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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
This is a 1977 Pearson 323. Her name is Frayed Knot and the hull number is 89. The owner is Dick Martin, who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She sails the southeast coast of the United States.
Cherie Calabrese shot this photo of Jeff Bander and Sandy Nelson on Wind Chime, a Catalina 28, sailing Sag Harbor, New York, with members of the Shoreline Sailing Club.
Thistle is a Nonsuch 36 built in 1986, owned from new by Paul and Nan Boudreau sailing out of Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club. She has won honourable mention twice and the best boat trophy at the International Rendezvous and most recently for most innovations in a Nonsuch. This is a photo of Thistle anchored off the Scarborough Bluffs in Lake Ontario during the International Nonsuch Rendezvous.
I've always loved your magazine and I submit a shot of my Pearson Commander named Ananda. (I was told by former owner that it means bliss in Sanskrit). She's moored in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Regards, Jody Gershner
Cape Cod catboat
Lee Luce says she has fallen in love with the boat next door (sometimes these things happen and honesty is the best policy). Gannet moors next to Lee's boat at the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack, New York. To keep the seams swelled on his wooden craft, Jeff Levy, Gannet's owner, keeps her in the water all winter. Gannet is a Fenwick Williams-designed traditional Cape Cod catboat with the usual shallow draft of 2 feet 8 inches on her 25.5-foot length and 11-foot 8-inch width.
Saint Lucie Regatta
When I first saw this shot on our club's webpage there was a recent copy of your magazine in front of me on my desk. My immediate thought was, Good Old Boat cover photo if there ever was one. This cluster of GOBs include a Seafarer 34, Sabre 30, Ranger 33, Cal 34, & Tartan 37 just after the start of a Saint Lucie Sailing Club regatta in Stuart, FL, December 2014. Happy New Year! Cheers, Art Croxton
Cal 25 Mk II
Our Cal 25 Mk II, Capella, pictured late in the day tied up at Coupeville, WA, inside Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. Mt. Baker off to the northeast. -- Rick & Leslee Shepler, Homeport: Everett, WA
Steele Creek, NC
The picture was taken November 8, 2014 at Steele Creek Marina on Kerr Lake, Townsville, NC. The view is from the cockpit of my GOB, a Catalina 25. We had a wonderful day sail that afternoon, and, as we returned to the dock the wind became calm. My wife, Shannon, snapped the picture. -- Mike Doane
Sheworthy is a 1976 O'Day 22, that I've singlehanded on this large west central MN lake for the last 20 years, weather permitting, June through October, with fall often having the most steady winds, and most gorgeous blue skies, and often only loons for company.-- Siri Fiebiger
Sunrise at Branched Oak Marina
The picture was taken at about sunrise on the morning my boat was to be hauled out at the end of the season. The wind was dead calm, making for an easy haul out. At this point a few of the boats had been pulled; but the big rush was to follow. These floating docks were to come out the following week. My boat, "Joni la Bella" is not in this picture; it's a bit to the left. -- Reg Wyatt
This is a Hinckley 42 owned by Tim Britton. I photographed it at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont. The early morning sunlight made for a dramatic shot against the foggy Adirondack mountains of New York. Photograph by Art Weis.
These are our 26' Balboa - Gypsea, and our 26' Columbia - Still Crazy. We are docked at our home port in late September in the nearly empty East Tawas Michigan State Dock, Tawas Bay, Lake Huron. --
We are new to sailing the Salish Sea, and loving it! It is the best cruising area we have ever experienced. This is Wanderer, our 1970 Dutch-built Banjer 37, stern tied last summer in Smuggler Cove Provincial Park, British Columbia. She is home ported in Port Orchard, Washington.
We found Wanderer a bit over two years ago here in Puget Sound. We previously sailed on the East coast of the U.S. and some in the Bahamas & Caribbean. Lyndi also sailed extensively in the English Channel and crossed the Atlantic quite a while back in a Vancouver 27. Now we are busy exploring the Salish Sea. -- Al & Lyndi Gaston
I first saw this Ericson 29 on e-Bay in February of 2010. I wasn't looking for a boat, I certainty didn't need a boat. I really couldn't afford a boat. Besides I had access to a fleet of fine well maintained sail boats through my membership in Marina Sailing. But no one was bidding on this boat. From the pictures I new where the slip was located, so on my day off I drove to the Marina just to take a look.
What I found was a solid, Good Old Boat with some cosmetic issues. I asked the folks in neighboring silps about the boat and learned that the retired couple who owned her recently rebuilt the Atomic 4 engine and within a short time it developed a loud knock. This was the last straw for them, time to cut their losses and sell.
