The quantity and variety of sailboat and sailing photos we receive shows the wide range of good old boats that have been built. You send us your photos (to our webmaster: email@example.com) and we post them here. Every two months we look at the most recent photos and select a favorite for what we call our Editor's Choice Award. That photo is printed in our magazine Mail Buoy pages and we send the photographer a big thanks in the form of a T-shirt or a ball cap.
Endymion, my 1981 Hunter 30, on a broad reach with asymmetrical coming into South Haven, Michigan harbor. I have owned the boat since 2009. Photo by Tammy Lubbers. -- Richard Lubbers
Black Oak Snow
This is one of the pictures we sent out to the Cherokee Lake Sailboat Club members after a recent snowstorm. We ended up with 6 inches of snow, the most in 21 years. Cherokee Lake is located in Jefferson City , Tenn. Black Oak Marina is the home marina of the Cherokee Lake Sailboat Club. -- Ned Jones, Dockmaster
In 2005, I sailed my good old 1970 Aquarius 23, Lacuna, from Olympia, Washington, to Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, and back, mostly solo. This photo was taken by Ed Moye as I sailed Lacuna in the katabatic wind off Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay.
Lacuna has taken me on many other delightful voyages, including around Vancouver Island, down the Columbia River from Richland, Washington to the sea, and countless miles in the Salish Sea and her home water, Fern Ridge Reservoir in Oregon. -- Dennis Todd
Love the magazine. Thought I would send a pic of my 1983 O'Day 25 taken on Lake Pepin. (Of the 2700 or so built, I have one of the 250 or so built to the MORC rules with a fin keel and tall rig.) I'm moving the boat to Bayfield this coming season, and after 4000 or so nautical miles on Lake Pepin, I am really pumped! Keep up the good work. -- Timothy Starks
Brian Buck writes: This is a photo of my 1976 Pearson 35, Hornblower. It was taken after I finished cleaning the waterline here in front of my condo in Cocoa, Florida. I sail the waters of the Indian RIver Lagoon and occasionally venture to the Florida Keys.
Off Duck Island
The boat approaching us is named Tigger, the others I don't know. They are the Wed night racing fleet from Duck Island YC in Westbrook CT, last August 2013. We had anchored at the Duck Island Anchorage overnight and were treated to watching the races as they started and did "laps" around us. They finished just before the storm moved in and the lighting was so dramatic I had to snap a few photos. Tigger won the race and they were heading back. We have encountered Tigger before in this anchorage. In fact they seem to practice by weaving by sail through all the boats at anchor! Very startling to some the first time they come within a couple feet of your boat, but now we just offer them a beer! -- Lorie Eadie
Jeff Griffin tell us his 1965 Islander, Saphina, has sailed from Boston to Block Island, traveled the midwest in Arkansas, and now resides on the Tennessee River where TN, MS, and AL meet, at the northern end of the Tenn-Tom waterway.
She has new wood toe rails and coamings, and redesigned interior. Her Westerbeake diesel powers her easily and economically. Newer sails and brand new teak treatment. Solid and dependable. She loves chasing squalls.
Thanks for article on Chris Craft's Capitan 26! Thought you might like to see a picture of ours. Northwind, moored in Converse Bay, Lake Champlain Vermont. Thanks. -- Ken & Tricia Jarecki
O'Day Tempest 23
This is my O'Day Tempest (23'), Retreat, sailing past the Wiscasset Yacht Club in Wiscasset, Maine. She is a Phil Rhodes design, and sails beautifully with the least bit of wind. She is also sturdy, even after almost 50 years. I got cuaght in small craft warning conditions in 2008, and she performed admirably, (though I don't wish to repeat the experience). I only wish I could spend more time sailing.-- Bob Edgarton, Chelsea, Maine
This is my boat, Genesis II. A 1978 Hunter 27. I am the original owner. I am currently a member of the Brockport Yacht Club. I sail on Lake Ontario and the 1000 Islands. -- Patrick Siconolfi
Loved the photo section of the September/October issue, so I thought perhaps you would be interested in putting Orient in your next issue. She is a 1965 wooden-masted Cheoy Lee. The photo was taken in September while passing Smith Island, Chesapeake, MD. Orient resides in Saint Michaels, MD. -- Wendy Moritz
Just wanted to send this photo of our Pearson 36, the Jenny Lynn, at Cannery Cove, Admiralty Island, Alaska taken four year ago on our way from Sitka to Seattle. I've always liked it. It was taken by my wife, Grace Brooks. -- Charlie Morgan
