The quantity and variety of sailboat and sailing photos we receive shows the wide range of good old boats that have been built. You send us your photos (to our webmaster: firstname.lastname@example.org) and we post them here. Every two months we look at the most recent photos and select a favorite for what we call our Editor's Choice Award. That photo is printed in our magazine Mail Buoy pages and we send the photographer a big thanks in the form of a T-shirt or a ball cap.
I am the proud owner of a 1963 Cascade 29. The hull was laid up in Portland, OR in 1963 which makes this her 50th Birthday. I purchased the boat in the mid 90's and sailed her first on a reservoir in Northern California, with summers in the Puget Sound and Canadian waters. Now I live in Washington so I have access to the best sailing on the west coast on a regular basis. The picture is of her on a mooring ball in Montegue Harbour, Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada.
In the 18 years I've had her I have attempted to keep the nice on. The prior owner did a complete refurb. When he sold it to me it had new mast, boom, sails standing and running rigging, Brand new interior finish and cushions and the boat was freshly painted with a new Yamaha 9.9 in the lazarette and a trailer.
The 1st year I trailered it to Port Townsend, WA sailed two weeks in the San Juan and Gulf Islands and then sailed back to Crecent City, CA. The 1st day out in the Pacific we had flat water, 2nd day 50 knots. We ran down wind with a 60% jib at over 11 knots. I deployed a 200 ft rode from the stern corner cleats with a chain in the middle to hold it under. This dropped us to 8 knots for the next 3 days. Since that trip I know I have a very sound and seaworthy Good Old Boat. -- Ad Addison
Taken on March 13, 2013 while we were sailing with friends on Charlotte Harbor in Florida. It's a solar aura - a very nice full circle one. I hid the sun a bit with the masthead for this shot. The owners are Dennis & Shirla Cesari of Punta Gorda, Florida. Their boat's name is Aurora, so somehow it's fitting. -- Tom & Sandy Wells.
Reader Ken Pfister, whose boat photo was on the cover of our November 2003 issue, has a habit of taking drop-dead beautiful photos. This one, like his cover shot, was taken in Vancouver Island's Tod Inlet in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park near Victoria, British Columbia. Perhaps it's difficult to take a bad photo there?
The photo is of a ½ scale pirate ship that a local fellow made for fun on the local water front. Kids love to see it. She is on the beautiful West Arm of Kootenay Lake. The boat's name is Obsidian (because of the color I guess) and the owner we just call Captain Gary.
The boat was built by a local fellow and he thought that he could market it for kids birthday parties, or a prop for a movie. It has been moored on our water front for several years and is a local attraction just off the water front pathway. This spring the bilge pump failed and the boat sunk and tilted over. Luckily the boat was in shallow water and was salvageable. There was a lot of press on the sinking and comments in the local paper bemoaning the sinking. On foggy mornings, as in the photo, it really does feel like a ghost ship as in Pirates of the Caribbean. A local salvage company came to the rescue and floated it back up and it is now docked at a local marina until it can safely go back out to its mooring spot. -- Gil Bogaard
The photo was taken in July 2011 at Spectacle Island during an antique boat festival. A buddy of mine took his new sail boat (1st good old boat) an O'day Daysailer along. We met up in Lynn Harbor were I was keeping my 1960's O'Day Mariner. It was a beautiful day light wind and sunny. I loaded up the family, all five of us. We spent the afternoon at Spectacle, swimming and eating. They have barbecues on the docks for guests and it is a nice break to take on a small boat. Our guests were anxious to get back, so we fired up the outboards and motor-sailed back until my friend's boat ran out of gas. I gave him some of my fuel and smashed our masts against each other a couple times and got back on track. I enjoy sailing and the general repair of sailboats so much that I have had a couple since then. I am currently restoring a Morgan 35 centerboard. Thank you for producing such a wonderful magazine. -- Greg Deterding
Here is a pic of my 1984 S2 7.9, Shindig, med moored behind Horseshoe Island in Lake Michigan's Green Bay. The picture doesn't tell the story of the night before. This was the morning after the storm that had taken two sailors during the Mackinac race. We were sailing across Green Bay around midnight when when the storm cell ripped in to Shindig. We were grateful to reach the lee of Horseshoe Island about 2 A.M. -- Patrick Shinners
Blackwatch cutter 24
The 'Good Old Boat' is a Blackwatch cutter, Designed by Dave Autry and manufactured by his company, Bluewater Boatworks of Amarillo TX between 1976 and 1981 when his operations were closed. Only 81 Blackwatch Cutters, and one Gaff-rigged Blackwatch were produced. 'lil Bit is #77 and was completed in June of 1981.
