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Soundings November 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

2 min
rebel yell

On a damp gray morning in September, I left a dry room in a B&B on Bellevue Avenue to walk down to Bannister’s Wharf, smack in the middle of the harbor front, ground zero for the town’s seafaring past. I hadn’t been to Newport in a couple of years and there were signs of change along the historic streets: ambitious upstart restaurants and cars with boards lashed to the roofs—an undercurrent of surf culture. Or, perhaps, subtle hints of rebellion among the blue blazers. At the waterfront were more signs of rebellion. It was opening day of the Newport International Boat Show and builders had filled the slips with their latest designs. At Hinckley, the docks creaked and groaned as waves of people came through the exhibit to get a close…

8 min
slow, steady and deadly

Capt. Lee Sykes started getting the Mayday calls as soon as Hurricane Florence hit. Despite days’ worth of evacuation notices, weather forecasters begging viewers to take warnings seriously, and officials urging millions of people to get the heck away from the Carolina coastline, some boaters decided to stay and take their chances against an approaching storm as big as the state of Michigan. They didn’t last long. Sykes, who operates the TowboatUS franchise in Morehead City, North Carolina, says people aboard sailboats in Beaufort were calling for help from the waterfront. He heard commercial fishing boats issuing Maydays. There were about a dozen calls in all. “Some of them were right after it started, and some waited until it was up over 100- mph winds,” Sykes says. “We actually could…

3 min
classic boats, timeless stories

There’s a lot to see at a classic boat show, but the real fun is in talking to the owners. At this year’s Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem, Massachusetts, owners of three award-winning craft shared stories of how they found their diamonds in the rough and got them to shine. Mark Grady of Braintree, Massachusetts, already owned a classic wooden boat—a 35-foot 1951 Vinny Cavanaugh Downeast-style cruiser—but he wanted a trawler. A good friend owned a Penbo and Grady liked the lines, so when he found a 1965 model online, he and his daughter drove to Long Island, New York, to check it out. He bought the 37-foot wooden sardine carrier from its 95-year-old owner in May 2017. Grady spent the next month painting the interior while the boat…

1 min
greenline debuts hybrid flybridge yacht

Seaway, the Slovenian builder of 33- to 65-foot hybrid yachts, plans to debut its flybridge—the Greenline 45 Fly—at the Miami International Boat Show in February. The 45 Fly joins the 48 and 65 in the builder’s flybridge range. It has a pair of 220-hp Volvo Penta D3 diesels with conventional shafts and propellers. The shafts also have inline, clutched electric motors that spin the shafts under electric-only propulsion and charge the lithium-ion battery bank, which also recharges by shore power or via the topside solar panels. Top electric-only speed is 6 knots, with a cruise around 4 knots. The electric-only range should be 15 to 20 nautical miles at 4 knots. Top speed with the Volvo Pentas is 25 knots. The 45 Fly’s hard-edged, sporty styling is by J&J Design in Slovenia. Marco…

1 min
little boats that could

Rough tidal conditions and stiff winds did not deter the wooden-boat sailors at the 46th Opera House Cup Regatta off Nantucket, Massachusetts. A heavy chop and winds of 18 knots kept some competitors at the dock, but six 26-foot Alerion Class Sloops joined 35 larger boats—and then swept the top five spots. It took the Alerions three hours or more to get around the 19.8-mile course, making them slower than most other boats but fast enough to win on corrected time. It was a good day for Sanford Boat Company of Nantucket, which revived the Alerion Class in the late 1970s and earlier this year licensed building rights to Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. Donald Tofias’ 76-foot W-Class, Wild Horses, had the best elapsed time, finishing in 2 hours,…

1 min
battling barnacles

To fight barnacles, the maritime industry has used careening, copper bottoms, lead paint, tar and modern chemical compositions. Some methods have worked better than others, but the most effective ones—poisonous paints—also have a habit of killing desirable marine creatures, including oysters. Now, scientists believe they have found a solution that might save the shipping industry billions of dollars per year in lost time, causes no harm to other marine organisms and cures the longtime headache of recreational boaters. Barnacles secrete a liquid glue and attach themselves to boats in ways that make them tough to remove. Researchers at Kiel University in Germany believe that putting texture on hulls may prevent barnacles from cementing themselves to ship bottoms in the first place. Apparently, barnacles can’t get a firm grip on microscopic structures shaped…