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.
Steve Detwiler returning home to Barnegat Bay, NJ, after a day sailing off the coast in his 1976 Bristol 32. Great fun on a great good old boat. Photo by Jane Detwiler.
My Wife and I cruised the Bahamas for eleven winters in 3 boats, an Allied Mistress 39, an Irwin 37, and an Allmand 31. Unfortunately, with advancing age and medical reasons we now stay ashore. Of the hundreds of photographs taken over the years, this is my favorite: First Mate Jennifer and ship's dog Sophie crossing the little Bahama Bank in the Allmand 31, Stowaway, which was surprisingly comfortable for it's size but a bit light for offshore passages. The other two boats worked well for the Bahamas.
My name is Peter Stow and I am a retired Navy Commander and civilian Captain, also have been a Marine Surveyor for 20 years but trying to quit. I also deployed as a Canadian Exchange Officer in the USS Intrepid as Surface Operations officer and Staff Navigator just before she retired to New York.
We live on beautiful Hubbards Cove, 30 miles South of Halifax. Have owned many boats but in my 80th year am reduced to a fishing boat for the Bay.
I took this picture this past August at Queen Island, Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The boat's name is Auberge and is a C&C 33 owned by Keith & Carole Holm of Winnipeg Manitoba. Regards, Dave Debney
David Beard is the new owner of this clean, cared-for 1972 Westerly Centaur. He bought Blown Away in Kentucky and is bringing her south to her new home port in Mobile, Alabama, via the Tennessee River and the Tenn-Tom waterway. Pictured in the companionway is David's son, Lee Beard.
With the light just right, Kevin Frost climbed in the dinghy to shoot this pretty picture of his lovely wife aboard their lovely Tartan 30, Escape. They're anchored off Green Island, Wisconsin, a short sail from their home port of Menominee, Michigan.
You have a photo of White Heather, our Niagara 31, on a Reader's Photos Page already; I thought I would send this drone shot because it's pretty.
We have now refitted the teak in the interior, replaced all the cushions and we cruise/ race her around Lake Ontario.-- Courtney Cayley
Here's a picture of my good old boat, a 1986 Catalina C-22 named Kellie Marie tied up at my campsite. As far as I know, I am the fourth owner and she has been in fresh water her entire life. When I bought her, she was in a slip and being sailed regularly. I trailered her home and went to work fixing her up with new bulkheads and interior plywood, updating the running rigging and putting my shop and love of woodwork to good use. Although I don't get to sail her as often as I'd like to, having her is the fulfillment of a childhood dream.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting your magazine, reading it cover to cover and then passing it along to my friends with Good Old Boats. -- Kenneth Mull
That's me at the helm of Caliente, my 1983 Cal 35, and a 'Good Old Friend' , Dave Hudson from Millsboro, Delaware, beside me. My wife, Janice, took the photo from the shore at Hull Gut, a narrow deepwater passage that connects Hull and Hingham Bays to Boston Harbor and the Atlantic. WWII battleships, aircraft carriers, and, in the 60's-70's, submarines and LNG Tankers built at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, have passed through the Gut. Pretty fierce opposing currents pose a challenge to sailors who want to sail through unassisted by the iron genny. That's Peddocks Island in the background, where part of the Di Caprio movie Shutter Island was filmed. -- Ed White
Mike Reed of Bellingham, Washington, was at anchor aboard his 1974 Islander 36, Islander, in Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island when he found himself immersed in this summertime spectacle.