I located this boat on Lake Chaplain back in 2005 while on a business trip, killing time browsing through a boat yard in Rouses Point, NY. Eventually struck a deal and brought her back to Cleveland. After a lot of love and work, nearly two years out of the water, I got her back into her element.
She has been berthed at the East 55th Street Marina on Lake Earie in Cleveland for the past few years, but the season is pretty short; boats have to be pulled by October 15th. So... I pulled her this fall, put her on the trailer and pulled her to Jacksonville for the winter; my first experience as a 'snowbird' and now I do not know if I will return North in the spring. This view of the lake, the dock, and my little cutter is what I am blessed to see each day from my window here on Doctor's Lake. I never imagined a more idyllic setting. -- David J. McFate, CVA Cat. III
Balaou, our Laser 28 at sunset, Lac des Deux Montagnes. Due to a lack of water last summer, Balaou could not get to her dock, so was moored for most of the season. Here she is in Lac des Deux Montagnes, a widening of the Ottawa River just west of Montreal. A balaou is a small, fast fish. I see that the ladder was not stowed properly — details, details. -- Charles Mackay
Brent Swain 36
My boat is a 36-foot steel Brent Swain design built by Evan Shaler in Nanaimo, BC. It was discovered in a storage yard and at the time was 18 years old and had never been in the water. The original professional builder was located and asked to complete the welding and stainless detailing. A temporary interior was installed out of 2 x 4 lumber and CDX plywood and, after rigging by YachtTech Spars and sails by Port Townsend sails were installed, we sailed the boat back home to Alaska. The mast was unstepped and the boat trailered home to my house where I spent 2 years completing the interior. Her name is Sherpa and she was finally launched for real in heavy rain the day after Memorial Day, 2012. This picture was taken in Thumb Cove this last fall. -- Joseph Earsley
Island Packet 27
This is our 1988 27ft Island Packet. Here she's sailing on the Great South Bay, Long Island, NY. -- John Tomaso, capt., Theresa Mirabile, mate.
The boat isn't named. I bought her in '09, three weeks after reading about the PS25 in Good Old Boat. I think it was the March issue. It was out of the water for 12 years. It was new in '77 in California, owned by a couple who sailed her through the Panama Canal to Key West, Florida, then lived on it for about 10 years all over the Caribbean. They sold her to a doctor from Long Island, NY. He started a refit so he could sail to Greece, but it was taking too long so he bought a new 33-footer and sailed away. I've been restoring her, and in August of 2011 she went back in the water … for three weeks. Then the hurricane was coming so I pulled her out.
So I'm working on a bow sprit and new sails by Halley canvas, and a Dogger and Harkens roller furling jib, and a lot more. I will be sailing out of Rockport, Maine all over Penobscott Bay. -- Paul Marion
Here I'm bending on the jib of my 1967 Cal 20, Lonegull, laying in Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, June 21, 2012 just minutes from casting off for a solo trans-Atlantic trip towards La Coruna, Spain. On board were 43gal of water, food for 8 weeks plus emergency supplies for 21 days, life raft and all the other needs for the trip. She is floating about 3" below her designed waterline. -- Kevin Sauvage
LM 27MK II
This is our beloved Shaunsea, at rest in Moore Bay at the bottom of Kingcome Inlet in the Broughton Archipelago. It's our favorite destination each summer.
Shaunsea is a LM 27MK II. She is made in Denmark and we bought her new in Feb. of 1984. We live in Ganges on Salt Spring Island, BC. and spend our summers living on her. We have been as far as Alaska, but now only go up the BC coast.
The Danish workmanship was what sold us on the boat and the expression "quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten". This will be our 18th year sailing north up the coast of British Columbia where we spend three months on our boat. Shaunsea is also a cover girl having adorned the cover of Good Old Boat in June 2001. -- Lorne & Colleen Shantz
This is a shot of our Good Old Irwin 37, Southern Drawl, which I bought as a project boat in 1998. She's a fantastic boat for us, cruising on the Cheasapeake Bay. I plan to head south for the winter next September. That's my wife,, Darleen, on the bowsprit in Yeocomico River, Virginia. -- Rhon Nelson
This is a 1978 C&C 34 called Solitude, owned by Erik Guttridge and Wesley Simmonds of Seattle and Orcas Island.
The photo was taken in September 2012 while anchored off Doe Bay, Orcas Island, WA. -- Chris Webb
Sea Sprite 30
This is Baja, my dearly loved Sea Sprite 30 that my wife and I enjoy sailing around Fishers Island Sound and points beyond. This was taken at the Great Salt Pond Harbor on Block Island. An article on the Sea Sprites would be welcomed reading, and info on the Sea Sprites is available at the Sea Sprite association website.
The Sea Sprite family consist of the 23, 27, 30, and 34. The 23 is an Alberg design, which has been produced by a couple of different builders over the years of production. The larger boats are William Luders designs and were produced only by C.E Ryder in Bristol, RI, if I am not mistaken. -- Lee Gardiner
This is our boat, Southern Cross, a 1974 Dickerson ketch, the last woody built by Dickerson Boatbuilders in Trappe Maryland. This was taken when we were racing in the Dickerson Regatta (an annual event Fathers' Day weekend in June) in the Choptank River off the Chesapeake Bay. -- D & Don Wogaman
This is our 1978 Catalina 30, Hull #1187, named Perseverance. So named as a reminder of the years my wife made me chase her before she became my wife.
We got her 5 years ago and have been working on her ever since. We are almost done… LOL! This picture was taken in Port Jefferson, NY. A fun place to visit. -- Brian, Caryn and now Xander Bach
I was reading your latest issue and read Joe Ratliff"s letter and his time in the Moonstone cove area of Catalina Island. I have been sailing there and all around the island for 35+ years but never picked up a mooring in the White's Cove, Moonstone, or Hen Rock, all in the same bight.
To break up our trip to our home port, Dana Point, after spending a week in Howland's Landing we decided to stop in a mooring field just west of Moonstone and White's called Hen Rock. We picked up our assigned mooring and noticed we were being watched over by a huge granite hen. You don't look at it and say, yeah that kind of looks like a hen, it's a dead ringer, no mistaking it's a chicken! See for yourself. Here's our Good Old Boat, a 1977 Islander 28, Seaweed, in front of Hen Rock. -- Chuck Christensen
Wauquiez Centurion 32
Her name is Simply Super. She's a 1972 Wauquiez Centurion 32. Originally she was owned by a lady who sailed her with another woman, from the UK to the US. I believe it was the first Atlantic crossing by two women. The boat was sailed through the Panama Canal and eventually to BC. My wife an I have owned her for 4 years. Lots of new stuff and work during that time. New standing rigging, mast head, dodger, engine, galley, electronics, woodwork. Installing solar and windlass this year. Great boat and pretty, too. Cheers -- Brian Hofler
I took this as we rested in the Basin near Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia after sailing for a few day in constant fog. Evening Star is a 1976 Bristol 32 and she lives in Lunenburg N.S. We bought her in Islesborough, ME in 2009. We have been freshwater sailors all our lives and have had a small boat on Georgian Bay since 1988. Originally we thought to ship the new boat 'home'. Then we thought we might sail it home, or maybe part way home, and get a taste of salt water sailing. We sailed her in Maine, then to Nova Scotia. It is just too hard to leave the ocean. She is spending her third winter in Lunenburg, and we have seen a fair bit of Nova Scotia from the water. There are still no firm plans to move her, but the list of places we want to sail to grows. -- Dean Ungard
The Glenn E, a 27' Newport, Hull #88 built in 1970, named for SSgt. Glenn English, who died in Vietnam in 1970, the year the boat was made. For his sacrifice he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. We never met Sgt. English or his family, but thought it would be good reminder of those who sacrificed so we could enjoy sailing.
Here is myself and Admiral Kathi on Perry Lake, Kansas. You'll note the main is from a Catalina as our original, proudly showing "88" gave up the ghost just after we bought the boat. We did lots of work, including replacing the cockpit sole, and there is lots of work to do, but we greatly enjoy the boat and one day will get all the work done…maybe. -- Rocky L Bartlow, PCC
Fountain Pajot 40
I was sailing with John Kretschmer (www.yayablues.com) on a week-long Bahama's Bash out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the Bahamas to Ft Lauderdale. We were sailing on a chartered Fountain Pajot 40 ft catamaran due to John's boat being in Malta for the season.
This picture was taken just after anchoring in No Name Harbor in Key Biscayne, FL on Dec 17, 2012. -- Don Campbell
I restored this 1969 C&C Frigate to almost original glory over a three year period. FIVE coats of popcorn textured paint were removed to prep for primers and four finish coats of blue. All new, up-to-date electricals, plumbing, and eventually, a new Beta 25 to replace the tired Atomic 4. The hull and decks were rock solid; pretty good for a boat neglected. She sails nicely. I even fashioned a logo for Frigates. My Frigate is named "la Galouine", which is ancient, lost Acadian french for squall, or a gale.
Corvettes, Frigates and Crusader 40's were designed by C&C, and built by Belleville Marine Yards, in Belleville, Ontario, from 1966 to 1972. All had the common element of being CCA rule, keel-centreboarders. The Frigate was actually derived from the full keeled, short rigged, Invader, also Belleville built, and was then "morphed" into the C&C 35 line. -- Peter, from north of the border
We took the last issue of Good Old Boat with us to Holland to proudly show that we, on this continent, are alive and well and have a wonderful boating community. Every time we spend time in Holland I get an un-suppressible urge to obtain some kind of vessel, live on the water, and explore rivers, canals, waterways going south as far as Paris or the Rhine through Germany and all the way to the Black Sea. I guess it's just a boy's dream. Still, traffic on the waterways is fascinating, spellbinding … just the fact that it's possible to travel so far makes it so exiting.
Most of these lee-boarders ply the coastal waters around the northern European countries and are chartered during summer months. Some do canal sailing with guests or have visitors bike from village to village around the lower Netherlands. My dad used to have an 80-ton motor freighter for hauling turf -- a dense form of peat moss used for heating and cooking in those days just before coal and later petroleum, gas, electricity, etc. -- from one province to another and sold it in his home town.
Time, it seems, stood still with these old timers... they are being used to sail Holland's coastal waters as charter boats. -- Henk and Johanna Grasmeyer
Here's a picture of our sweet 1978 Sabre 28' – Fiddler's Green. It has been an awesome renovation project with total satisfaction sailing the West Penobscot from Camden, ME on days like this! Thanks. -- Doug Patey
This picture is from the municipal marina at Frankfurt, MI. last June. It's is a photo of the "crew" on Carpe Diem, our Catalina 445, headed for the North Channel. The black lab is Max and golden is Neuman.
I love your magazine. I get five different sailing subscriptions each month and I look forward to Good Old Boat the most. I read it cover to cover. I don't race, I just enjoy sailing, the water, and boats. I try to find one thing in each edition I can add to my boat, to improve my sailing, or a new place to go. Your editors do a great job. -- Gary & Mindy Weichmann.
I was recently introduced to your magazine, and now I am quite fond of it. I enclose a picture of my boat, taken with a phone! It is an amazing, small but sturdy old boat, 19' on her deck. Her name is Prudence, and she is a 1981 Blackwatch 24 cutter, totally restored by me in 2011-2012. She is one of the most amazing boats I have had the pleasure to work and sail on. She is definitely a head turner in a marina or under sail. She sports a reverse bow, generous beam, low draft, small displacement, ahd she is easy to set up, handle, launch, retrieve and trail. Cuts through waves like a charm. -- Diego Discacciati
Pacific Seacraft 25
Here is a photo of our 25' Pacific Seacraft PS-25 off of Stockton Island (Julian Bay), Lake Superior. -- Mark K. McGinley
Iian Oughtred dinghy
Here is a picture of Elsie Kay, our 7-1/2 foot Iian Oughtred designed Auk I built a couple of years ago. She is the companion to our 25' Pacific Seacraft PS-25 we sail on Lake Superior. The pictures is from a trip this last August and shot from Julian Bay / Stockton Island, Apostles Islands. -- Mark K. McGinley
Dave McFate sent this photo of his Blackwatch 20 #77 designed by Dave Autrey. His boat, 'lil Bit, is decorating her new home just off the St. John's River south of Jacksonville, Florida. Dave is the fleet historian and is looking for owners of other Blackwatch boats. You can reach him at: email@example.com.
Now that our new Good Old Boat, Zatarra, has been put to bed for the season, I'm easing the pain by browsing through my photos of her. We've owned her for just twelve months now and still marvel at our luck. Zatarra, a Catalina C36mk1, was one of those "love to have someday" boats berthed in our marina. When the previous owners decided to get out of boating, we jumped at the chance to move up and haven't looked back.
This is from our very first overnight on her last year, at one of our favourite anchorages, just off the Long Point lighthouse on Lake Erie. The Long Point Lighthouse has long been a welcome sight for those of us transiting the lake and has been a navigational aid since the mid-1800's. This particular tower was erected in 1916 and stands 86 feet tall. It can be seen here 15 miles off Port Dover, Ontario and from our favourite boating destination across the lake, in Erie, Pennsylvania. -- Paul & Sharon Lipsit
US No. 373 was built by my father in Bay City, MI in 1957. He and a bunch of guys built a bunch one winter in somebody's basement. I tagged along to "help" a couple times (at 10 years old, I suspect that the net effect of my presence wasn't helpful). It's likely that my boat is the only survivor.
