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A few years ago we discovered the precision and clarity by which digital videos illuminate the boating world. This revelation ultimately led to the creation of OffCenterHarbor.com. Along with expert advice from our Guides, videos will always remain at the heart of the Off Center Harbor experience.

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Maritime Painter Steven Dews, Painting The Battle of Trafalgar: What a rare treat to experience master maritime painter Steven Dews painting The Battle of Trafalgar! He takes us along...
The Dutch Tjotter, A Frisian Boat in Tasmanian Waters: With their beguiling curves and stunning amplitudes, Dutch boats have always had an air of mystery about them, so when a...
Aboard a Legendary Boat, K. Aage Nielsen’s HOLGER DANSKE: We climb aboard designer Aage Nielsen's HOLGER DANSKE (his favorite boat) with owners Joy Phillips and Philip Myer, as t...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 20 – Launch Day!: In the final part of our series, Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins' work comes to a completion as the kids gather to launch...
Beauty, Craftsmanship & Boating – The Schmee of New Zealand and Doug Marsden: The slightest detour off the beaten path in New Zealand, will bring you face to face with the real story of this great c...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 5 – Practical Applications: In the final part of this series, Eric Blake walks us through a few practical applications of using epoxy on wooden boat...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 19 – Oil, Plugs & Paint: This week Eric Blake, Havilah Hawkins and the kids are finishing up the Off Center Skiff with oil, plugs and paint....
Cotton Caulking with an Aussie Twist, An Ingenious Spinning Machine: Can’t buy it? Why not make it? Take a few pulleys and V-belts, some shafts and bearings; add a right-angle drive and a...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 18 – Seat-Risers & Seats: This week Eric Blake, Havilah Hawkins and the kids are building and putting the seat-risers and seats into place on the...
LIMFJORD, An L. Francis Herreshoff H-28: Climb aboard LIMFJORD, an L. Francis Herreshoff H-28 small cruising sailboat designed for anyone to build, adapt and eas...
Shortcuts Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces, Part 3 – Routing & Sanding the Curves & Tapers: This week Eric Blake demonstrates routing and sanding shortcuts to the shape complex curves and tapers of wooden boat pi...
Restoring Mink, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25: Part 3 – Putting Exact Period Details in Place: We visit with MINK's owner and chief researcher to learn about how they put exact period details in place on the 1914 Bu...
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 17 – Inwales & Outwales: This week Eric Blake and the Brooklin Skiff Club kids are hand-riveting the inwales and outwales into place on the Off C...
GLORYBE The Pure Simple Pleasure Boat: When a boat as sweet as GLORYBE chugs into view, even the most die-hard of sailors start thinking that maybe a power bo...
Ten Dollars and a Dream: Cruising Aboard the Danish Sloop NORNA: With ten dollars and a dream, Kourtney Patterson and Pete Grundvig spent two years cruising the Atlantic aboard their Da...
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 16 – Outer Stem + Sanding and Priming the Hull: The kids put in some elbow grease with sandpaper and paintbrushes....
Gougeon 32 – A Fast Trailerable Catamaran: Jump aboard the Gougeon 32, a fast, trailerable, retro catamaran, as Russell Brown and Alan Gurski give us the inside sc...
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 15 – Finishing the Bottom & Flipping the Boat: The kids are hard at work finishing up the puttying, taking the boat off the molds, screwing down the bottom stringers,...
Small Boat Adventuring with Teardrop Trailers: For those of us who love the portability, practicality, affordability, and stylishness of little boats, we'd like you to...
Shortcuts Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces – Part 2, Cutting the Tapers: We return to the Brooklin Boat Yard with Eric Blake as he walks us through cutting the tapers in shaping complex wooden...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 14 – Caulking Cotton: As the series continues, Havilah Hawkins demonstrates how to traditionally caulk the skiff with caulking cotton....
Bit Brace Essentials, Part 2 – Techniques & Uses: We return to Harry Bryan's shop to learn the essential techniques and uses of the bit brace....
Ingenuity at Work & Play, with Harry Bryan: Harry Bryan takes us off-the-grid again with his ingenuity in both work and play....
Shortcuts for Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces, Part 1 – Making the Blank: We join Eric Blake at the Brooklin Boat Yard where he breaks down how to recreate compound tapered shapes for wooden boa...
Restoring MINK, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 1 – An Uncommon Approach: Over the last century, the Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 25 has lived a storied history indeed.  Now, one of the five boats t...
Restoring MINK, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 2 – Mink’s Owner and Chief Researcher Weigh In: MINK's owner and her chief researcher weigh in on the renovation aimed at putting the 1914 Buzzards Bay 25 back exactly...
It’s a Brother Thing – Team Bunny Whaler & The Race to Alaska: "Making do" with the boat they already had, and living so fully during the journey, we're inspired by the Rooks brothers...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 13 – Planking the Bottom: The Brooklin Skiff Club makes quick work of planking the bottom of their skiff....
A Father, a Daughter, and a Boat: Cruising in an Iain Oughtred Sooty Tern: A father and daughter take the day for a sail aboard UNA, an Iain Oughtred Sooty Tern....
The Daughter of a Sailor: In a special guest video, Leney Breeden takes us along her journey of being the "Daughter of a Sailor"....
Soul Sailing: A "soul sailor" (coined today by OCH) is a sailor who sails for the sheer pleasure of sailing. Although they may still e...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 12 – Planing the Chine Log/Garboard: Our Off Center skiff build continues this week with planing the chine log and garboard....
Bit Brace Essentials, Part 1 – Knowing What To Look For: Join Harry Bryan as he walks us through bit braces and knowing what to look for.  ...
Greenland Kayak Rolling with Freya Fennwood: Expert kayaker Freya Fennwood takes us through a progression of Greenland sea kayak rolls for all types of conditions....
Traditional Rigging, Part 8 – Parcelling & Serving a Eye Splice: In the final part of the traditional rigging series, Myles Thurlow demonstrates the methods behind parcelling and servin...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 11 – The Frames: Eric, Havilah and the rest of Brooklin Skiff Club are installing the frames as the Off Center Skiff continues to come to...
Good Story Paddle Boards – Built with Soul, Matthew Nienow’s Lyrical Watercraft: These stand-up paddle boards are built to handle the waves with ship-like confidence and finesse....
Traditional Rigging, Part 7 – Making a Wire Splice: Myles demonstrates the methods behind making a wire splice in this next chapter in our traditional rigging series....
Cool Shop Tips #4, Harry Bryan’s Sawhorse Clamp: Forget the power miter saw - this original sawhorse clamp design by Harry takes a sawhorse and clamp to create a handy t...
TRIXTER – From Alaskan Mail Boat to Family Cruiser: Every once in a while, a charming old work boat like TRIXTER comes along that does exactly what they do best: provide...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 10 – Planking the Sides: This week, Brian Larkin joins the Brooklin Skiff Club as planking the sides begins on the Beautiful Skiff....
The Boltinator: An Ingenious Tool for Extracting Keel Bolts & Bearings: Got keel bolts to pull? Or perhaps you'd like to pull a hole in the time-space continuum? This shop-built tool does the...
Traditional Rigging, Part 6 – Leathering a Spliced Eye: For leathering a spliced eye, or sewing leather around standing rigging or oars, the double needle baseball stitch is th...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 9 – Shaping the Inner Stem: As the skiff series continues, Eric Blake demonstrates how to plane a twisting bevel into the skiff's inner stem....
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 5 – Drilling and Tapping Stainless Steel: We finish our trip into the shop with a look at tricks on drilling and tapping stainless steel....
Traditional Rigging, Part 4 – Cutting and Parcelling for a Spliced Eye: We continue our exploration into the art of traditional rigging with Myles Thurlow walking us through the cutting and pa...