All week I followed the auction and no one was bidding. So on the last day, hours before closing I placed a ridiculously low bid to get the ball rolling. Surely someone will out bid me.
As the auction came down to the last hour, no bids. Lots of people were watching but I was the only bid. With 10 minutes to go I was still the only bid. Can't anyone else see the potential. A solid boat with 4 goods sails including a brand new asymmetrical spinnaker. 5....4...3...2..1 the boat was mine. What am I going to tell my wife.
Coming up on four years the boat is all fixed up and she has a new name, Máirin. It's a Gaelic name that means Star of the Sea and is pronounced môr-een. Oh yes, I'm still happily married. My wife forgave me. -- Kevin Casey
I would like to share a picture of my C&C 32, 1983. This boat, built at Niagara on the Falls, Ontario, was imported by her first owner in Connecticut. It was moved then to Lake Champlain and had a few owners since, one of which raced it at Mallet Bay, Vermont. As the current owner of Indigo III, I matriculated it in Montreal.
Indigo was well maintained by its previous owners, and I continue to improve it as a pretty well livable race/cruiser. -- Christian Nadeau
Our 1967 39 Bristol. Glory just anchored in Port of Miami on her way to Pensacola, March 17, 2014. -- Ronald and Janice Long
Catalina 30 Tall Rig
This beautiful sunset was enjoyed aboard the S/V Grace (hull #3552), a 1984 Catalina 30 Tall Rig, in Galveston Bay on September 6, 2014. We are returning to our marina near Kemah, Texas. She is owned by Stephen & Beth Moll of Bellaire, Texas.
Chris and Janie Ackerman in their 1966 Cal 28, Happy Days, heading south through Dodd Narrows with a 4 knot following current. Just left Nanaimo, BC and heading for town of Chemainus. GPS showed 11 knots further on; was a nice, easy ride.
Lord Nelson 35
This photo is of S/V Forty Two, a Lord Nelson 35 (first hull produced) in Drainy Inlet on the central coast of British Columbia. Owned by Chris Allen and Carol Jackson of Port Angeles, WA.
Easy reach off Ocean City, NJ on July 4th. She's a Pearson 36, built in 1989. -- Jim Husted and Marty Castro aboard Pegasus, hull 187
Attached is a photo of Sarabande, a Bristol 27 sail#84 owned by Linda Barton, during our Genesee Yacht Club annual Scotch Bonnet Light Race. This race goes from Rochester, NY, across Lake Ontario to Scotch Bonnet Island and returning, an 84 miles round trip. It starts at 7 PM so we sail through the night. I took this photo at 11 AM a few miles from the island. No wind at this time. The reflection and light conditions makes for a nice picture. -- Randy Burr
This is ANNA LYNN, a 1984 Vagabond, sailing along the Biloxi, Mississippi, waterfront. Owned by Kurt & Maryann Oberhofer, this beauty is docked at nearby Ocean Springs, Mississippi. -- Dick Dixon
Yacht Usha off Dubai. She is a Frers 48 built in 1982, owned by Jonathan Greedy.
Here in the Midwest on the Mississippi River near Saint Louis in the fall, we love sailing on my 1982 O'Day 28 Jolly-Mon. Hope to see her in your pages! -- Skip Mann
Rich Reichenbach, the newest winner of a Good Old Boat subscription through the Summer Sailstice, sails Lake McConaughy, a dammed up lake on the North Platte RIver in the Sandhills of Nebraska. What's not to like in a 22-mile-long and 4-mile-wide lake with a fine sand beach? Rich sails a larger trailerable, but his Minifish makes for a lot of fun (and a cool photo) too.
I am the director of a non-profit sailing program that focuses on mentoring at-risk youth in the context of sailing. Our home base is Kettle Cove Marina in Casco, Maine. The attached picture is of our Freedom 25 sloop, A Little Freedom on a good day.
