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Soundings October 2018

Soundings is the news and feature publication for recreational boaters. Award-winning coverage of the people, issues, events -- and the fun -- of recreational boating. Check out our generous boats-for-sale section and our gunkholing destinations.

United States
Active Interest Media
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
i stand relieved

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”— John A. Shedd It’s hard to believe this is the last time I’ll write this column, sending out a letter that I have been honored to feel was part of a correspondence between us — not something that simply sailed off into the silent ether. Each month, without fail, when I called Radio check, radio check, someone came back with a Loud and clear. (And because we’re Soundings people, no one ever had to break in and bark at us to take it to another channel.) But I don’t want to have a lengthy, tearful goodbye. The older I get, the more I realize that goodbyes are ephemeral and mutable. Change itself is subject to change. You will…

4 min
mail boat

Mary South’s essay in the August issue sparked this note. We receive Soundings as a gift from a friend. A few years ago, my wife, Elizabeth, and I restored a Yankee 30 our friend saved from the boat yard dumpster. One of our best winters ever. Soundings was a remarkable gift, too. Winters on Cape Cod are pretty grim and restoring Winsome, the Yankee 30, kept us perky. What made the Winsome project so much fun was the prior winter we built a Chesapeake Light Craft Skerry, not too different from South’s Northeast Dory. Ours is green like hers. Darn, she looks good. We built her in our second winter here. The first winter nearly killed us with snow, illness, and cabin fever. With a boat to build over the second…

2 min
new jeanneau nc flagship

A Family-Friendly Boat Albemarle Boats is constructing a 27-foot dual console for boaters who want a family-friendly, versatile platform that can anchor at the sandbar, go for a dinner cruise or tackle offshore fishing. The 27DC can be powered by 200- or 250-hp Yamaha outboards with lounging space for family and friends at the bow, helm and cockpit. Below, the Albemarle 27DC’s starboard console will feature a 6-foot, 6-inch bunk and will be long enough to lock up rods and gear up to 8 feet in length. The port console interior will include a marine head, sink, countertop and storage closet. She is scheduled to debut this fall. albemarleboats.com In July, Jeanneau unveiled the new flagship in its NC model range: the 35-foot NC 1095. “In response to customer demand, and in…

1 min
seamanship quiz

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A vessel underway and fishing in fog shall sound: A. One prolonged blast followed by two short blasts at intervals of not more than two minutes. B. One prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes C. Two prolonged blasts at intervals of not more than two minutes D. Three short blasts at intervals of not more than two minutes. 2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: On International waters your power driven boat is underway and making way in the fog (visibility .3 miles) and you become aware of another vessel on radar off your port bow. What signal would you give? A. 5 short blasts B. 3 short blasts C. 1 prolonged blast D. No signal 3. The night (light) signal for a gale is: A. White over red lights B. Red over white lights C. Red, white and red…

5 min
a throwback idea to set an eco-example on the hudson river

Five years ago, Sam Merrett saw the Ceres on the Hudson River waterfront and had an epiphany. He’d grown up in the Hudson Valley, gone away to college in Ohio, opened Full Circle Fuels to convert diesel engines to use eco-friendly vegetable oil, and then moved his business back home. He’d been living in Hudson since 2010, working on community sailing projects and helping local kids build sailing prows, when the Ceres docked there in 2013 as part of the Vermont Sail Freight Project. “They built this homemade sailing boat in Vermont and sailed a load of cargo down to New York City,” Merrett recalls. “We hosted them in Hudson, and that was the moment when I said, ‘Wow, what a cool way to put everything I care about together in one…

3 min
flotsam & jetsam

SHE’S FAST, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL AND SHE’S FOR SALE Built in 2003, Ranger was the first modern J-Class sailing yacht. She won the 2010 St. Barths Bucket Regatta, the 2011 J Class Association Regatta and took first place in the 2015 IRC A Division at Les Voiles de St. Tropez Regatta. Like the original Ranger, the 1937 America’s Cup defender, she is built of steel, but unlike her predecessor, takes advantage of modern materials, including composite EC6 rigging and a carbon boom. With her classic looks — large overhangs, a flush deck with doghouse, and a traditional interior with mahogany and raised paneling — she is sure to turn heads in every harbor. She sleeps 10 in four staterooms and is for sale at a reduced prize of $5.9 million. northropandjohnson.com 38 DAYS 6 HOURS 49…