Traditional Rigging, Part 5 – Serving for a Spliced Eye: After cutting and parcelling, master rigger Myles Thurlow demonstrates the technique of serving a spliced eye....
Small Boat Gatherings – Simplicity Afloat: Seeking a simpler life afloat? Small boat gatherings will stimulate your dreams and help you find community....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 8 – The Transom: Gluing-up and fairing the cedar boards that comprise the transom, and then mounting it, is the task at hand as the Beaut...
The Goat Island Skiff, a Fast Boat for Sail & Oar Beach Cruising: Quick to build, a thrill to sail; the Goat Island Skiff is just one surprise after another....
A Good Boat, Up Close: A Cruising Powerboat by John Atkin: The snug and beguiling cruising powerboat is virtually nonexistent these days. That's why we jumped at the chance to bri...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 7 – Setting Up The Molds: With measuring sticks and pencils, the kids join Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins to set-up the molds for the skiff....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 6 – Layout and Building Molds: Before the kids arrive, Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins walk us through the process for laying out and building the molds...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 5 – The Strongback: A strong and precisely constructed strongback is a critical element in getting the skiff building project off to a good...
L. Francis Herreshoff – Yacht Designer, A Book By Roger Taylor: L. Francis Herreshoff (LFH) is one of our favorite designers here at OffCenterHarbor.com, and all of us have had direct...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 4 – Cutting & Planing Planks: In the fourth video in our series, Eric Blake takes us to the Brooklin Boat Yard to begin work on cutting and planing pl...
Handsaws for Boatbuilding, with Harry Bryan: When it comes to handsaws, whether you're working with plywood or natural stock, Harry Bryan knows which saw is the be...
Ron Mueller’s Eco 55 Power Cat – JUST ENUF: Just when we thought we'd seen about everything in the way of a boat, the Eco 55 Power Cat JUST ENUF slides into view: p...
Early Navigation Instruments, by Jim Sharp at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum: Schoonerman Captain Jim Sharp takes us on a tour of early navigation instruments through the ages he has collected at hi...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 3 – The Local Wood Option: In the third video in our series, Eric Blake visits David Gray, an owner of a local sawmill, to have Eastern White Ceda...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 2 – Getting Screws and Lumber: In the second video in our skiff series, Eric visits our local hardware store and lumberyard to purchase screws and rev...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Bunny Whaler: Team Bunny Whaler: Two young guys in an open Boston Whaler sailboat facing a 750 mile sail to Alaska. They have the skil...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Sea Runners: Thomas Nielsen, with his friend Scott Veirs,  raced in last year's inaugural Race to Alaska, aka R2AK.   They built th...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Sistership: Michelle Boroski - Captain, Johanna Gabbard, Janice Mason, Sherry Smith - Team Sistership is the first all female crew t...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Liteboat: At 59, Mathieu Bonnier, owner and founder of Liteboat, has traveled from France to go the distance; 750 miles- from Port...
Race To Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Hot Mess Racing: Team Hot Mess: Four guys in their twenties get their hands on a 37 year old Olson 30 and after a spring of racing in the...
Race to Alaska 2016 – Meet Team Pure & Wild: Team Pure & Wild return from last year.  Same team name and sponsor, but different crew and boat.  They are local...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 1 – An Idea is Born With Eric Blake: In this first video, Eric introduces the skiff building project for local Brooklin kids that he and Havilah Hawkins are...
Schooner BOWDOIN Gets a New Deck: When OCH visited the schooner BOWDOIN to see the progress of her new deck, a job which called for the precise joining of...
Traditional Rigging, Part 3 – Wire, Thimbles, Marline, & More: Ever wondered what tools and materials a rigger brings to a traditional vessel? Master rigger Myles Thurlow takes us ste...
Passing Like a Dream: As the light of another shimmering summer begins to warm the coast of Maine, we wanted to show our appreciation to all t...
Traditional Rigging, Part 2 – Tools of the Trade: In part 2 of our Traditional Rigging Series, master rigger Myles Thurlow shows us the tools of his trade. Carefully sele...
Traditional Rigging, Part 1 – Whipping A Rope: In part 1 of our Traditional Rigging Series, master rigger Myles Thurlow walks us through whipping a rope end to finish...
The Schooner MARTHA – Making Something Beautiful Happen: Built in San Francisco in 1907-1908, the 68' B.B. Crowninshield schooner MARTHA remains a graceful and powerful presence...
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 4 – Drilling & Tapping Bronze: Head into the metal shop to learn the order of events of how to drill and tap bronze pieces together....
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 3 – Machine, Pan & Hex Head Screws with Wood: See more fasteners in action with tips on using machine, pan and hex head screws in woodworking projects....
How to Load a Rudderless Kayak, with John Lockwood of Pygmy Boats: When looking for balance, let John Lockwood of Pygmy boats walk you through important tricks in how to load a rudderless...
Choosing a Kayak – Touring or Recreational? with John Lockwood of Pygmy Boats: When choosing between different kayak designs, let John Lockwood of Pygmy Boats help you understand the critical design...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 3 – Sheathing Wood with Fiberglass and Dynel: As Eric Blake demonstrates how to use epoxy for sheathing wood with fiberglass and dynel, we see how many techniques and...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 4 – Prepping & Painting Over Fiberglass and Dynel: After the epoxy cures overnight on the demonstration panels, we see the results Eric has been shooting for as he shows u...
Wooden Boats of the Bahamas – Abaco Dinghies of Winer Malone: Winter residents of Hope Town are restoring some of the most cherished wooden boats of the Bahamas — Abaco Dinghies of...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 5 – In the Boat Hall: The Extreme: Take a detailed look at the radical elements of Herreshoff's more extreme designs at the Herreshoff Marine Museum with M...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 2 – Getting a Smooth Finish of Paint or Varnish: Eric Blake continues his walkthrough on how to use epoxy to get a smooth finish of paint or varnish at the Brooklin Boa...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 1 – Coating Plywood for Paint or Varnish: For your next project, let Eric Blake walk you through using an epoxy buildup coat before painting or varnishing bare...
The Smallest Boat in the Harbor: As time moves on we are discovering that, often, it's the smallest pleasures that generate the sweetest dividends. For o...
Sailing with Bill Mayher on VITAL SPARK, A Concordia 31 Ketch: Bill Mayher takes us for a sail on his Concordia 31 Ketch VITAL SPARK - a perfect balance of New England workboat sturdy...
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 2 – Countersinking Screws & Setting Bungs in Wood: Fasteners in action: Proper techniques for putting stuff together using a variety of fasteners....
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 1 – Naming of the Screw: Get up to date on today's fasteners and their specific uses....
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 1 – Flush Panel Construction: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove puts together a frame and panel constructed pilot house door for a Northwest...
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 2 – Finish & Fit: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove finishes and fits the frame and panel constructed door for a Northwest Fish...
Celebrate Everything: Remembering Peter Chase: Boatbuilder Peter Chase was an friend to all of us at Off Center Harbor. He represented the best of what we admire (or a...
Creating the Pisces – A Daysailer Inspired by the Herreshoff Fish Class: These days classic daysailers are increasingly popular with experienced sailors with an eye for simple elegance and comf...
The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle — Our Favorite Place in this Great City: The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle has long set a standard for bringing people to the waterfront and getting them st...
DAVID B – One Boat, Two Hearts: A skilled mechanical tinkerer and a gifted naturalist/cook turn their combined talents to the restoration of an ancient...
1965 Tollycraft Vacationer, A 25′ Retro Cruiser: In the 1950's, when many Americans were moving out to the suburbs in two-tone Chevy Bel Airs, a few lucky families also...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 4 – In The Boat Hall: Classic Centennials: Surely the most radiant jewels of the Herreshoff Marine Museum are the boats designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff in...