Dyer Dhow dingy
My husband completed his "winter project" of lovingly restoring our old Dyer Dhow dingy in time for our sailing trip to Penobscot Bay in Maine. This photo was taken in Monhegan Harbor July 3rd, 2016. By far my most favorite photo of the trip! Our other "old boat" is a 1975 39' Pearson Yawl, still in various stages of restoration! Thanks for a great magazine, we always look forward to reading it! -- Carol McMahon, Gloucester, MA
This picture is of me and my 3-year-old grandson, Lucas, aboard Freedom Row, my 1971 Columbia 34, out for Norfolk's Harborfest on Chesapeake Bay. The little guy was not nervous at all, even when the Coast Guard told us to move farther out from the Navy Base! -- Bill Flandermeyer
My Seafarer 30, Galefilero, ghosting past Blow Me Down Bluff near Holyrood NL. The photo was taken by a friend using a drone. -- Don Parsons
This is a photo of our 1979 Catalina 27, Mystic, tied to her dock in Tavernier, Florida on July 9, 2016. Mystic can be found sailing in the Florida Keys, mostly on "bay-side" and occasionally on "ocean-side". I purchased Mystic in 2013 from a charity auction on eBay for an incredibly small sum after reading a Good Old Boat article about finding inexpensive, good boats on eBay. She turned out to be a solid boat but in need of some TLC and a number of upgrades. While she was useable immediately, she wasn't reliable. Now, three years later she is a much improved, reliable little cruiser and the work list has changed from "needs" to "nice to haves". She has returned our family to sailing after an absence of over 10 years. One of my favorite past times has become shopping in consignment stores for new bits and pieces that will upgrade her and make her look a little less her age. From the very beginning she has more than returned the small investment we've made in her, and we are looking forward to many new adventures with her. -- Gary A. Gabriele
At Seal Bay, Maine
Here is a photo taken in Seal Bay on the east side of Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine, as the sun was setting and dinner was about to begin, one August evening a few summers ago aboard our J/40, Watermusic. — Lenny Reich
David Coughlin and his father, Mike Coughlin, have David's Precision 23 in the groove sailing Maryland's Middle River on their way to Hart-Miller Island. Mike is 87 years old and raced Chesapeake 20`s as a teen growing up in Annapolis. This was his first sail in over 60 years!
I thought your readers would like this photo of my 1975 Ericson 27, Safrada, a good old boat taking a break in Sunset Bay, off Jedediah Island in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia--a yachtsman's paradise. -- Mike Law
Ed Romjue of Bellingham, Washington, relaxes aboard a Boston Whaler, surveying Mt. Baker from a mooring off Clark Island State Park, in the northern San Juan Islands. Curtis Romjue captured the scene.
Morgan Out Island 37 ketch
Our boat is named Live The Dash. We chose the name is based on "The Dash", a poem by Linda Ellis which is about making every moment count. Live The Dash cruises the US and British Virgin Islands from her home port in St Croix.
This photo was taken off the north coast of St Croix on an idyllic day sail while a pod of dolphins played in our bow wave.
Good Old Boat has provided guidance for many DIY projects on our 39 year old good boat. Thank you! -- Jeff & Dawn-Marie Rudolph
Avelinda is a pretty Ericson 32 owned by husband and wife Peter Milholland and Carey Hotaling. She's reaching nicely under genoa alone on what looks like a perfect sailing day.
Velella is here skippered by owner Michael Boucher, on his birthday, just a month after he and his wife, Elizabeth Patten, bought the 1979 Bristol 29.9. We think she looks pretty good in this photo, but Michael reports that Velella's since been painted and tuned-up and is even more gorgeous.
Cape Dory 30
After a 40,000 mile circumnavigation ending with a hard winter in Alaska, this good old boat – a 1978 Cape Dory 30 – is startled to find the face of the Dawes Glacier retreated nearly three miles from where the latest charts indicate. My wife and I wrote a book (Orca) about our voyage. It has been well received by the offshore cruising community (4.7 of 5 stars for 40+ reviews). Our inexpensive old boat was a central character throughout the trip, loyal and steadfast despite the times we ran her onto reefs or rolled her mast underwater in tough weather. -- John & Kara Pennington
This is a photo of me sailing my Rhodes 22, Beach Spring, built in 1998 and "recycled" in 2014. I am a retired university music teacher who continues to work part time directing a volunteer church choir. Beach Spring is the name of an 1844 Sacred Harp pentatonic hymn tune, the original text of which was "Come, all Christians, be committed to the service of the Lord." I like the tune and text, and absolutely love sailing the boat. My favorite sailing buddy is my four year old grandson who thinks HE is the captain. I first sailed about 49 years ago when my high school sweetheart and wife-to-be taught me on her Sunfish sailboat. This photo was taken by another retired music teacher, Jon Montgomery. The boat is kept at Lighthouse Landing near Grand Rivers, Kentucky and sailed on Kentucky Lake. -- Bob Weiss Jr.
