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Tom Robinson’s Solo Row Across the Pacific, Part 13 – Life on Penrhyn: After 160 days alone at sea rowing, Tom embraces a few months of life ashore in a tropical paradise....
Slow August – Dinghy Sailing in British Columbia: Light airs on a quiet afternoon in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s cruising heaven....
Worldwide Classic Boat Show Presentation, Raids Around the World: The Worldwide Classic Boat Show brings raid organizers from 5 countries across 3 continents and 2 hemispheres that opene...
Townsend Tern – The Ingenious Cat-Ketch Coastal Cruiser: The Townsend Tern is a handy little ketch you can trailer to your favorite waters and go off-grid for many weeks at a ti...
Good Boat Up Close – Maynard Bray’s Herreshoff Coquina, Part 2 – Putting the Boat to Bed: Coquinas are for the small boat connoisseur. Lovely, lively, and eminently tweequable. You’ll enjoy every aspect o...
Tom Robinson: Rowing Across the Pacific Ocean in a Wooden Boat, a Worldwide Classic Boat Show Presentation: Tom Robinson is setting out to become the youngest person to row across the Pacific Ocean. He also happens to be doing i...
Tom Robinson’s Row Across the Pacific, Part 2 – The Rowboat MAIWAR, A Close-Up Tour: Armed with Aussie ingenuity and determination – Tom Robinson is setting out to row across the South Pacific Ocean....
The Beetle Cat Fleet, A Half Century at Center Harbor Yacht Club: Beetle Cats are magical, multi-generational boats that never lose their ability to charm kids into becoming lifelong sai...
2021 Worldwide Classic Boat Show Presentation – Dinghy Cruising Adventures with Roger Barnes: Roger Barnes wrote the book on dinghy cruising, literally. He was kind enough to walk us through the highlight of his bo...
Tom Robinson’s Solo Row Across the Pacific, Part 1 – Overview: This is a video created by filmmaker Abir Tarafdar in Tom’s home town of Brisbane, Australia. Thanks to Abir for l...
Good Boat Up Close – Maynard Bray’s Herreshoff Coquina, Part 1 – Rigging & Getting Under Way, with Maynard Bray: Coquinas are for the small boat connoisseur. Lovely, lively, and eminently tweakable. As the man says, there’s a lot o...
A Good Boat Up Close, The Melonseed Skiff: Descended from the rowing and sailing workboats on the Jersey shore in the 19th Century, the Melonseed Skiff has a long...
Slow August – Damariscove Island: The quiet welcome of a remote island harbor can be a spiritual experience.  We feel a deep sense of gratitude to th...
Building the Oonagh Rowing/Sailing Dinghy, Part 3 – Ladder Frame, Molds and Transoms: The OONAGH build starts shaping up as Kit dry-fits and fixes the molds and transoms to the strongback. It’s easy t...
Recovering from an Open Boat Capsize, From Denial to Self Reliance: A cautionary moment: Steve Stone purposely capsizes his Caledonia Yawl to show us what to expect when an open boat goes...
Sail & Oar Camp Cruising, Part 1 – Dreaming & Planning: Making a camp cruise fun and safe takes careful forethought. Here are the elements that went into a late summer trip alo...
The Gaff-Rigged Sloop SKORRI, Paul Gartside Design No. 165: Take a sail on a nifty Paul Gartside 16′ gaff-rigger built by an experienced amateur....
Advanced Rowing with Havilah Hawkins, Part 2 – The Unvarnished Truth about Ash Oars: The proper oar explained. And who could do it better that Off Center Harbor guide Havilah Hawkins?...
Inger Rankins’ Seventy48 Race, Rowing 70 Miles in a PT11 Dinghy: 70 miles in an 11 foot dinghy… Are you KIDDING me? Racing against teams of rowers? Inger Rankins will give you new...
Watercraft of the Chesapeake Bay, Part 2 – The Star and The Comet: Kissing Cousins compared: Design components of the Star and the Comet sailboat classes discussed in detail....
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 boa...
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...
Cuddling Up With a FOX Kayak (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...
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...
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...
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...
Small Boat Adventuring with Teardrop Trailers: For those of us who love the portability, practicality, affordability, and stylishness of little boats, we’d like...
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...
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....
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...
Kayak Wisdom, Part 2 – How to Load a Kayak: When looking for balance, let John Lockwood of Pygmy boats walk you through important tricks in how to load a kayak. The...
Kayak Wisdom, Part 1 – Choosing a Kayak for Touring or Recreation: We’ve always wondered about the differences and critical design elements of touring and recreational kayaks. Now w...
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...
The Smallest Boat in the Harbor — Nutshell Pram & Shellback Dinghy: As time moves on we are discovering that, often, it’s the smallest pleasures that generate the sweetest dividends...
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...
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 amazing boats, but this Norwegian Faerin...
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...
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 Museum&#...
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 ri...
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 “NedR...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Workboat Beginnings, Part 2 – The Flatiron Skiff: A flatiron skiff is simple to build, easy to maintain, and puts you onto the beach with dry feet....
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...
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 b...
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...
Rock & Dock System: See the slick and simple technique Ben Mendlowitz put together to keep his dinghy from chafing on his dock....
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...
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 th...
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...
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....
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...
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-...
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,...
Temple Tiny Regatta: Regattas need not be large and formal functions involving hardcore racing, signal flags, and grown men screaming for roo...
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...
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...

 

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