My boat has her original nylon sail. It was high-tech as compared with cotton back in 1957, but like roller-reefing mainsails, the idea is more attractive in concept than in execution. Nylon stretches as wind increases, increasing sail power. Modern DNs use very bendy masts to depower and flatten sails when the wind picks up. -- Chris Campbell
Thought you might enjoy this picture I took on 9/22 from Shackleford Banks, one of the southern outer banks near Beaufort, North Carolina. The horse shown in the foreground is one of the famous Shackleford horses whose Spanish lineage dates back to the 1400's and 1500's. Many folks call them ponies because of their size but they are actually horses. Anchored off behind this beautiful stallion is my Lyle Hess designed Montgomery 17, SeaFrog. -- Joe Murphy
This is our Good Old Boat, a 1982 Catalina 27 named Dreamer. It has provided us with many glorious days sailing along the north shore of Lake Ontario.The photo was taken by my friend Ken Norrie. --Trevor and Rachael Maillard
Faye and I fell in love with the Seafarer 30 after reading a review in Good Old Boat magazine. We found Galefilero in MA and, with the help of friends at the Terra Nova Yacht Club, sailed her 1100 nautical miles to Newfoundland this past spring. This photo was taken by another club member during a weekend cruise to Cupids. Thanks to Good Old Boat for helping us find our dream boat. -- Don Parsons & Faye Reid
While traveling up the coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Block Island this Spring, in our 1987, 37' Dickerson Sloop, Morning Light, friends traveling with us in another Dickerson, caught us at anchor in the Niantic River, Conn. Dickersons were built on the LaTrappe Ck. in the Chesapeake Bay, and ours was the next to last produced. We looked at others, 34' - 38', and were fortunate enough to stumble upon her, we could not have done better. Thanks for the magazine with the best for the rest! Seaya at the boat show. -- Ken & Maggie Bernholz
Thouht you might be interested in the attached shot of our good old boat, Mahseer, an Alberg 30. The photo was taken by myself on a sultry August afternoon in the anchorage at Main Duck Island, in the middle of Lake Ontario. -- Burton Blais
Attached is a photo of my 1970 Bristol 22, Dotsea. We sail Dotsea out of the Merrimack River, Newburyport MA. This has been a wonderful season with over 1000nm logged and greater than 70 outings. Dotsea is in wonderful condition with many upgrades and improvements over the years. -- Charles Crowley
Sea Sprite 30
Panache in a cove at anchor on Crocker Island in the North Channel. She is a Sea Sprite 30 owned by longtime reader and friend of Good Old Boat, Richard Charette.
S&S yawl 57
Here is a picture for you. It is IMPALA, my 1954 57-foot S&S yawl, built by Abeking and Rasmussen in 1954. She is shown here in Sortland Sound in the Vesteralens of Norway about 69° north latitude. If you look closely you can see us in our shirtsleeves, a beautiful northern July day. Connor Wallace took the picture in 2004. -- Alfred Sanford
This photo was taken from the Blackbeard Sailing Club's club house overlooking the club's marina, after a summer thunderstorm. The Blackbeard Sailing Club is north of the Neuse River across from New Bern, NC. Established in 1972 (40 years ago) by Bob and Coral Clark of Clark's Boat (who built San Juan and Tanzer), the Blackbeard is the oldest sailing club in North Carolina. (The photo was taken by my 14-year old daughter, EmmaLi Tsai.) -- Jeff Tsai
A Beautiful day for a sail
Our boat is not in this shot but it depicts a recent afternoon sail on the Columbia river in Portland, Oregon. There were more than a hundred boats on a two mile stretch of the river so we were just trying to stay out of the way of those racing. This view is looking east and that is Mt. Hood in the distance. It was a beautiful day for a sail! -- Floyd Roell & Sally Betser
A sailor and his dog
I thought that you might enjoy a picture of west coast sailing. I took this in Von Donop inlet on Cortez Island B.C., from our boat, Lily B, of the owner and his dog, from the sailing vessel Spirit of Thetus Island. I'm sorry that I do not have his name, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity of the shot. -- Mac Lindsay
1966 Islander 29
Upon return to Long Beach Harbor, CA from Catalina on a sunny summer day, we ran across my brother, Bob, sailing about the harbor with other family members. My brother-in-law, Ryan, was kind enough to take this nice picture and others. (We had to reduce sail so he could keep up.)