This is a photo of June and I sailing MaliaLynn on the San Francisco Bay California. MaliaLynn is a Rafiki 37 designed by Stan Huntingford. She is 37' on deck 41' loa draws 6' beam 11'8". This boat has been in our family since her build in 1978. She celebrated her 38th birthday April this year. Currently she is under going a refit. A great sea boat. -- Stephen and June Sage
This was on the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary! Although in the middle of the prairies, it is a great place for both beginners and experts to sail. The conditions are great for sailing, and the shifting winds make for a fun but challenging day out on the water. We were sailing one of the Glenmore Sailing School's new 420 boats - a double-handed dinghy that the school uses for lessons and racing. For me, sailing is a great way to relax and enjoy being outside, and I especially love to be out on the water. Sailing is an adventure, and an amazing opportunity to appreciate the world around us. Not only that, but it is a great way for me to meet new friends, especially like-minded individuals that share my passion for sailing. I can't wait to be back out on the water! -- Morgan Gregg
This is our 1984 Compac 19, Rita Marlene, while on vacation in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin last summer. We trailered her 900 miles from our home in NW Arkansas to enjoy the waters of Door County. Rita Marlene is a great pocket cruiser who has spent the majority of her life sailing on Lake Erie before we purchased her and moved her south. Next on the wish list for a boat trip is to take her down to the Gulf and Mobile Bay. -- Tony Rodriguez, Bella Vista, AR
Shannon 38 Ketch
Vince and Julie Bednar stopped in at Pickle Bills in Grand River, Ohio, for lunch. Taking a picture of Free Spirit, their 1981 Shannon 38 Ketch, Julie captured some dock-walking admirers.
My three friends and I refurbished my 1978 Balboa 8.2 over the course of 18 months. It was a group effort and I really appreciated the dedicated efforts of Peter Mahr, Nick Corrado and Bob Robolds, all of whom have boats of their own to maintain. Prior to repainting with Awlgrip we removed all the hardware, drilled and filled the holes and spent way too much money on tracks, cars, hardware, repowered, new sails, roller furling, self-tailers etc. It's shown here about to have the mast stepped and launched into the Columbia River near Portland Oregon. I believe it's the prettiest Balboa ever built or restored and I'm very confident that it's the most expensive. -- Mark Brodesser
John Raines took this picture of Trinity on the left, his 1977 C&C design Newport 28. The sky with puffy clouds, the water calm and no breeze. Peaceful morning.
I took this photo of the J & E Riggin under full sail in a light breeze headed north in Penobscot Bay just to the NW of Islesboro Island, Maine on Oct. 6, 2015. -- Hal Wells
ShaBoat Shalom is Steve Wein's Irwin 23, shown here with water reflection on the hull and the custom bowsprit/anchor platform Steve built and installed.
Here is a picture of my Good Old Boat Aurelia a 1977 Pearson P-28. I am the original owner, purchased new in 1978 (left over) and commissioned in the Spring of 1979. Over the years lots of upgrades and replacements. We sail on Peconic Bay eastern Long Island, NY. -- Algirdas Vilkas
Jerry McAneney sails his 1982 Macgregor 25 on New York's Keuka Lake in the gorgeous Finger Lake region.
This is Nellie Belle with PlasDeck installed. She is a 1967 C&C Corvette. My Good Old Boat. -- Aubrey Laughlin
Island Trader 37
Avanti, a 37-foot Island Trader built in Taiwan in 1977, sails past an unnamed cascade of water just south of Chatterbox Falls on Princess Louisa Sound, British Columbia. Shipmate Kari Thoresen took the picture from the ship's kayak. Capt. Tommy Cook, Avanti's owner, met Kari aboard the tall ship Lady Washington. Kari is a top choice for crew on Avanti's long list of crew and will be joining for a voyage to Haida Gwaii (formerly known as The Queen Charlotte Islands) in August 2016.
Naval Academy 44s
Attached please find a photo for the Annapolis Naval Academy 44s Racing on the Severn River, Classic History and Fleet. -- Bennett Lavenstein, MD'
Marshall 22 catboat
Attached, you'll find a picture of our Good Old Boat, Cranberry, a 1973 Marshall 22 catboat. This was taken in May of 2015, as I was fitting her out for the season (note the toolbag on the dock). -- Brent Putnam
This photo was taken last June from our bedroom balcony, overlooking our dock in Bath Creek, Bath, Ontario, Canada. We have owned Day-by-Day, our 1978 Mariner 28, since early 2014.' We have been carrying out significant upgrading and in the photo we have the Bimini frame up, waiting for the installers to attach the new Bimini canvas.