Slowing Down, The Schmee of a Successful Man: Slowing down might get you deeper: Harry Bryan reflects on a hand-made life. The word "schmee" is an OCH-ism used to de...
The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Tasmania’s Warm Embrace: The Australian Wooden Boat Festival in "Tassie" is remarkable for its size, the quality of its boats, and the beauty of...
HEART’S DESIRE – Part 2, The Voyage to Newfoundland: After completing the refit of HEART'S DESIRE, Matt and Jess undertake the voyage of sailing their Alden schooner up to N...
The Closest Thing to Magic, Of Boats and Boathouses: When Harry Bryan designed and built the little sloop KATIE, he had no idea the magic she would keep bringing to him and...
Kids in the Shop, a Work Bench & Set of Tools: When Harry Bryan built a tool bench for his grandchildren, it got us to thinking that maybe there's a workshop in Passam...
Shaping Sails for Performance, Part 1 – The Control Lines: Brooklin Boat Yard owner Steve White takes us aboard Vortex, the Swede 55 he has sailed to victory over so many decades,...
Shaping Sails for Performance, Part 2 – Underway: Join Brooklin Boat Yard owner Steve White as takes us for a sail aboard his Swede 55 Vortex that he has owned for over t...
Harry Bryan’s THISTLE, A Pedal-Powered Fin Boat: Ever wish you could swim through the water with a fish's power and quiet gracefulness? Harry Bryan's THISTLE, a pedal-po...
FRANCIS LEE: The Ultimate Sailing Machine, Part 2 – The Boat Tour: Eric's tour above and below decks shows Bob Perry's sharpest pencil at work in the design of FRANCIS LEE.        ...
Norwegian Faering at Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: It's not easy for a beautiful boat to stand out at a show among 300 other boats, but this Norwegian Faering at the Port...
FRANCIS LEE: The Ultimate Sailing Machine, Part 1 – The Design Spiral: When a veteran sailor and one of America's great yacht designers get together to discuss the creation of a sailboat that...
Harry Bryan’s Marine Railway: Fall Haul-Out: It's fall and the north wind is making up in earnest. Time for Harry Bryan to haul his 20' pocket cruiser KATIE on his...
How To Use A Handsaw, Square & Bevel Crosscuts: In an era of loud, whirring machines, Harry takes us back to the simplicity and precision of the crosscut saw as he show...
How to Furl a Sail, #2 – Gaff Rig on a Wianno Senior: Long-time sailmaker (and sailor) Robin Lincoln shows how to furl a sail on her Wianno Senior....
HEART’S DESIRE, Part 1 – New Life for an Alden Schooner: With a community's help on Martha's Vineyard and the tireless and skillful efforts of a young couple as they refit HEART...
Herreshoff Marine Museum Part 3 – In The Boat Hall: The Early Days: To better understand the development of America's premier yacht designer, join Maynard Bray and Eric Blake as they exami...
Building Boat Furniture Using Plywood and Cleat Construction: We visit the Grove Woodworking School on Gabriola Island in British Columbia where boatbuilder Tony Grove demystifies th...
How to Furl A Sail, Part 1 – Marconi Rig on a Concordia Yawl: There's not one right way to put sails away, but there are definitely wrong ways that cause damage or snickers from look...
Cool Shop Trick: Applying a Herreshoff-Style Sheerstrake to a Cold Molded Alerion 26: Cold molded boats don’t really have individual planks, so sheerstrakes, especially ones in the Herreshoff style that a...
Sailing LILY – L. Francis Herreshoff’s Design # 43: Seldom has a man been more comfortable on a boat than OCH Founder Maynard Bray aboard his beloved L. Francis Herreshoff...
Following a Course, A Centennial Tour of GRAYLING: GRAYLING was built 100 years ago as an elegant fishing boat.  When she was restored into a family cruising boat in the...
A Visit Aboard FLYING FISH, A Laurent Giles Vertue 25: The Laurent Giles Vertue 25 is a tried and true blue water pocket cruiser- as evidenced by the scores built and sailed o...
A Sail Aboard An Alerion 26- KITTIWAKE: Of all of Nathanael Herreshoff's great designs, perhaps his beloved ALERION proved to be the most seminal,  spawning mo...
A Visit Aboard Ocean Pearl, Part 1 – Above Deck: Ocean Pearl was a great boat with aging systems and a definite need of refurbishment.  Her owner had the good fortune t...
A Visit Aboard OCEAN PEARL, Part 2 – Below Deck: Matching new wood with old wood and keeping new systems behind closed doors is what keeps a weathered yacht feeling li...
A Boat for Sail & Oar Camp Cruising — Francois Vivier’s Ilur, WAXWING: Waxwings are the loveliest of birds, and this little cruiser named after them is lovely as well; versatile, build-able a...
How to Build and Use an Outhaul to Anchor a Boat: Here is a system that allows you to disembark from your boat or dinghy when you are unable to land ashore.  It also ...
A Visit Aboard OCEAN PEARL, Part 3 – The Engine (& Systems) Room: At the center of this 62' ketch is an engine & systems room housing an array of systems only to be dreamed of wh...
A Good Boat, Up Close – The Albury Runabout ABACO: Looking for just the right outboard?  Look no further than the Albury Runabout....
The Watercraft Collection of Mystic Seaport, Part 5 – Catboats: The Catboat: Versatile treasure of the New England coast....
GYPSY, A Visit Aboard A Wandering Blokes’ Boat: A four-generation coastal cruiser built right and kept simple. Seems like there's a lesson here....
The Native Canoe of the Salish Sea: A Modern Plywood Version by Leif Knutsen: Leif Knutsen is a retired shipwright who lives in the Pacific Northwest and appreciates the fine seakeeping qualities of...
Just About Right – A Visit Aboard VITO DUMAS: Every now and then a young man meets his perfect boat and sails off into a lifetime of watery bliss....
Carrying on the Tradition, Hand Painted Boat Lettering: On a classic boat, nothing says "hand made" better than the artful flourish of hand painted boat lettering....
The Joy of Having a Boat Built: An Outboard Cruiser Takes Shape: Yearning to cruise in style and burn only three gallons per hour? The joy of having an outboard cruiser built that's exa...
Piners’ Punt, A Boat for Tasmanian Loggers: Piners' Punts, a Tasmanian boat design, did rugged duty for Huon pine logging crews up Tasmania's roaring rivers for bet...
The Marine Railway at Seal Cove Boatyard: At Seal Cove Boatyard there's no school like the old school — and when it comes to launching a boatyard full of boats...
Handmade with Tasmanian Timbers, The Schmee of Ned Trewartha: Upon arriving in Tasmania, we heard of Ned Trewartha and the wooden boats, art and furniture he builds in "Ned's Shed" (...
An Electrifiying Twist To The Gunning Dory: G.E.M.A. – The Gentleman’s Electric Mess-About: G.E.M.A, otherwise known as the Gentleman’s Electric Mess-About, has an electrifying new twist on the classic Chamberl...
Boats Worth Restoring, PORPOISE Gets New Frames: What makes a good candidate for wooden boat restoration? Meet PORPOISE: A one-of-a-kind, handsome little pocket cruiser...
A Three-Generation Dream Boat – The Herreshoff Fish Class Sloop – PERCH: We pass a significant milestone with this video — our 250th video for members of OffCenterHarbor.com. We fantasize abo...
How to Paint a Boat, Part 3 – Primers & Thinning: Understanding how to use primer, and thin it properly, sets the stage for a finish coat you can be proud of....
