Maynard Bray

Maritime Historian

Maynard BrayFew people in the world have devoted as much time and energy, or have become more knowledgeable about classic boats, than Maynard Bray. After a dozen years of marine engineering at Electric Boat and Bath Iron Works, Maynard began to pursue his passion for traditional boats by heading up watercraft preservation at Mystic Seaport in 1969. Among the major projects he tackled was the creation of the Henry B. duPont Shipyard and refloating the whaleship Charles W. Morgan  and turning her back into a living vessel. Since then, Maynard has had a hand in reviving many notable classic boats as well as finding caring owners for others. In 1973 he moved with his family to Brooklin in his home state of Maine and began building and restoring boats in his own shop, at the Brooklin Boat Yard and at the Newbert and Wallace Shipyard in Thomaston, Maine. A prolific writer, Amazon lists Maynard as the author or co-author of 10 books on the subject of wooden boats. He also writes the text for the Calendar of Wooden Boats and serves as Technical Editor for WoodenBoat Magazine.

Videos

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Thoughts on L. Francis Herreshoff’s Rozinante, with Roger Taylor and Maynard Bray: Two old friends sailing a simple, slippery, and beautiful L. Francis Herreshoff Rozinante on a gorgeous summer day- what...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
It All Begins with the Oar — Behind the Scenes at Shaw and 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

 

