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The ones we can’t quite get out of our minds. We have hunted down a number of close-to-perfect boats of various shapes and sizes and will profile them in our “Good Boats, Up Close” section.

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The Aussie 18 – A Sure Bet: In the rough-and-tumble world of Sydney Harbor sailboat racing, the Aussie 18 sailboat - with its astonishing press of s...
WIZARD – Herreshoff’s Fishers Island 31: The restoration of the Herreshoff designed and built Fishers Island 31' by boat builder Brion Rieff not only achieves a...
Ben Seaborn’s Fabulous Thunderbirds, A Badass Family Boat for Racing & Cruising: The Thunderbird sailboat is an economic and versatile weekender/racer/cruiser that offers both performance and below dec...
STITCH, A Ted Geary U.S. Forest Ranger Boat: Take a cruise on a Ted Geary designed powerboat built for the U.S. Forest Service in 1930 and now converted into a live-...
The A-Cats of Barnegat Bay, And a Visit Aboard SPY: Last summer we headed to Barnegat Bay in New Jersey to get the inside scoop from Roy Wilkins on A Cats - the racing sail...
Two Drake Rowboats – The Raceboat & The 17′ “Sedan”: For serious rowers who have mellowed slightly over the years, here are two fixed seat rowboats available in kit form fro...
Beautiful West Coast Fishing Boats, PACIFIC – A Retired Halibut Longliner: Climb aboard the F.V. PACIFIC, a retired halibut longliner, to meet Don Macmillan who successfully fished her for many y...
Having a Boat Designed and Built: LA VIE EN ROSE: Having a boat designed and built is an experience in itself. As luck would have it, we caught up with David Lesser durin...
OYSTER, a Rugged 26’ Coastal Cruising Sailboat: OYSTER - a rugged 26' coastal cruising sailboat - caught our attention during our trip out down in the Chesapeake and we...
A 16-foot Pilothouse Motorsailer? You’ve Got to be Kidding!: In our travels, we've seen a number of fascinating designs. But nothing caught our eye like HEATHER - a 16-foot pilothou...
The Phoenix III By Ross Lillistone: What can be more alluring than the Phoenix III by Ross Lillistone — a sweet little 15-foot sail and oar boat that can...
Schooner MAGIC, A Family Goes Cruising: When the schooner MAGIC sailed into Brooklin this summer, we all got to witness her arrival with the three young sisters...
The Pocket Cruiser SKYE: A Bill Garden Canoe Yawl Restored by Marty Loken: With her restoration complete, Marty Loken takes us for a sail aboard his Bill Garden designed canoe yawl SKYE....
The Echo Bay Dory Skiff, Easy & Fun to Build, Row, and Sail: Clint Chase takes us for a tour of his Echo Bay Dory Skiff, a perfect little boat for first time builders and for famili...
Sportyak – The Recyclable Dinghy From Bic®: Join the entire Off Center Harbor Crew as we climb off our high horse and into the Sportyak, the recyclable dinghy from...
The Australian Couta Boat, Part 1 – A Fishing Boat for a Family Cruiser: Dave and Anastasia thought they'd buy this couta boat, restore it, and sell it, but like a rescued puppy, it became part...
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. When a sm...
Aboard a Legendary Boat, K. Aage Nielsen’s HOLGER DANSKE: We climb aboard designer K. Aage Nielsen's HOLGER DANSKE (his favorite boat) with owners Joy Phillips and Philip Myer, a...
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...
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...
GLORYBE The Pure Simple Pleasure Boat: When a pleasure boat as sweet as GLORYBE chugs into view, even the most die-hard of sailors start thinking that maybe a...
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...
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...
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...
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-designed Sooty Tern. The Sooty Tern is the ki...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 of these classic...
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 Vivier Ilur named after them is lovely as well; versatile, build-ab...
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 boat? Look no further the Albury Runabout. ABACO is a prime example of this classic...
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....
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. Hop aboard the Arge...
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...
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...
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...
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? We take a look at DRIFT...
KINTORE – A Bill Garden Inspired Design: KINTORE: A sweet dream boat with Northwest roots and Bill Garden design finally goes home....
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...
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...
TEAL – A Northwest Fisheries Patrol Vessel’s New Lease on Life: Welcome aboard M/V TEAL, a 78-foot Northwest fisheries patrol vessel built in 1927, and meet her owner, a courageous, ad...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
Aboard a Classic Alden Motorsailer – TRADE WIND: The 1938 Alden Motorsailer TRADE WIND, rebuilt by Rockport Marine in 2011, is a stunning example of the shipwright's art...
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...
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'...
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 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...
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...
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...

 

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