The January 2004 issue features the O’Day 23 as our trailersailer and the Ericson 29 as our feature boat. We’ve got a refit on an Alden Challenger, and we tell the history of Yacht Constructors, the builders of the Cascade Yachts. Speaking seriously, we add the saga of building a skipjack by Alan Lucas and present two points of view about what’s important to have aboard while cruising by Dave Martin and by Cathy McIntire. Don Launer shares his fascination with magnets and the poles, and he also offers a 101-series article on diesel engines. Homer Shannon tells about the Dutchman system he put on his Bristol 29.9. For fun we offer a venerable Air Force wives sailing group in Hawaii, a beautiful center spread by Alan Eddy, a profile of circumnavigator Karen Thorndike, and two cruising memories about finding a sailboat. Then Don Launer vents his frustration at banging halyards in the Reflections piece. And furthermore? Well, Simple Solutions focus on armored portlights and a creative way to deal with hatchboards when the hatch isn’t closed. Our Quick and Easy articles add an interlocking toolkit by Link Tools and a modern LED light modification of an old oil-burning lamp.MARCH/APRIL 2004
The March issue is another big one! Boats include the Pacific Seacraft 25, the Sirius 21, and a couple of PDQ catamarans (the 32 and the 36). And there’s a restoration story of a MacGregor Venture of Newport 23. Seriously speaking, we’ve got a formula for choosing a boat (and an Excel sheet you can download to use the formula for your own use), how to replace your boom, and a last-chance tripline in case you’re overboard and your boat is on its own. Ted Brewer reviews galley setups, and Gregg Nestor tells you how to keep that outboard running. We’ve got GPS 101, how to build a cockpit grate, and how Tom Young got two birds with one stone: improved engine access and an improved galley sink. For fun, we add a profile of good old vendor Alpenglow Marine Lights, a profile of multihull designer Ian Farrier, how to enjoy doing the teak (it’s a matter of attitude, after all), a photo spread of Rhode Island, and two fun Cruising Memories: falling in love with a boat and also boat fairies (hallucinations) in the night. Furthermore, we add a deck delamination project (tackled from belowdecks), a new automatic fog horn blowing device, a caution about your propane grill, a thumbs up for Speedseal, how to get rid of scratches on plastic windows, and dousing the headsail with a downhaul. Then there’s Boatyard Fever, a poem we can all relate to as spring nears. Happy reading!MAY/JUNE 2004
The May issue is packed with sailing goodies. For boats, we’ve got: the Watkins 29 and the Wild Wind 20 along with refit articles about a Westsail 42 and a 66-year-old Alden Woodie. On the technical side of things, there’s an article about rigging terminals by Don Launer, the design of the cabin dining area by Ted Brewer, and a piece on emergency tillers by Alan Lucas. Theresa Fort designs an insulated door flap for the companionway, and Ilana Stern tells us how to organize our wiring. Gerry McGowan replaced a fuel tank in the bilge, and Bill Sandifer tells about using moisture meters. There’s a 101-series article on steering systems and another piece on marlinspike seamanship. For fun is a profile of designer Lyle Hess, another profile on vendor Yager Sails and Canvas, and an article about how to prepare your guests for a cruise aboard. There are several Cruising Memories pieces about old engines, new sailors, and the rites of spring along with the gorgeous photos of the surface of the sea by Roger Marshutz (have a look, you\’ll see what we mean). What’s more? Simple Solutions about simple bags you can sew from screening material and creating easy cleaning solutions from everyday household products. Quick and Easy includes a useful tray for the cockpit, flag trailer guides for trailersailors, a way to make the spigot you need for your boat, and a neat bung trick. There\’s always a bit more, of course. The letters to the editor alone are often worth the price of a subscription, not to mention the Last Tack and the Reflections columns!JULY/AUGUST 2004
The July issue ought to keep sailors busy reading at anchor in coves everywhere. The boats reviewed are the Precision 23 and the Nimble 24, along with a look at the Willard Horizon 30 motorsailer. We also offer the history of the 220-year-old Camper & Nicholsons Company (Yes, 220 years! Imagine.) Speaking seriously (and technically), Gerry McGowan writes about replacing the cabin sole, Ted Brewer explains how to figure out how much power a sailboat’s auxiliary engine should have, Theresa Fort tells how to choose fabric for use on interior cuhsions, and Gregg Nestor tells how to cook in a trailerable-size galley. We’ve also got an article about adding red LEDs to an existing cabin light, a look at two-stroke versus four-stroke outboards, Fiberglass 101, a method for sorting out tricky electrical shorts, and a look at fighting (or, better yet, preventing) fire aboard. Lighter fare includes a profile of designer Bill Lee, a look at overcoming his fear of sailing by Dave Martin, a review of boating superstitions by John Vigor, a New York City photo spread, and a lovely cruising memory article by Stiv Wilson. Garry Prater\’s Reflections article will make you think also. What\’s more? Tor Pinney tells us how to spring the rode for a quieter ride at anchor, Alan Lucas has some great electrical tips, Harry Brunken fixes his leaky ports, and Gregg Nestor builds his own trailer tongue extender. That\’s it for Simple Solutions. The Quick and Easy articles include one about dripless ice and another about a neat hanging system for a gimbaled lamp.SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2004
The September issue proves that we haven’t been taking the summer off (although we never miss a chance to sail)! The boats in this issue include a review of the Corasir 24 by Ed Lawrence and a feature story by Marianne Scott about Jim Kellam and his winning Spencer 35, Haulback. Dan Spurr profiles designer Garry Hoyt also. But let’s get serious a moment. In the technical area we’ve got two articles about non-skid applications and another about a “little cabin sole problem” that led to a much bigger do-it-yourself project: casting lead ballast. And we offer some thoughts by world cruiser Dave Martin on eliminating major leaks as well as tiny drips. There’s Seacocks 101 by Don Launer, navigating in the fog by Suzanne Giesemann, and checklist upon checklist by Gregg Nestor. Just for fun we add a chapter (about finding a good old boat) right out of Hal Roth’s new book, love triangles by Ben Shaw, a stormy passage to San Diego by Henry Cordova, and memories of boats past by Geoffrey Toye. There’s a center spread, too, with art and poetry by Elisa Nelson and a final Reflections page about the last sail of summer by Silver Donald Cameron. What’s more: Quick and easy cushion keepers and more about bolt ropes and tracks and how to save your vacuum from dust death along with simple solutions for a winter tarp, Concordia seatbacks and plastic nav tools you can make yourself.
The November issue will leave you breathless once again. Even the dinghies are gorgeous. The boats in this issue include a knockout dory by John Gardner, a Pacific Seacraft 37 (also known as the Crealock 37), the Pearson Vanguard, and a Venture 25. Seriously then we’ve also got everything you want to know about sealants and adhesives (what to use where and more importantly what NOT to use where else!), a winter boat enclosure, a look at sloops and cutters by Ted Brewer, an unusual way to resurface the cabin sole, Bilge Pumps 101, and the other knockout dinghy: a Fatty Knees made into a lifeboat! Just for fun, a couple of cruising memories articles, a profile of Alex Tilley and his boat (he’s the guy who makes the floating sun hat), and a center spread of photos of the Pacific Northwest. What’s more includes a quick and easy boat chamois idea, a way to hold something in place while the epoxy sets, and rail mounts for solar panels. Simple solutions include delamination repair for a hatch, creating extra counter space, and a handy tool: Clamptite. What’s more: Quick and easy cushion keepers and more about bolt ropes and tracks and how to save your vacuum from dust death along with simple solutions for a winter tarp, Concordia seatbacks and plastic nav tools you can make yourself.
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