I have written quite a bit about sailor's motorboats and as part of that project we analyzed a very interesting boat in-build in New Zealand. That boat, the Artnautica 58, has now been launched and is in the middle of sea-trials with encouraging results. It's too early in the testing process to draw firm conclusions, particularly since [...]
A look at the claims that are made about second hand boats...and the probable reality.
Colin's in-depth review of the English built Rustler 37.
The first in Colin's two part report on his visit to English boatbuilder Rustler Yachts.
Here is the post many of you have been waiting for these many months. Believe me, the wait was worth it. Erik has come up with a truly brilliant interior arrangement that will be comfortable at sea and wonderful at anchor.
In this chapter, we discussed what Phyllis and I have learned about motorboats and particularly our impressions as filtered through our experience of tens of thousands of offshore miles in sailboats.
We look at seaworthiness, fuel burn and my thinking on the related environmental issues, and then finish up with what all of this means to Phyllis and me personally.
So far in this online book we have looked at the technical and performance aspects of offshore motorboats, but what's it really like to make a passage on a trawler? John and Phyllis report on a crossing of the Gulf of Maine in a Nordhavn 55.
Having finished recommissioning our own Morgan's Cloud, we are now ready to get back to revealing and discussing Erik's design for the Adventure 40. Back in June we published the hull lines and now we are moving on to the rig and deck. Erik has come up with a clean and simple layout that will function well at sea. [...]
A chapter to keep us all, including me, on the straight and narrow path to a good boat as we reveal and discuss the Adventure 40 design in the coming weeks.
Free Introductory Chapter Buying a boat is really difficult: What features are vital? Which features are dispensable? In this chapter, John comes up with a way for you to figure out what you need in a boat...and what you don't.
So far we have written a lot about how to buy an offshore boat, but what about the elephant in the room: how can you possibly afford to buy said boat? Matt tackles that thorny subject from the real life point of view of someone working toward just that goal.
Thoughts on the tragic loss of "Cheeki Rafiki". One of the most difficult posts I (John) have ever written.
After over two years of work and collaboration, here is the hull design for the Adventure 40, together with a discussion of the hull form.
I had always thought, like most sailors I suspect, that a naval architect sat down with his or her computer and over a number of weeks a fully formed design emerged. But, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as I'm learning watching Erik design the Adventure 40. Boat design is an iterative [...]
Buying a poorly designed boat is one of the most costly and heart breaking mistakes anyone can make. But maybe if we understand how bad designs come to be, we can avoid that.