It was a perfectly still day and the reflections of the clouds makes it look as though the boat is suspended in the air. -- David Salter
P.S. Our previous boat was Opportunity, a Corbin 39, that was featured in GOB in May/June 2011.' That article shows the Juliet balcony on page 21. The buyer sailed the boat to Brisbane, Australia, and she now has yet another new owner.
Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2
Pete Begich sails his Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2, appropriately named Quee Queg, on lakes and reservoirs in Arizona. Here Quee Queg is sailing under reefed main on Arizona's Willow Lake.
Meet the love of my life (and oh, yes, my wife and kids are also aboard). Zeitgeist is a 1979 Paceship 23 which I painstakingly restored over the last few years in tandem with my personal advisor, Good Old Boat magazine beside me. This picture represents a glorious return to the San Juan Islands last summer. I'd not been in those waters since 1994 when I braved it in a tiny Sydney 17. The trip introduced my family to these gorgeous sailing grounds. -- Chris Sheesley, MA
Vineyard Vixen 29
Here is a picture of Eastaway, my Vineyard Vixen 29, going to weather just north of Pooles Island, on the Northern Chesapeake Bay. This is my second Vixen 29 and is one of my favorite boats of all time, easy to sail, fast for her size, and very sea-kindly in a storm. Eastaway was built in 1978 by Martha's Vineyard Ship Yard and hides her age well. -- Ernie Meade
This is a picture of our boat, Ruby Slipper, and our friends', Steve and Sharon Ketelsen, boat anchored in Pilot's Cove on the North Channel north Lake Huron. ' 'We trailered our boats, Ketelsen's Sabre 28 from Nebraska and our Hunter 27 from Kansas. ' On one of our first days out on our cruise we stayed in Pilot's Cove and had a wonderful, peaceful anchorage that night.'-- Colleen 'and Gene Lindgren
West Indies 36
I purchased my 1976 West Indies 36 — hull #4 — 5 months ago. Here she is in dock on Tampa Bay, where I sail. 40 were built between 1976 and 1979, by Heritage Yacht Corp. designed and built by Charley Morgan in Clearwater, Fl. My boat was in the movie Dolphin Tale, 2011, Kris Kristofferson lived on her in the movie! She is thick and strong and has had a major'refit $$$'by my previous owners from 2007-2014. She has a great turn of speed, 36'5" on deck, 12 ft beam, 4 ft draft, 695 SA. 17000 lbs. Love Good Old Boat mag. Thanks, Jeff Thaw.
Here is one of our favourite boat photos. Paul and Arlie Clegg cruise their 1978 Hughes 26 all over the Salish Sea on British Columbia's inside coast. Here, Smooth Moves is close reaching up Lewis Channel.
Here is a friend's boat at anchor in Woodbine Harbor, Simpson Island, Ontario. I shot this photo from our boat, also at anchor in Woodbine.
Her name is Nokomis, and she's a Bristol 41.1, built in Bristol, RI in 1987. It is noted that only 11 Bristol 41.1s have the aft cockpit like this. -- Larry Carpenter
It's a beautiful morning as I head out to PlayMate for a day of sailing. She's a 1976 Hunter 27 originally from Massachusetts that I have owned for 8 years. I keep her at Armdale Yacht Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Most of my sailing is between Halifax and Mahone Bay, NS. -- Stuart Servant
Season over on Lake Michigan. Always a sad day pulling out my Flying Scot hull 1234, I think. South of Escanaba near Cedar River.'15 years out front between the sandbars with a fore and aft anchor. 'Built in Ohio around 1968 and still good as new.
GOB subscriber since Strictly Sail in Chicago in 1996. Keep up the good work. -- Mike Brennan
Cheoy Lee Offshore 36
This is a photo of'a 1972, Sparkman and Stephens designed 36 Ft Offshore, Spartina, built by Cheoy Lee, and owned and sailed by Simon Jenkins, Beaufort, SC. The shot was taken as he and crew crossed the finish line of Pursuit Course while competing during 2015 Charleston Race Week. While the boat didn't do that well in races, it certainly looked good trying. Photo by Jerry Wadley, Nassau 34, Marsh Hawk, Beaufort, SC.
