The Sweet Spot

These 27- to 35-foot powerboats are just the right size for cruising and day-tripping.

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Boat Shop

Invest in an impeller puller — it’s worth the money and can save your sanity.

Down and dirty in the engine room

Bilge diving may not be an Olympic sport - it's more like the nautical equivalent of Twister - but it's a necessary evil when it comes to making repairs onboard. Tom Neale writes that it's also a great way to bloody your knuckles, lose hand tools and parts and ruin a good change of clothes.


VIDEO: Shipwrights: The Next Generation

Luke Powell is leading a team of boatbuilders who are crafting a recreation of a 68-foot Falmouth Pilot Cutter named Vincent, which was originally launched in 1852. The goal of the project is to train up aspiring young shipwrights in the traditional methods required to build these graceful wooden sailboats.


Handcrafting Pellew

Working Sail is a British organization that is working to keep the art and craftsmanship of traditional wooden boatbuilding alive. Their latest project is Pellew, a recreation of a 68-foot Falmouth Pilot Cutter named Vincent, which was launched in 1852. This video shows some of the methods and materials being used to build her.


Vacuum Bagging

When building or repairing a substantial laminate, it helps to have pressure to compress the air from a stack or hold the core in place until a cure is reached. Frequently when doing hull and deck repairs, we have to work upside down, and applying pressure is difficult.


Seamanship Quiz

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

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VIDEO: Of Mouse And Mayflower

The Mayflower II, a 1957 reproduction of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago, is undergoing a complete refit at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Among the upgrades she is receiving are all-new stays for her three masts. This video from the museum shows how a rigger fabricates a mouse — an elaborate work of marlinspike seamanship — for each stay.

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The price to pay

After raising estimates for outstanding claims earlier this year, BP reported that the total costs of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are around $65 billion.




The Case That Changed Things

After working an incident where an angler and his two sons lost their lives, Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Mario Vittone changed his focus to helping boaters prepare for the worst. He writes about the case, and his upcoming Boaters University video series, in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.

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In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

If we’re shipping the March issue to the printer, and you’re reading the March issue of the magazine right now, then March is finally on the horizon. In the Northeast that brings a mixed few weeks of leaden skies and dirty, icy slush, with an occasional snowstorm of epic proportions.



Elizabeth duPont

Elizabeth (Tiedemann) duPont got her first taste of the sea while in her early 20s off Newport, Rhode Island, watching the final race of the 1983 America’s Cup from an 85-foot spectator boat.


Life on a Lightship

The Brenton Reef Lightship Station guided vessels in Rhode Island’s lower Narragansett Bay around the clock, 365 days a year, from 1853 to 1962.


Brant Point Light

Nantucket Harbor, Massachusetts. We’re looking across the main channel toward Brant Point Light; the Coatue Wildlife Refuge is behind and to the right of this iconic island symbol, with Wauwinet in the distance.


#Caribbean Comeback

The first signs that things were not exactly back to normal appeared at the Aeropuerto Luis Muñoz Marin in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was awaiting my connecting flight to Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands


Books: Global Prophet

Largely considered one of the greatest novelists who wrote in the English language, Joseph Conrad was born to Polish parents in the Russian Empire before leaving at age 16 to become a sailor.



B&G Vulcan

B&G’s Vulcan family of sailing-specific chart plotters — a refreshed 7-inch and 9-inch, and a new 12-inch — have built-in Wi-Fi, broadband radar compatibility, SailSteer and SailingTime, and combine data on one screen.


iNavX For Android

The iNavX navigational app has been redesigned to give Android users the features that iOS users have, including one-touch waypoint route creation and a racing-inspired instrument display.


CrewWatcher MOB

The Weems & Plath CrewWatcher man overboard system is an app-based alarm that works like a virtual lifeline.


Torqeedo Kayak Outboard

Designed for fishing kayaks, Torqeedo’s Ultralight 403 A electric outboard produces the equivalent of 1 hp, weighs 16 pounds (including its lithium-ion battery), hits 6.2 mph and has a maximum range of 25 miles, depending on the kayak’s type and weight.


Raritan Manual/Electric Head

If there’s a power failure on board, Raritan Engineering’s PH PowerFlush converts from electric to manual flushing by disconnecting one bolt and inserting a retractable handle.


Remote-Control Trailer Dolly

Parkit360’s Transformer 15K trailer dolly lets one person move a 15,000-pound fifth wheel, tagalong, gooseneck or traditional trailer with a wireless remote control.