See How a Master Outfits Her FolkBoat

This is one of the most popular videos on our JD TV YouTube channel. Carol Hasse has logged over 45,000 miles at sea! And her sailmaking is legendary among serious blue water sailors. Step inside her sweet Folkboat that looks small, but she sure packs lots into the boat that she voyages on all over. She even gives some great cruising locations and secret spots for overnights that everyone can appreciate. But most ingenious is how she packs every single necessity into this small boat and manages to have room for herself, for sleeping and cooking and enjoying wonderful sailing.

Take a look and let us know what you think! I think it’s almost time to go cruising – and this video is giving me the itch to get the boat ready for Spring!  Enjoy!


The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival is coming!

Every year, on the weekend after Labor Day, The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival takes place at the Northwest Maritime Center. The Festival is (so I hear) one of the coolest [wooden] boat shows in the country. With a massive collection of great boats in the water, on display and under sail, the show really delivers to those die hard wooden boat lovers.

The Pacific northwest is such a wonderful place to own a boat, with tons of waterfront access and lots of great bays, harbors and islands to explore. Why not craft yourself a cool wooden exploration machine, add some varnish and some sails or a paddle or two and give yourself the gift of adventure. If you head over to the Wooden Boat Festival, you will most likely be drooling over many varieties of wooden crafts built just for this reason. With builders and naval architects, hobbyists and wooden boat enthusiasts all gathering for this festival, it is sure to be a motivating force for a great winter project in the basement, garage or shed.

So take a trip by the festival, soak up the great atmosphere and wonderful wooden boats and their “people” and make a plan to build yourself a cool boat. We are there for you when you’re ready – with tech and project support, all the supplies you will need and as you work, send us your photos and videos and we will feature your hard work in this blog, on our website and in our catalog. We love people who love boats. Of all kinds. But even we admit to having a major soft spot for the wooden variety. And any boat built by hand by a customer is a favorite. What is your winter project? Let us know in the comments below.

ALERA – Herreshoff NY30 hull #1

Have you ever wanted to go for a sail on a legendary Herreshoff New York 30?

Grab a hand rail, because it’s blowing 20 knots, and Maynard Bray is taking you for a ride aboard ALERA — NY30 hull #1.

No-Fuss Boat Maintenance

Try this “No Fuss” boat maintenance philosophy for beautiful boats, happy kids, AND piece of mind.
“We have just as much fun in the boat when it’s slightly less than perfect.”
– Brian Larkin


Rockport Marine Restores Adventuress

The 1924 Fife schooner Adventuress spent 3 years being restored at Rockport Marine. This video tells the story of the fine craftspeople at Rockport Marine as they near the end of the project.


Wiring a Bilge Pump

Installing a bilge pump can be messy and confusing…
This video by makes it clear & simple. Don Eley, professor at the Maine Maritime Academy, walks us through a basic system that you might find on any small boat.

Outfitting a Small Boat

Geoff Kerr shows us stem to stern how he outfits NED LUDD for a season of beach cruising and island hopping.

Electrical Systems – Part 4

Making good connections – walking you through a simple two battery system.
You can check out the series here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Electrical Systems – Part 3

Wiring simplified – and Professor Eley walk you through a simple two-battery system.
You can check out Part 1 of this series here, and Part 2 here.