The racing is fun but unwinding at anchor with my mate Dodu aboard Balou, my Laser 28 is the reason I sail. Taken at Parson's Point , Hudson Quebec. -- Charles Mackay
Born in California. Now living a long way from home. The photo is of Rod and Jenny Stewart's 1979 Cal 39, Dawn's Light, sheltering from the boisterous Southern Ocean in Bathurst Harbour on the southwest coast of Tasmania, Australia.
I'm usually too busy sailing or otherwise having a good time to get wonderful photos. But I do have several good cameras. Here's one photo I took a few week ago in early September of a sistership J/32 with whom we had shared an anchorage in Merchant Row (the group of islands between Isle au Haut and Stonington in east Penobscot Bay, if you have a chart handy). We were both heading west into the Fox Islands Thoroughfare, the channel between North Haven and Vinalhaven. The green J/32 is To The Moon, owned by Chris and Winston "Kipper" Kipp. Kipper is at the helm. -- Lenny Reich
Here's a photo of my Bristol 32, Sapphire, taken in light air in the late afternoon in Oxford, Maryland.
I've owned Sapphire since 1991.' My wife refers to her as the "world's most pampered Bristol 32."'-- Arthur Dent
There's a lot of Hudson River water in the air as tightly-reefed Encore, John Michael's C&C 30 MkI, beats her way toward the weather mark in a Nyack Boat Club Sunday afternoon race.' Who said river sailing is dull? Photo by Jim Luce
Wharram gaff schooner
My wife and I built, Tapasya, in the Blue Ridge Mts of NC. A Wharram gaff schooner cat!'We sailed direct to Antigua from NC and down to Trinidad, over to Panama and thru the Pacific to NZ. -- Ron Metheny
My wife took this picture of me standing behind our 1977 Pearson P-28 just after we had her hauled out for the winter.' We sail BLUE on the Great Sacandaga Lake out of the Mayfield Yacht Club, Mayfield, NY.' BLUE truly is a Good Old Boat!
Regards, Gary and Linda Speckman
Here's a shot of my sweet old Bayfield 32C, Carolina, drifting along on the Chesapeake one day in about 5kts of wind. I bought her in New Bern, NC two years ago and brought her up the ICW. Now she lives at Harrington Harbour North in Deale, MD. I love Good Old Boat magazine. It's really been my inspiration... and I can't wait for each month's issue to come! 'Thanks for a great publication. -- Steve Heare
This is a photo of our High Noon, a mahogany over yellow cedar strip plank Peterson 41 sailing out of Auke Bay, Alaska.' Built by Garrity Marine in San Diego in 1979, launched in 1980, this red-haired beauty was retired to the Pacific Northwest from the California and Trans Pac racing scene by the mid 1990's.' Under a new owner she was restored and raced out of Seattle before moving north to Alaska a decade or so 'later, where she currently cruises, races, and teaches the young with her most current caretakers, Sean Boily and Sarah Lewis. The Boily/Lewis kids, Clare (15) and Axel (5), love her dearly too, and spend as much time aboard as they can in the summers.' High Noon co-hosted her first 4H Youth Sailing crew this past season, introducing a dozen teens to sailing southeast Alaska - this photo illustrates the youth sailors in action. We are hoping to maintain and grow that program in years to come!
We have loved Good Old Boat through the ownership of three of them now 'San Juan 7.7 called Impulse, Cal 34 called Tango, and now High Noon.' Thanks for so many years of insight and encouragement!
