Talking Boats With 
Billy Joel

Talking Boats With Billy Joel

The singer-songwriter has always loved being on the water. Soundings recently sat down with Joel to talk about the many boats he’s owned.

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Matters of Weight

Knowing the individual components of your ground tackle system and how they each work is an essential first step in a peaceful night’s rest while at anchor.

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Made for Millenials

The latest design to come off Sam Devlin’s drafting table was inspired by his desire to create a cool boat that millennials can love.

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Language of the Sea

Port and starboard may as well be up and down if you don’t know nautical lingo. Pat Mundus explains the importance of understanding the language of the sea.

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Fjord 44 Coupé

Hanse’s angular yet graceful Fjord 44 Coupe has a glass deckhouse that takes the concept of a bright and breezy luxury interior to the next level.

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Is Your Boat's Engine Ready for Winter?

While it isn’t winter yet, it’s certainly the right time to devise a game plan for putting your boat’s engine(s) away for the winter… the right way.

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VIDEO: A Tight Fit

Building a wooden boat is a little bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Watch as a shipwright uses traditional techniques to install deck planking on the 130-year-old fishing vessel Fremad II. WATCH

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Spinning Ice Disk Mesmerizes Mainers

Mainers are no strangers to the cold, snow, and punishing winds of winter, but a perfectly shaped spinning disk of round ice in the Presumpscot River has some Westbrook, Maine, residents thinking about aliens.

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One Really Big SCRIMP Job

Horizon Yachts of Taiwan announced they broke the world record for a single-shot resin infusion to create a 140-foot hull.

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A Sailboat for Everybody

The RS21 combines modern tech with good, old-fashioned design sense in a  keelboat that is fast,  affordable and fun to sail.

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Oystermen on the Bay

Seventeenth-century travelers coming to Chesapeake Bay were constantly amazed at the quantity, size and quality of its oysters.

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Boating Books Review: Aloha, Molokai

Recently reprinted by Patagonia from the original 1978 first edition, Audrey Sutherland’s Paddling My Own Canoe is the story of her quest to explore the remote waters on the northeast side of Molokai, Hawaii.

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The Shape of Things to Come

From huge, souped-up center consoles to carbon-fiber hulls and boats that transform themselves, we take a deep dive into the latest boatbuilding trends.

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Images: Norwegian Krysser

A Norwegian Krysser is reflected in the waters of Norway’s Tromso harbor. The traditional herring and cod boats, which developed out of the Skoyte and Kutter, are still used for fishing, and as tour boats or personal craft.

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WIRED FOR EASE

Lenny Rudow looks at where things are headed in the marine electronics world, from digital anchoring to remote monitoring and live-view fishfinders.

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TAKE TWO

Beneteau is replacing one of its best-selling models—the Swift Trawler 34—with a new 35. We go onboard to see how well she measures up against the first.

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MOB Kit

The Catch and Lift MOB Rescue System from Intelligent Sailing is designed to let a single operator recover and lift as many as two people back on board in the event of an emergency.

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Moving Bigger Bows

Vetus has expanded its line of Bow Pro series thrusters to include models for 45- to 80-foot vessels. The Bow Pro Boosted thrusters use a brushless motor that’s reportedly maintenance-free for 12-volt or 24-volt inputs, and is designed to fit tunnel sizes up to 250 mm. The thrusters come with a standard or a fully proportional control panel and now have unlimited run-time. Price: $2,169 to $4,519.

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High-Strength Hook

The M2 chain hook from Mantus Marine latches to a chain and reportedly stays on even when there is no load on the chain or hook.

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Soft Shoe

The SoftScience Fin 2.0 water shoe is built to be lightweight and odor-resistant, to dry quickly, and to keep water out with a self-draining system.

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Wireless Kill Switch

Autotether’s marine wireless system is built to instantly cut the outboard engine when the operator falls overboard or is separated from the boat by more than 150 feet.

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WIRED FOR EASE

Lenny Rudow looks at where things are headed in the marine electronics world, from digital anchoring to remote monitoring and live-view fishfinders.