Soundings September 2021

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 期號


6 分鐘
mjm yachts advanced manufacturing & materials

MJM is a different kind of boat builder, second generation family owned and operated, we design and build stable, smooth running, performance yachts in a unique Carolina Downeast style. The materials, processes and finish create heirloom yachts meant to provide enjoyment for generations. What Makes an MJM different? It all starts with the vision and the design. To improve sailboat performance with the wind as a finite source of energy, founder Bob Johnstone knew that stronger, stiffer, and lighter high-tech construction with a low vertical center of gravity (VCG) worked wonders. Typically, powerboat builders didn’t care, they just built boats heavy and cheap, then kept adding more horsepower. This left the door wide open for the Johnstone family to create MJM Yachts as the first seriously built performance motoryacht with strong/light high-tech…

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rescue stories

I hope you enjoy this issue of Soundings, which has a lot of great content for those who appreciate yarns about salty boats and the people who care for them. However, there’s only so much editorial we can squeeze into each issue. We’re limited by pages in our print edition, but we do use our e-newsletter to deliver additional content. (If you haven’t subscribed yet, go to Recently, the e-news feed contained a few good rescue stories that reminded me how selfless and courageous boaters can be. Evan Kamoen, 18, of Killingworth, Connecticut, was fishing with his friends Luke Voegeli and Ryan Kelly on Long Island Sound last June when they heard a VHF distress call from a boat that was taking on water. The teenagers throttled over to help,…

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WOOD IS VERY GOOD I want to thank Pim Van Hemmen for his story “A Fox in the Fog” (September 2020). At the time it was published, I had just sold my beloved Eastbay 38 and didn’t know if I would ever own a boat again. Pim’s writing and beautiful photographs changed that perspective. Three months later, I purchased a lovely Pulsifer Hampton (Hull No. 74), which is perfect for exploring the harbor and salt marshes near my home. And, at age 77, it is my first wooden boat! DONALD CHENEY NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS ROTH BILT STILL BUILT I enjoyed Steve Knauth’s piece about the Roth Bilt 21 (Used Boat, July). The story ends with the statement that these boats are no longer in production. I found the company’s phone number on its website and…

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newport international boat show celebrates 50 years

On September 24, 1972, The New York Times wrote about a naval architect and Vietnam veteran named Paul Dodson who, following the path of a new and exciting sailboat show in Annapolis, Maryland, had “incorporated the built-in magic of Newport, America’s Cup land, into another successful outdoor sailboat show.” That was year two of the Newport Sailboat Show in Rhode Island, an event that today is known as the Newport International Boat Show. When the docks open this year from September 16 through 19, it will mark the show’s 50th year—and attendees will receive a kind of two-years-in-one bonus deal of new boats and gear, given that the Covid-19 pandemic threw last year’s boat shows into chaos nationwide. “You go through so many things—rain, hurricanes, wind,” says Nancy Piffard, who has been…

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preserving our sunken history

During the 19th and 20th centuries, tens of thousands of ships launched in the Great Lakes. There were wooden schooners, steamships built of steel, bulk carriers and propeller-driven passenger ships, all of them moving everything from people to coal to manufactured goods that helped to build the American Midwest. It’s believed that about 1,200 of these ships sank in Lake Michigan. Several hundred foundered in the lake’s waters off Wisconsin, which reportedly has more individually listed shipwrecks on the National Register of Historic Places than any other state. Lake Michigan’s cold, fresh water helped to preserve at least a few dozen of the wrecks with what the federal government calls “an unusual degree of archaeological and architectural integrity.” For that reason, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been working toward the…

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second summer

Labor Day often means the end of the traditional boating season in Northern waters, but I have always considered September and October to be the best months of the year along the New Jersey Shore, where I keep my boat. Crowds are gone, the weather is mild, bay and ocean waters remain comfortable for swimming, and the diminishing hours of daylight trigger migratory species like tuna, bluefish, striped bass and fluke to ramp up their feeding schedules. These months are a virtual second summer, a prime opportunity to travel to places like Newport and Block Island in Rhode Island, or Nantucket and the Vineyard in Massachusetts, to enjoy crowd-free boating in beautiful surroundings and blissful weather. Operating your boat at this time of the year requires a more practical approach to…