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This Pacific Northwest workboat conversion is enduring and endearing

Chris and Kathy Grace have owned other boats, but Petrel was the ideal choice for cruising the changeable waters of the Pacific Northwest.It’s nearly a law of nature: A boat voyeur’s stroll through the Boat Haven in Port Townsend, Washington, stops on B-Dock. That’s where Petrel is tied up, and that’s where anyone, even folks who don’t know much about boats, pause to stare. She’s a converted salmon troller of modest size at 42 feet overall — a vessel so cute, so right, so honest, she’s like that perfect little boat a kindergartner might draw from imagination.



Donzi ‘Sweet 16’

Illustration by Jim Ewing

Sixteen feet of speed and sex appeal. The Donzi Ski Sporter still looks good 50 years after her introduction. And what a sensation the “Sweet 16,” as she was affectionately known, created back in 1964 when raceboat driver and designer Don Aronow showed the boat off to a public eagerly playing in Sunfish, Boston Whalers and other small boats.



Gentlemen of the Harbor

A day aboard a working tug in Baltimore

My valued friendship with one of the port of Baltimore’s senior tug captains enabled this small-craft sailor to experience the sights and sounds of the commercial harbor from the “other man’s” vantage point. The view from the wheelhouse led me to write “Gentlemen of the Harbor: Stories of Chesapeake Bay Tugboats and Crews,” from which the following is excerpted.



Lobster Boat kings Convene

These plank-on-frame builds from John's Bay Boat Co. show off their traditional lobster boat lines.A symposium in Castine, Maine, brings sailors and Down East boatbuilders together. 

Sailors who gathered in the Penobscot Bay village of Castine, Maine, this past summer for a weekend of classic yacht racing had a rare opportunity to learn about the history, development and construction of the Maine lobster boat from some of the foremost builders of these vessels, which — with the men and women who fish on them — are the foundation of the state’s $380 million lobster industry.



The tug Puma, Providence, R.I.

Photos by Michael Cevoli

Like a lot of rock-solid workboats, the tug Puma has been around the block a few times. She was built in 1962 by the Diamond Manufacturing Co. in Savannah, Georgia, for Turecamo Maritime, of Staten Island, New York, and started work as the Jean Turecamo, later renamed Puma.



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