CIMBA is my 1966 Islander 29, in very good condition and very sea-worthy. I've had her out several times in big seas and strong winds. My dream is to take her to Polynesia. And I will. In the words of Lynn and Larry Pardey, "Go small, go simple, go now." CIMBA is ready to go. -- Bill Wiltsey
Islander Bahama 30
A foggy morning in Barkley Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The boat is our 1978 Islander Bahama 30, Natasha, at anchor at Jarvis Island in the Broken Group, Pacific Rim National Park, the only boat in the lagoon that morning.-- Bert Vermeer
This is my 1966 Pearson Ariel, Sea Biscuit, which I have owned since it was new. The photo was taken on one of our cruises on Long Island Sound. I purchased the boat new in 1966 and have maintained it myself, with the help of some tips that I have learned from your magazine. We estimate from our logbook that we have sailed over 25,000 miles from Long Island to Maine over the 47 years that we have owned the boat. Unfortunately, I am 79 now and am having a difficult time getting around on the boat so we will have to sell it. (It is advertised in your Classified Section) -- Peter W. Rapelje
During the sailing season I love making this earling morning "walk of furlers" on the way to my boat at the far end. - and to gaze on this photo during our long Canadian winter! Enjoy! -- Brian Hennessey
Keep up the great work! I delight in promoting your magazine to all the sailors I meet at the (Nepean Sailing) club where I keep my boat / renovation project! (Catalina 30). - I'm told we have over 500 boats in the water. I took this photo in Puerto Vallarta, Mx. I love looking at it during both winter & sailing months. -- Brian Hennessey
Here is a photo of a good old boat, 1983 Bayfield 29, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, near Britt, Onatrio. -- Joe Dorricott
The evening after stepping the masts on my Glander 33 Ketch, and after departing the dock at Gros Cap, a kayaker (Alan Lukala) was out enjoying the "Super Moon" and snapped this shot. My boat, Ross William, is a Late 60s product made in the keys of Florida. -- Ron Lethbridge
I have been sailing since 2006 when I taught myself how to sail the Shark, Mis Me, in Georgian Bay. I am 58 years old. This shot is the morning after the first night on the hook beside White Cloud Island, with Hay Island behind the boat on the southwest side of Georgian Bay. -- Arie Oosterman
Avanti II, one very busy good old boat. Tartan 30 #245 built in 1974. Russ Curtis writes: In 1993 my late friend, Ken Smith, and I agreed to share a boat, rather than investing in two replacements for our plywood Thunderbirds. We pooled our resources and made an offer for Avanti II.
Over the past 20 years, Avanti has raced and cruised on a regular basis. Presently, the boat is well crewed. We have about 20 people on our crew list. Avanti enters about 25 races every year. Our crew uses the boat to qualify for CYA certifications and, when qualified, have the use of the boat for cruising. Avanti II, a good old boat, is enjoying an active life! Photo credit to Karole Ducette.
I've been an avid reader of Good Old Boat for close to a decade. I have a huge collection of issues with post-it-notes marking "how to" articles with information that comes in handy when I plan boat projects. And when you own a Good Old Boat, the project list keeps growing!
I rescued my current boat, a 1970 Irwin 23, from "dead boat row" at a local marina about three years ago for $500. Since then, I replaced the bulkhead in the cabin because of rot. And as we good old boat owners know, one project leads to another and I ended up with a total renovation of the cabin interior. I've also rebedded the chainplates where they come through the deck, installed ceiling in the cabin, rewired, sanded and varnished all wood above and below deck, and painted the hull and topsides. I still have to replace all the halyards and run the sheets aft to the cockpit so I won't have to go to the mast too often while singlehanding. In reality, I've completed maybe 25 percent of the projects, and keep thinking of more to do, thanks to Good Old Boat magazine!
After sailing for a couple of decades off the Florida West Coast and Keys, I sailed on Lake Erie, then Lake Michigan, before coming to St. Louis six years ago, where I now sail on Carlyle Lake in Illinois. This view is of ShaBoat Shalom off a beach on the lake. -- Steve Wein
The schooner is the EROS, a 115 ft 1939 British built yacht we were lucky enough to run across in San Francisco Bay, shortly after a major refit. -- Bert Vermeer
In response to your note in Issue 83, I am sending a pic of my much loved and well traveled Fraser 41, Wind Maiden. Here she is pictured in one of my favourite anchorages in the Broughton Archiplego in British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for a GREAT mag!! -- Jim Lee
This is our 1987 Catalina 30, Hull 4690. We bought her five years ago, and got the six-foot itch. We have received a deposit for the sale of our #4690 and hope to have sale of this boat completed in next ten days. The photo was taken last fall, on the background "fall colors on the west coast of Wisconsin" (Pepin County). Our six-foot itch should be cured by purchase of a tall rig Catalina 36. Hope to have our 1995 Catalina 36 on the water by end of May. Our new boat will be "imported" from Northern Michigan and will be our fourth Catalina. And this photo was taken by our friend on his cell phone! -- Peter Gutierrez
Beneateau First 305
I have been an avid reader of Good Old Boat Magazine since becoming a sailor four years ago and really appreciate the knowledge and stories shared through those pages. I don't see many pics from the Maritime Provinces, however, and thought that I'd send you a few from my stomping grounds in Dalhousie, NB on Chaleur Bay. Our boat is a 1986 Beneateau First 305 named Seaflower, and here she is anchored by the Inch Arran Point Range Front Lighthouse in Dalhousie, NB. -- Christy Arseneau.
