Back Issues (Printed copies)

Back Issues

In addition to being sold as individual paper copies, some back issues (1998-2007) are available on CD, and all back issues are available as downloads.

If you're looking for a specific topic or sailboat, our searchable online index includes every article we've published with a sort by issue, subject key words, and author.

We're also developing a series of article collections from previous issues.


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2014 Issues

November/December 2014

Good Old Boat July/August 2014

November 2014 issue highlights: Matilda 20 feature, Hunter 35.5 feature, Cal 34 refit.

Speaking seriously: Sail Telltails 101, Adding a DC electrical circuit, Departures and arrivals, Winterizing without tears, No time for perfection, 10 ways to save sailing dollars, Surface-mounted deadlights, Rebuilding a deck.

Lighter fare: A heavy-weather lesson, Falling in love with sailing, Caveat vendor, Pioneers of Lake Winnebago, Reflections: Setting standards, Simple solutions: Helm seat, Quick and Easys: Light'er up like Christmas and Grab hook or hookhold, New product launchings, The view from here: Labels divide us.

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September/October 2014

Good Old Boat May/June 2014

September 2014 issue highlights: Pearson 27 review, Nimble Arctic 25 review, and an International Folkboat refit.

Speaking seriously: Paper Charts 101, Lightning protection?, A leak-proof deck gland, In search of solitude, One brain/six hands, The cruising-capable dinghy, Trailer revival, Ten-minute tethers, and A crane for tight places.

Lighter fare: Generation to generation, Our readers' boats, New age of sail, Product launchings, Reflections: Journeys with no end, Simple solutions: Windlass pendant switch, Quick and Easys: Delrin deck pads, A turnbuckle cover that breathes, and The view from here: Learning the ropes 2.0.

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July/August 2014

Good Old Boat July/August 2014

July 2014 issue highlights: Beneteau First 32s5 review, Freedom 28 review and O"Day Mariner refit.

Speaking seriously: Marine Electrical Wire 101, Seakindliness by Rob Mazza, Roadside seductions, A wooden wheel, Levity's new rudder, The blister question, Tackling blisters one by one, and Lifeline security.

Lighter fare: Sextant reflections, My dad, the boatbuilder,  Reflections: Cruising on shoe leather, Simple solutions: Lanyards: the sailor's keepsafes, Quick and Easys: Forehatch skylight, Outboard on wheels, The view from here: Defensive sailing.

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May/June 2014

Good Old Boat May/June 2014

May/June issue highlights: Gulf 32 review, Balboa 20 refit, and Denys Rayner profile.

Speaking seriously: Leach Lines 101, Strength savers, The gadget-filled boat, What's in a boat's name, Making an electrical panel, Ice magic, Screens for cowl vents, Watertight chainplates, and Tearing Levity apart.

Lighter fare: You can't get there from here … , Morale boosters, The Alberg 30 turns 50, Our readers' boats, New product launchings, Reflections: Shoestring cruising, Simple solutions: A cover for a dinghy motor, Quick and Easys: The Reinpin, The view from here: Sunflower blooms.

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March/April 2014

Good Old Boat March/April 2014

March 2014 issue highlights: Cheoy Lee Clipper 36 feature boat, and reviews of the Montgomery 17 and Islander 36.

Speaking seriously: Sacrificial Anodes 101, "The once and future boat bow" by Rob Mazza, Bubble of Comfort, An inspired table, Building a junk rig, Hatch patch, Protection in plaid, Swim step and ladder, and Instant cushions.

Lighter fare: Fix it or nix it?, Swiftsure, Jurgen's ashes, New product launchings, Reflections: Dolphin night, Simple solutions: Stovetop English muffins and Silent night, Quick and Easys: Bird-proof lifelines and Salty-looking anti-chafing, The view from here: Helmophobia.

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January/February 2014

Jan/Feb 2014

January 2014 issue highlights: Review of the Freedom 38, Japanese boatbuilders, and a Golden Gate 30 refit.

Speaking seriously: Coaxial Cable 101, Scientific yacht design by Rob Mazza, Trailer-sailer choices, the "Maestro" Seat, Countertop extension, Replacing lifelines, Engine instrument update, Hull envy Part two.

Lighter fare: Our reader's boats, Unhooked and disoriented, New product launchings, Reflections: The right boat for the job, Simple solutions: Kayak cart, Quick and Easys: Protecting a dinghy's skeg, Racor filter fix, The view from here: The mystique of tall ships.

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2013 Issues

November/December 2013

Nov/Dec 2013

November 2013 issue highlights: Reviews of the O'Day 322 and Hunter 29.5 and a Chris Craft Capitan refit.

Speaking seriously: Windvane Steering 101, Pilothouses and performance by Rob Mazza, Hurricane aftermath: OK, what now?, Ratio rationale, A replacement lift pump, Keeping diesel dry, An antenna post as art, Single-step boarding ladder, Hull envy.

Lighter fare: Reviving a passion and a boat, New product launchings, Reflections: Boatyard ghosts, Simple solutions: Better leecloths, Quick and Easys: Instant whisker pole and Selvagees to the rescue, The view from here: Perils of the chartplotter.

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September/October 2013

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September 2013 issue highlights: Reviews of the Pearson 34-2 and Gemini 105M, and an Ericson 27 refit.

Speaking seriously: Standing Rigging Terminals 101, Defining a pilothouse by Rob Mazza, Sail plans for cruising, Shakedown shakeout, Tabletop turnaround, Cabin sole do-over, Bottom sanding, Cross-country clipper, A better boat tarp.

Lighter fare: Readers answer our "photo call",  Initiation by squall, Reflections: Fall cruise, Simple solutions: Outboard-motor maintenance, Quick and Easys: A swinging iPad, Bespoke autopilot, and Taming the fenders, The view from here: Sailboats . . . where was I?

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July/August 2013

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July 2013 issue highlights:

For the love of sailboats: Features on the Morgan 34 & Westerly Centaur, C&C 30 Mk I review.

Speaking seriously: The Chart datum and GPS 101, Keel/centerboard evolution by Rob Mazza, Matt Rutherford's next adventure, Repowering a saildrive, Tight and tidy sails, Dorade boxes, A cruiser's toolbox, Courtesy flags on the fly.

What's more: Across Islands and Oceans, Getting hooked on sailing, Reflections: What is "good"?, New product launchings, Simple solutions: Homemade bottom cleaner, Quick and Easys: Don't sink by the head and Deck shoe lace locks, The view from here: Ninety and counting.

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May/June 2013

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May 2013 issue highlights: Reviews of the C&C 34+ and MacGregor 26X , and a Watkins 27 refit.

Speaking seriously: The Cunningham 101, Fire aboard, Louvers made easy, Maximizing stowage, Weather in pictures, Mast-raising magic, A multi-tasking seacock, A mast boot for all seasons, and Replacing rudder bearings.

Lighter fare: Salvaging a dream, The last voyage, Simple solutions: Poor man's vacuum bag, Quick and easy: Shrouds in hosiery and Hatch covers, New product launchings, and The view from here: The design spiral.

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March/April 2013

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March 2013 issue highlights: Feature story about Cadenza, a Catalina 27, reviews of the Cal 39 Mk II, and a Sonate 28 refit.

Speaking seriously: Draft Adjusters 101, Once upon a leg o' mutton, Steering-wheel extension, Coachwhipping the wheel, From iNstruction manuals to iNventory, A mock-up shows the way, Making new lifelines, and Resurfacing cockpit seats.

Lighter fare: Rescuing boats, A Beatle to windward, Sent from my iCoconut, Simple solutions: Sitting pretty and comfy, Quick and easy: A lesson in lettering and Super bands for security, New product launchings, and The view from here: What do our readers want?

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January/February 2013 (Available only as downloadable PDF files)

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January 2013 issue highlights: Reviews of the O'Day 37 and Capri 25, and an Irwin 32 refit.

Speaking seriously: Spreaders 101, Rebedding chainplates, Dorade box covers, Good old offshore-cruising boats, A boat goes down in flames, Galvanic isolator, Compass errors by Don Launer.

Lighter fare: Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention, Hurricane on the Hudson, A passion for the Cal 25, Simple solutions: Water by gravity and Multitasking companionway step, Quick and easy: Hose wrench and Green stain be gone, and The view from here: A question of upholstery.

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2012 Issues

All of the 2012 issues are available:


November/December 2012

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November/December 2012 issue highlights: Feature story about a Southern Cross 31, review of the Seafarer 24, history of Westsail yachts, and a Morgan 24 refit.

Speaking seriously: The Hand-Bearing Compass 101, What is a cutter? by Rob Mazza, Pocket cruisers and pocketknives, The joy(stick) of docking, Seizing slides and slug, and Corrosion monsters.

Lighter fare: Building boats, building kids, The way we were, Degrees of difficulty, Live in the moments?, Simple solutions: Window dressing, Bye-bye launch-ramp blues, Quick and easy: Rubbed the wrong way, Manicure for a zinc, and The view from here: Gripping times.

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September/October 2012

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September/October 2012 issue highlights: Feature story about a Pacific Seacraft 34, reviews of the Catalina 34 and Santana 27.

Speaking seriously: Gaff-Rigged Sail 101, Double-enders and canoe sterns by Rob Mazza, Installing a cabin heater, Hot water -- warm boat, RIB wrap, sailor profile of Matt Rutherford, Fuel-polishing system, Do-it-yourself boat barn, and Companionway-hatch makeover.

Lighter fare: Working to share the dream, Moving aboard, Back where we belong, Simple solution: Head-turning horseshoe buoy, Quick and Easy: Two-way door latch, Easy-store winter frame, Anchor float on a rope, and The view from here: Out of the wilderness.

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July/August 2012

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July 2012 issue highlights: Feature story about the Mercer 44, Hunter Legend 37 review, and a 1970 Coronado 25 refit.

Speaking seriously: Outhauls 101, Origins of the keel/centerboard by Rob Mazza, Think before you shoot (Photographer's perspective), Restore that faded gelcoat, A boat explodes, and Useful modifications -- depth sounder without a hole, rain-defeating hatch hood, and installing a windlass.

