CATEGORIES

POTTER WITH A LATEEN RIG?

Our editor-at-large Larry Brown is 75 now…an increasingly ancient mariner. He’s sailed various Potters since the early 1990s.

4 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

Vintage Lightning

Reborn as a Camp-Cruiser

6 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

The Joy of it All

Choosing a Boat Design

10 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

OPENING DAY

Sitting hove-to in 30 knots of wind was not how I anticipated spending my opening day.

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

RECONSIDERING ROSIE'S RIG

It was a typical hot Mississippi day when I walked into the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to cool off. I had just spent two hours bent in half while working inside the cabin of my West Wight Potter 15. I was stiff and drenched in sweat but feeling proud of myself. I had just turned Rosie into a lateen-rigged catboat.

4 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

SHALLOW DRAFT

When we were kids, we had a cocker spaniel aboard during summer cruises. The dog apparently had a massive bladder, but we kids were happy to row her ashore when nature called. We thought boating with a pet was terrific…but did our folks have a voice in the matter?

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

TECH BIGHTS

Some fiberglass boats, like Boston Whaler skiffs and MacGregor power-sailers, are built with integral flotation foam between the inner and outer laminations. Roger MacGregor was willing to flood his water-ballasted boats just to prove that they would not sink—and you can still find his old sales videos if you want to see for yourself. (youtube.com/ watch?v=hemNdJmzQBo)

8 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

MAKING THE SWITCH

Following are some methods for adding a Lateen rig to a Potter 15. Most of the photos are of my boat, but some clever ideas from others are included as well.

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

FIVE QUESTIONS: Richard Woods

Sailing experience with Richard Woods

2 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

Core Sound Cruising

Hmmm. I’m in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a nifty camp-cruiser sailboat on a trailer. I have a daughter on a sailing lake in Michigan, and another daughter on Long Island Sound in Connecticut.

10+ mins read
Small Craft Advisor
July - August 2021

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.

9 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

7 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

5 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

10+ mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

9 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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

7 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
January - February 2021

Diversity Afloat

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

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
January - February 2021

Boat Review: Salish Voyager

Gig Harbor Boat Works releases a new design aimed toward adventure

10+ mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
January - February 2021

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.

3 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
November - December 2020

Are Power Tools Corrupting Us?

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

6 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
November - December 2020

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.”

2 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

10+ mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

5 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.”

7 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

4 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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

10+ mins read
Small Craft Advisor
November - December 2020

AUSTRALIA THE HARD WAY

The David Pyle Interview

10+ mins read
Small Craft Advisor
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.

5 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
November - December 2020

Page 1 of 4

1234 Next