Guide Posts

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Voyaging Thru Time: Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum, Part 4: Once hung as part of a formal exhibit, these images and captions are presented here for OCH members, thanks to our frien...
Voyaging Thru Time: Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum, Part 3: What follows is a small sample from the about-to-be-released Irving Nevells photo collection of Penobscot Marine Museum...
Voyaging Thru Time: Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum, Part 2: Camden Public Library, each year, displays photos from Penobscot Marine Museum's archives that show what mid-coast Maine...
Voyaging Thru Time: Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum, Part 1: This post showcases photos from the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) that I feel OCH members will enjoy. A large percentage...
Tapering Molded Sheerstrake Endings, Step-By-Step: Those swelled-out Herreshoff sheerstrakes, so admired, don’t come into being without a clear idea of what their final...
MAINE ON GLASS: Maritime Images of Eastern Illustrated: After time has erased coastal Maine’s old-time boats, wharves, and buildings, we turn to old photos for a glimpse of t...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 10: Sailing: Our friend, Claas van der Linde, shot these photos from his NY-30 ALERA last summer as WIZARD sailed through the WoodenB...
PACIFIC and the McMenemys: Our friend, Bill Page, became so hooked on the husky fishing vessels of the West Coast that he ended up purchasing four...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 9: Completion!: The home stretch with a goal to meet. The shop like a beehive, Brion and his crew accomplished an amazing amount of work...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 8: Cabin, Keel & Interior: Although some months have elapsed since my last Guide Post covering WIZARD, work on her has been chugging along once the...
GRAMP Heads to Mystic Seaport: What's GRAMP, and what's this trip all about? GRAMP is one of the very best of the V-bottom designs of William H. Hand,...
Visiting Bill Garden: Bill Page recently alerted me to this video - an excerpt from "Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats" - that fea...
The Day That Changed Buzz’s Life: At age 14 and alone, Buzz rented a skiff in Boothbay Harbor and got his first taste of salt water. The year was 1931 and...
Announcing the Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné: Head over to Herreshoff.info and you’ll land in Claas van der Linde’s Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné, which is, with...
Schooner BOWDOIN Re-Topping: Some Intriguing Details:   The photo above was taken shortly after BOWDOIN's June relaunching, after a winter in Lyman-Morse's shop being re...
Key Events in the Long Life of the Schooner MARTHA: The following key events came from Doug Cole’s comprehensive article published in WoodenBoat #184 which have been upd...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 7: The Deck: The restoration of WIZARD continues with a new deck...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 6: The Circumnavigation: Restoration work slowed during the summer, but not before the teak deck was laid. I'll cover that and more later as the...
1,200 Miles in Eight Days – Seeing the Intracoastal Waterway by Outboard: Following is the article I wrote for the magazine Motorboating & Sailing back in 1996 after Ben Mendlowitz and I bro...
Twenty-two-foot Cruising Catboat, Beautifully Depicted: Hand drafting, made obsolete by CAD programs and computers, was once an art form, and yacht designer Fred Goeller's fine...
Carvel Construction; John’s Bay Boat Co. Builds a Wooden Lobster Boat, Part II: These are the latest photos from from Walt Barrows that cover this boat's completion and launching. Do you suppose he'll...
Fine Boat Designs: CARINA, a Cute Ketch by Aage Nielsen: Shortly after these drawings were published in the March, 1950 issue of The Rudder, I remember watching CARINA sweep pa...
Manny Palomo and his Dad Build a Boat: When Manny Palomo sent me photos last week of the boat he and his dad are just finishing, the boat and the photos looked...
NO ORDINARY BEING: Lewellyn Howland talks about his biography of W. Starling Burgess: The Burgess name goes back many years when it comes to designing notable yachts, but we’re more familiar with W. Starl...
Fine Boat Designs – The Herreshoff Fish Class: I'm sure that N.G Herreshoff (NGH) realized he'd created something pretty special when he finished carving this half mod...
Fine Boat Designs – GROS MORNE, A 40′ Motorsailer by Eldredge-McInnis: This handsome little motorsailer design, named for a mountain on the west coast of Labrador where she was used, shows ho...
Fine Boat Designs – SPARKLE, A Speedy Sloop With A Whaleboat Heritage: SPARKLE was built in 1947 by aeronautical engineer Alex Irving in his back yard. Alex owned and raced her in Southern Ca...
Fine Boat Designs – LEGEND, A Straightforward Fast Cruising Sloop of 1951: Fin keels and separated rudders, short ends and flush decks are what many "normal"  50-foot racers have now, but 65 ye...
Fine Boat Designs – DIVERSION & WUNDERBAR (by Kenneth Smith & Philip Rhodes): Old issues of The Rudder magazine, stored for many years here at home, contain some unusually fine designs—ones I bel...
Carvel Construction; John’s Bay Boat Co. Builds a Wooden Lobster Boat, Part I: Some 40 years ago, Peter Spectre, then of International Marine Publishing Co. engaged me to edit Royal Lowell's manuscri...
A DAY’S WORK, Part II—an excerpt: Friendship Sloops: Hosted by OCH co-founder Maynard Bray Bill Bunting’s two books (Parts I and II) entitled A Day’s Work have intrig...
