Boat Trailering: the Tow Vehicle

What boat fits behind this tow package and how far will it go

Driving down the road the other day I noticed a pick-up truck pulling an empty boat trailer. I started to wonder what kind of boat would fit on the trailer. … [Read more...]

Boat Yard Etiquette for DIY Boaters

This boat was jacked up off its keel so the owner could fair the bottom of the keel and left that way for a week until a storm blew it over.

The trend in boat yards is to not allow do-it-yourselfers to do any work on the outside of your vessel. With high storage fees for a relatively small patch … [Read more...]

Galvanic Soup

This launch was previously in fresh water, but with a new owner and new location in salt water the underwater protection by sacrificial anodes needed to change

Repairing the rubrail on a small rowboat the other day triggered a multi-day thought process about the metals used on boats.  To start, it was a simple … [Read more...]

The Boatyard’s Awake

Tupelo Honey, a Friendship sloop is prepared for the water

I spent the past couple of days in a local boatyard preparing a Friendship sloop I am going to captain part-time this summer for the water.  There really … [Read more...]

Boat Flippers in a Down Market


With the U.S. economy sputtering, discretionary spending on boats has been off for several seasons. This is not news to folks like you who scour boat listings … [Read more...]

Lake Boat Classics

This mahogony classic is actually a new 2007 Comitti Portofino, built in Italy on the shores of Lake Como with the styling of yesteryear, but the modern systems of today.

A few years ago, I was discussing buying a boat with a friend. After showing him some examples of the kind of boat I was looking for, he produced his own … [Read more...]

Salty Language, Not Just for Sailors

Salty language is not the same thing as nautical jargon although many sailors spice their jargon with salty language

Salty language refers to curse words, epithets, and swear words that most parents would prefer to keep their children from hearing.  “He talks like … [Read more...]

No Man’s Land

No Man's Land is a small island south of martha's Vineyard.  Prohibited to visitors, this government bombing range is a metaphor for when winter-like weather hangs on  into spring

There is a small desolate island south of Martha’s Vineyard called No Man’s Land--it is stony, flat topped, and devoid of trees. As a matter of fact … [Read more...]

A Scribe’s Scribe or How to Make Replacement Bulkheads

An Architectural Drawing Compass will reproduce your vessels curves when making repairs

I’ve hired a few house carpenters and tried to train them to be boat carpenters and the first thing the yard foreman would always tell them was to throw … [Read more...]

Any Boat but a Fishing Boat

Thunnus thynnus - the mighty bluefin tuna, the largest caught in Massachusetts was in 1984 and weighed over 1,200 pounds

Just recently, I had a friend ask my boating advice about fitting out his 24-foot SeaSwirl with outriggers so he could go tuna fishing. We live reasonably … [Read more...]