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Classics: Whitehall

WhitehallSkiffMighty square-riggers, rugged coasting schooners, speedy packets and lumbering barges — ships of all types filled the harbors of 19th century America, doing commerce, building a nation. And buzzing around many of them was the Whitehall, carrying goods and doing business between ship and shore.



Building a versatile trawler

Nordic Tugs - Versatile Trawlers that are Always Ready for a Voyage:


Bringing Yankee back to life

yankee_renderingThe storied schooner Yankee was built by the Dutch government in 1897 as Loodschooner 4, a robust vessel that could go out in all kinds of weather and pilot ships to port in the stormy North Sea.



Classics: Shelter Island Runabout

ShelterIsland38Singer-songwriter Billy Joel is known the world over as “The Piano Man,” but he’s just as passionate about his boats as he is about his music. The Shelter Island 38 Runabout, which he conceived 20 years ago, stands out as a modern classic.



Keeping it simple

rowing_shoreDollar for dollar and joy for joy, my most satisfying boat has been a 14-foot fiberglass peapod. Named for a double-ended garden vegetable and likely descended through the proud lineage of Viking ships, this humble little boat continually reminds me that for the pure pleasure of getting out on the water, keeping it simple is the way to go.



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