My boat is Prime Time. She's a 1977 Chrysler C-22. I sailed Lake Lanier, GA for my second winter. Last year the water was low, but the lake's full this year. Winter sailing can blast great winds and good waves. Kicking on the wave is a great thrill that's unexplained. You just have to experience it for yourself. Love :-) the freedom of sailing.-- Gordon Pipkin
Early morning view
The view as I am heading out to our sailboat early one morning at Lost Bridge Marina on Beaver Lake, AR. It doesn't get any better than this! -- Mark Zedlitz
Irwin 35 Citation
This is my Irwin 35 Citation during a sunset sail on Barnaget Bay NJ. My good old boat is used for sailing charters on the bay. Although she's over 25 years old most people think she is new. Nothing beats a good old boat for business or pleasure! -- Captain David J. Basile
Pam and I are still enjoying Twillick, our Sparkman and Stephens designed Northstar 600, (also known as the Hughes 26). A fellow yacht club member took this shot of us while well heeled as we were on our way back from a great weekend's sail. After four seasons we have explored many nooks and crannies along Newfoundland's east coast. We keep her berthed at the Terra Nova Yacht Club, Holyrood, Newfoundland Labrador. -- Pam and Derrick Burry
Brian Bowen sails his 2008 Beneteau 373 on Lake Hartwell, near Anderson, South Carolina. We had to know about her name, Third WInd. He tells us: Yes, there is a story to the boat name. Our first boat, a '78 Bruce Roberts 25, was named Wind Fall when purchased. Our second boat, a '91 Beneteau First 285, was named Wind Quest when purchased. With the '07 Beneteau 373 being our third boat and having three members in the family, we decided to name her Third Wind. This is the only boat that we renamed. The previous owner had named her Vixen.
Full speed ahead
This is a sailing yacht that whipped by us over the waves on a sail from St. Martin to St. Barts in January. -- Rufus H. Jones
There is certainly a sense of speed and power in this shot. Somebody is having a good time. –Ed.
Attached is a picture of our 1975 Prout Snowgoose 35 Catamaran anchored in Silver Lake, Ocracoke Island, NC. We just recently completed a trip down the ICW / alternate ICW from Hampton, VA. There is some great sailing to be had in the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds when taking the alternate ICW inside the Outer Banks. -- Charles Bare, LT
Schooner in Ocracoke
I have been "borrowing" copies of your magazine (from friends, not shoplifting) for quite some time now and have enjoyed it so much that I now am a subscriber. Two of us had done an overnight sail from Washington (NC, not DC) on my friend's 31-footer in around thirteen hours and arrived in Ocracoke Harbor at 5:00 AM. We immediately hit the bunks and when we arose later that morning this beautiful schooner was the first thing to greet our eyes. -- Rufus Jones
Had to share this with someone. I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time. -- Dean Ungard
Laurence Boag sent this photo of Graceful Exit, his 1987 Dana 24, adding charm and great enthusiasm to San Francisco Bay. Laurence tells us that when they sailed out to watch the first of the finals of the America's Cup in early September, Graceful Exit was flying the Good Old Boat burgee.
Cherubini Hunter 27
Del Grindle writes, "The boat on the left is my 27-foot 1976 Cherubini Hunter. The other boat is a 27-foot 1966 Bristol owned by Bob Barllet. The boats are at our club docks at Shawomet Yacht Club in Dighton, Mass."
The picture was taken at Claydon Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. Lots of mornings it is foggy up there and the sun comes out around noon. Our 27 foot LM is made in Denmark and we bought her brand new in Feb. of 1984. We spend 3 months on her in the summer and cruise mostly up the BC coast. This year we left June 4th and have just returned. We look forward to seeing old friends every year and meeting new friends. I, (Colleen) have a kayak and do lots of wildlife viewing in my kayak. We see whales , dolphins and other sea life as we travel. -- Lorne & Colleen Shantz
It's been quite a change from last year on Tuttle Creek Lake. We've been at or above normal lake levels all summer. When it does get a bit high, the Corps of Engineers quickly brings it back down. Not the kind of thing we are accustomed to, but very welcome indeed.
We had a lot of extra activities to celebrate the Blue Valley Yacht Club's 50th Anniversary. That's helped to attract a few new members to the club. We've even managed to teach 16 youth to sail Optis and Sunfish during three camps this summer; a new record for us. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we aren't dealing with the lake level changes.
