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Soundings September 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

NEW LIFE FOR OLD BOATS I read with interest your article on recycling old fiberglass boats (“After the Storms,” March 2019). As a boatyard owner I have struggled with this. Fortunately, I recently discovered a group in Portland, Maine, that is doing exactly what you discuss in your article. Captain Jim’s Marine Salvage dismantles old boats and cuts them up. They then grind up the hulls and sell the fiberglass to a concrete plant. They also have a shop where they sell salvaged stuff collected from all of the boats. Captain Jim Harkens is a colorful character and seems to be making a living doing this. He has helped us out in the disposal of some “white elephants” we’ve had here. DOUGLAS GOLDHIRSCHSOUTHPORT, MAINE SERIOUS ABOUT SAFETY I am the Public Information Officer at…

2 min
on the water

As we put this issue together, cruising season was in full swing, and the Soundings team took advantage of safe and pleasant harbors, fair winds and following seas. Executive Editor Pim Van Hemmen traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, where the eyes of the sailing world were trained on the 12 Metre World Championships, the largest-ever gathering of these yachts in the United States, with almost two dozen boats from six countries. Pim had the chance to watch the action from the best possible location: the deck of the new MJM. It was Hull No. 1 of the builder’s flagship 53z, and the official boat of the international jury. In his story “Front Row Seat” (page 52), he shares his impressions of MJM’s handsome, outboard-powered cruiser, and of the sometimes nail-biting race,…

4 min
nothing but net

Commercial fishermen usually learn their trade the hard way—on the job at sea. But a former Gloucester fishing captain thinks he has a better method: in the classroom. Joe Sanfilippo, 47, spent 28 years working alongside his four older brothers on his family’s fleet of three 80-foot fishing boats based in the famous Massachusetts fishing town. He has experience swordfishing, longlining and dragging for cod, haddock and pollock. Now, he wants to teach others some of what he knows in a vocational training program he’s developed called Extreme Gloucester Fishing. Sanfilippo offered his first class, on repairing torn nets, last spring, and hopes to expand the curriculum to a six-month full-time course that will train a new generation of seamen for the local fishing fleet. He first had the idea for the…

1 min
helmsman reveals its latest model

Helmsman Trawlers has begun building its largest trawler yet. The 46 Expedition Pilothouse will be powered by a 493-hp Cummins diesel that should provide a range of 1,500 nautical miles. Bow and stern thrusters will be standard. A raised pilothouse includes two high-backed pedestal helm seats and an L-shaped settee with table. The flybridge features a similar setup. The salon will have room for two large freestanding chairs and a convertible U-shaped dining settee. The galley will feature a Force 10 range, double sink, a double-drawer refrigerator, double-drawer freezer and microwave. The 46 has two staterooms below, both with queen-sized berths and heads with showers. According to the builder, the 46’s salon rivals that of boats in the 55-foot range. The 46 will be almost 52 feet LOA. The builder’s…

4 min
boats and the afterlife

How many planks were in a boat during the Viking Age in 800 AD? How wide was each plank? What kind of wood was used to make the planks? Was it the same kind of wood used to build the keel? And what material became the boat’s sealant? Horse hair, cow hair or something else? Archaeologists believe they might be able to answer these questions and more after a rare find during an excavation in Sweden. In July, teams from a group called The Archaeologists, which is part of the Swedish government’s National Historical Museums agency, unearthed the remains of two boat graves, the first find of their kind in about a half century. One of the boats looks to be about 30 feet long with the traditional, slender shape of a…

1 min
sealine’s new outboard cruiser

German builder Sealine will debut its second outboard-powered boat, the C330v, at the Cannes Yachting Festival in Cannes, France, this month. It’s the company’s second outboard-powered model, the first being the S330v, which launched last year. “The new Sealine C330v combines the award-winning qualities of the inboard version with the advantages of outboard propulsion,” says product manager Andrea Zambonini. “While the outboard motors are ideally suited for shallow bays due to their (shallow) draft, they also promise maximum driving pleasure with sporty direct steering.” Sealine says top end with a pair of 300-hp outboards will be around 40 knots. The interior is based around a two-stateroom layout. There’s an island berth in the forward master with a midship cabin abaft of it. An enclosed head with shower is located between the two…