Something old, something new and something very new indeed! In the run-up to this year’s fall boat...
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We’d left Clearwater that morning and were now headed north, a mile or so off the barrier islands protecting St. Joseph Sound. To me, the obvious way to get closer inshore was via the channel immediately south of Anchor Key. Not only were the soundings a good 8ft or more, but there was a well-marked Read More
Let’s face it, everyone loves a Swan. I defy any true sailing aficionado to look at the lovely bluewater performance cruisers that have come out of this iconic Finnish yard and not feel a tug at the heartstrings. Whether it’s an older model designed by Sparkman & Stephens or Ron Holland or one of the Read More
Jimmy Cornell’s first two cruising boats were built of fiberglass and steel respectively. By the time he got to his third Aventura, an Alubat Ovni 435, he had settled on aluminum as his preferred hull material. His fourth Aventura, like the Ovni, is aluminum with internal ballast and an integral centerboard that pulls up into Read More
I’ve long been a fan of Beneteau’s entry-level boats, the First 20 and the First 25. They’ve been around for decades, receiving numerous design overhauls and styling tweaks along the way to ensure they’re reflecting the sailing zeitgeist. The latest editions have twin rudders, centerboards and optional square-topped mains, making these nippy little boats easily Read More
Just walking the docks at the Annapolis show last October, everyone could tell this boat was something special. First there was the banner proclaiming it had just won the top spot in the double-handed division in the Chicago-Mackinac Race. Then there was the cockpit, filled with really friendly Slovenian guys showing off a really clever Read More
Longtime Tartan designer Tim Jackett is back in the saddle at the Ohio builder, and he’s wasted no time in coming up with a new model. Devotees of the brand will have no trouble recognizing the new Tartan 3600’s heritage; no fancy styling here, just a pretty, slightly retro profile that will evoke memories of Read More
Musician, Sailor, Author, Father, Husband, Friend Herb Payson passed away at 9:38pm on Tuesday, July 28 surrounded by his family. It was a very gentle and soft exit. A wild coyote walked through the parking lot and took our attention for a minute or so. Within a breath or two he was gone. Nancy said Read More
The old map of the region had the words written ornately on it, Hic Fabricatur Navalis, Here Are Ships Built. I was sitting in a small café in Jakobstad, Finland, on a quiet street in the old part of the town, sipping coffee in front of a fireplace, watching the snow fall outside. It hadn’t Read More