Lighter fare: Stubborn determination, The beat of a different drum, Bill Hammond profile, A sea less sailed, Simple solution: Casual cockpit lights, Quick and Easy: Easy stovetop fiddles, Bungees to order, and Turnbuckle boots, and The view from here: Enticing the dreamers

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May/June 2012

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May/June issue highlights: Feature story about the Alberg 35Cabo Rico 38 and Caliber 28 reviews, and a 1970 Hallberg Mistral 33 refit.

Speaking seriously: Boom Vangs 101, Adhesive caulks put to the test, Boats are teachers, Cockpit mats for dogs, Finger Lakes Sailing Services, Landfalls with bull's-eye precision, and Making your own -- autopilot housing, deck prisms, and whisker pole.

Lighter fare: Cruising in the golden years, Going nowhere, Voyages in Desperate Times, Simple solution: No longer a non-starter, Quick and Easy: Amazing transparent bags, Refinishing rack, Get a grip, New product launchings, and The view from here: Collecting stories.

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March/April 2012

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March/April 2012 issue highlights: Feature story about the Morgan 42 Mk II, C&C 35 Mk II and Pearson 26 reviews, and an O'Day 23 refit.

Speaking seriously: Hoses 101, Idiosyncrasies of the IOR by Robert Perry, Chameleon: a tender in two parts, Night vision, UV exposed, Boat -- phone home, Do it right the first time, Holding tank essentials, and The boat painter's apprentice.

Lighter fare: Deferred maintenance meets microburst, Sabres and Scorpions, Good Old Boat has lost a friend, Simple solution: Scarfing made easy, Quick and Easy: Halyard replacement, Homemade clamps, Temporary diesel tank, and The view from here: A little relief from winter.

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January/February 2012

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January/February 2012 issue highlights: Feature story about the Bristol 35.5, Sabre 32 and Hunter Vision 32 review, and a Sailstar Corinthian refit.

Speaking seriously: Boat Refrigeration 101, CCA rules by Robert Perry, Tips for sailboat restorers, Fixing dysfunctional drawers, Bamboo for the sole, Coordinating coordinates, A new holding tank, LED lights revisited, Davits — their ups and downs, and Sigfrid's boarding ladder.

Lighter fare: Rode show, A law of the sea, New product launchings, Simple solution: A sonnet for hatch cloths, Quick and Easy: Instrument pod facelift and Rope in the soap, and The view from here: Prevailing winds.

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2011 Issues

All of the 2011 issues are available:


November/December 2011

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November/December 2011 issue highlights: Feature story about the Luders 36; review of the Santana 2023; refit of an Alberg 30; and the enduring adaptable sharpie.

Speaking seriously: Icebox Insulation 101, five lessons in boat handling, a low-tide solution, the legacy of Bill Tripp, hatch lens replacement, inexpensive burglar alarms, non-skid renewal update, and to varnish or...not.

Lighter fare:Touch and the sailor, a cruise feeds the soul, is there life after sailing, sail into the holidays, midwinter frolic, Simple Solution: mini portable bench, Quick and Easy: propane storage, fender cleanser, two-timing table, and real sailors sew.

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September/October 2011

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September/October 2011 issue highlights: Feature story about the Mistral 33; review of the Aloha 8.5 and Ranger 26; Restoring luster to a cabin sole and Galley improvisations.

Speaking seriously: Measuring Boat Speed 101, Zero-discharge solution, How to refloat a boat, Lessons in onboard laundering, Where there is no rigger, Anchor kellets, Nikki's galley.

Lighter fare: Are you ok?, Mexico-bound in company, A pocket cruiser full of dreams, Simple Solution: banish holding-tank odor, Quick and Easy: how to fold a nautical chart, instrument covers and replacing a lost halyard, and Things that go bump in the basement.

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July/August 2011

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July/August 2011 issue highlights: Feature story about the Fuji 32; review of the Dufour Safari 27 and San Juan 24; Cooking without pressure and Creative storage solutions.

Speaking seriously: Mechanical Advantage 101, Managing seasickness, Boat noodling, The single-spreader rig, No rigger Part 2, Housing the chart plotter, A boat project for the bold, and Ted Brewer laments.

Lighter fare: Free anchors, Pop Pop's cruise, From trash to treasure, Simple Solution: poor man's anchor hoist, Quick and Easy: dorade draft excluder, sandpaper bookends, and dockline holders, and The goodness of sailors

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May/June 2011

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May/June issue highlights: Feature story about the Corbin 39; review of the S2 9.2 and the Ranger 33; Radar on the level, Grand entrance to your companionway, LPG in a box and Guarding hatches.

Speaking seriously: Water Tanks 101, Damper plate redo, Man overboard, Electric auxiliary conversion, and Robert Perry's column on making old boats sail better.

Lighter fare: Finding friends at sea, Our community of sailors, Simple Solutions: classy cable clamps and oil change in a jiffy, Quick and Easy: buckets of innovation and pain-free de-rigging, and Inching our way toward spring.

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March/April 2011

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March issue highlights: Feature story about the Mariner 36; review of the Bristol 29.9; a new classic toerail, TekDek for a new deck, steel boats, solar panels mounts and Robert Perry’s column on decks.

Speaking seriously: Watermakers 101, a cockpit table from scratch, consignment stores, re-use your shrinkwrap cover, companionway steps with storage, high-end heat on a budget and NuTeak cabin sole revival.

Lighter fare: Sailing with autism, shooting Gazelle, seasons of our lives, Simple Solutions: another swinging solution, Quick and Easy: dual-purpose pillows and turnbuckle tethers, and the Princess Principle.

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January/February 2011

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January issue highlights: We feature the Tartan 34C; review the Lancer 25 and Rawson Pilothouse 30; and offer engine cooling, Atomic 4 rejuvenation, dinghy conversion, spinnaker from a kit, and Robert Perry’s tribute to Phillip Rhodes.

Speaking seriously: Displacement Hull Speed 101, Row/stow/tow, a new non-skid, a working vacation, maintenance on the run, and new product launchings.

Lighter fare: A tug for Sara B, Stone Free, boat partnership, and the things we do for love. Simple Solutions: instrument covers. Quick and Easy: chart storage and anchor rode safety.

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2010 Issues

All of the 2010 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


November/December 2010 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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November issue highlights: A Cal 2-30 played Cupid (feature), Flicka 20 and Seidelmann 295 reviews, perfect topsides without spraying, and two rigging articles; lucky break and keeping up with the rigging by Larry Pardey.

Seriously speaking: Appraising accommodations by Robert Perry, GPS vulnerabilities 101, forever handrails, multi-position table, sewing machine surprise, self-steering with "The Twins" and pitch the pole.

Lighter fare: Family reunion, brevity begets harmony, rice to the rescue, in-hand hose control, a swing-out bracket for your GPS, a tale of two cubbies, and a manual for life.

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September/October 2010 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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September issue highlights: Valiant Esprit 37 review, trailerable Morgan 25, refitting a Voyager 26, just plain too big?, rewiring a Westsail 32, and bigger cockpit drains.

Speaking seriously: Better drinking water, winterizing your boat, anchor wash-down, make your own companionway doors, smart new oars, buoyancy and displacement 101, and Robert Perry talking about rigs.

Lighter fare: In praise of the perfect mate, good old boat racing, lifeline resurrection, pulling staples, nautical tattoos, ingenious holding tank, new product launchings, and Reflections - Who needs palm trees?

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July/August 2010 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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July issue highlights: One man, one woman, one J/32 feature boat; Jeanneau Arcadia review; a Bristol 30 restoration; make your own lazy-jacks; dihedral twins; and taming the main with lazy-jacks and a sailcover .

Speaking seriously: Why Boats Sink 101; the truth about GPS; anatomy of a lightning strike; Robert Perry on rudders; how to make a watermaker, Part 2; tiller for a seagoing ketch; and how to make a proper boarding ladder.

Lighter fare: when sail rules, the lovely sound of no engine; slip exits without angst; checking your batteries; noises in my head; turnbuckle locks revisited and, as always, more really great stuff!

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May/June 2010 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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May issue highlights: Dana 24 feature boat, Laguna 30 review, Shearwater 28 review, Pictures that sell, Lin Pardey.

Speaking seriously: Lifelines 101, Replacing a backstay, A low-cost instrument pod, All about keels, Part 2, Robert Perry, How to make a watermaker, A custom anchor sprit, Inspect and be safe, New-era navigation lights

Lighter fare: Pushing the season, Changes in course, What would a great skipper do?, Protection for the engine panel, A dual-purpose anchor holder, an uncommon common ground, Laid-back racing and, as always, more awesome stuff!

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March/April 2010 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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March issue highlights: the legendary Olson 30, review of the LM 28, going solo on short voyages, the inside out rudder, better backing blocks and hardware on soft decks.

Speaking seriously: Propellers 101, discovering current tables, Bob Perry's column on keels and new lights for old ports and windows.

Lighter fare: painting your boat (ok, maybe that's not so light, but it's a really great article), under siege in the wilderness, poor man's winch halyard, "green" lantern and, of course, tons of more super stuff!

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January/February 2010 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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January issue highlights: all about sea hoods, review of the Tartan 28, taming the squealing beast (diesel engine), making a multihull, outboard motor mount, a light air mains'l and the classiest Cal 25 ever?

Speaking seriously: travelers 101, doing the (sail) twist, Bob Perry's stern talk and make a coverup for the back of your instruments.

Lighter fare: let's get over it, just sailin' mon, seeking the perfect boat, reflections, a successful circumnavigator passes on lessons learned and, of course, loads of more great stuff!

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2009 Issues

All of the 2009 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


November/December 2009 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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November issue highlights: Fire!, DIY boat cushions, a cruiser's checklist, refit of a Catatina 27. Ted Brewer compares the Ericson Cruising 31. Reviews of the Cal 2-27 and the Montego 20. Maintenance tips on lifelines, bilge pumps and seacocks.

Bob Perry shows us that a boat's bow says a lot about her behavior.

Lighter fare: a Thanksgiving cruise, sailing instead of school?, a first storm story, a temporary table, a classic dream boat and, of course, loads of more great stuff!

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September/October 2009 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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Issue highlights: A wood-burning cabin heater article, cooling your diesel engine, all about lazy jacks, making your good old hardware shine like new and safeguarding your boat with electronic vapor detectors. Reviews of the Hinckley Bermuda 40 and the Com-Pac 19.

Our new columnist, Bob Perry, defines the lines and words of the cruising sailboat’s hull.