Almost a year after this photo was taken it's still the background wallpaper of my iPhone. Looking at it daily has gotten me through another long rainy Pacific Northwest winter.
Taken from our dinghy returning to our 1980 Catalina 25, Dragonfly, moored at Penrose Point State Park, Puget Sound summer 2011. We did a mini tour of the Puget Sound south of the Tacoma narrows for our 1st wedding anniversary (we keep her on the Sound in Des Moines, WA). While a Catalina 25 isn't the most comfortable place to spend a week aboard, it does the job and we love our little boat. Even a heavily mass-produced, but well-cared for good old starter boat can be a beautiful thing. -- Heidi & Daniel Seliger
This was taken a few years ago at sunrise at Palmyra Atoll. Anthea had just sailed down from Hawaii and was anchored next to us.
I have been out cruising and recently returned to Hawaii. I picked up a Good Old Boat and noticed that the center photo spread was missing. Has that been discontinued? It was always my favorite section because photos told the story rather than words and it allows the imagination to run wild. -- Emmy Newbould, s/v Nataraja
Though I'd pass on this shot of my 1976 Bristol 24 #655, ANAM CHARA, taken on an August afternoon in 2009 on the Vermont side of northern L. Champlain. That's my home-made A-4 plywood dinghy trying to catch up. Loyal reader -- Chris Crilly
Just saw the plans for article upcoming in May for Caliber 28….. really look forward to it.
I purchased mine, Lollipop II, as a 1-year old used boat in 1988, and we have jointly aged and mellowed over the years. Love the boat, the great support from the Caliber folks, and the gracious comments from fellow boaters here in Hingham, MA. This picture was taken at Pickering Wharf, Salem, MA. We do short cruises up and down the coast. -- Nick Amdur
1965 Rhodes Reliant
I see a lot of "Good Old Boats" featured at anchor. I wanted to show one, our boat RI RA, a Rhodes Reliant built in 1965, under sail. The photo was taken by my neighbor, Ken Small, during the "Instead of Football Regatta", a New Year's Day tradition here in Oriental, NC., the "Sailing Capital of NC." The event isn't really a race - no handicaps etc., just a bunch of boats sailing (what's that about two boats "meeting"?) - around Government marks off of Oriental, NC., on the ICW/Neuse River. The weather was perfect this year and we had 60+ boats on the water - trust me. Oh, we actually ran out of course/leg before we could get one more sail up, a spinnaker staysail. -- Gerry Crowley
I single hand Waterstop, an old CS 27 out of Bayfield, Ont. I just returned to sailing after about a 30 year absence, and I just had my 66th birthday. I'm a retired marathon runner and I can't run as many miles as I used to, so I took up sailing again.
This photo was taken with an iPhone on my first cruise last summer to the North Channel. Anchored at Eagle Island just west of Little Current. I live in London and sail out of Bayfield on the east coast of lake Huron south of Goderich. Keeping busy right now planning this summer's cruise towards Mackinaw Island. Smooth sailing. -- Mike Bacigalupo
Sea Sprite 23
I've attached a picture of my Good Old Boat, a 1974 Sea Sprite 23 (with her Good Old Dinghy, a Dyer Dhow 9). She was built by Wickford Shipyard and is hull # 537. I bought her in 2009 and christened her FIREFLY because a firefly to me, is the essence of being a kid in the summer (and they are really hard to catch too!). She needed some TLC; I've done a major refit over the last 3 years including all rigging, hardware, pulpits, lifelines, deck-hull joint, lazarette deck rebuild, toerails, sails and more.
In this picture she is lying quietly to a friend's mooring in Newport Harbor's Brenton Cove. I normally sail her (SAIL is the key word, NO engine!) out of the Sakonnet River; she sails beautifully. -- Dejan Radeka
Columbia Payne 9.6
Attached is a picture of Distant Horizon, my 1977 Columbia Payne 9.6. The photo was taken while at anchor in South Bay of Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence River's 1000 Islands region. It doesn't look like it, but it was blowing a light gale (35 Kts). Carleton Island is the first US island from the mouth of the St. Lawrence River at Lake Ontario. I stayed at this well protected location for two days.