How to Paint a Boat, Part 4 – Brushwork: Rolling & Tipping and Cleaning: Finishing the job: Techniques for laying on the final coat with a few tips for cleaning up afterward....
How to Paint a Boat, Part 2 – Prepping a Surface For Paint: As the man (or the woman in this case) always says, good preparation lays down the foundation for a good paint job.  Th...
How to Paint a Boat, Part 1 – Getting the Right Topside Paint: Get a grip on how to paint a boat — before you head off to the marine paint store. The more you know, the better the...
SPARKLE: The Boat to Beat: In 1947, two NASA rocket scientists started playing around with sailboat design. The result was SPARKLE: the boat to bea...
Lie-Nielsen Woodworking Tools, A Glimpse at How They’re Made: Tom Lie-Nielsen is the man behind the kind of tools that we would like to pass down to our kids and grandkids....
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 1 – Making the Pattern: It's better to have a whole boat, rather than two halves. Installing floor timbers in a wooden boat ties everything toge...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – Cutting & Fitting Big Oak: Handling big oak timbers is an art unto itself. Peter Buxton passes along valuable tips while he's installing floor timb...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Fastening with Drift Pins & Screws: Fastening the newly shaped piece of oak with drift pins to the keel, frames and planks is the final step of installing f...
Stepping Into the Unknown, Fly Fishing for a New Life in Tasmania: CAUTION: This video may be hazardous to your regular life. It features a couple who sold everything to go fishing. Resul...
A Drift Boat for Fly Fishing, Recurve Style: When drifting down the river of life, why not do it in style? And do some fishing along the way?...
KINTORE – A Bill Garden Inspired Design: KINTORE: A sweet dream boat with Northwest roots finally goes home....
HERITAGE – A Maine Cruise Schooner: The HERITAGE is one of the signature cruise schooners that sails the Maine coast. A beautiful vessel built and sailed by...
The PT-11 – A Nesting Sailing Dinghy: A nesting dinghy has one huge advantage. It allows you to replace your rubber ducky with a tender that rows and sails be...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 9 – Belt & Electrical System: When it comes to the electrical system - it's not always clear what is really causing your problem....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 8 – Changing the Oil: Changing the oil in your engine is simple and essential to its long term health. Do it yourself and there's no appointme...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 42 – Final Thoughts: Launch day has arrived, and it's time to take our Caledonia Yawl sailing! And with a few parting words from Geoff; we're...
YONDER – Slow Boat, Rich Life: In Japan, it's called wabi-sabi — to Joe Coomer, it's the beauty of patina and the leisurely comfort of a slow boat....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 7 – How to Bleed the Fuel Injection System: Diesel engines won't run if air gets into their fuel systems.  Knowing how to bleed air out is therefore an essential s...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 6 – the Fuel Injection System: Clean fuel is THE essential ingredient when it comes to a smooth running diesel engine.  Understanding the path that th...
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #4 – Calibrating Your Eye for Luff Sag: Seeing the correct shape will help you get the most out of your sail....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #3, Of Rollers, Coils, & Curves: Coiling rope (or even your garden hose!) and other tips....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 41 – Rigging: Woodworking tools can be put away as Geoff assembles the Caledonia Yawl and completes her rigging with her new suit of s...
Wood Carving, Part 2 – Carving Letters: Whether it's on the stern or a quarterboard- nothing beats seeing a boat's name carved in wood....
Wood Carving, Part 1 – Traditional Scallop Shell: Sculptor, teacher, sign-maker and boat-builder all rolled into one, gives us the wood carving how-to on carving a handso...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 40 – Installing the Hardware: Cleats, oarlocks and a few more final bits of hardware as we draw close to finishing up our Caledonia Yawl....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #2 – Tail Bury Lengths for Splicing Braided Rope: Synthetic ropes are strong but slippery so here's how to be sure you have enough rope for your splices....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #1 – Turnbuckles & Pins: Rigging tips from the pro on how best to handle turnbuckles and those terrible cotter pins....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 5 – Coolant Trouble-Shooting & Maintenance: A little maintenance can save a lotta headache -sure-as-shootin'!...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 4 – Coolant System Overview: Let's take a look at how the engine coolant system keeps things from overheating under pressure....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 39 – Fitting Out the Interior: Putting all these parts together that we've spent so much time making? What could be more satisfying?...
How to Make a Herreshoff Tiller, with Alec Brainerd: The tiller is the conduit for a sailor's intentions and a boat's response; delicacy is an asset....
Outboard Powerboat Handling, Part 4 – Tilt and Trim: When it comes to speed and fuel economy - tilt and trim may give you a boost....
The RowCruiser with Colin Angus: For when an afternoon row is just not enough, and you'd like to explore beyond the waters close at hand... and then spen...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 38 – Installing the Rub Strips: Whether you call them bang-strips, rub-strips, or brass half-oval, they are a must for protecting the keel while getting...
TEAL – A Northwest Fisheries Patrol Vessel’s New Lease on Life: Welcome aboard MV TEAL, a 78' Northwest fisheries patrol vessel built in 1927, and meet her owner – a courageous and a...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 37 – Mast Steps & Partners: There's a lot of pressure exerted on masts so well set steps and partners are vital to keep everything in place....
Virtues of a Small Boat, Gunkholing in a Sea Pearl 21: Whether it's 5,000 miles on the Great Eastern Loop or tucking into a quiet cove for the night - small boats like the Sea...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 3 – Changing the Impeller: The rubber impeller in the raw water pump pushes water through the cooling system.  Learn how to inspect this critical...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 2 – Trouble-Shooting the Raw Water System: Your engine is running too hot; here's how to think through the stages of the raw water system and then solve your probl...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 1 – Overview of the Raw Water System: Understanding the raw water cooling system of your boat's diesel engine will help you keep her running cool. Keeping you...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 36 – Finishing the Mainmast: Some planing, sanding and a little carving to bring our birdsmouth spar to completion and ready for paint or varnish....
Single Handed Sailing MALABAR II with Jim Lobdell: Whether it's a 42' Alden Schooner or a Herreshoff 12 1/2 - single handed sailing is all about knowing your boat and simp...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 35 – Assembling the Birdsmouth Mast: Working those long twisting staves into position made simple. Here's how the birdsmouth mast comes together....
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 3 – Mainsail Trim: In the end sailing is about safety, comfort and speed - and proper mainsail trim helps with all three....
Outboard Powerboat Handling, Part 3 – Mooring & Beaching: Off the mooring and onto the beach with a few beaching tips for keeping cool along the way (the engine that is)....
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 2 – The Headsail: Carol shows us how to tell your jib from your genoa and how to shape them for better performance....
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 1 – Getting to Know Your Sails: Knowing the parts and points of sail is important in deepening the understanding of sailing and how to trim sails....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 34 – Milling the Wood For a Birdsmouth Mast: Our hollow mainmast will call for some pieces which need to be carefully shaped. The result is a birdsmouth mast weighin...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 2 – NGH’s Workshop with Halsey Herreshoff: Halsey Herreshoff shows us  the tools and workshop where The Herreshoff legend was made. THE MUSEUM: Herreshoff Marine...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 33 – Solid Spar Making with the Mizzen Mast: Building a solid round spar calls for specific tapering and shaping techniques and a lot of fractions....
Outboard Powerboat Handling, Part 2 – Approaching Another Boat: Coming alongside another vessel with complete control makes boat handling a pleasure....
Refloating the CHARLES W. MORGAN – Maynard Bray Remembers: The story of how the whale ship Charles W. Morgan was refloated at Mystic Seaport is told by Maynard Bray, the man who r...
