Oddly, in this era of plastic boats that can be molded into any possible shape, we have less variety of new boat designs than ever in the history of yachting. At the last boat show I attended I found even the sailing dinghies had wide scoop transoms, narrow bows, and fat hulls. Thank goodness for fully depreciated boats of all sizes built of classic plastic.
I came home from the show and looked around the yard. Peeking out of an open shed was a forty-year-old Lightning, a slab-sided 19-foot daysailer originally designed for home builders of the Great Depression era, to make out of wood. Nearby under her winter cover was another vintage hull, a mid-‘60s full keel Seafarer 23. Then wandering around the yard I almost tripped over the trusty 14-foot Alcort Sunfish hibernating upside down in the hedgerow.
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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.
REMEMBERING MY POTTER 19 TANBARK
In the mid-1980s, Joe Edwards flew me out to California to try out our new boat.
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.
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.
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.
SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Moosehead Lake, Maine
There’s adventure in leaving a place you know for a place you don’t know.
Sweet & Simple
Fred Shell shares some of what he has learned over nearly 40 years of designing, building, and sailing small boats
As the sailing season comes to an end on northern waters, I find myself pondering the modern sailing scene.
Boat Review: Salish Voyager
Gig Harbor Boat Works releases a new design aimed toward adventure
That’s odd, I said to myself. It hasn’t rained, yet there’s a cup of water in the bilge.