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Soundings May 2019

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
lessons from fishermen

Fishing may seem like an easy sport, but from my perspective—as a person who has never had much luck bringing keepers into the cockpit—success requires certain characteristics. Among them: determination and patience, traits that also have enabled some fishermen to build solid fishing boats. I’m thinking of Steve Potts, who founded Scout Boats in South Carolina in the 1980s. The company had a humble beginning: Steve, his wife, and a helper in a brick barn, and about $50,000 in seed money, which Potts had saved over the years while working side jobs and raising a family. He started out building a small saltwater fishing boat. It was simple, but it was well made. Soon, the craftsmanship attracted a handful of dealers. Potts would build the boats during the week and, on…

1 min

DIETER LOIBNER A former sailing columnist for Soundings, Loibner has been covering boats and the people who build and use them for about 30 years. He also is editor-at-large for Professional Boatbuilder Magazine. LENNY RUDOW A writer and editor in the marine field for almost three decades, Lenny has authored seven books on boats and fishing, is the “angler in chief” at Rudow’s Fish Talk, and has won multiple awards for his reporting. STEVE KNAUTH He’s parlayed an early career in boat yards and a penchant for writing into a 26-year stretch at Soundings as a regular contributor. Steve lives with his wife, Janice, a parrot and a wooden boat in Essex, Connecticut. CARLY SISSON Currently a student at the University of Vermont, Sisson, who wrote our story on Cutty-hunk, received the Inaugural Scholarship award for most…

3 min

YOU ROCK! The March 2019 issue was fabulous. I could not put it down until I read it completely. I’m not sure that’s ever happened to me before. I grew up boating on my father’s 40-foot Chris-Craft that he kept at the Detroit Yacht Club, where he was Commodore in 1973. I was Commodore in 1993, the club’s 125th anniversary. I’ve traveled all the Great Lakes on several boats, the most recent a 44-foot Tollycraft Cockpit Motor Yacht. I’ve also sailed and taught sailing: I even met my wife on the water—I had her in my sailing class and the rest is history. We’ve been sailing together since then, over 42 years ago. She is currently at our place in Hobe Sound, Florida, but I spent some time this past winter…

3 min
soon to be shipshape

In early July last summer, I watched as our crew aboard the schooner Heritage dropped anchor in Rockland Harbor, Maine. Another three-masted schooner maneuvered nearby. “That’s the Victory Chimes,” said Heritage skipper Capt. Doug Lee. “She’s the only Chesapeake ram schooner left. They hauled lumber, grain, coal, you name it.” Though Victory Chimes was a beautiful vessel with a neat Chesapeake tie-in, I didn’t give her much more thought at the time. Five months later, just last December, I was walking across the campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, with shipwright Duncan MacFarlane, who is leading a two-year rebuild on the museum’s 107-year-old Chesapeake Bay-built tug, Delaware. “She was built in 1912 by William H. Smith in Bethel, Delaware with white oak frames and pine planks,”…

5 min
the flammable fix

Joyce “Jay” McCreight, a third-term Democrat in Maine’s House of Representatives, was perhaps the least likely lawmaker in America to lead on the issue of collecting expired flares from boats. The retired social worker isn’t even a boat owner. She had no idea that flares expire 42 months after they’re made, or that boaters are required to replace them after just a few seasons on the water. But, McCreight is from Harpswell, which is on Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. That means her constituents include a slew of lobstermen and recreational boaters, all of whom—just like boaters across the United States—have been flummoxed for decades while trying to figure out where to put the expired flares. “I had a lobsterman call me and say, ‘What am I supposed to do…

2 min
grand banks 54 coming this fall

Construction is underway at Grand Banks Yachts’ Malaysian factory of its third new model in as many years, the Grand Banks 54. It will join the 60 and 60 Skylounge in the builder’s revitalized line. “The 54 will combine weight reduction, strength and a low vertical center of gravity, just as we did on the 60 and 60 Skylounge,” said Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks Yachts. “Efficiency doesn’t matter without comfort, so we made sure the 54 will offer surefootedness in a wide range of sea states, and an interior worthy of extended time aboard.” Two belowdecks configurations will be available. One is a two-stateroom layout with the galley down, while the other has three staterooms and a galley-up arrangement. The main salon will have plenty of seating with a…