Lighter fare: Single handing a Tartan 33 to Grenada with a boat comparison by Ted Brewer. When good old boats were young and a first time skipper docking in a storm. A couple of “simple solutions”, a few “quick and easys” and, of course, loads of more great stuff!

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July/August 2009 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

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Issue highlights: The light-air, versatile Code Zero sail, new non-skid on an old deck, equipment you never hope to use, binnacles and compasses, and some simple hatch screens.  Reviews of  the Alberg 35 and Ericson 32-III.

Lighter fare: A large family has big adventures in a small boat. Ten things you could take off the “must have” list for cost effective coastal cruising. Buy or sell – the ins and outs about a boat auction.  And of course, much, much more.

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May/June 2009 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

May/June 2009 issue

Issue highlights:  Build a hatch from scratch, book some space with a new cabin bookcase and learn how to log the weather. We'll show you how to navigate the world from your laptop with Google Earth. And we review the Newport 28 and O'Day 26.

Lighter fare: Experience the first 10,000 miles with a would-be circumnavigator. Read about treasure finding, treasured memories and the treasured bond between a father and son and son and boat.   And don't miss the advice from one of America's best-known cruising authors.

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March/April 2009 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

March/April 2009 issue

Issue highlights: Fit your propeller, fix your deck, raise your mast with ease, and maintain an integral water tank. We'll also show you how to keep power wherever you land plug in at the dock no matter where you wind up for the night. And we review the Tartan 3000 and Grampian 26 and look at a singular affair with the Pacific Seacraft 25.

Lighter fare: Take time to listen to the water, tame the jigsaw and stop that nasty moving muddy water that collects on the side rail. Read how you can enjoy sailing with any size boat: it's not the size that makes the experience. And don't miss our tips on how to get rid of those no-so-good old-boat smells.

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January/February 2009 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

January/February 2009 issue

Issue highlights: Practice defensive sailing, breathe easier on your boat, maintain your iron keel, and buy a boat within your budget. We’ll also show you how to signal for help. We review the O’Day 28 and Tartan 37 and we give you an inside look at the refit of Pearson Ariel hull #1.

Lighter fare Heal any injuries with a watertight first-aid kit, learn what makes a happy ship, and read how one clever father made a sailor out of a reluctant 7-year old. Don’t miss our love story about how a dinghy wedding gift (built during the honeymoon!) fit beautifully into one couple’s plans . . . even when they became a threesome.

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2008 Issues

All of the 2008 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


November/December 2008 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

Issue highlights: Make a fishfinder double as a depth sounder, protect your dinghy with step-by-step instructions, and simplify cruising with our guide to life without a fridge. We’ll have you picking up buoys. We review the Cal 36 and Hughes 31 and illuminate your awareness of anchor lights in Anchor Lights 101.

Lighter fare: Keep your eyeglasses from falling overboard with our quick-and-easy eyeglasses holder, use bungee cords for easy furling, and read how one sailor discovered the spirit of Christmas far from home.

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September/October 2008 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

Issue highlights: Save thousands of dollars by painting your boat yourself, learn how to construct stern-rail seats, Inverters 101, programs around the country that make it possible for disabled sailors to pursue the sport they love, and reviews of three boats: the D&M 22, the Ericson 27, and the Tanzer 31.

Lighter fare: Learn to relax when your anchor is buried in the mud (and how to free the darn thing easily), and cruising memories of a Cajun captain who saved a boat in distress.

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July/August 2008 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

Not just any issue, the July 2008 issue celebrates our 10-year anniversary!

Issue highlights: Making it your boat, John Guzzwell's Trekka and Dolly, S2 8.6, Bronze & Brass 101, what to do with small scraps of horribly expensive wood, and much on the making of Good Old Boat magazine (who we are, how we do it, and why).

Lighter fare: What makes my old boat good, make-and-mend days, remembering Gwendoline, life and a little red boat, and humble beginnings.

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May/June 2008 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

Issue highlights: Davits and other dinghy stowage solutions, avoiding steering problems, revamping your electrical system, Clarke Ryder profile, Seafarer 34, and Island Packet 27.

Lighter fare includes: buying a boat while overseas, building a wooden boat on a hill above the bay, cruising with a camera, riding the wind, and the value of keeping a sketchbook nearby.

There's much, much more . . . something exactly right for you and your good old boat.

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March/April 2008 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

Boats in this issue include the J/40, Monsun 31, and Chris-Craft Capri 31.

Getting technical, we include how to clean your winches, inspect your rigging, convert a quarter berth to a cockpit locker, choose the right antifoulant, find the coolant leak, and tame your boom with a vang/preventer. We profile the Hilmark Boats company of British Columbia and offer Fume Detectors 101.

On a less-serious note, there's a cautionary tale about buying ever-larger boats, Neptune's revenge, a photo spread of lovely dinghies, and an excerpt from the classic book, A Year in A Yawl.

What's more: matching new wood to old, a clever sailtrack lubricator invention, a plastic razor blade, and a chain hook to keep the strain off your windlass.

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January/February 2008 (Available as downloadable PDF files)

Boats include the C&C 27, the Herreshoff America catboat, the Pearson 28-1, the Nightwind 35, and a history of the Clark Boat Company, builders of the San Juans.

Technical articles include EPIRBS, PLBs, and SARTs 101; sailing off the anchor; the Big Boat Rule; vacuum bagging; insulating the hull; and an instrument panel that was half full of water (no joke) and still working.

For fun? Wooden boat revival, part 2; Into the Light book excerpt; getting into sailing late in life; simplifying your sailing; a world cruising photo spread; and the "lantern ritual."

What's more: nitro-meals, measuring small bits of epoxy, muffin fans, and no-sew drapes.

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2007 Issues

All of the 2007 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


January/February 2007 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

It seems that we can never get enough boats. This issue features the sister of Finisterre, the Irwin Citation 31, the Tanzer 7.5, the refit of a Chrysler 22, and profiles Catalina 22 legend Beattie Purcell.

When thoughts turn to serious matters, they include: avoiding engine failure in rough seas, Ted Brewer on the four basic elements of yacht design, a neat cabin modification, Lin Pardey on raincatchers, Standing Rigging 101, rope-to-chain splices, and an extensive fiberglass repair.

For fun we discuss the matter of involving women in our sailing activities, profile Samson Ropes, discuss smart boat-buying, and wait impatiently for spring.

There's more. Quick and Easy articles about a new stopper knot, Toofypegs, and rust-free tools and Simple Solutions focusing on making lifeline cushions and restoring luster to the deck.

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March/April 2007 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The March issue has boats! They include the J/30, O'Day 272, Islander 30, and a Kittiwake 23 refit.

And technical stuff: make a thread grabber, sail with one sail, deal with currents, make emergency portlight covers, name your boat, make a mooring system, and fix your dodger windows. Also: boats that deal with disappearing water, what you need to know about navigation lights, and Reefing and Furling Jibs 101.

For fun? Buying and selling on eBay (but watch out), two loves united, boatyard fishbowl, and child overboard (well, losing a child wasn't all that much fun, but it worked out in the end).

What's more: Simple Solutions for controlling condensation beneath your bunk and Quick and Easy fixes for a better boathook, a rigger's gauge, an extending trailer tongue, and a paper-towel holder for the head.

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May/June 2007 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Boats large and small include the Portland Pudgy sailing dinghy, Yamaha 25, Pearson 36, and a Jeanneau 40-something (don't ask).

When we get serious there's the schooner rig, a bow trim casting replacement, roller furling, flexible grating, a creative waterlift muffler, Anchor Sentinels 101, and the need for boat brokers.

Just for fun, an excerpt from The Solitude of the Open Sea (which is available as a book and audiobook), longing for a former boat, night sailing, looking for sea life, and model radio-controlled Lasers.

And furthermore: rudder stops, the jug sling or hackamore knot, an all-purpose domelight, cockpit chart use, and another use for PlasTeak.

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July/August 2007 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Boats? We've got 'em: the Allmand 31, the Hunter 28.5, and the Tartan 34 Classic, along with a primer on buying a bluewater-capable boat by Beth Leonard and a profile of Allan Nye Scott, builder of Albergs and Contessas.

Technical articles focus on engine lubrication, insulating the hull, dockside air conditioning, satellites for sailors, the highwayman's cutaway knot, and Wind Terminology 101.

For fun we've got a look at hard dinghies, bread baking aboard, several great cruising memories, and a solo sailor's photo spread (Charles Scott is not your average solo sailor!).

What's more? Keeping a spare fuel can on deck but out of trouble, increasing galley space with a fold-up leaf, a simple companionway vent, and using a clinometer to check trim.

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September/October 2007 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Sailboats include reviews of the Contessa 35 and the Pearson Ensign along with the story of a break-your-heart gorgeous homebuilt catboat.

Tech pieces include boat tarps, non-skid, carving wooden nameboards, Fire Extinguishers 101, hull liners, engine coolants, and Part 2 of Beth Leonard's treatise on buying a bluewater-capable boat.

Just for fun: Trekka Round the World excerpt and a couple of delightful Cruising Memories.

And furthermore there's building cockpit floorboards, reinforcing the mainsail, keeping books on their shelf, creating a navigation tool rack, and sunshade material for the cockpit.

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November/December 2007 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Sailboats of interest include the Cal 30, the Catalina 30, and a handful of delightful tenders with emphasis on the Seahopper and other folders.

Technically speaking we've got Docklines 101, Beth Leonard (Part 3), a settee and table conversion, an inexpensive electrical system that works, and how to have a hot shower in a small boat.

For fun there are articles about sailing school, saving old wooden boats, closing a workshop, photos of Chesapeake Bay, and hauling a boat out for the winter.

What's more: a simple man overboard ladder, easy varnish scraping, wedges to quiet sliding doors, a storage solution for large spaces, and a clever anchor chain cleaner.

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2006 Issues

All of the 2006 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


January/February 2006 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The January/February 2006 issue covers the Lazy Jack 32, the Islander Freeport 36, the Freedom 25, and the refit of a Paceship Westwind 24. We focus on standing rigging, anchoring, equipping for solo voyaging, converting a quarter berth to a cockpit locker, emergency supplies, and Solar Panels 101. We profile Phil Rhodes and Triton refitter Tim Lackey. Bonnie Dahl tells how to make canned meat for long-term cruising. Simple Solutions covers kedging and warping. Quick and Easy bits include making new cushion covers, a simple bilge alarm, and a cockpit GPS holder. And there's more besides.

