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Upgrading the Potter 15 Centerboard

When I bought my Potter 15, Blue Knot, in 2014, it already had more than 25 years on its clock.

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January - February 2021

REMEMBERING MY POTTER 19 TANBARK

In the mid-1980s, Joe Edwards flew me out to California to try out our new boat.

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January - February 2021

The Sea Trials of Minimus II

Since our first article about Minimus II, our minimalist, four-masted voyaging catamaran (SCA #117), we’ve taken her offshore for initial sea trials. On our second outing, we spent two days and a night offshore from the coast of Oregon.

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January - February 2021

The Importance of Capsize Testing

I was glad to see your recent article on the back page regarding one person’s experience with a capsized boat (Artful Sailor #122). I’m so glad he did this testing on his boat and I agree with his conclusions.

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January - February 2021

ESCAPE TO QUARANTINE SHORE THE TEXAS 200 IN 2020

It is almost dark. The sun has finally hit the horizon as I tack down Matagorda Bay towards Pass Cavallo.

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January - February 2021

SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Moosehead Lake, Maine

There’s adventure in leaving a place you know for a place you don’t know.

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January - February 2021

Sweet & Simple

Fred Shell shares some of what he has learned over nearly 40 years of designing, building, and sailing small boats

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January - February 2021

Diversity Afloat

As the sailing season comes to an end on northern waters, I find myself pondering the modern sailing scene.

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January - February 2021

Boat Review: Salish Voyager

Gig Harbor Boat Works releases a new design aimed toward adventure

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January - February 2021

Anchor Juice

That’s odd, I said to myself. It hasn’t rained, yet there’s a cup of water in the bilge.

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January - February 2021

Getting in Touch with Reality

As part of my usual in-depth research for this column I decided to ask Google whether sailing was safe. “In fact, it can be deadly,” came the response, “A study from Rhode Island Hospital concluded sailing is more dangerous, and has a higher fatality rate, than skiing and snowboarding combined with NFL football.”

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November - December 2020

Five Days in the Turnbull Islands

I rowed out of the marina at Blind River, Ontario, and raised the sail just offComb Point. It had been a ten-hour drive from Wisconsin, followed by the usual scramble to launch and load the boat.

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November - December 2020

The Worst Sailor Still Alive

Upon retirement I decided to learn how to sail, so I bought a little dinghy and taught myself how to efficiently capsize, founder on rocks, and embarrass myself in front of large groups.

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November - December 2020

SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Tobyhanna Lake by Sunfish

Tobyhanna is a Native American word for “a stream whose banks are fringed with alder.”

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November - December 2020

PLAN STUDY: Kombi Sail and Paddle Canoe

The first boat I designed was the Beth Sailing Canoe, which, for better or worse, made me a marked man.

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November - December 2020

Born Again

An 1881 Bowdish sailboat, abandoned in a northern Michigan junkyard, is rescued and restored to museum condition by John Parlin, wooden boat surgeon extraordinaire

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November - December 2020

AUSTRALIA THE HARD WAY

The David Pyle Interview

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November - December 2020

Amateur Boatbuilding: What if I Make a Mistake?

Everyone makes mistakes. If we try new things we will make mistakes, an essential part of the learning experience. It’s nice to learn from mistakes of others, but we learn more lessons and they stick better when they are our own. The more painful the mistake, the stronger the lesson learned.

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November - December 2020

Reader Boat: Precision 165

During my three years of ownership, here are just a few things I’ve observed about my P165. Most of these features have contributed to my joy of sailing this little boat.

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November - December 2020

Are Power Tools Corrupting Us?

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” —First Baron Acton, 1904

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November - December 2020

Simple DIY Jam Cleats

Legend has it that Einstein once said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” In truth, the quote isn’t actually Einstein’s, but he did agree with it. And so do I, especially when it comes to jam cleats.

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September - October 2020

The P7 Gig: Return of a Legend

My story begins in 2016, when I left for a westward crossing of the Atlantic aboard my self-made, 5-meter-long (16.4') plywood boat Still crazy. The three-month voyage to the Caribbean messed with my head and, to be honest, I still haven’t gotten over it.

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September - October 2020

Sailing with Colly

Sailing the bays of Texas is not exactly crystal clear water, gentle breezes and sugar-white beaches.

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September - October 2020

SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Nootka Sound

I designed and built my 18-foot sail and-oar boat, Fire-Drake, with a major adventure in mind—rowing and sailing British Columbia’s Inside Passage in 2016 and 2017.

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September - October 2020

Dancing on the Water

Exploring the Salish Sea by Oar and Paddle

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September - October 2020

SLOT CANYONS & STARRY SKIES

This adventure, like many good ones, began with a last-minute change of plans.

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September - October 2020

Dunlin: An Experimental Peapod

A brief row in a 13-foot peapod during one of our local small-boat gatherings inspired me to design and build a small cruiser.

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September - October 2020

READER BOAT: Sovereign 18 called Slowmotion

Sometimes the boat you get is one you’d never heard of.

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September - October 2020

Boat Review: Com-Pac 19 (Revisited)

Twenty years later we take another look at the still popular Com-Pac 19 sailboat

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September - October 2020

Alternative Rigs for Multihulls

I’ve posted some brief notes about multihull rigs on the “Useful Articles” pages of my website, www.sailingcatamarans. com. There, in the “Different Design Features” section, I explain why the sensible choice for multihulls is the single-mast Bermudian rig, either masthead or fractional rig.

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September - October 2020

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