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The River Home — A Reflection on the Last Two Years: We thought we'd take a moment a look back at some of the places we've been, boats we've seen, and people we've met. What...
Boatshop Talk – Getting Ready for the SEVENTY48 Race: Nate is our guy and he already had great rowing chops and now it's a whole string of firsts: this is the first boat that...
Marine Electronics for Every Size Boat, Part 5 – How an Autopilot Works: Having an auto-pilot is like having another person on board that doesn't talk back, and Kim shows us how smart they real...
Marine Electronics For Every Size Boat, Part 3—Small Multi-Function Display for Power Boat: Here's a low cost multi-function display between a handheld chartplotter and a full blown system — did he say it's gua...
Marine Electronics For Every Size Boat, Part 4 – Basic NMEA 2000 System for a Sailboat: With a new marine electronics system for your sailboat, pretty much all that's left to do is mix the cocktails, right? J...
Marine Electronics for Every Size Boat, Part 2 – Handheld VHF Radio: Maybe we dosed off for a few years, because we thought VHF radios were all pretty much the same. That is, until we sat d...
Marine Electronics for Every Size Boat, Part 1 – Handheld GPS Chartplotter (vs. Smart Phone): We thought we knew a thing or two about gear for our boats, but then again — we thought having a smart phone with a na...
Daysailing a Herreshoff S-Boat – Serenity at Sea: Long-known for its speed around the race course, the nimble and muscular Herreshoff S-Boat can provide just as much enjo...
Boat Shop Visit – Bertram Levy: One of life's fine pleasures is simply hanging out in the boatshop talking shop. And so we stopped by to visit retired d...
SILENT MAID – A Barnegat Bay B-Cat That’s Not Your Grandmother’s Catboat: When it comes to catboats, SILENT MAID, the Barnegat Bay B-Cat proves that all boats are not the same....
Rediscovering a Fiberglass Classic, A “New” Graves Constellation: For years we have been noodling around with the idea of picking up an old-time, bullet-proof fiberglass sailboat, sawz-a...
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...
Coastal Navigation, Part 3 – Finding Latitude, Longitude, & Distance on Charts: Jane Ahlfeld walks us through the process of finding latitude, longitude, and distance on nautical charts for when you a...
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...
Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, A Shipyard Walkabout: Big buildings, proper machinery, tools, and 12 co-op partners, who manage projects, make up the Port Townsend Shipwright...
Restoring Mink, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 4 – A New Set of Old Style Sails: In our final visit aboard MINK, we learn about the new suit of old-style sails made for the 1914 Buzzards Bay 25. Sailma...
Cuddling Up With a FOX (Double Paddle Canoe): The Fox Double Paddle Canoe is so cozy, and this little video clip was so heart-warming — it sparked nicknames for the...
Kayaking the Coast of Maine – So Many Islands, So Little Time: Embracing the summertime dream, Michael and Rebecca meander their way along 624 nautical miles of Maine's coast and step...
Coastal Navigation, Part 2 – How To Use Charts with a Navigator’s Eye: Jane shows us a few tricks to of how to know whether that island in from of you is what it looks like, how to establish...
Coastal Navigation, Part 1 – Charts & Buoys: Nautical charts contain a wide range of numbers and symbols, each transmitting critical information to the mariner. This...
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...
Sand Casting Marine Hardware: The Port Townsend Foundry: We visit the Port Townsend Foundry to see how they utilize the sand casting process to create in-house marine hardware....
Watercraft of the Chesapeake Bay, Part 1 – Log Canoe & Bugeye: A visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a real treat. It's packed with the fascinating maritime history of the...
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...
New Zealand’s Mahurangi Regatta – Featuring Chas Bailey’s NGATIRA: Join us for a day on the water at New Zealand's Mahurangi Regatta, and get a close-up look at the restoration of the Cha...
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...
A Boat in the Family, A Good Way to Grow up – Aboard the Philip Rhodes Ketch SAONA: After emigrating from England to Australia, Ben built a boat for his young family. They all set to exploring together an...
Where the River Flows, A Moment with Bill Worrell: Sometimes, just when you think it's a bad day and all is lost, you might just be in a moment that changes the rest of yo...
The Tasmanian Craypot, with Tree Marris: The Tasmanian craypot is commonplace along the waterfront, but actually seeing one made by Tree Marris suddenly deepens...
Herreshoff Marine Museum – Part 6, In The Boat Hall: The Dinghies: Maynard Bray and Eric Blake finish their tour of the Herreshoff Marine Museum with an examination of Herreshoff's dinghy...
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...
Building Momentum, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: Eric Blake joins Head instructor Sean Koomen for a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock,...
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. 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Ingenuity at Work & Play, with Harry Bryan: Harry Bryan takes us off-the-grid again with his ingenuity in both work and play....
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...
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...
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...
Greenland Kayak Rolling with Freya Fennwood: Greenland Kayak Rolling champion Freya Fennwood takes us through a progression of Greenland sea kayak rolls for all type...
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....
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 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...
Small Boat Gatherings – Simplicity Afloat: Seeking a simpler life afloat? Small boat gatherings will stimulate your dreams and help you find community....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
How to Load a 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 kayak. The...
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...
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...
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 - the...
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...
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...
Alden Schooner 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...
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...
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...
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...
The Watercraft Collection of Mystic Seaport, Part 5 – Catboats: The Catboat: Versatile treasure of the New England coast. We take a look at some catboats in the Mystic Seaport Collecti...
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. 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...
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...
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...
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...
Lie-Nielsen Woodworking Tools, A Glimpse at How They’re Made: Tom Lie-Nielsen is the man behind the kind of woodworking tools that we would like to pass down to our kids and grandk...
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 fly fishing in...
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....
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...
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....
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....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #2 – Tail Bury Lengths for Splicing Braided Rope: Synthetic ropes are strong but slippery. Here's how to be sure you have enough tail bury length when splicing braided ro...
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #1 – Turnbuckles & Pins: Rigging tips from the pro on how best to handle turnbuckles and those terrible cotter pins....
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...
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 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. Legendary sailmak...
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 2 – The Headsail: Legendary sailmaker Carol Hasse shows us how to tell your jib from your genoa and how to manage headsail trim for better...
How to Trim Sails with Carol Hasse, Part 1 – Parts & Points of Sail: Knowing the parts and points of sail is important in deepening the understanding of sailing and how to trim sails. In th...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bringing Boats to Life — The Epic Launch of Adventuress at Rockport Marine: Surely one of the greatest yacht restorations in recent history was the rebuild of the Fife schooner Adventuress by Rock...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
A Visit Aboard Wooden Motor Trawler RAVEN: An experienced Northwest shipwright and cruiser takes us aboard his own wooden motor trawler, RAVEN, in which there seem...
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...
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...
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....
Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging, Part 1 – The Cockpit: Outfitting a small cruiser for voyaging for serious offshore work can be quite a challenge, especially when the boat in...
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...
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...
Workboat Beginnings — Whitehall Boats: Whitehall boats evolved along lower Manhattan's rough-and-tumble waterfront in the 19th Century.  When a ship made port...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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Pushing the Limits of a Dragonfly Sonar & GPS Chartplotter: When thinking about marine electronics on small boats, this video is thought-provoking... Like: "Where do you put the fi...
Steve Stone
Why I Build — Stone Mason Jane Dewitt: In the "Age of the Kardashians", I'm sure glad we're starting to see more short films about women like Jane Dewitt....
Steve Stone
Creatures of the Sea: Turn the volume up, click full screen, and get lost for a moment in a dream of fishing and creatures of the sea... The s...
Steve Stone
Martin Litton’s Grand Canyon Dories: Thanks to Off Center Member Nathan Lunstrum for submitting this new Flotsam Video: The late Martin Litton believed the b...
Steve Stone
Epic Capsize, but That’s Only Half the Story: Anyone who has been with kiwis (New Zealanders) on the water knows their of their natural talent. But, here's the best e...
Steve Stone
Denali’s Raven (Alaska Girls Kick Ass): Check out the primal beauty and strength in the land, people and life choices......
Steve Stone
YUKON in Tasmania: It was a stunning afternoon yesterday in Tasmania — at the end of a beautiful sail on the old working ketch KERRAWYN w...
Steve Stone
Hard Ship (at the Race to Alaska): Here's a well-made film by CNN about a team facing a uniquely difficult challenge at the Race to Alaska....
Steve Stone
Anchor Point: What a remarkable story of forgiveness and grace. The title of this film is "Anchor Point", a term I wasn't familiar wit...
Steve Stone
Live From the Heart, Be Who You Are: Wish I would have seen this when I was 16 years old. Just sent it to my daughter, Stella......
Steve Stone
Slomo Describes the Neurology of OCHD!: If you think you may have OCHD, you'll definitely want to check out this video from the New York Times. Slomo's descript...
Steve Stone
Off the Grid on a Homemade Island: A 45-minute boat ride from the nearest town sits a sustainable island floating off the coast of Vancouver Island. With a...
Emma Mathis
Paddle to Seattle: If you ever thought kayaking was just for a short outing, check out this great adventure of long-distance paddling. Josh...
Steve Stone
Lego Car & Jet Bicycle?: This young man reminds me of an uber-talented classmate in film school at CalArts, Teddy Newton. Fast forward 20 years,...
Steve Stone
Aboard a Legendary Houseboat – Meet the Moron Brothers: Who says you need a flawless houseboat design? Join the Moron Brothers as they take a journey down the Kentucky River in...
Steve Stone
A Maine Lobsterman, with E.B. White & Eugene Eaton: Since the beginning of OCH, I've wanted to grab the camera and jump aboard a lobster boat with one of the local Maine lo...
Eric Blake
Four Season Off-Grid Tent: I have a crush on this four season off-grid tent, as a houseboat idea.  I have a new crush every day. None of them are...
Eric Blake
Modern Tiny House on Wheels: Check out how cozy and cool a tiny home can be. This 227 square foot house was built by Yestermorrow design students in...
Maynard Bray
A 1955 Floating Caravan (aka Houseboat): Here's a 60-year-old idea that would work today. It's lightweight, and the concept is simple enough to build yourself ou...
Steve Stone
Sailing Around the World in LA VAGABOND: Is it true that good things happen when you let go, take a leap of faith, and flow with the river of life? I love how Ri...
The Off Center Crew
Sailing the Northwest Passage in a Junk-Rigged Wooden Boat – Parts 4, 5 & 6: We are presenting the complete video series of Chris and Jess Bray's entire voyage on OffCenterHarbor.com, and here are...
Ginny Jones
Schooner Martha in the 2015 Transpac Race: Here is a little video of the 1907 (yes, she's 108 years old) schooner MARTHA in the 2015 TransPac Race. She was the old...
Steve Stone
Sailing the Northwest Passage in a Junk-Rigged Wooden Boat – Parts 1, 2 & 3: I first heard about Chris Bray from friends in Tasmania. Chris grew up circumnavigating the earth on a small sailboat wi...
Ben Mendlowitz
Gloucester Fishing Schooner ADVENTURE in Action: Gloucester historian, Joseph Garland, introduces the 1926 dory Gloucester fishing schooner ADVENTURE, a National Histori...
Steve Stone
2015 Australian Wooden Boat Festival Video: Here's a teaser video recap of the 2015 Australian Wooden Boat Festival recently released by the festival and gives a...
Dustin Urban
In Current: Rowing Wooden Dories Down the Grand Canyon: Among river rats the Grand Canyon amounts to hallowed ground, sacred waters. And among some in commercial guiding circle...
Bill Mayher
Racing the New York 40 CHINOOK: Enjoy a race aboard the New York 40 class yacht CHINOOK, courtesy of ClassicYacht.TV. Designed by Nathanael G. Herreshof...
Eric Blake
A Shipyard Comes Alive at Mystic Seaport, with Walt Ansel: Here's Off Center Guide Walt Ansel talking about his life at Mystic Seaport....
Steve Stone
Tom Cunliffe Visits the Axe Yacht Club in South Devon: I just love this video. Off Center Guide Tom Cunliffe visits the Axe Yacht Club in South Devon and gives the lay of the...