Boat Trailers – The Double Decker: Whether in steel, wood or extruded aluminum - this boat trailer is a great way to transport two boats at the same time....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 32 – Finishing the Rudder: When building a double-ender there will be some discussion of pintles & gudgeons as well as the Norwegian tiller- th...
Outboard Powerboat Handling, Part 1 – How to Dock Your Boat: Learn how to dock a boat from a veteran. Avoid the mishaps and dock in style with this safe and reliable docking method....
Applying a Boat Name That Sticks – How to Use Vinyl Lettering: All boats should have a name, and vinyl boat name lettering is one of the most common and affordable methods for sharing...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 31 – Shaping the Rudder & Centerboard: Shaping and feathering the trailing edges of both rudder and centerboard into aqua dynamic shapes is the subject here....
Stepping a Mast with a Gin Pole: A do-it-yourself method for stepping a mast with a gin pole that makes the job simple and elegant... and saves you money...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 1 – The Model Room with Halsey Herreshoff: When we launched OffCenterHarbor.com, we hoped to give our members access to special boats and places that is not availa...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 30 – Reinforcing & Ballasting the Centerboard: Heft and durability - just what our centerboard needs....
Soul Surfing – A Champion Kayaker Comes Home: OCH staffer Dustin Urban shows us a hint of why he is a world champion freestyle kayaker. NOTE FROM THE FILMMAKER: Dusti...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 29 – Laminating the Centerboard & Rudder: Laminating the centerboard and rudder and similar processes. Follow along with Geoff Kerr and he takes us through Iain O...
A Different Kind of Lobster Yacht with Tom Townsend: Tom Townsend takes practical work boats and brings them back to life with no-fuss painted finishes for an ease of care l...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 28 – Cleanup, Filleting & Priming: Cleaning up the inside of the hull is a must in preparation for painting....
Plane Talk & Spokeshaves – Boat Building Hand Tools: Boat building hand tools expert, OCH Guide and well known traditional tool expert, Harry Bryan, takes us through his col...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 27 – The Floorboards: Being systematic is key as the floorboards are cut and shaped before painting....
A Good Boat, Up Close – The Chesapeake Crab Skiff: A beautiful spot deserves an equally beautiful boat — a Chesapeake Crab Skiff designed by Off Center Guide Doug Hyla...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 26 – Some Odds & Ends: Crucial finishing details are illustrated so you can get things right as the project winds up....
How to Make a Boat Mooring System – with Wayne Hamilton: Wayne Hamilton has spent his working life keeping boats secure against the elements in Searsport, Maine's open harbor. I...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 25 – Shaping & Drilling the Seats & Partners: Dressing the side benches and thwarts maintains their strength while removing the appearance of bulkiness....
A Good Boat, Up Close – The Spidsgatter PAX: OCH Guide Kaci Cronkhite is a legend in the Northwest wooden boat scene.  A circumnavigator and long time director of t...
Bringing Boats to Life — An Epic Launch at Rockport Marine: Surely one of the greatest yacht restorations in recent history was the rebuild of the Fife schooner Adventuress by Rock...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 24 – Partners, Thwarts & Side Benches: As our Caledonia Yawl takes final shape, Geoff furnishes the interior space with thwarts and seats....
Boat Wiring, Part 6 – The Two Battery System: After enlightening us all on every aspect of a simple marine electrical system, Don Eley brings it all together by layin...
How to Dock a Boat – Single Screw Inboard: Docking a sizable, single screw powerboat can be quite an adventure. This introduction to basic powerboat handling demo...
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 4 – Ropework, Rings & Grommets: The guys at Nat Wilson's finish up with the handwork of roping, rings and grommets on the new suit of sails for our Cale...
Boat Wiring, Part 5 – Overcurrent Protection: Fire in a wire.  This graphic presentation shows what can happen when too much juice flows through too small a wire and...
Cool Shop Tip #3 – Chipper Guide for Plane Sharpening: Who knew the cap iron on your hand plane could be used as a guide when sharpening the blade? A handy little plane sharpe...
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 3 – Patches, Turns, & Tapes: Stitching seams and finishing the edges are integral parts of sailmaking and gives a sail its shape....
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 2 – Laying Out the Panels: Laying out panels in dacron sails and cutting for shape must be done smoothly as well as economically....
Spring Painting, Beauty is the Reward – Prepping & Painting a Wooden Boat’s Topsides: Spring painting is a well-worth chore. Achieving a smooth and glossy paint job on ancient topsides calls for an assured...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 23 – Cleats for the Thwarts: Locating the exact position of cleats supporting the thwarts, and then establishing the proper bevel so the cleats lay s...
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 1 – Laying Out the Shapes: Sailmaker Nat Wilson has graciously opened the doors of his legendary loft to OCH, and we're taking you inside for a new...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 22 – Stemheads & Breasthooks: Stems and breasthooks are signature components that jump out visually in the finished boat.  Learn the specific techniq...
Sailmaker’s Bench at Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmaker: A tour of an antique sailmaker's bench with the tools-of-the trade explained, sets the stage for our video series on tra...
A Tale of Two Adventuresses – A Puget Sound Experience: Many starry-eyed youth have stepped aboard the schooner ADVENTURESS dreaming of rainbows, dolphins and a romantic life a...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 21 – The Centerboard Trunk: Over a period of four days Geoff builds and installs the centerboard trunk....
7 Basic Boating Knots for Sailing — Taut Line Hitch, Cleat Knot, Sheet Bend, Bowline, Square Knot, Clove Hitch & Two Half Hitches: Geoff Kerr shows us the six basic boating knots that sailors use for voyages around the globe.  These knots are part of...
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Fastening a Cedar Plank: The fat lady sings (well, not really) when Peter screws the plank into place.  It's snug, it's lovely, and it's sure to...
Panga-Inspired Bass-Boat, Sam Devlin’s PELICANO: When we think about applying stitch-and-glue boatbuilding techniques, more often than not, we have small stuff in mind-...
How to Build A Caledonia Yawl, Part 20 – The Rails: Geoff brings a bit of salty boat quality to the hull as he installs the rails....
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – Making & Fitting A Pair of Cedar Planks: After spiling the plank to achieve a rough shape, Peter planes it down to fit precisely before fastening....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 19 – Turning the Hull Over: Flipping the hull over, a job that's scarier than hard, gives us our first chance to see just how big a Caledonia Yawl r...
Destination Unknown, The Tahiti Ketch ‘EVELYN’: Tahiti Ketch: Two words summon up a dream that has led so many seaward. Join Astra and Lou as they lay over in Brooklin...
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 1 – Spiling: "Spiling" is the technique boat builders use to determine the shape of a plank. In the abstract, it is a difficult proce...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 26 – Final Rigging For Launch: The Fox finale features final touches before she hits the water for the first paddle.   Great job, Bill, and thanks fr...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 18 – Scoring a Waterline with a Laser Level: Striking and the scoring an accurate waterline is an easy job with a laser level and a good set of plans.  Join Maynard...
John Lockwood – The Building Of Pygmy Boats: John Lockwood's life story, on the way to the founding of his company, Pygmy Boats, is as compelling as the kayaks he de...
Yoga for Sailors, Part 2 – Standing Postures for Strength & Balance: On a boat, balance is very important.  In this session Sally gives us techniques to multiply our balance points four fo...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 17 – Installing the Outer Stems & Keel: In a double-ended boat, the outer stems define her final shape.  See how forethought throughout the project makes this...
A Visit Aboard Wooden Motor Trawler RAVEN: An experienced Northwest shipwright and cruiser takes us aboard his own wooden motor trawler in which there seems to be...
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 3 – Below Deck: SOCKDOLAGER is just as interesting below decks as she is above.  Everybody can learn something about blue water outfitt...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 16 – Prepping for Outer Stems & Keel: Fairing the hull with a power plane to achieve a snug fit for the keel and the stem....
