Steve Stone

Filmmaker

Steve Stone Steve Stone studied documentary filmmaking and character animation at California Institute of the Arts. He also has a business degree. Long before taking up filmmaking and business though, when Steve was 10, his dad came home from the office one day with a Laser sailboat in tow. The Lazer would go on to imprint a deep need within Steve to be on the water, under sail, playing with the edge of the wind

Twenty years later, on a serendipitous day in the South Pacific aboard a lee-board ketch designed by L. Francis Herreshoff, Steve read one of Maynard Bray's books and got hooked on the beauty of well-designed traditional boats. Steve credits Wayne Roberts, a boatbuilder in New Zealand, for deepening that appreciation for beauty into a reverence for simple boats and a simpler life. 

And after still another 20 years passed, Steve moved to Brooklin in 2009. As Maynard was snapping still photos of the steambending of frames into the S-boat MISCHIEF, Steve said: "Hey Maynard, does that camera shoot video?"... and OffCenterHarbor.com was born. You just never know where life will turn.

CREDITS: Steve runs OCH's business and marketing, and has filmed and directed most of Off Center's 400 videos, and counting...

Videos

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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...
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...
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 too r...
Introducing Kids to Boats, Part 1 – A Sense of Command: Getting children interested in boats can be as easy as finding a safe setting and letting them explore it on their own ...

 

Guide Posts

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Dreaming of a Herreshoff Golden Ball, with Wayne Roberts: Wayne Roberts built a 38-foot Herreshoff Leeboard Ketch in New Zealand in the 1980's, and then sailed that boat for seve...
New Off Center Skiff for Sale: This brand new Off Center Skiff is being launched today, and then auctioned off in a sealed-bid silent auction. She look...
The Secret to Happiness, Part 2: At Off Center Harbor, we like encourage the ideas of slowing down, getting out into nature in simple boats, and making t...
Do You Have OCHD?: Hi. My name is Steve, and I’m an addict... After 41 years of explaining away my behavior as a “love of sailing,” I...
Kayak with a Water-Bed-Hammock in the Cuddle Corner: Seriously, this is what the FOX is like in real life......
Charter VELA in Maine This Summer: We just learned of a sailing opportunity that's so rare and unique, we wanted to pass it along to OCH members... The 50-...
The ‘How, Why & Where’ of the Stone Houseboat: I have been thinking on how to creat a simple life afloat...
Dreaming of a Houseboat and a Simple Life: I've been dreaming of a houseboat, and all this dreaming is keeping me awake at night. I must have sketched this dream a...
Ask Her to Dance – The Music & Soul of Off Center Harbor: We get so many compliments about the music on OCH videos, I thought I'd take you behind-the-scenes and share a song and...
Insider’s Guide to the 2015 WoodenBoat Show, by OffCenterHarbor.com: THE INSIDER'S GUIDE, by OffCenterHarbor.com For Members and Friends of OffCenterHarbor.com Feel free to pass a link to i...
Tasmania & the Australian Wooden Boat Festival: The secret is out on Tasmania — this small, remote island-state of Australia just earned the #4 spot on Lonely Planet'...
Educating Stella — A Father’s Wish for His Daughter: Wild islands along the Maine coast provide an almost endless trail of playgrounds for camp-cruising in small boats with...
The Straight Truth About OCH (from our Members): "This is great stuff. You have rolled the experience of ten or twenty lifetimes into one source. Keep it up." OCH Member...
Good Reads, Recommendations by Steve Stone:   Sensible Cruising Designs, by L. Francis Herreshoff I've spent hundreds of hours in the pages of this book dreami...
Willie Nelson, Walt Wilkins, and OCH: I saw a great video recently on the web that I thought OCH members would truly enjoy, although it doesn't have a single...
Westward Ho! Port Townsend and Beyond: On September 5th, Eric and I boarded a plane to Seattle, Washington to attend the Wooden Boat Festival and shoot a few "...
Barefoot August: As you may know, our boating philosophy at OffCenterHarbor.com can be summarized in one word -- simplicity. L. Francis H...
The Soul Behind Our Videos: If you've had a warm feeling when you've watched some of our videos -- maybe even a feeling that we've hidden a bit of s...

 

Flotsam

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Boys from Back of Beyond: Paul & Gary O’Donovan: ...
Rocking the Boat – Kids Building Boats & Extraordinary Lives: Here are three videos that show Rocking the Boat in action. We are in awe of this program, the crew there, and especiall...
Camp Cruising Georgian Bay In An Open Boat: If you've ever dreamed of heading way north to sacred waters with an open boat — to cruise for days without seeing ano...
Alone in the Wilderness, with Dick Proenneke – Part 1: So many of us have dreamed of chucking it all and building a little cabin on a remote shoreline in the wild. In the 1960...
NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic, by Alison Langley: Thanks to the passion and generosity of the owner of MARILEE, we all get to sit in on her epic restoration at French & W...
This River, by The Warren Hood Band: Thanks to OCH member Stephen Clark in Austin for turning us on to Warren Hood and this song. And thanks, Warren, for all...
Sandy Hook Remembrance Sculpture Built at Brooklin Boat Yard: Check out the beautiful sculpture that Todd Skoog and Rick Chamberlain built at Brooklin Boat Yard for the Sandy Hook Re...
Grain Surfboards – The Real Deal: We love what Mike and crew do at GRAIN, and they're here in Maine......
Bay to Table – The Chesapeake Blue Crab: A well done piece that gives perspective on the crab fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay....
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...
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....
Chasing Light with Wyman Meinzer: So fine to watch a man who's undergone such a profound transformation, in such a fury. Wild life. Transformative work. S...
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...
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...
My Boy in a Boat: It seems like yesterday that my son Jack was learning how to row, circling the boats in Center Harbor, and heading off f...
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...
For the Tech-Challenged Among Us… Odessa!: We've been laughing about this all week at Off Center headquarters. Can you relate? Uh-huh. Crank up the volume and enjo...
Rocking the Boat – Congrats Stephanie Cabral: We love everything we see from Rocking the Boat. Here's another good video. Congratulations to Stephanie Cabral, winner...
Denali’s Raven (Alaska Girls Kick Ass): Check out the primal beauty and strength in the land, people and life choices......
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...
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....
Motor Boating on the Colorado River: This exciting video shows the boating skills of Team Bunny Whaler Nate and Cooper Rooks' own grandfather as he motors up...
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...
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......
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...
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...
Kids Building a Herreshoff 12 1/2 at Rocking The Boat in the Bronx: Rocking the Boat, in the Bronx, New York, is one of the best kids boat building programs in the world, as evidenced by t...
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,...
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...
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...
OCH’s Trail Angel: Chances are, when you contact us at OCH, you'll reach Emma. She joined us in October after hiking 2,189.2 miles from Geo...
Nature Rx: I saw this at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and was so bummed that I didn't think of shooting it for OCH...   Di...
Cruising the Maine Island Trail In A Small Powerboat: This adventure is near the top of so many people's bucket list that I was absolutely captivated by this video as I watch...
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...
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...
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...
The Important Places: Here's a new short film that's going to win a lot of awards. Dustin found it on our weekly search for the finest boat vi...
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...
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?...
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...
Tall Ship Sailing in Tasmania: The anticipation is building for OffCenterHarbor's first journey to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasma...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Between Wood & Water Film – Dorothy Sails: "BETWEEN WOOD AND WATER documents the restoration and history of Canada’s oldest functioning sailboat, Dorothy, a love...
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...
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...
There’s No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool: Every woodworker has a favorite used tool barn, if they're lucky. Over the winter, I took my son Jack (age 11) on the ro...