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March/April 2006 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The March/April 2006 issue is simply gorgeous. If you're a fan of Jim DeWitt, you've gotta' have this one with a DeWitt cover and center spread. Boats include the Alberg 30, Seafarer 30, Columbia 33 and 36, and a Cape Dory Typhoon refit. The themes in our serious articles include thunderstorms, drawbridges, apparent wind, marine radar, heads, pilot rails, surface-mounted ports, and Galley Stoves 101. For fun there's a great article on cruising kids who've grown up, Murphy's Law of boating, systems that work when cruising, relics left aboard by previous owners, HIN numbers, and that hankering to get out there cruising. Quick and Easy and Simple Solutions articles deal with a tiller holder, fruit flies, no-see-ums (notice a trend here?), a sheared stud, a winch handle holder, Le Tonkinois varnish, and a bilge pump counter.

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May/June 2006 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The May issue is busy-busy (like your intrepid, inspired, and somewhat breathless editors). Boats include a Newport 30, the San Francisco Pelican, a Fairey Atalanta 26 (no ordinary boat!), and a refit of a Scorpio 35. We tell the history of the Pacific Seacraft Company and then go on to these subjects: reducing the weight of the hardware on that flogging headsail, Hal Roth's propeller improvement on his Spencer 35, the secrets of the universe (really), building an onboard greenhouse, salad substitutes in case you don't make the greenhouse, Nautical Time 101, building a hard dodger, confessions of a bottom feeder, a crack on the noggin (but in your best interests -- we're not kidding), and a center spread with scenes from a sailboat. Quick and Easy articles include using tires as fenders (but classy), spreader chafe guards, and the SplicingNut. Simple Solutions include a do-it-yourself sun cover for a roller-furling jib and the admiralty hitch. We added a new products page this issue also. Just reading this list exhausts us all over again. Have a look at the real copy. You'll see.

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July/August 2006 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This issue includes refit articles (coincidentally) about a Pearson 36 and about a Pearson 365, reviews of a Hughes 25 and a Nonsuch 30, and an article by Ted Brewer comparing Slocum's Spray with two other circumnavigators. To keep you thinking, we added articles on navigating locks, precautions to consider when cooking with propane, fixing a sticky rudder, a report on ongoing modifications to a cruising boat, how to build a 3-way settee/berth, and Mainsail Handling 101.

For fun we add a profile of Will Lesh, who builds model sailboats, a focus on the LOWISA regatta, cheeses that will go the distance, sailing across the Atlantic with eight young children (What was he thinking? And he'd do it again!), a Lake Superior center spread, and a Reflections piece remembering sailing on a day when no one should have been out (what joy!). We also add a cure for anchor-line chafe, the Tool Leash, and halyard chocks as Quick and Easy articles and building your own cradle and downsizing your outboard as Simple Solutions articles.

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September/October 2006 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

As usual, we're big on boats: Ranger 28, Searunner 31, Paceship PY 23, a Pearson 365 named Maruska, and John Guzzwell's Trekka. There's installing an inboard engine, repowering small boats, everything you wanted to know about moon phases, hurricane post-trauma syndrome, Dorades, Cabin Heaters 101, and adjusting standing rigging.

We've got a couple of Cruising Memories pieces for fun, babies aboard, and the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Add to that a guest editorial by Don Casey and Quick and Easy articles about sander disk stowage, a furler fix, side curtains for the Bimini, adding extra seat in the cabin, and a forgotten knot. Simple Solutions focus on a portable refrigerator and heaving lines. And still there's more!

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November/December 2006 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Blimey! Have we got boats afloat! There's the Allegra 24, the Islander 28, a Pearson Triton refit, Maruska's continuing saga, and a Beneteau Oceanis 390 cruising testbed. We remember designer Bill Tripp fondly, talk about preventing seasickness (is that really possible?), replacing chainplates, improving a dinette table, making a classy electrical panel, weaving rope mats, and installing an anchor windlass. There's also a quick look at auxiliary propulsion systems: Iron Wind 101.

We also include a love story and a cruising wife's memories of the aggravating early days of cruising. There are the usual quick and easy articles, simple solutions, new products, and a whole lot more! Hop aboard!

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2005 Issues

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January/February 2005 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The January issue is full of boats from a review of the Canadian Sailcraft 36 by Bill Sandifer to a feature boat article on the Cheoy Lee 32 by Don Casey. There are two refit articles: on a MacGregor Venture 222 and a Cheoy Lee Pedrick 41. While we were at it, we threw in a profile of the Com-Pac Yacht company.

More seriously, we came up with articles about splicing and whipping, with a focus on double-braid and three-stranded line. Dave Martin tells what he did to make his Cal 25 a world cruiser, and Michael Batham discusses the work involved in re-rigging his 47-foot steel ketch. While we were at it, Steven Alexander tells about repairing corrosion damage on a painted aluminum mast, Don Launer gives us Shaft Log 101 as part of his ongoing series, and we take a look at alternative dinghies. Ken Textor suggests that there are other woods in the marine world besides teak (and he was not struck down on the spot!), and John Butler tells about the benefits of having a signal mirror aboard.

Just for fun we added a couple of Cruising Memories pieces about saving an injured tern and enjoying the strong winds of Buzzards Bay in a Cape Dory 27, Karen Larson tells how to get women involved in sailing (and enjoying it!), and Fritz Seegers will delight anyone's eye with his whimsical center spread illustrations.

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March/April 2005 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The March issue is another winner! Boats include reviews of the C&C 33 and the American 23, a feature on the Truxalls who sail a Tayana 37, and a refit of a Marshall Sanderling catboat. We've also got a profile of designer/builder Charlie Morgan.

Getting serious, we have possibly more than you want to know about the removal of a teak deck, thoughts on sail plans by Ted Brewer, and Don Casey adds a deck wash to his boat. Bill Sandifer conducts a memorable test of heat-shrink hose clamps, Tom Young creates more useable space with the addition of a dinette where a settee/bunk was, and Don Launer's 101 series comes up with Chart Plotters 101.

Just for fun is the addition of a comfortable recliner which fits in any size boat, solar cooking aboard, pitfalls in paradise, and a center spread showing our feathered (shoreside) friends. Reflections promises that spring will come: Soon, real soon!

Simple Solutions features sound-proofing for the engine, a knot you can't be without (the toggle hitch), and adding a gate and ladder in the stern pulpit. The Quick and Easy section focuses on a hatch bug screen and a great idea for a shower aboard.

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May/June 2005 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The May issue cover blows us away. We think this kid is so cool! No halyard wraps for him! He's taking his job seriously and thinking critically. The rest of the issue's not bad either. In fact, we're rather proud of it.

The boats this time include a review of the Aloha 32 by Gregg Nestor and a review of the Rhodes 22 by Don Launer along with the refit of a Morgan 34 by Fred Seisseger.

The serious content includes a sailor's brightwork system by Tom Young, replacing ports by Chuck Fort and Kim Efishoff, everything you need to know about cordage (ropes for the rest of us, perhaps?) by Gregg Nestor, how to select a surveyor by Susan Peterson Gateley, replacing a damaged headliner by Gerry McGowan, Binoculars 101 by Don Launer, blister repair by Larry Zeitlin, and Ted Brewer on head design. (Think head arrangement doesn't matter? Think again!)

Just for fun we offer a profile of Hal and Margaret Roth by Marianne Scott, Jill Knight on cruising with pets, and a couple of fun Cruising Memory articles by Chad Lawie and Geoffrey Toye. Mary Jane Hayes is the best of the boat photographers with photos of Boat Kids in the center spread. In the Reflections column, B. J. Armstrong says the daysail is every bit as important as a world cruise (cruising for the rest of us . . . ?).

Simple Solutions is busy with a mast step refit and finding a boat in the digital marketplace. Quick and Easy tells how to build a traditional boathook and how to make a "special needs" boat card.

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July/August 2005 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The July 2005 issue's a big hit. Boats include a review of the Drascombe Lugger and a feature about a family with a Bristol 29.9. We tell the history of the Island Packet Company also.

Seriously speaking, Ted Brewer discusses surviving capsize, Durkee Richards tells what biodiesel can do for your boat and to your boat, Dave Martin reminisces about his world wanderings, John Butler puts a boom gallows on his catboat, Larry Zeitlin presents a contrarian opinion about binoculars, and Don Launer writes Radar 101.

We've added these just for fun: memories inspired by an old chart, a profile of the Bingham Boat Works company, a center spread on tall ships, a profile of Lin and Larry Pardey, and what happens when you decide to get a trawler. Reflections includes ruminations on why a boat is not an "it."

What's more? Quick and Easy includes creating extra storage, building a knife block, drilling concentric holes, a double fendering system that works in tides, and adding a pushpit rail to hold a motor mount. Simple Solutions includes quick quillows and adding a compression brace.

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September/October 2005 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The September issue is always a hard reminder for us that fall is coming. Why (we wonder) does it continue to be such a surprise each year? (But there it is: it's fall again.) The boats in this issue include the Whitby 42, the Yankee Dolphin (and her close relatives), the Cabot 36, the Pearson 28-2, and a refit of a Nicholson 31.

For the serious at heart, there's fixing a mast which is corroded at the mast step, by Phillip Reid; low-cost outfitting, by Gerry McGowan; a new mahogany-and-holly sole, by Mark Abramski; LED projects, by Cade Johnson; and marine corrosion, by Gregg Nestor.

For the light at heart, we include prayers over a Princess stove (got alcohol?), by Joseph O'Connor; living and working aboard while fixing your boat, by Niki Perryman; and a look at the Swiftsure Classics race, by Eric Manchester. There's the center spread of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Lin and Larry Pardey talk about actions you can take when your engine quits (at the worst possible times, of course), and a piece about how to help the Coast Guard watch for terrorists. Our Reflections column talks about the peace of mind which comes just outside the breakwater.

And furthermore there are fixes for the cigarette connector we all love to hate, a way to give your trailerable boat an extra oomp when hauling it out, how to cure the rattle in your mast, and a plan for storing spare towels and blankets in sight but out of mind.

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November/December 2005 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Happy holidays from Good Old Boat! The boats in this issue include the Cape Dory 25 as a feature boat, and reviews of the Tartan 30 and Seaward 22. We've also got Part 2 of the Nicholson 31 refit by James Baldwin.

