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Current issue highlights

  • We review the capable Hunter 30 and share a fantastic refit of a Colombia 29
  • Jerry Thompson warns of the most dangerous thing you can do in a marina
  • Ever wanted a water maker, but balked at the price? We tell you how to build one, step-by-step
  • Our own Robin Urquhart offers his best practices for setting the hook
  • DIY: build an attractive, practical sea chest — or learn to easily tend varnish touch-ups
  • Roger Hughes replaced the overhead in his Down Easter 45 with bead-board paneling and it looks outstanding (get ready to be inspired to replace your own)
  • Plus a navigation light pictorial, catboat dreaming, a better mouse-trap dinghy cover support, and several of our readers looking filthy dirty in the yard

Next issue delivery

May 2017
Print: April 24-28
Digital: April 26
Newsstands: May 2

July 2017
Print: June 19-23
Digital: June 21
Newsstands: June 27

What's New At Good Old Boat

Send us your boat photos!

Dennis Reitz at the Boatyard

We’re proud of the photo spread in this issue, photos of our Good Old Boat community of do-it-yourselfers doing it themselves (see page 42 of the new May/June issue.). But we know there's a flip side to all the work we all put into our boats, and that's the sailing side. So we're on the hunt for photos of you, aboard and under sail. From the photos we receive, we'll pick a select few for a future magazine spread, and find a home for the rest, either on the Reader Photos page of our website or in our newsletter. And if we get just the right photo, portrait orientation, we'll make it a Good Old Boat cover. Be creative, have fun, and send your unretouched high-resphotos to michael_r@goodoldboat.com.

Sailing videos galore!

YouTube Sailing channels

If winter has gone on for too long, this list of YouTube sailing channels and other available sailing videos will get you in the mood for summer! This article (just published in our March 2017 issue) gives you nearly 30 YouTube channels and other ways to find uncountable videos . . . all with a salty theme.

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

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Good Old Boat on Twitter What can you say in 140 characters or less? Plenty. We post on Twitter too: @GoodOldBoat.com.

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.

Blue Hoodie

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!


Robin and Fiona

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?

Sails articles

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:

  • Sails
  • Rigging
  • 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.

Sailboats 101

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


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