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Underway Column Editorial by Editor Bill Sisson | Soundings Online Column

How young is too young?

Would you allow your son or daughter to sail around the world alone at the ripe old age of 16? Would you encourage it?

I suspect that more than a few of us may be asking ourselves those questions, given the recent spate of youthful sailors who have set their sights on girdling the globe.

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A 26-foot boat and a 2,000-mile maiden voyage

Several months ago, a reader called regarding the photo of a 26-foot Duffy on the cover of our September issue, which focused on a back-to-basics theme.

He was in the market for another boat, liked what he saw and wished we'd given more information on the little Down Easter.

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A small boat that transcends time

OK, I admit it. I’m a sucker for good-looking small boats. Always have been.

The latest one to catch my eye is the Whiticar 21, which is both gorgeous and one of a kind. It’s the only outboard boat ever built by Whiticar Boat Works, the noted Stuart, Fla., builder of quality cold-molded offshore sportfishermen.

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‘Aha’ moments shared by readers



For the last several months, we decorated the outside of our cubicle walls with more than 100 photographs of boats, seabirds, sunsets, smiling kids and much more.

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A simple boat for complicated times

When I first saw the lovely photo of the little diesel-powered Down Easter that graces our cover this month, I thought, I’ve got to run this in the magazine.

sissonnewThe boat is simple and clean, the image evocative. Put me in that scene, please.



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William Sisson, Editor

A 1981 Phi Beta Kappa journalism graduate, Bill has been writing about boats for more than two decades. His boating travels have taken him from the Persian Gulf to the Baltic Sea, and always back home to Little Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. As editor, Bill is responsible for planning and executing the publication's boating coverage each month, and his Under Way column starts each issue. Bill has been with Soundings for 20 years and in 1997 won the Moulton H. "Monk" Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary.