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‘If I die, just throw me over the side’

Conny van Rietschoten ran a tight ship and was respected by those who sailed for him.Cornelis “Conny” van Rietschoten, the “Flying Dutchman,” was the sole skipper to win the Whitbread Round the World Race twice. He also transformed around-the-world racing from a wild and romantic adventure into a serious business and groomed a generation of young sailors — men such as America’s Cup veteran Grant Dalton, yachting photographer Onne van der Wal, and ocean racer and weather router Bill Biewenga — for standout careers.



Chris-Craft Futura


Illustration by Jim Ewing

The decade after World War II saw a rebirth of recreational boating, and no builder was better prepared to ride the wave of popularity than Chris-Craft. Relying at first on tried-and-true versions of prewar models, the Algonac, Mich., company quickly re-established itself as the nation’s leading boatbuilder.



Soundings at 50 - A lot has changed in two decades

It was so different back then. April 1994 — 20 years ago. With two college-age kids in the family, I was seeking full-time work instead of the part-time job I was happily ensconced in at the time. Soundings editor-in-chief Marleah Ross hired me to be the editorial assistant for “The Nation’s Boating Newspaper.”



Seamanship Quiz - March 2014

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute



Hunt’s new 25-foot runabout

The closed-bow runabout continues to gain popularity. Case in point: the new Hunt Harrier 25 Sport, a single-sterndrive, do-everything dayboat. She has a signature New England-style profile and shares the same deep-vee hull as Hunt’s Harrier 25. C. Raymond Hunt Associates designs all of the Hunt boats. “She’s engineered to be both easy to own and put away at the end of the day,” Hunt president Peter Van Lancker says.



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