Dustin Urban
Sailing, Surfing and Inspiration in French Polynesia: I first learned about Liz Clark and the Voyage of Swell through the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Awards. L...
Dustin Urban
Birthright: A beautiful story of transcendence, of freedom and fluidity found on the water. Disclaimer: Although we are proud that O...
Erik Sayce
Building a 70-Foot Scow Schooner on Martha’s Vineyard: Scow: The Zen of Boat Building is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journey of world reknown driftwood a...
Ben Mendlowitz
Riva Speedboat Historic Factory Production: Riva speedboats built on the shore of Lago d'Iseo in northern Italy are famous the world over for their style, design, p...
Eric Blake
CHRONOS & The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014: Since y'all seemed to enjoy the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta video I put up recently, here's a longer one from the same...
Bill Mayher
Lowell’s Boat Shop on “Craft in America”: Thank you to OCH member Peter Brackenbury for bringing another wonderful film to our attention. In this episode of the t...
Ben Mendlowitz
The Pilot Cutter, Past and Present: The history of the traditional pilot cutter is detailed in this terrific video. Prior to the industrial revolution, pilo...
Eric Blake
The Comanche Story with Ken Read: Take a look at the 100ft carbon sloop Comanche built for Jim and Kristy Clark. From the first layers of carbon being lay...
Dustin Urban
Sailing the HMB ENDEAVOUR: A fixture of the biannual Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the HMB ENDEAVOUR, a full-size replica of the British Royal...
Maynard Bray
Maritime Museum of Tasmania: In her post, Wooden Boats from Tasmania, Part 1, OCH Guide Kaci Cronkhite recommends visiting the Maritime Museum of Tas...
Steve Stone
Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2013: Here's a nice highlight video of the 2013 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Can you tell we're getting excited?...
Eric Blake
Expedition to the End of the World: If the trailer's any indication, this could make for quite an entertaining viewing. Anyone seen the full film? It's $5 t...
Steve Stone
Team New Zealand Training in Moths: I was in New Zealand when Team New Zealand won the America's Cup for the first time.  The entire country came to a stan...
Dustin Urban
Wild Tasmania – Rock Climbing Freycinet National Park: As I explore films about the mythical land of Tasmania, this quirky story grabbed my attention. I have an affection for...
Steve Stone
Tall Ship Sailing in Tasmania: The anticipation is building for OffCenterHarbor's first journey to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasma...
Steve Stone
Sheltered Passage – Life as a Fisherman in Tasmania: Fisherman Des Whayman shares his memories of simpler days as a fisherman on the Entreacsteaux Channel in Tasmania. This...
Maynard Bray
Building Wooden Lobster Boats, with Chummy Rich: If you’ve ever wondered how those beautiful Maine lobster boats and their pleasureboat sisters are put together, step...
Eric Blake
Simple Living by the Sea in Northern Norway: This short film will put a smile on your face. Traditional boat building and simple living at its best in Northern Norw...
Erik Sayce
Viking Longship DRAKEN HARALD HÅRFAGRE: Built in Haugesund, Norway, and launched in 2012, the DRAKEN HARALD HÅRFAGRE is the largest viking longship built in mo...
Steve Stone
Rescuing New Zealand’s Orcas: Few animals represent the power of our oceans as well as the Orca - the most intelligent predator on earth. For those of...
Dustin Urban
A Tribute to Martin Litton, Wooden Dory Pioneer & Grand Canyon Savior: My Grand Canyon visit with environmentalist and wooden dory pioneer Martin Litton began with a thunderous "BOOM" which e...
Steve Stone
Strangers at Sea – Crossing the Atlantic in the Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race: Two men take two weeks to sail 3,700 miles. The Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race is a tale of grueling mental en...
Dustin Urban
Remote Paddling Adventure on the Headwaters of the Hudson: I was surprised to learn that the headwaters of the Hudson encompass a remote and rugged wilderness worthy of exploratio...
Steve Stone
Finding Closure on the Sea Floor: This video is a fitting (albeit belated) salute to our veterans. Follow along as the Bent Prop Project searches for the...
Erik Sayce
Cruising Alaska, Part 3: In the final installment of the 'Venture to Alaska' series (check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here), 65-foot motoryacht V...