Newbert & Wallace of Thomaston, Maine, Part 2: In this post, Part 2, of this Newbert & Wallace series, we'll see how an Eastern-rigged dragger was put together of...
Newbert & Wallace of Thomaston, Maine, Part 1: The abandoned Creighton Limekiln site in Thomaston where the St George River turns sharply west (and where Lyman-Morse...
Basket Case: Restoring a Watch Hill 15 at D.N. Hylan’s: This boat arrived at D.N. Hylan & Associates in December, 2011, as GERALDINE, and was completely worn out. No wond...
Surgery For TODDY II by Dr. Brion Rieff: When Cy Hannon bought Atlantic Boat Co. here in Brooklin, he discovered that he'd inherited an old boat that had been ab...
An Excerpt from ‘The Dinghy Cruising Companion,’ by Roger Barnes: Here is a gem of a book that OCH Guide Iain Oughtred brought to our attention. It's a must for anyone who sails a small...
Three Good Books You Should Consider: Three books, two of them recent, came to my attention recently. I enjoyed them and thought that you might like them as w...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 5: Raised Panel Bulkheads: Last posting got WIZARD a new white oak keel; now, while she's still upside down, we'll get going on the raised panel b...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 4: A New Keel Timber: Just so you don't forget what it is that Brion Rieff is restoring, here are a couple of reminders of what WIZARD will l...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 3: The Transom: A new steam-bent oak transom and keel timber have been made and installed since my last posting and you can see the majo...
Herreshoff Classic Regatta of 2014—A Report from Bryan Burdick: Even though I wasn't in Bristol this year to watch the Herreshoff Classic Regatta firsthand, hearing about the event fr...
Belfast, Maine, and Northeast Boat Welcome Boats Built of Wood: Josh Howard of Northeast Boat has recently arranged with the town of Belfast for the exclusive use of two of its brand n...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 2: Frames; Fastenings; Stem; Sheer Clamps—All Upside Down: At the end of Part I, we left the 44' Herreshoff Fishers Island 31 sloop WIZARD (ex-PATAPSCO II) with nearly all her new...
Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 1 – Reframing Upside Down: WIZARD is one of the fourteen Herreshoff Fishers Island 31 sloops (named for their waterline length; they're 44' on deck...
The Dragger ST. GEORGE: This begins a series showcasing photos from the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) that I feel OCH members will enjoy. A larg...
Good Reads, Recommendations by Maynard Bray:   Common Sense of Yacht Design, by L. Francis Herreshoff Way, way more than the title implies, its two volumes cove...
Antique Ingenuity; The Shaw & Tenney Oar Lathe: For about 150 years this oar lathe has been making long square wood round. You start with a rough-sawn shaft of square c...
Hybrid Propulsion for the 48′ Cutter LUCAYO; How Does it Compare to a Diesel Auxiliary?: Our Brooklin neighbor and boat owner (of the 48’ Roger Martin-designed/Brooklin Boat Yard-built cutter LUCAYO) Pip Wic...
Jim Payne’s Crooked Nutshell Oars: Our friend Jim Payne has one of the early "big" Nutshell Prams, the 9-footer, with a sailing rig. A few years ago he de...
My Favorite OCH Videos, by Maynard Bray: Initial Thoughts and Hopes There’s so much great boating stuff taking place these days that sharing it has more than j...
Viva Vixen; New Life for a 15-Square Meter Sloop, Part 2: When the 15 Square Meter sloop VIXEN needed a new trunk cabin to top off her restoration, building it off-the-boat as a...
Viva Vixen; New Life for a 15-Square Meter Sloop, Part I: VIXEN was built in 1937 to a design of Knud Reimers. With an overall length of 33 feet, her needle-like hull is easily d...
Urban Outlaw and Porsche Passion: Classic boats have been my passion for as long as I can remember. Sketching boats instead of listening to teachers kept...
Some Great Old Sailing Photos: 18-Footers Sailing in Sydney, Australia: I love looking at old photos of boats, and for you OCH members who share this passion be sure and check out the great ph...
Winter Boat Cover Ideas: Now that winter is approaching for boaters living in the northern latitudes, we've begun to hear about various ways of s...
Punting: Some eight years ago when they were just kids, Dan and David fell for this 8' punt as soon as they saw it—newly broug...
New Paint You Should Know About – Marshall’s Cove Marine Paint: I’ve discovered a new brand of paint called Marshall’s Cove Marine Paint. It’s oil-based and comes in a variety of...
Small Boat Dolly: Here’s an idea for moving small boats around the dooryard using a wheeled dolly—one that I bought at Home Depot for...
A Sail in the Herreshoff S-boat Mischief: Luckily, I got to go for sail in the Herreshoff S-boat Mischief a week or so ago, the first boat to raise sail in Center...
Restoring the Herreshoff S-Boat Mischief, 2nd Episode: This is the second episode of the Herreshoff S-boat Mischief’s restoration at Brooklin Boat Yard. Mischief had to be r...
Peening Rivets Faster: Long-lasting copper rivets can't be beat for fastening planks to frames. Here's a faster and easier way of peening rivet...
Restoring the Herreshoff S-boat Mischief: Brooklin Boat Yard began this Herreshoff S-boat restoration on speculation as a fill-in during slack periods. So it went...
Painting a Beetle Cat Sailboat on the Beach: Here's another example of no-fuss maintenance in painting a Beetle Cat sailboat. (You can see the first example by viewi...
Building Boat Interiors Upside Down: Brion Rieff's ingenuity blows me away. Brion is a neighbor and one of our OffCenterHarbor.com Guides. He's always trying...
Reframing the 1934 Sloop PORPOISE: Here are a few of the photos I grabbed last June during an OffCenterHarbor.com video shoot. We'll show you more in the v...