Check out our program at atlanticproject.org. Love your magazine. -- Dave Tidwell
Brazilian O'Day 37
Here is my Good Old Boat, a Brazilian version of the O'Day 37 Center Cockpit. L'Attitude was the last one built (around 30 where built), all using the plugs purchased from O'Day by the local builder, Mariner. My boat incorporates a couple of improvements, like the laminated (during the construction) stern platform, a hard dodger/bimini and a redesigned aft quarters, with a king size bed and engine access from the cockpit. For the rest, all the same Good Old Boat. I sail her on our home waters at Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lives happily at Marina Bracuhy. -- Carlos A Varela
Monterey CLipper 32
This is a picture of our 1975 Monterey Clipper 32 Motor Sailer anchored in Grace Harbor, Desolation Sound B.C. Our home port is Everett, WA. -- Debra Wehrman
Classic at Cattle Point
I wasn't able to get the name of this classic rigged vessel but I noticed it on a Sunday afternoon near Cattle Point off the southern tip of Vancouver Island. -- Ken Pfister
Dunbar Rock Villa, Honduras
The location of the picture is in Guanaja in the bay islands of Honduras. I shot this from the mast of our 1972 39 Allied Mistress, Sanibel. The rock and structure in the background is Dunbar Rock Villa, but your readers might have to help with the ID of the two boats, I believe the yellow one is a Flicka but that is just a guess. -- Jim and Lorie Nicolaus
This is our good old boat, a Pearson 365, hull #284, sailing off of Ashtabula Light, Sept. 2013. We have been sailing Talaria on Lake Erie for seven years. We call her a geriatric sailboat: furling jib, Dutchman on the main, self-tailing winches, windlass, etc. We want to keep her and us sailing through our "golden years". -- Jim Cozy
We're having this party on Lake Superior to cristen our new Mega 30 this month. But Oh dear! Michael sends a recent photo from the Apostle Islands, with the comment, "Perhaps we could have Sunflower's party on an ice flow!" Notice (at least) that some boats are launched! -- Eds.
Van Markos MC 39
Daniel K was designed and built by Van Markos. He built 23 more of them, known as MC 39's, but kept this one, a unique hull #1, for himself. The boat is 38 ft. in length, has a 12' beam and a 6' draft and displaces 22,000 lbs. The only fiberglass is the balsa cored hull, with the interior and deck made from a mix of teak, mahogany, white ceder, oak and spruce. The boat is shown anchored in Sekiu harbor, on the north shore of Washington State, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, on our way to the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island.
Van also built Mapleleaf's and Reliant's in his boatyard. He and his wife sailed the boat to the Caribbean, via the Panama Canal, and lived aboard for 15 years. It was returned to Canada by trucking from Miami. Daniel K died when Van was 6 months old and Van honored his father by naming his boat after him. They were both born in Macedonia and a photo of their home town is mounted on the salon bulkhead.
Van sold (transferred stewardship) the boat to me when cancer robbed him of the ability to care for her. He was a skilled craftsman and built a very seakindly and sturdy vessel. -- Keith Seller
This is a photo of our 1981 Lippincott 30, Sea Chase 2, at anchor in Selby Bay, south of Annapolis, MD. We have owned Sea Chase 2 since 2007, and we sail her out of Rock Hall, MD. (Yes,we owned a previous Sea Chase, a Catalina 22, now sailing Lake of the Ozarks, MO.) -- Fernando Segade and Yolanda Sanchez
Leo Corsetti sent this photo of Satisfaction, his Tartan 33, sailing with the USS Constitution. What a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July, 2011!
It's Lakefest Regatta season again, and I will be out there , trying to get the sailing shot's once again. This is my wife's favorite shot taken early morning in the Santa Barbara Marina in California of a beautiful two masted schooner. -- Mike Hinton
The San Francisco Bay breeze was blowing 22 knots when Rod Witel took this photo of Georgie's Girl, a 1980 Mariner 36, in front of Alcatraz Island. George Sparr owns Georgie's Girl and reports that this boat "is a great boat that can handle the winds on the bay."
Hinkley Bermuda 40
50 year-old Esperanza, a 1963 Hinckley Bermuda 40 with wooden booms, skippered by Virginia Albert (who owns her with her children) sailing past Thomas Point Light in May 2012 during the Elf Classic Yacht Regatta from Eastport to St. Michaels, MD.
On the Clinton River
Here is a boat I photographed last fall on the Clinton River. I don't know what kind it is, or who owns it, but I saw it everyday on way to a house I was working on in the summer and I thought it might make a nice photo. Maybe this summer I will stop by when I see someone on it. Thank you for the great magazine. -- Tony Buccilli
A picture of my newly refit Niagara 31, White Heather. I purchased her as a storm damaged boat in March 2010. Since that time I repaired all the damage on the hull, painted the hull, rebuilt the bent rudder, re-bedded the keel, re-cored 65% of the deck and re-nonskided, painted the mast, boom, steering pedestal and window frames, all new hardware, refurbished all of the brightwork, and am currently refinishing the interior. Photo is on a July 2013 day off of Oakville, ON. -- Cam Macrae
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