About Us

About us…

Thank you for your interest in our little magazine devoted to the pleasures of messing about in boats. After 38 years and just over 750 issues (we published 24 times a year 1983-2007, now 12 times yearly) we have yet to run out of fascinating and informative articles (mostly submitted by our readers) extolling the pleasures to be had messing about in affordable small boats unspoiled by today’s overwhelming technology.

Our Home Page is the cover of the current issue, and its table of contents on this page illustrates a typical range of topics covered in each 52-page issue. Looking down the list you will find a broad range of reports on events and gatherings, reader adventures afloat, historical stories from simpler times, readers’ tales of designing, building and restoring the boats of their dreams, as well as regular columns by contributing readers on a variety of small boat related topics. Included on this website is a feature story from this issue to better give you a look at what sort of reading you might expect to enjoy.

If these stimulate further interest we suggest that you request the Free Sample Copy we offer. Should this then suggest you’d like to see more but still are wary of committing $40 for a full year subscription, we offer a three month Trial Subscription for $10. All these options can be found on the Subscription Order Form page.

Another service we provide to any interested persons (subscribers or not) are scanned copies of bygone articles found in the Index of Articles 1983-2000. These can be ordered from amongst the thousands of articles we published during those years from the Index, the details are located on the “Index of Articles 1983-2000” introductory page. The Index stops in 2000 as that is as far as a volunteer reader undertook to inventory our archives at that time. We have had no time to pursue indexing the years 2001 to the present, we’re too busy turning out the monthly 60 pagers we now offer.

I launched this magazine in the spring of 1983 as I found the available consumer oriented magazines were not speaking to my interests and the various small club newsletters came out too infrequently and were too small to cover the multitude of topics I felt were out there of interest to myself and others interested in do-it-yourself small boating. The original 16 page issues grew to 40 pages, published twice a month, 24 times a year. In 2008 we had to cut back to a monthly schedule as the postage rates skyrocketed 40%, more than we could afford without a major increase in the subscription price. To compensate for this cutback in frequency we increased the size to 60 pages. Our readers have found this acceptable as we carry on in our 38th year.

On the Cover ...

"Season's end..." When friend Harvey sent on this December drone shot of a powerboat heading up the Eagle Hill River off Plum Island Sound here on our Massachusetts North Shore, it struck me as not only a quite impressive late season view of a local waterway under a lowering December sky but also as possibly an allegorical statement about the year just past. The bleakness of it, the brash ice lining the still open channel and covering the adjacent marsh, could indeed be interpreted as a visual representation of the pretty bad past year afloat for many. And the video that came with it of the boat's arrival at its haven of refuge at the Green Point Marina at the the far end of that meandering channel found it unable to break through the brash ice blocking the ramp. Perhaps it ultimately did and so we can perhaps hope to break out in the coming year from the gloom and doom that has overtaken our lives in 2020.