I'm including a photo taken of my wife, DeAdre, and me aboard our new old boat, Blue Jeans, (1981 Catalina 25) taken during a perfectly wonderful sail on Sunday. -- Daryl Strouts
Art Hall sends: We had five Allied Seabreezes at our August rendezvous: one yawl and four sloops. Seven more boats were represented by folks who were not able to come by sea. Two of those came all the way from Florida! How's that for dedication? We gathered at the City of Rockland (Maine) docks and we could not have been more graciously welcomed and attended to.
Ahoy, this is me and my TANZER 22, A'bhan-dia Fand (the goddess Fand) on Lac St-Louis near Montreal, Qc, early fall last year. I'm getting ready to shake out a reef sailing home from a solo overnighter ( i.e. without the admirals) in the company of my good friend and sailing buddy, Chris Atack. Chris took the photo from his TANZER 22, Seatramp. I mostly single-hand Fand; she has taken good care of me while I have learned to sail and battled illness over the past few years. I often bring a thermos of tea and some ginger snaps to snack on while I sail. Aboard Fand I am in my happy place. -- Kevin McLean
Jenny Marie (1963 Pearson Triton) and I both turned fifty this year. We are holding up pretty well although somewhat cosmetically challenged. Jenny was a bit of a wreck when I aquired her. She was lived aboard in the Carribean and came here via Venezuela. I am working away at the "big" stuff while sailing her in Nova Scotia. For her 50th birthday, she got a brand new Beta 14 diesel. -- Sean C. Smith
Last summer I bought a 1979 Sirius 21 sailboat built in Parry Sound , Ontario. It was built by Van de Stat and Mcgreur. I noticed there was not a single pic of a Sirus 21 in the photo section so I thought you might add my boat to the list. I am re-naming it Knee Deep. I sail my boat in Green Bay near Springdale , Newfoundland. -- Claude Bowers
She was built in 1968 by Nelson Whitesell in Largo Fl. She is wood, strip-planked cedar over sawn Longleaf Yellow Pine frames. The first boat of this design is the schooner Aries (36') built in 1962 by the Crosby yard in Cape Cod. The designer for both is WD Knott. This boat was built for Carl D Brorien Jr, an engineer and WWII pilot who fought at Midway. I am only the third owner, having bought her in Ft Lauderdale in 2008.
With volunteer crew we sailed her up to LI in the spring of '09. We suffered bad weather, but no bad spirits. The trip was two weeks, involving offshore and ICW legs. Since then she hasn't left the Sound, though my wife Jane and I plan to cruise her south and north starting in about three years. We do overnights and weekends around the Sound.
The boat is quite heavy, 16 tons. With her full keel and ketch rig, she is easy to single-hand, as in the photo. I sailed her off her mooring that day. I'm retired, and most often sail alone, though we've had as many as eight aboard to daysail. I use the boat year-round, as we sometimes have nice days in the winter. Inside, she has great headroom, a propane oven, and a dedicated shower. But she's still old-fashioned, without refrigeration, shore power, hot water, or much electronics. We use an old flasher type fathometer, a modern vhf, and paper charts backed up by a handheld gps. She still carries her original reliable Perkins 4-107, which, like everything aboard, I maintain myself.
She was on her mooring for both Sandy and Irene. In Sandy she was hit by a loose boat, and dragged her #600 mooring about a third of a mile, resetting it within 100 yards of the beach. Great construction and conscientious owners have kept her in good order, she barely leaks and doesn't flex. I expect to sail her until I'm too old, then pass her on. I see no reason she shouldn't live to a hundred. -- John Sandusky
This was taken in May of 2010 in the Yucatan channel Gulf stream, sailing single handed from Isla Mujeres Mexico to Key West. The boat is my wonderful old 1975 Alajuela 38, Maya.
Maya has benefited from several of the really good, practical DIY articles in your magazine. For example she sports separate belts for her alternator and water pumps per an issue a year or two ago. -- Dennis Wilcoxon
The boat is our Canadian built 1979 Niagara 35, anchored off West Vancouver, BC in June, 2013. Atelier can be found sailing the southern gulf islands and the US San Juan Islands from her home port at the Vancouver Rowing Club in DT Vancouver, Canada.
I bought her from her original owner about 8 years ago and have dramatically upgraded her over the years. She is an excellent family cruiser and the love of my life! -- Michael Haldane