For the serious among us, we're telling how to repair a hole in a fiberglass boat, how to build a full-sized bed in the main cabin (none of this pointy V-berth stuff!), everything you want to know about reading weather charts, and what boat details you should keep on a master list. There's also Nautical Compass 101, Part 2 of our marine corrosion article, and a look at Captain John Voss: his boat, the Tilikum, and his sea anchor.

Lighter reading includes a profile of Murray Davis, the founder of Cruising World, by Marianne Scott; setting priorities for living a cruising lifestyle, by Dave Martin; a profile of Torresen Marine; a lovely center spread with photos by John Ellsworth; and memories by John Butler about sailing in the Tasman Sea and Catherine Connolly about buying her first boat. Reflections by Craig Carter center on the boating skills and interests passed from father to son.

What's more? Creating a cockpit hatch for engine access and a unique way to get around (bow-sculling) are the Simple Solutions pieces. Relocating auxiliary controls in the cockpit is our Quick and Easy article.

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2004 Issues

All of the 2004 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


January/February 2004 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The January 2004 issue features the O'Day 23 as our trailersailer and the Ericson 29 as our feature boat. We've got a refit on an Alden Challenger, and we tell the history of Yacht Constructors, the builders of the Cascade Yachts.

Speaking seriously, we add the saga of building a skipjack by Alan Lucas and present two points of view about what's important to have aboard while cruising by Dave Martin and by Cathy McIntire. Don Launer shares his fascination with magnets and the poles, and he also offers a 101-series article on diesel engines. Homer Shannon tells about the Dutchman system he put on his Bristol 29.9.

For fun we offer a venerable Air Force wives sailing group in Hawaii, a beautiful center spread by Alan Eddy, a profile of circumnavigator Karen Thorndike, and two cruising memories about finding a sailboat. Then Don Launer vents his frustration at banging halyards in the Reflections piece.

And furthermore? Well, Simple Solutions focus on armored portlights and a creative way to deal with hatchboards when the hatch isn't closed. Our Quick and Easy articles add an interlocking toolkit by Link Tools and a modern LED light modification of an old oil-burning lamp.

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March/April 2004 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The March issue is another big one! Boats include the Pacific Seacraft 25, the Sirius 21, and a couple of PDQ catamarans (the 32 and the 36). And there's a restoration story of a MacGregor Venture of Newport 23.

Seriously speaking, we've got a formula for choosing a boat (and an Excel sheet you can download to use the formula for your own use), how to replace your boom, and a last-chance tripline in case you're overboard and your boat is on its own. Ted Brewer reviews galley setups, and Gregg Nestor tells you how to keep that outboard running. We've got GPS 101, how to build a cockpit grate, and how Tom Young got two birds with one stone: improved engine access and an improved galley sink.

For fun, we add a profile of good old vendor Alpenglow Marine Lights, a profile of multihull designer Ian Farrier, how to enjoy doing the teak (it's a matter of attitude, after all), a photo spread of Rhode Island, and two fun Cruising Memories: falling in love with a boat and also boat fairies (hallucinations) in the night.

Furthermore, we add a deck delamination project (tackled from belowdecks), a new automatic fog horn blowing device, a caution about your propane grill, a thumbs up for Speedseal, how to get rid of scratches on plastic windows, and dousing the headsail with a downhaul. Then there's Boatyard Fever, a poem we can all relate to as spring nears. Happy reading!

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May/June 2004 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The May issue is packed with sailing goodies. For boats, we've got: the Watkins 29 and the Wild Wind 20 along with refit articles about a Westsail 42 and a 66-year-old Alden Woodie.

On the technical side of things, there's an article about rigging terminals by Don Launer, the design of the cabin dining area by Ted Brewer, and a piece on emergency tillers by Alan Lucas. Theresa Fort designs an insulated door flap for the companionway, and Ilana Stern tells us how to organize our wiring. Gerry McGowan replaced a fuel tank in the bilge, and Bill Sandifer tells about using moisture meters. There's a 101-series article on steering systems and another piece on marlinspike seamanship.

For fun is a profile of designer Lyle Hess, another profile on vendor Yager Sails and Canvas, and an article about how to prepare your guests for a cruise aboard. There are several Cruising Memories pieces about old engines, new sailors, and the rites of spring along with the gorgeous photos of the surface of the sea by Roger Marshutz (have a look, you'll see what we mean).

What's more? Simple Solutions about simple bags you can sew from screening material and creating easy cleaning solutions from everyday household products. Quick and Easy includes a useful tray for the cockpit, flag trailer guides for trailersailors, a way to make the spigot you need for your boat, and a neat bung trick.

There's always a bit more, of course. The letters to the editor alone are often worth the price of a subscription, not to mention the Last Tack and the Reflections columns!

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July/August 2004 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The July issue ought to keep sailors busy reading at anchor in coves everywhere. The boats reviewed are the Precision 23 and the Nimble 24, along with a look at the Willard Horizon 30 motorsailer. We also offer the history of the 220-year-old Camper & Nicholsons Company (Yes, 220 years! Imagine.)

Speaking seriously (and technically), Gerry McGowan writes about replacing the cabin sole, Ted Brewer explains how to figure out how much power a sailboat's auxiliary engine should have, Theresa Fort tells how to choose fabric for use on interior cushions, and Gregg Nestor tells how to cook in a trailerable-size galley. We've also got an article about adding red LEDs to an existing cabin light, a look at two-stroke versus four-stroke outboards, Fiberglass 101, a method for sorting out tricky electrical shorts, and a look at fighting (or, better yet, preventing) fire aboard.

Lighter fare includes a profile of designer Bill Lee, a look at overcoming his fear of sailing by Dave Martin, a review of boating superstitions by John Vigor, a New York City photo spread, and a lovely cruising memory article by Stiv Wilson. Garry Prater's Reflections article will make you think also.

What's more? Tor Pinney tells us how to spring the rode for a quieter ride at anchor, Alan Lucas has some great electrical tips, Harry Brunken fixes his leaky ports, and Gregg Nestor builds his own trailer tongue extender. That's it for Simple Solutions. The Quick and Easy articles include one about dripless ice and another about a neat hanging system for a gimbaled lamp.

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September/October 2004 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The September issue proves that we haven't been taking the summer off (although we never miss a chance to sail)! The boats in this issue include a review of the Corasir 24 by Ed Lawrence and a feature story by Marianne Scott about Jim Kellam and his winning Spencer 35, Haulback. Dan Spurr profiles designer Garry Hoyt also.

But let's get serious a moment. In the technical area we've got two articles about non-skid applications and another about a "little cabin sole problem" that led to a much bigger do-it-yourself project: casting lead ballast. And we offer some thoughts by world cruiser Dave Martin on eliminating major leaks as well as tiny drips. There's Seacocks 101 by Don Launer, navigating in the fog by Suzanne Giesemann, and checklist upon checklist by Gregg Nestor.

Just for fun we add a chapter (about finding a good old boat) right out of Hal Roth's new book, love triangles by Ben Shaw, a stormy passage to San Diego by Henry Cordova, and memories of boats past by Geoffrey Toye. There's a center spread, too, with art and poetry by Elisa Nelson and a final Reflections page about the last sail of summer by Silver Donald Cameron.

What's more: Quick and easy cushion keepers and more about bolt ropes and tracks and how to save your vacuum from dust death along with simple solutions for a winter tarp, Concordia seatbacks and plastic nav tools you can make yourself.

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November/December 2004 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The November issue will leave you breathless once again. Even the dinghies are gorgeous. The boats in this issue include a knockout dory by John Gardner, a Pacific Seacraft 37 (also known as the Crealock 37), the Pearson Vanguard, and a Venture 25.

Seriously then we've also got everything you want to know about sealants and adhesives (what to use where and more importantly what NOT to use where else!), a winter boat enclosure, a look at sloops and cutters by Ted Brewer, an unusual way to resurface the cabin sole, Bilge Pumps 101, and the other knockout dinghy: a Fatty Knees made into a lifeboat!

Just for fun, a couple of cruising memories articles, a profile of Alex Tilley and his boat (he's the guy who makes the floating sun hat), and a center spread of photos of the Pacific Northwest.

What's more includes a quick and easy boat chamois idea, a way to hold something in place while the epoxy sets, and rail mounts for solar panels. Simple solutions include delamination repair for a hatch, creating extra counter space, and a handy tool: Clamptite.

What's more: Quick and easy cushion keepers and more about bolt ropes and tracks and how to save your vacuum from dust death along with simple solutions for a winter tarp, Concordia seatbacks and plastic nav tools you can make yourself.

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2003 Issues

All of the 2003 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


January/February 2003 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This month we take a look at the Allied Seawind ketch sailed by Don Casey, tell of Renee's restoration, and profile the Hallberg-Rassy company. Guy Stevens builds his own watermaker, John Ditzler does a stern tube replacement, Theresa Fort turns a home sewing machine into a macho sailmaker's tool, and Ted Brewer makes you want a motorsailer. We have a lot of fun with the boat of the year contests held by other magazines, do a profile of master rigger Brion Toss, and take a look at sailing into our 70s and 80s. Chuck Campbell's photo spread of Maine is breathtaking, Barbara Wyatt chronicles a Scout dinghy refurbishing project, and John Phillips tells of the Monte J which went cruising without a crew. We tell of the third annual Good Old Boat Regatta in Annapolis, feature heaving to and making your own folding bike as Simple Solutions, and discuss a stern boarding gate and removable trailer lights as Quick and Easy projects. There's more, of course.

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March/April 2003 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

In this issue we start our regular reviews of a trailerable boat (the San Juan 21 leads off) in addition to our review of a larger one (the Contessa 32) and our feature boat (the Bristol 24 is featured this time). We review the history of the Chris-Craft sailboats (it was brief but significant nonetheless). Getting technical, Aussie Bray talks about propellers, Ted Brewer talks about twin-fin sailboats, Phillip Reid replaces his portlights, Gord May discusses Ohm's law, John Karklins looks at a successful sheathing project done in the 1970s and still going strong, and Gregg Nestor reminds trailer sailors about the importance of the trailer. Just for fun we've got a profile of marine author John Vigor, an essay about lessons learned while sailing single-handed by Jill Knight, a fireside chat with Ted Brewer about his days at the Luders' Yard, gorgeous photos by Michael Kahn, winter sailing by Butch Evans, great humor by Sally Cole, and Reflections on "The Shipwright Principle" by Dan McDougal. Simple solutions include advanced swigging and also ventilation. Quick and easy projects include a couple of ditch kits and a look at soda blasting to remove bottom paint.