 

Flotsam

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TALLY HO – Episode 30: Surface Power Planing Jig / Framing Tools: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episodes 28 & 29: Building and Installing Oak Frames: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 27: From Lofting to Re-Framing: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 26: The Kindness of Strangers: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 25: Lofting the Lines; Part 2: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 24: Lofting the Lines; Part 1: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 23: The Wreck and the Rescue: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 22: Restoring a HUGE vintage Ship Saw / Bandsaw: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 21: Chainsawing & Fitting a Huge New Keel Timber: Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched ov...
TALLY HO – Episode 20: Removing HUGE Keel Timber from 20-ton historic yacht, ALONE!: Try watching Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when laun...
TALLY HO – Episode 19: Milling Live Oak in the Deep South: Try watching Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when laun...
TALLY HO – Episode 18: The History of the Yacht Tally Ho / Pilot Cutters / Going South: Try watching Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when laun...
TALLY HO – Episode 17: Massive New Pilot Cutter Build/Ferry Planks: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 16: Laminating Timbers into an Old Yacht/Cornish Projects: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 15: Time Out to Build a New, Traditional Boat in Cornwall: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO: Episode 14, Part 2; Cutting and Fitting the Keel Timber Scarph Joint: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 14: Part 1; Buying a New Keel Timber / Chainsaw Modification: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 13: Stringers & Breast Hooks / Replace the Keel Timber?!: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 12: Chainplates & Knees / Live Oak & Bronze: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 11: Demolishing the Deck / Reasons to Rebuild: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 10: Deck Hatches & Rollerskates (& Why I Have This Amazing Workshop): Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 9: A Stiff Breeze to Bermuda: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 8: Removing her Keel (& The Return of the Building Inspector): Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
Building a Replica of the Chebacco Boat LION: LION and others of her type are described on pages 26-34 of Howard Chapelle’s book, The American Fishing Schooners. Tw...
TALLY HO – Episode 7: The Keel Timber & The Building Inspector: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 6: The Rebuild Begins by Pulling the Garboards: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 5: Sailing & Workshop Living: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 4: The Workshop: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 3: The Shed of Dreams: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO – Episode 2: Moving TALLY HO: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
TALLY HO: Rescue and Restoration of a 1910 Albert Strange Cutter: Want some inspiration mixed with humor from a charismatic young guy who knows how to get things done? Try watching Leo G...
The Birth Of A Dugout Canoe: This Flotsam video suggested by Off Center Harbor member Paul Slowick. Thanks Paul. We've read about how pre-industrial...
Dhow: The way Europeans and Americans understand history is that westerners did business in ships and Arabs did business on ca...
Square Pine Logs and Hand Tools Build a Camp in Finland: Not exactly boatbuilding, but the tools are the same as old-time shipbuilders used before electric power came along: han...
A McIntosh Tender at Brookwoods School: Here is a pair of videos from the Brookwoods Middle School of Manchester, MA, showing 4th and 5th graders building, from...
Louie Sauzedde and “Tips From a Shipwright”: We thought you might enjoy the videos below from Louis Sauzedde. Louis is one of the most experienced and ingenious boat...
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...
Racing Dutch Sailing Barges in the 1960s: The water is shallow (looks like only about four feet, with the barges themselves drawing three), the wind strong, and t...
Inside the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding with Robert Darr: Spend a couple minutes with a boat builder who really gets it. This little film and what it represents are big on value....
Wooden Boat – Inspired Vintage Automobile: Many OCH members will appreciate this 1912 vintage automobile, especially since it took inspiration from wooden boat con...
Deus Ex Machina: It's a motorcycle, not a boat, but while you're watching Jack Churchill create this astonishing machine that was inspire...
Herreshoff NY-30s, with Walter Cronkite: A lot has changed since this video was produced back at the dawn of the classic yacht renaissance some 30 years ago. Sin...
Maritime Museum of Tasmania: In her post, Wooden Boats from Tasmania, Part 1, OCH Guide Kaci Cronkhite recommends visiting the Maritime Museum of Tas...
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...
Reusing Existing Screw Holes in the Frame When Replacing a Plank: When you're installing new planks on an old boat, reusing existing screw holes in the frames, instead of blindly drillin...
A Limousine Launch named TOLKA—from Canada’s Muskoka Lakes: A couple of winters ago Anne and I spied the limousine launch TOLKA at the Sunnyland gathering of the Antique & Cla...
Repairing a Herreshoff 12.5: Here's a great series documenting the repair of a leaky Herreshoff 12.5 (or 12-1/2-footer, as some put it). Created by F...
The Film Charlotte – Inside the Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway: Looking for a wooden boat film to keep you occupied for an evening? Skip the hollywood entertainment one of these nights...
Rebuilding the Eastern Rig Dragger ROANN, with Walt Ansel: We at OffCenterHarbor.com are proud to count folks like Walt Ansel among our Guides. Walt Ansel is Senior Shipwright at...
Billy Moore Builds a Chesapeake Deadrise named MARINER: I've admired this video ever since it was produced, and was delighted to discover it the other day on YouTube. Both the...
Aboard a Legendary Car—A 1901 Ford Racer: You may recall OCH co-founder Eric Blake exclaiming "This baby has wheels!" as he zipped over the water in the legendary...
Selecting and Sawing White Oak for the Fore Keel of an 8-Meter Sloop; Two Videos by Fish Hawk Films: Here are a couple of great "Tips From a Shipwright" videos by Fish Hawk Films featuring shipwright Louis Sauzedde that s...
Website for Herreshoff: OCH members interested in the works of Herreshoff Mfg. Co. will love this new site posted by the MIT Museum.  Here, you...
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...
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...
Two Herreshoff S-Boat Videos from Bristol Boat Company: Through video and blog, OffCenterHarbor has kept you up to date with the restoration of the S-boat Mischief by Brooklin...
The Lugger Grayhound: Seasoned sailors Marcus Rowden and Freya Hart became intrigued with the French bisquine LA CANCALAISE and decided to bui...
Båtbygge med Hemming Forsell: Building a boat doesn't get anymore down-to-earth than this. No glue; no plywood. It takes place in Perna, Finland, in 1...
Dorade: Training to Win at Les Voiles de St. Barth: Here's a good video about a great boat....