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  • David Arnold breaks down his refit of a worn-out Rhodes Robin catboat — or is it a sloop? Or catboat? Doesn’t matter, she’s really pretty
  • Ever sew a splice? Drew Frye shows how easy it is to do it right
  • Allen Penticoff reviews the Tartan 27-2 and Rob Mazza offers an interesting design comparison to other full-keel centerboarders
  • DIY: Joe Rosenfeld is back with another clever way to stow in un-used space — this time topsides — and Robin Urquhart shares a neat trick for drying line
  • Tom Dymond, while sailing around the world, confesses he really doesn’t know what sailing is, and when he’s doing it…
  • Great Lakes sailor John Gaich almost loses it all in a narrow channel before a bridge and shares what happened and what he learned
  • Drew Frye explains the ease and practicality of making storm windows
  • What’s prone to break or fail on a sailboat? Pacific Ocean passagemakers acquire good insight; Robin Urquhart surveyed a bunch of them and shares what he learned
  • A poem reminds a grandfather of why he fusses with good old boats, a couple shares best practices for spreading the sailing gospel, and more!

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May/June 2018
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Digital: April 25
Newsstands: May 1

July/August 2018
Print: June 25-29
Digital: June 27
Newsstands: July 3

What's New At Good Old Boat

by Michael Robertson

The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 13th through 16th, 2018 at the Newport Yachting Center located in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. This show, which combines power and sail and is among the largest of the in-the-water shows, has been going strong since 1970. For more info: www.newportboatshow.com.


Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, is one of the leading maritime museums in the world, and always worth a visit. We’ve announced Mystic Seaport events in this space before. This time, it’s about their Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous, July 27th through July 29th. While the rendezvous is open to any boat designed or built prior to 1975, this year the focus will be on John Alden-designed boats. So especially if you’ve got certain models of Cheoy Lee, Pearson, Hinckley, or Fuji, or one of many other Alden-designed boats, consider this event. It promises to be a good time.



Swiftsure Race 75th anniversary

For 75 years in a row, thousands of Pacific Northwest sailors have participated in a yacht race that started as an overnight sail to round a lightship anchored off the Swiftsure Bank, at the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the waterway between Washington State and Vancouver Island. The lightship is long gone, but this historic race continues, growing in size and popularity. Best of all, it’s a race for all kinds of sailors, especially those aboard good old boats. I was at the starting line in Victoria, BC in 2013 to report on the race for Good Old Boat magazine (a Swiftsure media sponsor). I’ll tell you up front that I’m not a big sailboat racing fan, but I loved the vibe and camaraderie of this event. Read my report here: . Registration for the 75th annual race began January 2, and there’s still time for you to enter—you’ll likely love it.



There's not yet a whole lot of content on the Good Old Boat Magazine YouTube channel, but we're now adding videos regularly. Some upcoming videos will be supplements to current articles in Good Old Boat and The Dogwatch, others will stand alone. Subscribers of the digital edition of Good Old Boat will have a distinct advantage. In the May issue, for example, they'll be able to read Drew Frye's article about Swen eye-splics, and then click to watch a video in which walks you through making one. It's a new perspective we hope you enjoy. Of course, print subscribers aren't left in the dark, they just have to fire up their favorite device and go to YouTube and search Good Old Boat magazine.

Click here to check out our current videos.

Do you have a video you want to share on our channel? Send michael_r@goodoldboat.com an email.


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2018 Golden Globe2018 GOLDEN GLOBE — WOW!

I was born in 1968, so it caught me a bit off guard when I learned that the 2018 Golden Globe Race will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 race that is still being talked about today. But the reminder that I’m on the eve of the half-century mark hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or were born recently, or new to the sailing world, the 1968 race spawned legends and legendary stories. The race was more than a race, it was a challenge. Nobody at the time had ever sailed solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world. Anybody who finished the race would be the first to do so. Was it even possible?

The world, Great Britain in particular, was buzzing about Sir Francis Chichester, knighted the year prior before cheering thousands for becoming the first to sail solo around the world via the clipper route. But a race in which solo sailors did it non-stop, without help, wow. Throw in constant media coverage of the race underway and a purse...everyone’s interest was piqued.

Now a legend in the sailing world, Bernard Moitessier famously turned away from the fame and fortune lying at the finish line and continued around, “To save my soul.” Robin Knox Johnston finished first and was himself knighted (in fact, he was the only finisher). Donald Crowhurst never left the Atlantic Ocean, yet faked position reports and drove himself to madness at the prospect of being discovered. He eventually stepped off the transom, his body never recovered, a wife and children left behind. Nigel Tetley lost his boat after circumnavigating, but before finishing, all because he was pushing her too hard in a bid to beat the phantom threat of Crowhurst’s progress. All of the remaining racers threw in the towel at some point along the route.

Now, in a world where long-distance ocean racing has become the exclusive domain of yachts emblazoned with corporate logos and piloted by professional skippers, along comes the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Only 30 racers can enter and all are restricted to sailing boats designed prior to 1988. No vessel can carry aboard any of the following: GPS, radar, chart plotters and electronic charts, electronic wind instruments, electronic log, mobile phone, iPhone, iPod, Kindle or any computer-based device, CD players, electronic watches/clocks, digital video or still cameras, electronics of any kind, satellite equipment of any kind, digital binoculars, pocket calculators, water-maker, carbon fiber, Spectra, or any high-tech materials. In short, with the exception of designated safety gear (such as satellite phone and tracking systems and modern AGM batteries), if it wasn’t aboard Robin Knox Johnston’s boat at the start of the 1968 race, it cannot be aboard a boat at the start of the 2018 race.

These are good old boats! And anyone who can pony up the entry fee and has access to a qualifying boat, can race. I can’t wait to follow along. - GOB editor, Michael Robertson

Learn more at: http://goldengloberace.com/. - MR

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