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  • Alethea and Erik Westover share a harrowing tale of how not to name your boat—a learning experience for all
  • Make your own shackle pulls? Jordan Snyder shows us how
  • Tom Wells reviews the Allied Princess 36 and Rob Mazza offers a design comparison
  • DIY: Robin Urquhart designs and builds an impressive solar panel arch and Cliff Moore demonstrates the benefits and ease of swageless-rigging terminals
  • David and Marcie Lynn together spill the beans on DSC VHF radio functionality that will have you signing up for an MMSI as soon as you can
  • Dan Spurr shows us the proven, no-nonsense approach to fixing a wet deck core
  • Drew Frye takes us through a comprehensive A/C install aboard Shoal Survivor
  • Plus a complete Vagabond 47 refit, a tale of two boys and no survey, the essence of a life, and much more!

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by Brian Bills

The sun that shines bright in the east,
Gives color to the sky
The boats rock gently in their slips
And raucous seabirds cry

A mariner strolls down the dock,
His seabag at his side
This is no weekend yachtsman here,
His mettle has been tried

Provisions bought and stored below,
A new course he shall lay
He's eager now to cast off lines
And log a brand new day

He seeks a life men never know
Who dwell upon the land (this is the line you left out)
With Salacia he yearns to dance
And shake King Neptune’s hand

His sturdy craft of wood and bronze
Bespeak a salty feel
And many a mile of oceans deep
Have passed beneath her keel

No fancy gadgets does he need
To guide him on his way
A sextant and chronometer
Will get him through the day

A compass hanging round his neck
Ensures his path is true
It never fails to show the course
Across the ocean blue

He’s sailed with the trade wind
Into ports of great renown
He’s weathered squalls that bent his mast
And nearly took him down

He’s faced down waves that pummeled him
And shook him to his bones
And once or twice he swears he saw
A wink from Davy Jones

This seaborne soul who sails the deep
Has also seen the joy
Of dolphins dancing at his bow,
His boat a playful toy

At night the stars gleam endlessly,
The moon lights up his sails
And in his wake the sea foam glows
With phosphorescent trails

His preparations finished now,
The time is drawing nigh
For goodbye hugs to those he loves
And hoisting sails high

And now his hand he raises up,
To wave ere he departs
A mariner’s adventures bold
Live deep in all our hearts

A retired Army veteran, truck driver, sailor, and fledgling writer, Brian Bills came to sail late in life, when he moved from Utah to Southern Maryland in 2008. Starting with a 22-foot wooden daysailer he bought on eBay for $1.60, Brian has gone on to refurbish and sail several boats. When he is not hauling freight around the country, he plies the waters of the Chesapeake in Yellow Fever, a San Juan 24, and has his eye firmly set on an imminent retirement so that he can move up to a larger boat and begin logging his own blue-water adventures.

This poem was also featured in our March edition of The Dogwatch, our monthly newsletter. The Dogwatch features articles and information that are not published in our magazine. Interested in getting our newsletter? Just send your email address to Brenda@goodoldboat.com.


Swiftsure Race 75th anniversary

For 75 years in a row, thousands of Pacific Northwest sailors have participated in a yacht race that started as an overnight sail to round a lightship anchored off the Swiftsure Bank, at the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the waterway between Washington State and Vancouver Island. The lightship is long gone, but this historic race continues, growing in size and popularity. Best of all, it’s a race for all kinds of sailors, especially those aboard good old boats. I was at the starting line in Victoria, BC in 2013 to report on the race for Good Old Boat magazine (a Swiftsure media sponsor). I’ll tell you up front that I’m not a big sailboat racing fan, but I loved the vibe and camaraderie of this event. Read my report here: . Registration for the 75th annual race began January 2, and there’s still time for you to enter—you’ll likely love it.


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2018 Golden Globe2018 GOLDEN GLOBE — WOW!

I was born in 1968, so it caught me a bit off guard when I learned that the 2018 Golden Globe Race will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 race that is still being talked about today. But the reminder that I’m on the eve of the half-century mark hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or were born recently, or new to the sailing world, the 1968 race spawned legends and legendary stories. The race was more than a race, it was a challenge. Nobody at the time had ever sailed solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world. Anybody who finished the race would be the first to do so. Was it even possible?

The world, Great Britain in particular, was buzzing about Sir Francis Chichester, knighted the year prior before cheering thousands for becoming the first to sail solo around the world via the clipper route. But a race in which solo sailors did it non-stop, without help, wow. Throw in constant media coverage of the race underway and a purse...everyone’s interest was piqued.

Now a legend in the sailing world, Bernard Moitessier famously turned away from the fame and fortune lying at the finish line and continued around, “To save my soul.” Robin Knox Johnston finished first and was himself knighted (in fact, he was the only finisher). Donald Crowhurst never left the Atlantic Ocean, yet faked position reports and drove himself to madness at the prospect of being discovered. He eventually stepped off the transom, his body never recovered, a wife and children left behind. Nigel Tetley lost his boat after circumnavigating, but before finishing, all because he was pushing her too hard in a bid to beat the phantom threat of Crowhurst’s progress. All of the remaining racers threw in the towel at some point along the route.

Now, in a world where long-distance ocean racing has become the exclusive domain of yachts emblazoned with corporate logos and piloted by professional skippers, along comes the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Only 30 racers can enter and all are restricted to sailing boats designed prior to 1988. No vessel can carry aboard any of the following: GPS, radar, chart plotters and electronic charts, electronic wind instruments, electronic log, mobile phone, iPhone, iPod, Kindle or any computer-based device, CD players, electronic watches/clocks, digital video or still cameras, electronics of any kind, satellite equipment of any kind, digital binoculars, pocket calculators, water-maker, carbon fiber, Spectra, or any high-tech materials. In short, with the exception of designated safety gear (such as satellite phone and tracking systems and modern AGM batteries), if it wasn’t aboard Robin Knox Johnston’s boat at the start of the 1968 race, it cannot be aboard a boat at the start of the 2018 race.

These are good old boats! And anyone who can pony up the entry fee and has access to a qualifying boat, can race. I can’t wait to follow along. - GOB editor, Michael Robertson

Learn more at: http://goldengloberace.com/. - MR



There's not yet a whole lot of content on the Good Old Boat Magazine YouTube channel, but we're now adding videos regularly. Some upcoming videos will be supplements to current articles in Good Old Boat and The Dogwatch, others will stand alone. Subscribers of the digital edition of Good Old Boat will have a distinct advantage. In the March issue, for example, they'll be able to read Tom Wells' review of the Allied Princess 36, and then click to watch a video in which Tom walks them through the review boat. It's a new perspective we hope you enjoy. Of course, print subscribers aren't left in the dark, they just have to fire up their favorite device and go to YouTube and search Good Old Boat magazine.

Click here to check out our current videos.

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