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May/June 2003 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This time we're featuring the Montgomery 23 (truly a cult boat), reviewing a Nicholson 31 and a Rob Roy 23, and fixing up a Chrysler S-27.

On the serious side is a tiller-to-wheel conversion by Norman Ralph and Phillip Reid and a look at modifications that might keep you sailing into old age by Don Launer. Ted Brewer's searching for quality (it's in the construction), and Bill Burr's telling us how to clean our boats. Don Launer (truly a busy guy in this issue!) discusses winch maintenance and the art of rowing.

On the light side, we've got a profile of Mark Ellis by Dan Spurr, another one of Yves Gelinas of Cape Horn Marine Products, contemplations about the advantages of buying a smaller boat for cruising and the reasons to keep a boat even when the kids can't sail with you, and beautiful seascapes by Pat O'Driscoll as the center spread. In the final Reflections page, Alfred Poor tells of the satisfaction of the early launch.

What's more? Simple Solutions include a nifty anchor rode bag for the foredeck, and faux bronze for that traditional look. Quick and Easy has an outboard motor hoist to assist in getting that prop out of the water and thumbs up for these three products: Weems & Plath GPS Plotter, Boye Boat Knife, and the Weekend 'R Deluxe duffel bag.

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July/August 2003 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

In this issue we've got boats of all sizes: a Victoria 18 is the feature boat, the South Coast 22 is the trailersailer review boat, and the Santana 35 is the other review boat. A Teak Lady gets a refit, too.

You wanted technical? Ted Brewer talks about accommodation plans and layout, Dean Hedstrom replaces his fixed ports, Brian Gilbert makes canvas handrail covers, and Suzanne Giesemann discusses troubleshooting. Hugh Straub cleans out an Atomic 4, Janet Groene talks about canning foods, Gregg Nestor presents a cloud chart and discusses weather prediction, Don Launer starts a new basics column called Depth Sounders 101 (more on other subjects in future issues), and Simon Hill tells us about fire protection, specifically about fire extinguishers.

Looking for lighter fare? We've got a profile of yacht designer Bill Crealock, a cruising memory to raise your eyebrows by Scott Thurston, a photo spread of beautiful traditional yachts by Caryn Davis, news of more Good Old Boat racing events, and a humorous look at stowage problems (his and hers) for cruisers by Nikki Perryman. Madison Blackwell tells about what are for him the essentials of happiness.

What else? Simple solutions offers ventilated shelving, galley tips, and a composting head (the Air Head Dry Toilet). Quick and Easy offers a GPS mount, a cockpit locker or lazarette divider, a runaway engine plug, and cruising trashcans.

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September/October 2003 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The September issue is jam-packed, as usual. Boats include the Nonsuch 26, the Com-Pac 23, and the Bristol 35.5. We also have Len Schwab's modification of a large wooden racing stallion (Improbable) to a single-handed cruiser.

Along technical lines, we've got: autopilots, the conversion of a forward water tank to a chain locker, Ted Brewer's discussion of the Comfort Ratio, all about tides, a lovely nesting dinghy, Marine-Band 101, choosing a trailerable boat, and a diesel mystery solved.

Just for fun, we added a profile of Bill Garden written by one of his many "mentorees," Bob Perry. We look at chartering and alternatives, John McCann writes of seeking perfection when buying a boat, and Marilyn Palley and Reese look at the end of a long relationship with their boat, Unlikely. The cover and centerspread are knockouts, if you're into boat dogs (and who isn't?).

Simple Solutions include an accessible bilge pump, a shower solution, and some interesting plotting tools. Quick and Easy solutions are an emergency starting button, a new kind of winch cover, doubling your muscle, and a easy way to clean up when doing small paint or varnish jobs.

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November/December 2003 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The November issue is another thick one. Boats include the Cape George 38, the Eastward Ho 31, and the Chrysler 22. A Hinckley 38 gets a refit and we review the history of Tartan Yachts.

On the serious side we've got Ted Brewer on center cockpit and pilothouse sailboats, Paul Esterle (Capt'n Pauley to some of us) on paneling the overhead, and Chuck Fort on wind generators. Gregg Nestor talks about finding the right (maybe even used) sailboat trailer and Don Launer builds a sturdy hard dodger of fiberglass. The 101 series article is on alternators.

On the fun side there's Reese Palley on coastal cruising, a profile of designer Bruce Kirby, and Cruising Memories articles about life jackets, dolphins, and discovering your dream boat. The photo spread by Richard Coberly is breathtaking. The Reflections essay focuses on navigation (Where the heck are we, anyway?).

What's more? Simple Solutions include an affordable powered winch, an update on Trex as a substitute for teak decking (it's working out!), and a quick fix while underway for an exhaust leak. Quick and Easy articles include using wire ties as fasteners when trailering, fixing deck leaks with Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure, making a new kind of mooring buoy pickup, and reeving a halyard.

There's more, too. Clearly we have something for everyone!

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2002 Issues

All of the 2002 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


January/February 2002 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This issue features these boats: the Stone Horse and the Cal 40. We've got a profile of Carl Alberg, the designer of oodles of good old boats. Don Casey tells us about painting the topsides, and Ted Brewer tells us how to interpret lines drawings. Cary Deringer compares drag devices (sea anchors and drogues), and Andrew "Aussie" Bray discusses holding tank installations. Theresa Fort tells how to dry food aboard. Don Frye reports on the Good Old Boat Regatta held in October in Annapolis. Don Launer tells us about deadeyes. Jerry Powlas will make you get out your calculator with his conversion from decimals to fractions. David Dean's The Boat Shop television show is profiled. Kai Sturmann breaks your heart with the sale of his first boat (or is it that darling daughter in the photo?). We've got a beautiful photo spread by Bob Chambers and poetry to accompany the photos by Jeffrey DeLotto. Simple solutions include making a hurricane-proof mooring, defeating the dreaded drips, and the joys of a dockside shop. There are Quick and Easy projects also and book reviews and our ever-popular classified ads and the Reflections piece and Last Tack and... you get the idea.

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March/April 2002 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This issue earns an "editor's choice award" as one of the favorites of the editor (I know we're not supposed to HAVE favorites, but we do). Boats in the March issue are the Falmouth Cutter 22 and the Sea Sprite 34. Dan Spurr writes a great article on roller furling systems, Ted Brewer waxes eloquent on boat displacement, Don Casey paints the deck, and Bill Sandifer crawls into the bilge to adjust the stuffing box. John Fulweiler tells what to expect if the Coast Guard chooses to board your vessel, Don Launer discusses block maintenance, Barbara Theisen tells how to get those vinyl letters on the transom, and Michael Greenwald discusses the preparation of shrimp, crab, and lobster. Bill Coolidge brings back a memory of sailing at 16, Tom Lochhaas can't decide whether to go simple or to go safe when making a crossing, and Zoltan Gyurko chooses simple and makes a crossing in a Pearson Commander. The Simple Solutions and Quick and Easy projects, book reviews, art, reflections and so on contribute to the usual nice mix. Pour a cup of coffee, sit down, enjoy. See if you agree with the editor that this is a particularly good issue.

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May/June 2002 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Another hit! This issue is big on history of our good old boats with a profile of George O'Day and the history of the Columbia Yacht Company. We review the Freedom 33 and feature the Sabre 30. Don Launer talks about preparing for a really big blow, and Mary Jane Hayes tells of the restoration of her boat after one such blow. Bill Sandifer talks about Cutless bearings, Aussie Bray describes the spares it's good to keep aboard. Simon Hill discusses head maintenance. Just for fun we have another of Ted Brewer's fireside chats, Tom Froncek's cruising memories, and a gorgeous center spread that makes you want to cruise the Pacific Northwest. Simple Solutions includes keeping the birds off your boat (good luck with that one!) and raising the waterline. Quick and Easy projects are a telltale for your cabin, an overboard ladder, and a rubrail insert. There are book reviews, the usual packed classified ad pages, and one last lovely Reflections piece.

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July/August 2002 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Our boats include a review of the Ericson 35 and a Columbia 28 feature. There's a refit of a Bayfield 25 also. On the technical side of things we've got a low-tech customized circuit panel, the salvage of a Hinckley Pilot 35, and how to prepare your boat for sale. Roger Ross tells about preparing a boat for Baja cruising, and Ted Brewer discusses cruising rigs. We've got Part 3 from the cruising chef, Michael Greenwald, and a five-year plan for bringing one back from the edge of the grave by Bill Sandifer. We've also got a profile of well-known designer Thomas Gillmer by Steve Mitchell and a lovely art spread by John Karklins. Also just for fun is a neat piece on the reasons for sailing a small boat and a thoughtful reflection by Peter Bonsey as he prepares to cross the Atlantic. Simple solutions include single-line docking and checking deck vents. Quick and easy projects include chock-keepers for trailersailers, nearly foul-proof cleats, insight from Lin Pardey on white sails, a drogue for your tender, and a shorepower cable cover. There are book reviews and much more, of course.

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September/October 2002 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Our boats in this issue are the Cheoy Lee 35 as a feature boat and the Frances 26 / Morris 26 as the review boat. A Pearson 26 is upgraded. We also offer the history of C&C Yachts. Don Launer begins a two-part series on repowering (he's replacing his diesel with another diesel), Ted Brewer is eloquent on the subject of rudders, skegs, and spades, and Roger Ross completes his two-part series on what you need to cruise the Baja (or other tropical destinations for that matter). Steve Mitchell profiles the Chesapeake Light Craft company as our good old vendor, Nathaniel Poole survives his midlife crisis love affair with a boat, and Barbara Theisen tells about learning to sail and becoming liveaboards with two small children. There's a beautiful art spread by Willard Bond, too, and another Reflection from "memory lane." Simple Solutions include an instant chart plotter, an anchor angel, rubbing strakes, and a review of Pocketmail, an email solution for cruisers. Quick and Easy projects include fenderboards and sail covers. There are book reviews, the Last Tack, lots of classified ads, and our ever-popular Mail Buoy.

