We kick off our fourth volume (Yes indeed, Volume 4, Number 1 already!) with a review of the Allied Seawind II and an overview of Catalina Yachts (this one’s meant to be a company history of a manufacturer of good old boats, but it is also a work in process since Frank Butler and his gang continue to produce fine boats of many sizes). Tom Beard tells us what happens when you press the button on an EPIRB, Peter Baumgartner begins the first of a two-part series on the refit of his Cape Dory 27, and Aubrey Millard tells of the modifications he and his wife, Judy, made to make an Ontario 32 fit for sea (and fit it was — so far this one’s cruised the Great Lakes, crossed the Atlantic, and been knocked about in the North Sea). Mark Parker is onto something new in the way of teak decks, check out his report, Ike Harter finishes his story of Seven Bells, Pat Vojtech tells about Chesapeake Bay’s skipjack fleet, particularly the rescue of the Rebecca T. Ruark, and Nancy Christensen fills the center spread with her dreamy pastels of seaside scenes. Don Launer tells why he likes schooners and what you call all those extra lines and sails, and Good Old Boat editors explain how they got involved in a regatta on the Chesapeake, even though the magazine’s not into racing. Really it’s not. Really. We’ve got the poor man’s diesel installation by George Snyder, cyber saints building boating communities on the ‘Net by Susan Peterson Gateley, and our usual quick and easy projects: oar renewal, a clever dinghy mount for the stern of the boat and at the dock too, and a way to lengthen the life of the head seat hinge. On the Reflections page, Charles Duhon writes of a friend who lost his interest in sailing after a freak boating accident. We’ll leave you to ponder the fragility of life until the next issue.
Big boats and small ones: this issue focuses on four very different dinghies, representing the range available with a review by Scott Thurston, John Vigor reviews the Bristol 27, Don Bodemann discusses Cherubini Hunters, Mary Drake writes of a cruising Catalina 22 and the people who love her, Peter Baumgartner finishes his Cape Dory 27 refit, and Wendy Higgins breaks your heart with a tale of a 30-foot S.S. Crocker boat which has been in the family twice. Ted Brewer describes rigs, Brooke Elgie tells about his love for a cabin heater, Ken Textor writes about the complicated system of jib names and numbers, and George Cooligan tells of a boat partnership gone awry. Dennis Boese writes about South Shore Yachts and the miracles they do for the owners of C&C sailboats (and others also), Don Launer puts handholds on a dodger, Robert Doty tells you how to go about purchasing your good old boat, and Dolores Hanon reflects on the sale of hers. The art spread looks at the commercial fleet (freighters and such) on the Great Lakes. Quick and Easy projects look at the problems associated with the sea chest, how to live with dockside air conditioning, a way to latch the ports, and anchoring tips if your boat doesn\’t have a centerline cleat. There are book reviews, classified ads, and more.
Boats in this issue include the Cape Dory 25D in John Vigor\’s series; James Baldwin’s Pearson Triton, which has circumnavigated twice; the last Cheoy Lee Offshore 40 to be built as the feature boat; a Chris-Craft Capri 30 refit; a rudder refit for a Spencer 35; and a stiffer toerail for a Cal 48 yawl. Dave Gerr tells us about the Metal Boat Society, Michelle Potter offers profiles of three sailors, Bob Wood tells us that early spring and late fall are meant for sailing, and Jerry Hickson reminds us not to get hung up on electronic gadgets. We\’ve got a fictional piece by Don Davies, humor from Bill Martin, and beauty (in sailing photos) by Gail Scott. Wes Farmer talks about the history of auxiliary engines, Ron Chappell tells how to step a mast alone and without fear, Bill Sandifer reminds us to care for our rudder tubes, Scott Rosenthal tells how to avoid low-voltage problems when starting the engine, and we have the usual quick and easy projects: a fiddle rope, a leaky mast fix, a light air tip, and a brass sea rail. There are book reviews and more, even a great spring cartoon by Mike Malzone.
Boats in this issue include a refit of Mustang (the New York 32 previously owned by Rod Stephens), the Lord Nelson 35 as feature boat, and the Catalina 27 as review boat. Ted Brewer discusses shoal draft (centerboards, leeboards, fin-keelers, and so on). We’ve got the first of two articles on marine metals by Mark Smaalders, a bronze portlight refit by Armand Stephens, a berth conversion by Donald Bodemann, and a do-it-yourself lazy-jack piece by Guy Stevens. (It would seem that if you want to be in Good Old Boat, it helps if your name is Stevens or Stephens. Truly that is not the case!) Karen Larson does a piece on the Plastic Classic in San Francisco, Roy Kiesling tells us not to trust our GPS time signal if accuracy counts, and Welshman Geoffrey Toye tells us about stovetop cooking making Welsh cakes. Herbert Davies profiles three female writers, and we do a close-up profile of Matella Manufacturing, maker of very fine stanchions. Paul Kelly’s art takes your breath away, and Leslie Fournier and Jay Fraser write about small-budget cruising. The quick and easy projects include a forward hatch ventilation solution, a method for releasing frozen seacocks, a design for a cockpit table big enough to hold your dinner plates, and a way to get back out of the water without having one of those cumbersome and flimsy plastic ladders. There’s more of course: book reviews, opinions, reflections. This issue is one of the editor’s favorites.
We’ve got an interesting collection of boats: the Baba 40 is our review boat, the Tartan 33 is our feature boat, an electrically powered Rawson 30 turns the spotlight on electric propulsion, then there’s a focus on Viking longships and also on Monterey fishing boats. We’ve got refits on a Marshall Sanderling and an Alberg Corinthian. We continue writing of marine metals with part two of Mark Smaalder’s article, Don Launer tells of in-water boat storage in winter (bubblers, agitators, etc.). Ted Brewer writes of resistance in boats. Norman Ralph repaired his stanchions and the delaminated deck beneath, Mary Jane Hayes praises harbormasters, Kai Sturmann was in Mystic, Conn., to celebrate Sparkman & Stephens boats. Niki Perryman tells of simple cruising on a wooden Arthur Robb Lion. Chris Bauer, founder of Bauteck Marine, makes for one heck of a good old vendor tale. Barbara White counsels us to stay out of the galley by making simple one-pot stew meals. Quick & Easy projects focus on hatches and a makeshift cutting tool. We also have the usual book reviews, Last Tack, and Reflections.
This issue focuses on the Dana 24 as the review boat and the MacGregor Venture Newport as the refit boat (you’ve got to see what they DID to this boat!). Our good old vendor is Celestaire with a focus on founder Ken Gebhart. Steve Mitchell gives us a profile of Olin Stephens, and Cathy McIntire attends sailing school and tells about her experience. Cory Carpenter makes a shorty outboard into a long-shaft version, and Matt Colie tells how to beef up your tiller. Ted Brewer writes of hull form and also gives us a bit of insight into Ted Brewer as a young man. Armand Stephens builds a leakproof butterfly hatch for his Alberg 30, Norman Ralph discusses mast wedging, and Don Launer gets excited about bowsprits, bumpkins, and belaying pins. Theresa Fort gives us whale-watching guidelines, and Michael Greenwald tells of the delicacies of the sea (finding, cleaning, and cooking oysters, octopus, and more). A pair of young sisters makes you want to cruise in Maine. We cover the Master Mariners event in San Francisco photographically. And we have the usual photo spread, Quick and Easy articles, book reviews, Last Tack, Reflections, and so on.
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