Yoga for Sailors, Part 1 — Opening the Hips, Legs & Spine: Most of us of a certain age know that being aboard a boat for hours on end can introduce a raft of aches and pains.  Sa...
Sanding Station: Tired of the sawdust from sanding? See the sanding station system Bill Thomas put together to more than solve that prob...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 15 – Planking: Geoff Kerr's masterpiece; where artistry and structural imperatives intersect.  Planking, after all, is ultimately what...
Selecting Wood for Boat Building – A Few Basics: Here's the introductory course on wood for boat building with Ted Pike.  Plan your needs, get your wood early, for the...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 14 – The Garboard Planks: Snug fitting garboard planks are key when it comes to keeping water out of a boat....
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 2 – Above Deck: Even if you might not be planning to sail to Bora Bora, you'll find these outfitting tips useful....
The Flatiron Skiff – Workboat Beginnings: A flatiron skiff is simple to build, easy to maintain, and puts you onto the beach with dry feet....
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 25 – Painting The Hull: In this edition of the fox series, we get much more from Bill than a simple video of rolling on some paint. Bill, per us...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 13 – Mounting the Floor Timbers: Mounting the floor timbers completes the boat's backbone and must be done correctly to assure a smooth landing for the p...
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 1 – The Cockpit: Setting up a vessel for serious offshore work can be quite a challenge, especially when the boat in question is 24'. See...
SAGA — A Pacific Seacraft 25’s Transformation: Buy the boat you can afford and make it into the boat you want.  This is the saga of SAGA, a Pacific Seacraft 25' and t...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 12 – Fairing the Keelson: Fairing the keelson with a power plane calls for precision.  Get it right and the garboard planks kiss the keelson all...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 24 – Varnishing the Deck, Coaming, & Fittings: Everyone has their own experience, tips, and tricks when it comes to varnish. In Fox 21 we get Bill's take on the elusiv...
A Trailerable Motorsailer – Sam Devlin’s Boat LIT’L COOT: Practical, affordable and seaworthy, this latest Sam Devlin trailerable motorsailer, designed for the home builder, is a...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 11 – Installing the Keelson & Stems: Installing the fore and aft inner stems and epoxying them to the keelson, the whole job stabilized with clever angle iro...
Aboard a Classic Motorsailer – TRADE WIND: The 1938 Alden Motorsailer TRADE WIND, rebuilt by Rockport Marine in 2011, is a stunning example of the shipwright's art...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 10 – Shaping the Stem: A strong, well rendered stem sets the shape of the boat to come.  Here are the tips and techniques you need to get it r...
Stitching Oar Leathers: From the placement of leathers on the oar, to the stitching technique, to attaching the button; See the entire process o...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 23 – Finishing The Little Details: Bill Thomas has built enough of these that we can all learn from his workflow. He's got the amount of epoxy and how far...
Workboat Beginnings — Whitehall Boats: Whitehall boats evolved along lower Manhattan's rough-and-tumble waterfront in the 19th Century.  When a ship made port...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 9 – Preparing the Keelson: Preparing the keelson: Milling out the keelson and cutting the center board slot by employing the precision of a table s...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 8 – Making the Floor Timbers: Techniques for fashioning precise floor timbers are covered here.  And don't forget the limber holes....
Ladybug Wheelbarrow Boat: Seeing Harry Bryan's wheelbarrow boat in action across a couple of hundred yards of rock ledge and clam flats on the way...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 22 – Fitting The Coaming Rims: Just when we thought we'd completed the stitch and glue part of the build, Bill throws one more at us. Even at this stag...
The Schooner MARY DAY, An Evolutionary Rememberance: The 90' Schooner Mary Day was built in 1962 specifically to carry passengers along the Maine Coast.  We tell her story...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 7 – Scarfing the Planks: Kit builder Gardiner Pickering takes us through the steps in gluing up pre-cut scarf joints to create precise boat-lengt...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 21 – Installing the Seat Risers: Moving along in this series we are finishing up the little details that pull the Fox together. Installing the seat riser...
Self Rescue from an Open Sailboat Capsize: Through the use of tie-downs and flotation, small sailboat guru Ben Fuller demonstrates how to prepare for the possibili...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 6 – Laminating the Stems: Stems on a double-ended boat largely define the shape as well as assuring the integrity of the structure.  So let the l...
Swampscott Dory & Dory Skiff -Workboat Beginnings: From the Grand Banks to the yacht club dinghy float, lapstrake dory skiffs like the Swampscott Dory have been a New Engl...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 20 – Installing the Seatback: The Fox canoe is beautiful. With its simple clean lines and functional attitude toward getting out and paddling, she was...
Building a Stitch & Glue Boat, Part 19 – The Dos & Don’ts of Prep Work: With the stitch and glue Fox nearing completion; we took her out of Bill's hands in order to take a stab at prepping the...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 5 – Tips for Mixing and Applying Epoxy: An expert takes on the goop in this video on mixing and applying epoxy.  Do it right, epoxy is your best friend; do it...
LARK, a Spirit of Tradition Sailboat from Brooklin Boat Yard: LARK, a spirit of tradition sailboat from Brooklin Boat Yard turns heads both on the mooring and on the race course: It'...
Caulking a Wooden Boat, Part 4 – Tying Up Loose Ends: The Caulking a Wooden Boat series concludes with Geno taking us through some of the odds and ends of caulking. With an u...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 4 – Building Frame & Molds: Constructing the building frame and setting up molds.  How to get things straight and level at the outset gets the job...
Caulking a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Oakum Caulking: In this segment of our wooden boat caulking series, we talk about oakum. With Part 3 being entirely dedicated to this wo...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 3 – Essential Boat Building Tools: What are the minimum essential boat building tools for a boat like the Caledonia Yawl?  Geoff Kerr takes us through his...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 2 – Setting Up Shop: Geoff Kerr sets up our new shop the way he wants it for the new series about building a Caledonia Yawl.  "Manning" benc...
How To Build the Caledonia Yawl, Part 1 – A Good Boat, Up-Close:  For "Part 1" of this series, we revisit our up-close look at the Caledonia Yawl and why we love her... We were so insp...
Virtues of a Flat Bottom Skiff: Captain Havilah Hawkins makes his case for a flat bottom skiff.  Simple, versatile, cheap to build, easy to maintain, a...
Watercraft Collection of Mystic Seaport, Part 4 – Room Full O’ Details: Wooden boat detectives Maynard Bray and Eric Blake take us deep into Mystic Seaport's back shed to explore small boat de...
Caulking a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – A Deeper Look at the Craft: Geno takes us through some of the intricacies of caulking a wooden boat, enlightening us to what a professional caulking...
Shooting CHARLENA: Ben Mendlowitz has been taking photographs for the Calendar of Wooden Boats for over 30 years and his work has become a...
It All Begins with the Oar — Behind the Scenes at Shaw & Tenney: A graceful oar or paddle is a rare and beautiful thing.  Almost an endangered species. To create one (and we don't use...
Caulking a Wooden Boat Part 1, Tools and Basics: Geno Scalzo is a master caulker out of Owls Head, Maine. He has over 30 years experience caulking wooden boats, and he's...
Smooth Planes – The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly with Harry Bryan: Ever wondered what all those moving parts in your hand plane were for? Well Harry takes a couple of smooth planes apart...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 18 – Installing the Coamings: Few things are as exciting during a stitch and glue build as when the boat really takes shape. With the installation of...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 17 – Trimming the Deck: We really start to see how beautiful the stitch and glue Fox's shape is as Bill trims the deck....