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November/December 2002 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Our boats are the salty Nor'Sea 27, and the well-traveled Cascade 29. We've got a nice refit article involving the conversion of a Catalina 36 for serious offshore work. One of the most popular articles in this one is how to make a hard dodger by Roger Ross, but Don Launer's repowering (part 2) is a close contender. We've also got a great one on installing an outboard inside and out of the way by James Baldwin, scantling rules by Ted Brewer, and provisioning by Janet Groene. John Harris sketches how to build a wooden forehatch, and Steve Henkel does a wonderful profile of Gary Mull, a designer who is much missed by those who knew him. Glen Smith tells of the sailor who mentored him, and Jill Knight tells of circumnavigating alone on her 37-foot 100-year-old wooden cutter. Roberto Picciotto tells what makes an old boat good, Jim Hawkins and Brooke Elgie speak of tracing seldom-used charts, Jim Daniels has a wonderful Reflections piece, and Lou Diamond is our "artiste du jour!" Simple Solutions include climbing the mast, finding extra space aboard, and lashing the tiller. Quick and Easy projects are a basketball engine jack, fender covers, the liberal use of "goo" aboard, and an easy way to replace the windows in a dodger.

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2001 Issues

All of the 2001 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:


January/February 2001 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

We kick off our fourth volume (yes indeed, Volume 4, Number 1 already!) with a review of the Allied Seawind II and an overview of Catalina Yachts (this one's meant to be a company history of a manufacturer of good old boats, but it is also a work in process since Frank Butler and his gang continue to produce fine boats of many sizes). Tom Beard tells us what happens when you press the button on an EPIRB, Peter Baumgartner begins the first of a two-part series on the refit of his Cape Dory 27, and Aubrey Millard tells of the modifications he and his wife, Judy, made to make an Ontario 32 fit for sea (and fit it was -- so far this one's cruised the Great Lakes, crossed the Atlantic, and been knocked about in the North Sea). Mark Parker is onto something new in the way of teak decks, check out his report, Ike Harter finishes his story of Seven Bells, Pat Vojtech tells about Chesapeake Bay's skipjack fleet, particularly the rescue of the Rebecca T. Ruark, and Nancy Christensen fills the center spread with her dreamy pastels of seaside scenes. Don Launer tells why he likes schooners and what you call all those extra lines and sails, and Good Old Boat editors explain how they got involved in a regatta on the Chesapeake, even though the magazine's not into racing. Really it's not. Really. We've got the poor man's diesel installation by George Snyder, cyber saints building boating communities on the 'Net by Susan Peterson Gateley, and our usual quick and easy projects: oar renewal, a clever dinghy mount for the stern of the boat and at the dock too, and a way to lengthen the life of the head seat hinge. On the Reflections page, Charles Duhon writes of a friend who lost his interest in sailing after a freak boating accident. We'll leave you to ponder the fragility of life until the next issue.

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March/April 2001 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Big boats and small ones: this issue focuses on four very different dinghies, representing the range available with a review by Scott Thurston, John Vigor reviews the Bristol 27, Don Bodemann discusses Cherubini Hunters, Mary Drake writes of a cruising Catalina 22 and the people who love her, Peter Baumgartner finishes his Cape Dory 27 refit, and Wendy Higgins breaks your heart with a tale of a 30-foot S.S. Crocker boat which has been in the family twice. Ted Brewer describes rigs, Brooke Elgie tells about his love for a cabin heater, Ken Textor writes about the complicated system of jib names and numbers, and George Cooligan tells of a boat partnership gone awry. Dennis Boese writes about South Shore Yachts and the miracles they do for the owners of C&C sailboats (and others also), Don Launer puts handholds on a dodger, Robert Doty tells you how to go about purchasing your good old boat, and Dolores Hanon reflects on the sale of hers. The art spread looks at the commercial fleet (freighters and such) on the Great Lakes. Quick and Easy projects look at the problems associated with the sea chest, how to live with dockside air conditioning, a way to latch the ports, and anchoring tips if your boat doesn't have a centerline cleat. There are book reviews, classified ads, and more.

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May/June 2001 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Boats in this issue include the Cape Dory 25D in John Vigor's series; James Baldwin's Pearson Triton, which has circumnavigated twice; the last Cheoy Lee Offshore 40 to be built as the feature boat; a Chris-Craft Capri 30 refit; a rudder refit for a Spencer 35; and a stiffer toerail for a Cal 48 yawl. Dave Gerr tells us about the Metal Boat Society, Michelle Potter offers profiles of three sailors, Bob Wood tells us that early spring and late fall are meant for sailing, and Jerry Hickson reminds us not to get hung up on electronic gadgets. We've got a fictional piece by Don Davies, humor from Bill Martin, and beauty (in sailing photos) by Gail Scott. Wes Farmer talks about the history of auxiliary engines, Ron Chappell tells how to step a mast alone and without fear, Bill Sandifer reminds us to care for our rudder tubes, Scott Rosenthal tells how to avoid low-voltage problems when starting the engine, and we have the usual quick and easy projects: a fiddle rope, a leaky mast fix, a light air tip, and a brass sea rail. There are book reviews and more, even a great spring cartoon by Mike Malzone.

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July/August 2001 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Boats in this issue include a refit of Mustang (the New York 32 previously owned by Rod Stephens), the Lord Nelson 35 as feature boat, and the Catalina 27 as review boat. Ted Brewer discusses shoal draft (centerboards, leeboards, fin-keelers, and so on). We've got the first of two articles on marine metals by Mark Smaalders, a bronze portlight refit by Armand Stephens, a berth conversion by Donald Bodemann, and a do-it-yourself lazy-jack piece by Guy Stevens. (It would seem that if you want to be in Good Old Boat, it helps if your name is Stevens or Stephens. Truly that is not the case!) Karen Larson does a piece on the Plastic Classic in San Francisco, Roy Kiesling tells us not to trust our GPS time signal if accuracy counts, and Welshman Geoffrey Toye tells us about stovetop cooking making Welsh cakes. Herbert Davies profiles three female writers, and we do a close-up profile of Matella Manufacturing, maker of very fine stanchions. Paul Kelly's art takes your breath away, and Leslie Fournier and Jay Fraser write about small-budget cruising. The quick and easy projects include a forward hatch ventilation solution, a method for releasing frozen seacocks, a design for a cockpit table big enough to hold your dinner plates, and a way to get back out of the water without having one of those cumbersome and flimsy plastic ladders. There's more of course: book reviews, opinions, reflections. This issue is one of the editor's favorites.

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September/October 2001 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

We've got an interesting collection of boats: the Baba 40 is our review boat, the Tartan 33 is our feature boat, an electrically powered Rawson 30 turns the spotlight on electric propulsion, then there's a focus on Viking longships and also on Monterey fishing boats. We've got refits on a Marshall Sanderling and an Alberg Corinthian. We continue writing of marine metals with part two of Mark Smaalder's article, Don Launer tells of in-water boat storage in winter (bubblers, agitators, etc.). Ted Brewer writes of resistance in boats. Norman Ralph repaired his stanchions and the delaminated deck beneath, Mary Jane Hayes praises harbormasters, Kai Sturmann was in Mystic, Conn., to celebrate Sparkman & Stephens boats. Niki Perryman tells of simple cruising on a wooden Arthur Robb Lion. Chris Bauer, founder of Bauteck Marine, makes for one heck of a good old vendor tale. Barbara White counsels us to stay out of the galley by making simple one-pot stew meals. Quick & Easy projects focus on hatches and a makeshift cutting tool. We also have the usual book reviews, Last Tack, and Reflections.

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November/December 2001 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This issue focuses on the Dana 24 as the review boat and the MacGregor Venture Newport as the refit boat (you've got to see what they DID to this boat!). Our good old vendor is Celestaire with a focus on founder Ken Gebhart. Steve Mitchell gives us a profile of Olin Stephens, and Cathy McIntire attends sailing school and tells about her experience. Cory Carpenter makes a shorty outboard into a long-shaft version, and Matt Colie tells how to beef up your tiller. Ted Brewer writes of hull form and also gives us a bit of insight into Ted Brewer as a young man. Armand Stephens builds a leakproof butterfly hatch for his Alberg 30, Norman Ralph discusses mast wedging, and Don Launer gets excited about bowsprits, bumpkins, and belaying pins. Theresa Fort gives us whale-watching guidelines, and Michael Greenwald tells of the delicacies of the sea (finding, cleaning, and cooking oysters, octopus, and more). A pair of young sisters makes you want to cruise in Maine. We cover the Master Mariners event in San Francisco photographically. And we have the usual photo spread, Quick and Easy articles, book reviews, Last Tack, Reflections, and so on.

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2000 Issues

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January/February 2000 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The January/February issue is jam-packed. This one includes the C&C Redwing 30 as the feature boat and the International Folkboat as the review boat. Don Casey winds up his repowering article on replacing a diesel with a new diesel (yes, some of us are doing THAT already)! We cover bottom paints, riding sails, consignment shops, sailing women who are role models, whisker poles, heating and cooling your boat, and the restoration of an Alberg 30. We couldn't resist the millennium and added a look at calendars and time. We also have feature shots of ice boats, building a dinghy in a matter of hours, our usual Reflections piece, and a fun article on the Git-Rot boat.

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March/April 2000 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The March/April issue features the Tanzer 22, offers a review of the Pacific Seacraft 25, provides an interior refit of an Allied Seabreeze, and takes a look at these classics: Tahiti ketch and the Tahitiana. It reviews the wide variety of sealants, offers a look at stability by Ted Brewer, tests a new swageless fitting, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about fiberglass by Dave Gerr, tells how to customize your own stitch-and-glue dinghy, and takes an in-depth look at stove fuels. David Large's art decorates the cover and center spread, Cathy Haupert tells how she bakes on the stove-top, Frank Johnston pokes fun at the reality of buying a used boat, Ken and Pat O'Driscoll reflect on growing old as sailors, and Reese Palley tells how sailors are more in touch with the resources available to them.