Erik Sayce
Traditional 1880s – Inspired Gentleman’s Cutter: Inspired by the Victorian yachts of the 1880s, the traditionally-built gentleman's cutter INTEGRITY is a beauty. She was...
Steve Stone
Volvo Ocean Race Video – To The Ends of The Earth: The First 40 Years: This is the place to start if you want to get up to speed on the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. Disclaimer: Although w...
Dustin Urban
Classic Herreshoff Schooner Elena – A Racing Replica: Thanks to OCH member Roger Rodibaugh for bringing this film about the classic schooner ELENA to our attention. She's a r...
Steve Stone
New Zealand’s Akaroa Classic Boat Show: Some nice small classic boats and New Zealand scenery are on display in this video of the Akaroa Classic & Tradition...
Steve Stone
The Path of Yellowstone’s Rivers Changed by One Species: For those of you who, like me, enjoy being on boats because it brings us into the wild — here's a remarkable piece abo...
Dustin Urban
Cruising Alaska, Part 2: In part two of 'Venture to Alaska', our hosts are cruising Alaska, and we're treated to scenes of Alaskan fjords and gla...
Erik Sayce
The Inside Passage to Alaska: Part nature film, part super yacht advertisement, this video is chock full of great scenery from the inside passage to A...
Dustin Urban
Matthews Boats, Motor Yachts and Cruisers: Matthews Boats were produced by the Matthews Boat Company in Port Clinton, Ohio from around 1890 through the mid 1960...
Dustin Urban
David Crosby’s Legendary Alden Schooner MAYAN: Folk rock and classic wooden boats - they're a beautiful pairing, as we've written about here and here. So I suppose it'...
Steve Stone
Herreshoff Torpedo Boat STILETTO – Nice Aerial Footage: Here's a video showing cool arial footage from a drone by Tips from a Shipwright -- this one featuring the Herreshoff To...
Dustin Urban
Betsy Davis on GLORYBE Wooden Boat Restoration: Betsy Davis’ 100-year-old wooden boat GLORYBE burned and sank in a tragic fire at the Seattle Yacht Club in 2002. Foll...
Dustin Urban
Twenty Eight Feet: Life on a Little Wooden Boat: Here's a lovely little film about a man who has chosen a simpler life living aboard a 50-year-old wooden boat he restore...
Dustin Urban
Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails: By all accounts, Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails is a treasure to the wooden boat community, and our time with her ha...
Maynard Bray
WANDER BIRD Rounds Cape Horn – 1937: See what it was like back in 1937 to beat around Cape Horn against the prevailing westerly winds known as the "roaring 4...
Steve Stone
Learning from Old-Timers — A Day with Fred in the Dolomites: Forgive me for going off center, because the video below doesn't have a boat in it. But it does get right to the core of...
Ben Mendlowitz
Fun on Foils: Seeing these boats fly around San Francisco Bay is like watching something straight out of a science fiction movie. At ...
Bill Mayher
5 J Boats: Here's some footage of J Boats sailing at this year's St. Barth's Bucket.  Makes a nice counterpoint to the nautical tr...
Steve Stone
Old Boat Stories, Episode One: Splinter: Here's a video from our friends over at the Antique Boat Museum, located in the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River i...
Maynard Bray
Rick Mercer on the Bluenose: This one's a hoot. Canadian Broadcasting's Rick Mercer visits the Bluenose. Here's a link for more information on the Bl...
Bill Mayher
Quiet Tune: Among the loveliest boats ever built--and we don't say this lightly--is Quiet Tune, the L. Francis Herreshoff ketch. In...
Bill Mayher
The Ship Builders of Essex: A world apart. Sit back and enjoy as this 1940's documentary evokes wooden ship building in the legendary town of Essex,...
Ben Mendlowitz
Lynx – “America’s Privateer”: Here's a nice piece on Lynx, a 76-foot topsail schooner designed by Melbourne Smith, built by our friends at Rockport Ma...
Maynard Bray
Dorade: Training to Win at Les Voiles de St. Barth: Here's a good video about a great boat....

 

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