This summer I'll sail Distant Horizon to Bermuda. -- Kevin Matkoski
I am sending along a jpeg of my Good Old Tartan 30, Avanti II, hull #245, built in 1974. Karole Doucette took this picture as we rounded the weather mark in the Deep Cove Regatta in September 2011 and prepared for a bear-away set. While we missed a podium finish in the regatta, the crew and I had a marvelous time.
I used to have trouble getting crew and often complained about this to anyone who would listen. About 2 years ago, I made my complaint to my Chiropractors' receptionist and she replied, dead pan, how many crew did I need???? Thanks to Cait, I now have over 25 names on my crew list, and, like all networks, it continues to grow. Because the crew are all young professionals with many other interests and activities, I still seldom get a full compliment. Two weeks ago, in Avanti's winds, we did get a bullet with only three on board! It was a short windward/leeward race of about 2 miles, so my competition could not correct over me.
I am in the "foxhole". I stand in the companion way (that is me in the tan hat and grey T-shirt), where I manage the Spinnaker controls, fore-guy, spinnaker halyard and pole topping lift. Otherwise, I contribute to tactics and stay out of the way. -- Russ Curtis
I saw your note in GOB #74 and wanted to share some photos of my dog, Boots. Recently she and I took a 4 month voyage from Maine to North Carolina from Nov to April. She was a great crew on my old wooden gaff-rigged cutter. As you can see she faithfully stood her watch and reminded me when it was mine. Thanks and have a great sail. -- Stott Carleton
Gulf 32 Pilothouse
This is our sailboat, a 1988 Gulf 32 Pilothouse, last July down in Twin Islands on beautiful Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario. True wilderness sailing! Hope you feature the Gulf 32 in one of your upcoming issues. She's a great boat for our Northern climate. In two years we'll be transporting her to Thunder Bay and sailing her on Lake Superior. Hope we see Jerry and Karen in our travels! -- Gary & Jennifer McKibbon
Cape Dory 27
The photo is by Tami Boudreau showing Catalina 27 skippers Jim Hildinger and Erik Vindum checking the arrival of Steve Madsen in his Cape Dory 27 at the dock at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe. Lunch will be aboard Jim's dinette model C27 Cadenza on this 3rd day of March, 2012. -- Jim & Gloria Hildinger
Hi, this is Ignitor, a 1974 Martin 29T in Lake Union, Seattle. I am only the second owner of Ignitor, Mel Marshal brought her down from Canada in the mid 70's. She is not pretty like the other boats featured in Good Old Boat but has her share of glass. The best part of Lake Union is Duck Dodge - on Tuesday nights in the summer. (www.duckdodge.org) We are a member of the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club. (www.styc.org) -- Captain Ron Ernst (retired Navy capt and Coast Guard 50 ton)
Pacific Seacraft Dana 24
This is a recent view from Los Lobos anchorage a few miles north of La Paz, Mexico, where sunsets on steroids are common. A tiny green flash was glimpsed just as the sun set, which is very unusual over a land horizon. We're getting ready to cross the Pacific in our Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, Sockdolager, sailing to Tahiti Nui (formerly French Polynesia) and onward. By mid-March we should be well offshore. Our blog's at: http://karenandjimsexcellentadventure.blogspot.com/ -- Karen Sullivan
This is a great picture of a truly great Good Old Boat! The wind was blowing 18+ knots and Kaare & I furled 'er up before we entered the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, where the shoreline shapes team up with the wind to produce a heavy Venturi effect going down the channel to SEA-130's berth downtown. The boat's name comes from my piloting USAF Lockheed C-130A Assault Transports for many, many, many years. -- Jim Huhta, Sr., Lt. Colonel USAF (Ret.)
Ahoy, Please enjoy the photo "Lyle Hess Sisters". In front is my Lyle Hess designed 1976 Balboa 26, Easter Tide followed by my friend Larry in his 1978 Nor'Sea 27, Valentine. We do alot of high altitude mountian sailing together @ 7000 feet on Ridgway Reservoir in Colorado. Easter Tide is the Charter and Sailing School Vessel for Barnacle Bob's Sailing Adventures which I own and operate from the marina at Ridgway State Park. If you are ever in Colorado and feel like some mountian sailing don't hesitate to contact me. Fair Winds, -- Captain Bob Harnish