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May/June 2000 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The May/June issue focuses on the Morgan 38 and the Pearson Triton as its feature and review boats, takes a look at the positive aspects of having a wooden boat, and discusses the pros and cons of traditional and inflatable dinghies. Ted Brewer discusses the rating rules that have affected the design of our good old boats, Ken Textor adds varnishing tips, and Dave Reiss tells of his Pearson 26 refit. This issue has several "Reese's pieces" from Reese Palley -- a poem about the colors of sailing, accompanied by photos by Pat Vojtech, and a look at three boats Reese selects as "classic American sailboats:" a Hinckley Bermuda 40, the Valiant 40, and the Cherubini 44. Bristol Bronze is featured as a "good old vendor." Mary Jane Hayes tells of being a reluctant sailor and how she got beyond that. Jerry Powlas questions whether we should look at buying a sailboat as an investment, and Bill Sandifer discusses sailing with the transmission in or out of gear, which is better? There's a short profile of Tami Ashcraft, author of Red Sky in Mourning, a number of book reviews, and more.

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July/August 2000 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The July/August issue showcases the Southern Cross 31 as the review boat and the West Wight Potter as the feature boat. Kate Godfrey-DeMay discusses the history of the Cheoy Lee Company, and Andy Shanks restores his San Juan 24. Dan Spurr's new book, Heart of Glass, is featured with an excerpt. Theresa Fort tells how her liveaboard family conserves water, Bill Sandifer reviews the steps he went through when buying a new furling headsail, and Ted Brewer discusses keel design. Norman Ralph installs an anchor windlass on his good old boat, John Geisheker tells of a classic sailboat race in New Zealand as part of the America's Cup festivities (in which John gets a chance to sail with Lin and Larry Pardey), and Gordon Group tells how he learned it was time to cruise, rather than race. Lorne Shantz is our featured artist, and Reese Palley and Pepper Tharp bring the Reflections page to life. A new section called "Quick and Easy" projects features Brian Engelke on building windscoops, Glyn Judson on creating a freshwater rinse for his saltwater engine, and Jerry Powlas (who really can't do anything quickly or easily) tells of the simple whisker pole chocks you can build now that he's done it the hard way.

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September/October 2000 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The September/October issue includes the Westsail 32 as the review boat and the Allied Seabreeze as the feature boat. Charles Kanter tells what you might find and expect to pay if you were looking for a good old (10 years old and older) multihull. We have a three-part group of articles on moving your boat by truck, by delivery service (including how to be a delivery captain yourself), and by modifying a trailer for transport to and storage at home. We offer a look at the Dutch Boeier boats, tell of sail camping on a Newport 16, and have a delightful look at the Thunderbird races in Port Townsend summer of 2000. Lighthouses shine on our art spread, Mary Jane Hayes tells and shows how she gets gorgeous photos of boats and seascape. Mark Smaalders tells how wooden boats are constructed (various techniques), and Ron Chappell offers a refit of a Com-Pac 23. We continue the quick and easy projects with directions for building a cockpit awning, restoring a rusty anchor, and building a gorgeous dinette table. There's more of course. Our letters to the editor are always popular, and we always have a couple of short Reflections and Last Tack pieces that readers say they turn to first.

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November/December 2000 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The November/December issue offers a review of the Alberg 30 and features the Ericson 36C as well as memories of Seven Bells, a one-of-a-kind wooden boat designed by William Roue, the designer of Canada's famous Bluenose. We also have a Cape Dory Typhoon refit and a look at club-footed jibs and the advantages of the staysail rig. Ted Brewer discusses beautiful design characteristics, and John Vigor discusses the unthinkable: capsize (what if your floating home were inverted?). We have an unusual solution to the dinghy compromise and two articles on photography (one about photo composition and boating photos in particular the other about shooting technical photos for publications such as Good Old Boat). We take a look at how to trailer boats and why you might want to. There's a piece about musical instruments that work well on boats and the friendships they create. We never forget to include a gorgeous art spread (and a little poetry, too, this time.) There's the quick and easy section with a focus on hatches. And book reviews, the Last Tack, and Reflections, of course.

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1999 Issues

All of the 1999 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:

  • On back issue CDs, available as a full year of PDFs, bundled with the 1998 issues for $25
  • As digital downloads, available as a full year of PDFs, bundled with the 1998 issues for $19.95
  • As digital downloads, available as individual issues for $8 (PDF format) (PDF format)

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January/February 1999 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

This issue introduces our "cruising memories" feature which is waiting for contributions from good old sailors, like you. Reese Palley writes about surviving Hurricane Georges. The in-depth technical feature focuses on water and fuel tanks and what to do when they need to be repaired or replaced. Ted Brewer discusses flag etiquette. Ken Textor introduces his Small Boat Journal column with a great piece on dinghies. Sven Donaldson features a couple who sail and love the Blackwatch 19, a great little cruiser by Texan Dave Autry. Winter aboard (in Canada!) is discussed by Larry DeMers, who interviews a couple of year-round liveaboards, and Geoff Parkins interviews Don Moyer of Moyer Marine. Dan Smith profiles the Allied Boat Company's rise and fall. And Karen Larson discusses life (yes, it's possible) aboard without an icebox or refrigerator.

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March/April 1999 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The March/April issue discusses blister repair on a Valient, fuel and water filters, a review of the Albin Vega, a feature on the Baba 30 and her sailors, a look at oars for dinghies, anchoring with two anchors, safe shorepower, how to anodize your boat parts, and much more. This issue introduces a subscriber sweepstakes. In mid-June three paid subscribers were selected to win a handmade model of their boat (first place) or a very nice personalized duffel bag (second and third places). They are featured in our September 1999 issue.

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May/June 1999 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The May/June issue focuses on tuning your standing rigging, appreciating your tiller, buying an affordable boat, restoring a Bristol 27, keeping the motion at anchor under control when there's surge, and fighting mildew. The Pearson Commander is our feature boat, and the Bristol Channel Cutter is the boat reviewed in this issue. There is a feature on two men who choose to preserve classic sailboats and a small wonders feature on the use of chip logs and lead lines. We also feature the sailor who designed the duffel bags which were part of our giveaway prize drawing for subscribers. This issue is huge -- 96 pages -- in part because we reran the entire list of sailboat associations and contacts, a list of more than 500 names and growing...

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July/August 1999 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

Our July/August first-year anniversary issue looks at the advantages and disadvantages of aluminum and steel boats, focuses on when and why to buy new sails, talks about what the sailor's medical bag should include and how to handle medical emergencies at sea, and includes a short how-to on building a mast. It includes a Cal 20 boat review and a Block Island 40 as the feature boat. Ted Brewer writes about the formulas used by yacht designers, Don Casey gets sentimental about staying aboard during a gentle summer rain, artist Dave Chase tells of his "poor man's windlass" in comic-book style, Roy Kiesling explains how GPS works, and John Vigor writes about a new $400 dinghy and allows us to reprint a couple of Vigor's favorites: a ceremony for renaming your boat and what he calls the "Black Box Theory." We also include a beautiful photo essay and a cruising memory that will bring a smile to your face.

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September/October 1999 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The September/October issue of Good Old Boat includes articles on climbing the mast, re-doing the standing rigging, adding chafing gear, repairing blisters, replacing ports, and making a valve-spring compressor for use with the Atomic 4. The feature boat is a Nicholson 35, and the review boat is the Contessa 26 (also known as the Taylor 26). Feature articles include love for a special boat dog, a photo essay by Mary Jane Hayes, a look at whether sailboats are really just RVs on the water, and a profile of Joe Palmer who offers parts and customer service for Tartans and other good old boats. And finally, the Pardeys take a look at why we tell "sea-fearing tales" of storms at sea, rather than speaking of the good times we've had out there.

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November/December 1999 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The November/December issue of Good Old Boat features the Bayfield boats -- particularly the Bayfield 40 -- has a review of the Pacific Seacraft Flicka, presents Don Casey on repowering (preparing to replace your diesel engine), and tells the history of the Pearson Yacht Company and birth of fiberglass boats. Our Small Wonders column, which was created in fond memory of Small Boat Journal, discusses moving immovable objects. We've also got pressure cooking aboard, replacing your holding tanks, Ted Brewer on helm balance, a lovely picture spread by Scott Kennedy, and something we've all asked ourselves -- "Why?" by Bill Sandifer on the frustrations boat maintenance can cause. We offer some welcome news for Bristol Yacht sailors, how to make your own pushpit seats, some neat Christmas fiction by Don Launer, the vessel in the fog, and our usual Reflections piece to close out the issue.

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1998 Issues

All of the 1998 issues are unavailable as paper copies but can be purchased:

  • On back issue CDs, available as a full year of PDFs, bundled with the 1999 issues for $25
  • As digital downloads, available as a full year of PDFs bundled with the 1999 issues for $19.95
  • As digital downloads, available as individual issues for $8 (PDF format)

Premier Issue June 1998 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The first issue, which came out in June, included an in-depth look at seacocks and thru-hulls with an article by Nigel Calder and a companion piece on marine metals by marine architect Dave Gerr. Don Casey had a guest editorial extolling the virtues of good old boats. The issue also focused on the Atomic 4 engine, featured a Cape Dory 30 and her good old sailors, and presented a way to restore your rubrails. We had a centerfold of good old boat photos. And we included a list of sailboat associations and owners' groups.

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September/October 1998 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The September/October issue includes a technical look at exhaust systems by Dave Gerr and Jerry Powlas, a supplier feature on Sailrite, a discussion about buying sails through sail brokers, a great article on what to look for when buying an older boat, a feature on an Ericson 35, a "walk down memory lane" with the birth of the Valiant by Sylvia Dabney, an article by Lin Pardey on onboard communication, a review of sailing listservers and newsgroups on the 'Net, and ruminations by a nautical photographer.

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November/December 1998 (Available on CD or as downloadable PDF files)

The November/December issue includes a collection of articles on buying, financing, insuring, and upgrading your good old boat and a look at tax considerations for boaters. It has a profile of designer Ted Brewer and a look at fiberglass boats (what can go wrong and how to determine whether an older boat is worth the investment of time and money). It includes a feature on the Niagara 35 and her sailors in Canada's North Channel and Georgian Bay. A chapter of Roland Barth's new book, Cruising Rules, pokes fun at macho types who don't reef. Bill Sandifer shows us how he repaired extensive deck delamination in his Pearson Ariel, and Jerry Powlas talks about the vang/preventer system that works on his C&C. It has a centerfold of good old boat photos by Mary Jane Hayes. Sailrite's Matt Grant discusses pros and cons of roller furling and hanked-on jibs, and Bob Wood lists names and phone numbers for resources for sailors. This list is available on our supplier page.

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