Painting a Wooden Boat: Simple Techniques for a Professional Finish: Geoff outlines all of the steps to get a durable and beautiful finish when painting a wooden boat in your own shop....
Sleepless in Port Townsend, Wooden Boat Festival: Coming home to the comforts of good friends and familiar waters has a feeling that's good for the soul. No doubt, Port T...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 16 – Shop Safety: Here we pause from building to remind ourselves of what's really important... step #1 in keeping our beautiful hand-eye...
Essential Sea Kayak Camping Gear: Bill Thomas and Jane Ahlfeld show us what sea kayak camping gear and supplies they take out on the water for an overnigh...
Cool Shop Tips, Part 2 – ‘Bed of Nails’ for Painting: Simple ways of painting spars and boat parts can come in instant flashes of genius and wisdom after twenty years of expe...
Boat Wiring, Part 4 – Making Good Connections: Don Eley shows us which connectors to use and how to crimp and connect them in this boat wiring video. Watch Boat Wirin...
Watercraft Collection of Mystic Seaport, Part 3 – The Original Herreshoff ALERION: In 1912 Nathanael Herreshoff designed a 26' gaff-rigged sloop for his own use.  Named ALERION, she proved to be a semin...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 15 – Installing the Deck: Bill shows us the gratifying step of installing the deck in this stitch and glue boat building video....
Cool Shop Tips, Part 1 – Manning Benches: A saw horse and a rugged, portable, versatile work bench all in one, or as the case may be, two. Geoff Kerr introduces u...
Sailing Off and On a Mooring: There is only one thing better than making a smooth getaway from your mooring, that's coming back to it in style.  Join...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 14 – End Pours and Epoxying the Interior: In this stitch and glue boat building video, get tips and tricks for finishing the interior, including end pours and bru...
The Schmee of Havilah Hawkins: Havilah "Haddie" Hawkins, a fourth generation schoonerman, is one of the real originals.  Combine this with his gaff sl...
Rock & Dock System: See the slick and simple technique Ben Mendlowitz put together to keep his dinghy from chafing on his dock....
Sails for Blue Water Cruising with Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails: Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails has been building "Cape Horn ready" sails for many years.  Whether you dream of high...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 13 – Planing the Sheer Clamps: Planing the shear clamps just right guarantees the plywood deck will fit tightly.  Bill shows you how to take the clamp...
It’s All in the Details – Aboard SEAGOIN: SEAGOIN, a snug cruiser from the Thirties caught Eric Blake's eye last fall at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat show.  Com...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 12 – Installing the Carlins: In this installment of our stitch and glue boat building series, the hull is prepped, and now we need to install the car...
Boat Wiring, Part 3 – Wire & Electricity: Don presents a clear way to determine the proper type and gauge of wire to use on your next boat wiring job as well as t...
Anchoring a Boat, Part 3 — Creative Solutions with a Traditional Anchor: Getting a large yachtsman anchor aboard a classic sailing yacht without damaging the topsides, toe rail or deck can be a...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 11 – Fiberglassing the Hull: Bill shows us how to fiberglass the exterior of the hull in this stitch and glue boat building video....
Virtues of a Yawl Rig: We wanted Queene Foster to help us understand the advantages of a yawl rig and traditional yawls because of her long exp...
Introducing Kids to Boats, Part 2 – The Blink of an Eye: With one's kids, things happen quickly.  With grandkids, as the slope of years angles ever more sharply downward, thing...
Just Be, In a Boat: On a remote lake, deep in the famed North Woods of Thoreau country, a family discovers a space and time that's all too r...
Building Interiors Upside Down: Building hulls upside down happens these days more often than rightside up, but keeping them that way while building the...
Pocock Classic Racing Shells: What do you get when you cross a violin maker with a boatbuilder? We imagine it might look something akin to what happen...
Watercraft Collection of Mystic Seaport, Part 2 – A Great South Bay Catboat & Piscataqua River Wherry: Maynard and Eric go back into the building that houses the Small Craft Collection at Mystic Seaport Museum to view a cou...
Watercraft Collection of Mystic Seaport, Part 1- The Broom Closet: Mystic Seaport has one of the world's largest collections of historic watercraft. There's a special place that not many...
Boat Wiring, Part 2 – Marine Battery Cables: Marine electrical systems can be scary, mysterious stuff. In this video series, we asked Professor Don Eley to show us w...
Boat Wiring, Part 1 — How Lead Acid Batteries Work — Wet Cell, Gel Cell, Absorbed Glass Mat: Electrical systems on boats can be scary, mysterious stuff. It's little wonder that batteries come in black boxes. In th...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 10 – Installing the Knees: Bill takes us through the process of filleting knees into place in a way that produces tight fits and continues to assur...
It’s All in the Details – Impeccable Bronze Hardware: In Port Townsend at the Wooden Boat Festival , we stumbled upon a beautiful boat built by Paul Siefried, who has a passi...
A Good Boat, Up Close — The Nordic Folkboat LORRAINE: This video about Carol Hasse and her nordic Folkboat Lorraine is what we are aiming for at OffCenterHarbor.com.  Combin...
Aboard a Legendary Boat, Herreshoff NY-30 ALERA: Because her restoration is so historically precise, when you step aboard the New York Thirty Class ALERA in our video, y...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 9 – Fiberglassing the Interior: In this stitch and glue boat building video Bill shows us how to fillet the ends and then fiberglass the interior of the...
2012 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta Aboard VORTEX, with Steve White: It's not often that you have over 100 world class wooden boats lined up on a starting line, a picture perfect summer day...
Blade Sharpening Part 3 – Sharpening Planer Blades: Sharpening the blades of a big machine can be especially daunting. And yet Harry takes it on with aplomb, as he shows us...
Essential Boat Building Tools – Clamps: A few helpful hints on getting clamps for your boat building shop from a master builder of wooden boats....
Healthy Boat Snacks, Part 3 – Spicy Sweet Almond Butter: Charlotte gives us a fast and easy way to make a versatile dip that insures that the veggies get eaten on board and don'...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 8 – Truing the Hull & Filleting the Cockpit: Bill trues the hull and goes through the filleting of the Midship Planking in this stitch and glue boat building video....
Building Raised Panels at Rockport Marine: Building a raised panel is no simple task, and yet Joe Kobak at Rockport Marine knocked out this entire raised panel pro...
Drilling Holes with Boring Bars: Have you ever wondered how they bore a 10+ ft straight hole through a hull? Let's take a trip to a few boatyards and let...
Outfitting for Cold Weather Camp Cruising with Tom Jackson: Tips and techniques by Tom Jackson for the shoulder-season camp cruiser will make the rest of the family want to go out...
Healthy Boat Snacks, Part 2 – Everybody’s Favorite Tahini Dip: Turn Veggies from a healthy snack into a healthy treat with Charlotte's tried and true favorite dip. Nutritionist Charlo...
How to Wire a Bilge Pump: Figuring out how to wire a bilge pump to your battery doesn't have to be a chore to put off any longer. Follow Don Eley...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 7 – Stitching the Hull: Bill Finishes stitching the hull together. This video includes: stitching the sheer panels in place and adding additiona...
What’s in Your Ditty Bag? With Geoff Kerr: Geoff Kerr is a seasoned vet at sailing the archipelago of Maine. We have noticed that whether he's the captain of NED L...
Outfitting a Small Sailboat with Geoff Kerr: Geoff shows us stem to stern how he outfits NED LUDD for a season of beach cruising and island hopping....
Sharpening Plane Blades, Part 2 – with Harry Bryan: A mid-winter follow-up journey over the border to Canada gives us the opportunity to get a lesson from master boatbuilde...
Wooden Boat Repair — Refastening, Part 3 — New Screws & Bungs: The thrilling conclusion you have all been waiting for: New screws, tight bungs, and finishing touches get the refasteni...
