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What is “schmee,” you ask? Schmee is common term used around Off Center Harbor to describe the essence of something. The thing that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. The “gestalt” shall we say. In our “The Schmee of…” series, we’ll be visiting with boat builders and sailors all around the world to capture the essence of why they do what they do. Their “schmee.” Settle on into that chair in front of the fire and enjoy.

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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...
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 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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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" (...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
The Schmee of Havilah Hawkins: Havilah "Haddie" Hawkins, a fourth generation schoonerman, is one of the real originals.  Combine this with his gaff sl...
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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