HARD DINGHIES: FOR PLEASURE AND SURVIVAL

HARD DINGHIES: FOR PLEASURE AND SURVIVAL

Once we leave sight of land on our offshore sailing adventures, there is always a question looming over us: what if we hit something and have to abandon ship immediately? While the odds of this happening are infinitesimally small, we’ll sleep better if we have a solid, dependable lifeboat we can jump into for survival. The Portland Pudgy, manufactured in South Portland, Maine, is a top-quality, multi-purpose dinghy designed with both comfort and stability in mind, especially for rough conditions. This is a dinghy you can sail, row or motor, covering a lot of bases for avid offshore and coastal…
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Steel for Sail and Power

Steel for Sail and Power

Steel ships are the backbone of world trade, and navies around the world maintain their allegiance to the metal. Like-minded builders of smaller commercial fishing boats, tugs and barges also favor the iron/carbon amalgam. So why do we see so few recreational power and sailing vessels being built from what’s arguably the strongest and one of the least expensive boatbuilding materials? Before attempting to answer, it makes sense to take a close look at what steel has to offer.  Riveted iron was the first step in a ship building renaissance, a trend that gave white oak and spruce trees a…
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