No Pressure Water System with Havilah Hawkins: "Trailing edge technology" tackles the problem of a cruising boat's fresh water system with breathtaking simplicity. The...
Wooden Boat Repair — Refastening, Part 2 — Removing the Old Screws: John O'Donovan and Patrick Dole show us how to remove the screws from a 50-year-old Concordia 31. They show us the tools...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 6 – Stitching the Hull Begins: This is the first steps in stitching the bottom of the hull together. In this stitch and glue boat building video, we co...
Wooden Boat Repair — Refastening Part 1 — Scoping Out the Job: Every wooden boat owner knows that refastening is in their future; but where do you begin? John O'Donovan and Patrick Do...
A Boatyard Visit to Artisan Boatworks with Alec Brainerd: Alec Brainerd carries on the tradition of building classic boats at Artisan Boatworks in Rockport Maine. We wanted to se...
Thoughts on Having a Boat Designed, with Havilah Hawkins: Designing a boat that reflects all your dreams of life on board can be daunting; where do you begin? Havilah Hawkins sho...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 5 – Gluing the Parts to the Bulkhead: This is the last step of preparing the parts before the hull of the boat gets stitched together. In this stitch and glue...
Aboard the Legendary Commuter Yacht APHRODITE: Like the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure she was named for, the iconic 74' commuter yacht APHRODITE, built in 1937...
Best Boat Building Tools, Part 3 – Industrial Handheld: In this video on boat building tools, master builder Eric Blake takes us inside the Brooklin Boat Yard again to look at...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 4 – The Bottom & Sheer Clamps: Bill's gluing-up bottom panels and gluing sheer clamps.  In this stitch and glue boat building video, we cover: Using ...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 3 – Gluing the Side Panels to Length: Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 2 - Gluing the Side Panels to Length: Careful measuring — Stacking planks to ach...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 2 – Getting Supplies: Bill Thomas unpacks a box of goodies and helps us understand why a dozen might be better than three. We rediscovered thi...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 1 – Introduction: The FOX double paddle canoe, a stitch and glue boat designed and built by Bill Thomas, has a long and distinguished pedi...
Versa Vise Review, with Harry Bryan: When we first saw this video, we called to order two of these clever little versa vises immediately. And they haven't le...
Laminating Wooden Boat Frames on the 68′ Sloop ISOBEL: Strong, light weight epoxy laminations are surely the wave of the future for many boat building projects. Even though yo...
Sliding Seat Rowing In A Wherry: Achieving the power and speed possible with sliding seat rowing need not be limited to needle-like shells that are half-...
Introducing Kids to Boats, Part 1 – A Sense of Command: Getting children interested in boats can be as easy as finding a safe setting and letting them explore it on their own ...
No-Fuss Wooden Boat Maintenance: A yearly plan makes maintaining a traditional wooden lobster boat and its plywood lapstake tender a breeze. Brian Larkin...
Brilliant Designs, Small Powerboats: Handy Billy, Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff & More: We all know about high-speed production power boats these days. They are everywhere – a cookie-cutter navy of slam-ban...
Boat Storage, The Brownell Boat Stand System: If you’ve ever used a boat stand to store your boat, you know how handy they can be. But every time we put a boat stan...
Boat Handling for Beach Cruising – Anchoring, Beaching, Rigging an Outhaul & Boat Knots: Geoff Kerr is a genuine beach cruising guru. Aboard his Caledonia Yawl NED LUDD, we learn what is involved in anchoring,...
Thoughts On Acquiring A Boat, with Iain Oughtred: Boat designers think all day every day about matching the right boat with the right person. As we had this video topic o...
The Boathouse At Mystic Seaport: There’s a boathouse you should know about if you’re thinking about building or buying a classic boat… The Boathous...
Temple Tiny Regatta: Regattas need not be large and formal functions involving hardcore racing, signal flags, and grown men screaming for roo...
Wooden Boat Building Techniques: Steam Bending Oak Frames: Watching hot oak timbers go into a boat is fascinating. Join Maynard Bray as he describes how Brian Larkin reframes the...
Quick Wooden Boat Repair of a Stem and Plank Ends: So you've got a soft, rotting stem and plank ends? No problem! Eric Blake shows us that sometimes a load of common sense...
How To Draw Good Boats, With Jerry Rose: Drawing boats helps us see their shapes more clearly, so we invited Jerry Rose to show how he goes about it. Jerry's kno...
Fairing and Painting Topsides, with Nat Bryant: Nat Bryant and his father Paul are so good at caring for classic boats that they have been Maynard Bray's mentors for ma...
Wood Storage For Boat Building – Cedar & Oak – with Harry Bryan: In Part I of our wood storage for boat building series, Harry Bryan shows us how he stores cedar and oak, two of his fav...
Stitch And Glue Boatbuilding At The WoodenBoat School: We take you to the WoodenBoat School for family week. Families from around the world have come here to assemble Chesapea...
Sculling: At last, a close-up look at an old-time technique that can prove useful under many circumstances. Maynard Bray talks us...
Rowing: Rowing can be a real art form. Maynard Bray takes us for a row and describes techniques that can help you become more gr...
Healthy Boat Snacks, Part 1 – The Three-Day Cabbage Slaw: Potato chips and soda are so 1980’s. We wanted snacks that were healthy and last long enough to take on an overnight c...
Brilliant Small Sailboat Designs – Herreshoff 12.5, Beetle Cat, Buzzards Bay 15 & More: Whether or not you’re in the market for a small sailboat, you’ll love the chance to scan the classic small sailboat...
Boat Building Hand Tools, The Basic Tool Kit – with Harry Bryan: Ignoring many of the tools now flooding the marketplace, Harry Bryan shows us the basic boat building tools you will nee...
Sharpening Plane Blades, Part 1 – with Harry Bryan: A mid-winter journey over the border to Canada gives us the opportunity to get a lesson on sharpening plane blades from...
Basic Sailing In The Nutshell Pram: The first of our how-to-sail videos, this one presents the basics via a Nutshell Pram put through her paces on a dock be...
Anchoring a Boat, Part 2 — Reliability & Versatility of a Danforth vs. a Yachtsman Anchor: When anchoring a boat, you want an anchor that will not only be reliable in good conditions, but one that will be versat...
A Good Boat, Up Close – The Caledonia Yawl: Geoff Kerr takes us for a spin aboard his 19’ Caledonia Yawl NED LUDD. These boats are easy to build, unusually light...
Aboard a Legendary Boat, Malabar II: Of all John Alden’s legendary Malabar designs, MALABAR II is our favorite. We caught up with her owners and took a sai...
How to Anchor a Boat, Part 1: Anchoring a Small Powerboat with a Yachtsman: This video answers two questions facing a small boat owner: what kind of an anchor do I need and how should I use it, us...
Trailering Tips, No-Dunk Lights: Geoff Kerr shares how he’s devised trailer lights that will last. It’s a simple setup that enables you to keep those...
Best Boat Building Tools, Part 2 – Stationary Tools: Inside the Brooklin Boat Yard, master builder Eric Blake goes through what he considers the “standard” boat building...
Balance 101 on Boats – Free Your Feet: Your balance is key to walking and climbing around on unstable docks, dinghies, and boats in motion. Master yoga instruc...
Best Boat Building Tools, Part 1 – Small Handheld Power Tools: Inside the Brooklin Boat Yard, master builder Eric Blake talks boat building tools and what he considers to be the woode...
A Boatbuilder’s Schmee – Wayne Roberts: Co-Founder Steve Stone traveled to New Zealand and helped Wayne Roberts build a boat. The experience was so delightful a...

 
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