolis, the sailing capital of the world. The sixth annual in-water sailboat show will feature new and brokerage boats, including catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, family cruisers, daysailers, and inflatables. Shop for the latest in marine equipment, electronics, clothing, and boating accessories at more than one hundred on-land nautical exhibits.

For more information: www.annapolisboatshows.com/annapolis-spring-sailboat-show/

CONNECTICUT SPRING BOAT SHOW

May 5-7
Essex, Connecticut
A boutique in-water boat show featuring sail and power boats with sea trial opportunities.

Free parking and free admission.

For more information go to www.ctspringboatshow.com

MIDWEST WOMEN'S SAILING CONFERENCE

May 20
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This year’s keynote speaker is Sheila McCurdy, a woman who has sailed over 100,000 miles offshore including a passage from the Galapagos to the Marquesas in 2014, the 2015 Transatlantic Race, and 17 Newport Bermuda Races—skippering to 2nd place in class and 4th overall in 2016.

For more information: www.midwestwomenssailing.org.

SUMMER SAILSTICE

June 24-25
Everywhere
Help the world celebrate sailing, join a competition!

Sign up and learn more at www.summersailstice.com

CAMDEN CLASSICS CUP

July 27-29
Camden, Maine
One of the world’s most beautiful regattas, sailed where the mountains meet the sea off the lovely harbor town of Camden, Maine. The Camden Classics Cup gives sailors the time of their lives with terrific on-the-water racing, and stellar onshore partying.

For more information and a complete schedule: www.camdenclassicscup.com

9TH ANNUAL SIPPY CUP

August 4
Annapolis, Maryland
What will you be doing on the evening of August 4? Sitting in your jammies reading a book? Tucked away in bed? Drinking a beer at the dock? NOT US!! We’ll be racing down the Bay in the 9th Annual Sippy Cup!

The Sippy Cup is an informal, overnight, small-boat race from Red 2 of the North East River to Green 91 just south of the Bay Bridge, put together by Walden Rigging.

For more information: call (410) 441-1913 or e-mail waldenrigging@earthlink.net

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