Are you familiar with the comprehensive boat review we feature at the start of each issue of Good Old Boat magazine? We have a small team of marine freelance writers who draft those for us, and we’re looking to make that small team a little larger. Specifically, we’re looking for an eager reviewer (or two) who lives in coastal California, between San Diego and Pt. Conception (and we will consider the right reviewer further north).

The perfect candidate is a Good Old Boat reader, capable writer and photographer, and sailor. Our reviewers usually review one or two boats per year, so this is a very low-demand gig.

For more information, please contact



 Lin Pardey just released a tribute edition of the classic Cruising in Seraffyn and she is donating 100 percent of the profits to support the Larry Pardey Observatory.

The Larry Pardey Observatory?

Shortly before Larry moved to a care facility near the New Zealand home he built and shared with Lin, Kenny Thorall came to visit. Fifty years previously (and a year before Lin came on the scene), Larry and Ken had formed a team, delivering boats together and repairing them. Now Ken, who had gone on to become a bush pilot in Alaska, wanted to do something to memorialize the man who was, in his words, “the best friend any one could have and an amazing sailor.” He donated the funds to create an observatory at Camp Bentzon On Kawau Island, New Zealand, after learning that it would give almost 5,000 youngsters a year a chance to see the stars that led him and Larry across oceans together. A year ago, the Larry Pardey Observatory was completed and outfitted with four telescopes plus 15 sets of special high-powered stargazing binoculars. Since then, more than 100 children each week have had their first chance to explore the night sky, far from the light pollution of the big city.

This tribute edition is updated to include a new introduction, updated guidelines to breaking away on your own adventure, and 16 pages of color photos. The appendices have been updated to include information on what cruising costs today, details of what worked best on Seraffyn, what could have been better, plus the history of this famous little ship. Click here to order: or visit


Good Old Boat cover shots have long come from Good Old Boat readers. Think you have a photo we’ll want to buy for our cover? Send it to — but first consider the following basic guidelines:

  1. The photo should be a high-resolution image. At a very minimum, this is 300 dpi at about 8×10 inches. In terms of file size, you’re looking at something at least 2MB, but 15MB is better (and feel free to send small, low-res copies of photos you want us to first consider).
  2. The photo doesn’t have to be in portrait orientation, but the portion we’ll use for the cover should be (and the file should be large enough to allow us to crop it while still allowing for 300 dpi at cover size).
  3. Think about composition. The photo should have space up top for us to put the Good Old Boat title, but without covering up something important in the photo.
  4. Is the photo interesting? People, action, and lighting all can serve to make an interesting, unusual cover shot. We like great shots of boats at anchor, but we get a lot of those, so competition for those photos is stiffer. Consider sending us a shot unlike you’ve seen on our covers — a boatyard maybe?
  5. Have fun!


Here’s the first sentence from a BoatUS press release dated December 5, 2018: “President Trump has officially moved to allow E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline sales year-round – a fuel prohibited for use in recreational boats and a decision that recreational boating groups say will needlessly put 142 million American boaters at risk.” Read the full press release here:



Do you have a great photo of an aid to navigation? We want to see it. If we print it in the magazine, we’ll send you a Good Old Boat hat or shirt, your choice. And it doesn’t have to be a buoy, but certainly can be. The better the photo, or the more unique the aid or photo, the better your chances. Send what you have to