Please find attached a recent photo of Kestrel, our Tumlaren, at rest in Fossil Bay, Sucia Island, in the San Juans. The Tumlaren is a twenty square meter sloop designed by Knud Reimers in the mid 1930's. She was build in Saskatchewan in 1983 by sculptor David Riome. Following a history of several previous owners, we found and fell in love with her in Boothbay, Maine. She was shipped across Canada by truck to her new home on the West Coast. Although we live in Langley, BC, Kestrel is currently moored south of the border in Blaine, Washington. Regards, Mark Vincent and Valerie London
I have lived and spent time on Lake Vermilion in Northern Minnesota all my life and only several time have I seen a sun rises this spectacular, luckily I had a camera handy this time.' The boat, Lizzy Ann, is a Bayfield 25, I bought a few years ago at age 62.' I spent a long time look at and dreaming of owning a sailboat, but my wife was not to enthused.' My daughter finally told her "Just let him buy one, it's better than him wanting a girlfriend."' My advice to young people is don't wait, if a sailboat is your dream just do it! 'It's so much more enjoyable than a speed boat and costs much less. -- Bob Stevens
Catalina Capri 22
Relaxing on board our 1997 Catalina Capri 22. This is from my family trip in at Jarrell Cove State Park in South Puget Sound, Washington. --Scott Rowley
This is a photo of our J/32, Watermusic, at 6:00 a.m. on the 4th of July '15 (notice the crowds) in Long Cove on the west side of Vinalhaven Island in Maine. -- Lenny Reich
Abe White reports: We have a new mate onboard this season, Hershey. Hershey arrived in our family just in time to celebrate the 4th of July with us on Spero, our 1977 Tartan 30 moored in Bayfield, Wisconsin, at the Apostle Islands Marina.
Will MacArthur enjoying an evening summer sail and spectacular sunset aboard his friend's Phill and Marcia Waterman's aptly named C&C 33, Sunset Express. Will and his wife Kathy sail with the Waterman's out of Fair Haven NY on Lake Ontario.
Stadel class gaff cutter 26
I retired from the police department after 30 years service and this project has been a dream of mine for years. We live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, area and plan to sail the Chesapeake. Off Duty is a Stadel class gaff cutter 26 feet long (without bowsprit) 8 feet 6 inches wide with an almost 4-foot draft. She was constructed in my boat /wood shop. The shop has a garage door on each end and is 25 x 50 feet. That was a tight fit. To get her out we had to remove the garage door, the header, and then 2 feet above that.
Your publications have been extremely helpful and I frequently refer to your past articles. --Pete ParadisThis summer (2015) Off Duty was launched and Pete sent a photo of this gem he built himself.
I just read, cover to cover, my first issue of Good Old Boat. 'What a pleasure...it is a rare thing for me to do that anymore with any book or magazine. 'I saw your email address and the request to send pictures of sailboats readers had built. 'Attached is a photo of the Pirate Ship we had designed for us here in Michigan.
This will be her second season on the water, and we have had a ton of fun building and sailing her. 'The Captain's cabin has two adult sized stern bunks, a tiny galley, and a bunch of other fun additions for little Pirates to enjoy while hunting for treasure. -- Robert Farrell, Jr. O.D.
Attached is a photo of my recently restored 1970 Santana 21. She is anchored off of Goat Island in Lake Murray S.C. This was my first sail of the season and I had a great time single handing for the two days I spent on the lake. Regards, Andrew Lyon
Cape Dory Typhoon
This is a 1980 CD Typhoon that I rescued after it had been sitting for 18 years with 2 ft of water and ice down below. I drained the boat and after some cleaning and teak oiling I have had two great summers of sailing on the Great Egg Harbor River in South Jersey. This is my 4th Typhoon. One of the best boats ever made. -- Brooks Henderson, Charleston SC
S-2 9.2 and a Hunter 30
Reivers, a 1978 S-2 9.2, holds off Summer Wind, a 1980 Hunter 30 in a dying breeze.' These two Good Old Boats are sailing in Corinthian Sailing Association of Lake Pontchartrain (North Shore Fleet) third race of the 2015 Winter Series. -- Henry Barousse
Ohana VI. A few years ago, we purchased this 'good old boat' from a gentleman at a neighbouring club.' She hadn't been sailed much in recent years, but was always launched and cared for.' It has been a complete joy learning this boat.' She is responsive, quick and sails herself. ' Most of all, she seems happy to be sailing again. Here's a shot taken after a weeknight race. -- Annette Reesor
This photo is of Prudence, our 1978 Alberg 30, #630, on a beautiful afternoon in late August 2014 at Saint-Pancrace Bay (49'17'33.14"N; 068' 2'52.20"W). Unfortunately, we don't see the waterfalls in the picture, which still is my favorite shower ever. Keep on the good work! Ghislain C't'
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, M'irin. It's a Gaelic name that means Star of the Sea and is pronounced m'r-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 caught 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