Current issue highlights: Reviews of the Downeaster 38 and the Hunter 20.
Speaking seriously: Spotlight on transom-hung rudder failures. Reclaim deck stowage space for the aft cabin stateroom, make a leecloth from old sail cloth, sew a handrail cover, replace the entire plumbing system, and give your leaking teak decking the heave-ho.
Lighter fare: Living the dream means coping with the occasional nightmare, might good old boats be the next classics?, and reliving the memories. Also a creative fix for an irreplaceable piece of hardware, vacuum-packing eases cushion stuffing, a no-spill oil filter change, and a very helpful "nut job."
Next issue delivery
Print: February 20-24
Digital: February 22
Newsstands: February 28
Print: April 24-28
Digital: April 26
Newsstands: May 2
What's New At Good Old Boat
Good Old Boat will receive 2 seconds of fame on March 31, or so we hear. On that date the Hawaii Five-O TV show will briefly show the cover of our magazine. The CBS lawyers wrote to say, "Our Production is interested in obtaining permission to use one (1) selected issue of Good Old Boat magazine (Issue 112, Volume 20, No.1) as a Prop for an upcoming episode. One of our main characters holds a stack of sailboat magazines as he laments over college tuitions and his dreams of owning his own boat." Of course, Good Old Boaters know all about affordable sailing. Let's hope that Hawaii Five-O character learns how to get aboard a boat of his own too. Please tune in to the show and see if you can catch our few seconds of fame. Don't blink!
Our Facebook Grows!
Good Old Boat has nearly 7,000 Facebook friends, fans, and followers and the list is growing every day. Thanks for "liking us," as they say and for being part of our community of sailors. Facebook.com/goodoldboat
The north winds still blow
Spring is just around the corner. But you may still need to be warmly dressed when working on the boat prior to launch or appreciating your early brisk sailing days. Drop by the Good Old Boat store at AudioSeaStories.com to outfit yourself in a warm hoodie in red, royal blue or black for just $45.
Or maybe you need a denim work shirt sold there for $35. Either way, you'll look good and make us look good too. We like seeing our logo on you! The hooded zip-front sweatshirt has a compass rose (so you'll know which end's up) and the Good Old Boat logo sailboat on the front left side. The denim shirt shirt (with our logo above the shirt pocket) is a medium-weight denim that looks nice as a light jacket over other shirts or when worn as a shirt all by itself. Either way, you can't go wrong!
Surf over to youngandsalty.com, a brand-new blog site created specifically for young sailors and would-be sailors. Good Old Boat contributing editors Robin Urquhart and Fiona McGlynn want to encourage more millennials to take to sailing (and voyaging) as they have. These experienced twenty-something cruisers are offering their guidance for those who wonder how to get started in sailing and how to do it affordably. Current posts focus on how to go sailing for $100 a month, choosing the right boat, sailing apps, and an interview with Ian Drogin. With scant sailing experience and rock climbing experience, Ian and four friends spent six weeks sailing and climbing in the Greek Islands. They tell how they planned the trip and got their sailing and climbing skills up to speed. There will be a lot more to come with future posts. Keep you eye on youngandsalty.com and please tell the kids about it!
Just what you're looking for
Will you be heading offshore soon or taking a long coastal cruise? Are you planning to buy a boat? Sell one? Do you need new sails? Are you interested in spars and rigging?
We have more of what you're looking for. We just completed and posted full collections of our archived articles (we call them Archive eXtractions) on these subjects:
- Cruising Preparations
- Boat Buyers Collection
These collections are available as downloads from AudioSeaStories.com, our store for downloads and clothing, for only $25 each. This useful content is as relevant today as when it was first published and we're proud to offer it to you.
We have other Archive eXtractions as well, for a total of 13 excellent collections of articles organized by subject matter. Other topics include:
- Refit Boats 18-27 footers
- Refit Boats 28-42 footers
- Sailboats 101 (brief, excellent overviews by Don Launer)
- Boat Designers (historical background about your good old boat)
- Boatbuilders (more historical background about your good old boat)
- The Galley Book (not just recipes, this book is about provisioning, preserving, and managing food aboard)
- Review Boats 25-27 footers
- Review Boats 28-30 footers
- Review Boats 31-36 footers