June 8, 2016

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

I don't recall my history classes being this interesting, this relevant, or this "alive". Sam Manning's book New England Masts and the King's Broad Arrow, just brought back to life after over 30 years, is easily all of those things. Plus, it's from Sam, so it has terrific illustrations. And while you likely didn't have Mr. Manning as your history teacher way back when, you can now.

While we tend to shy away from the "I got a boat and went cruising" stories, we think your entertainment quota will spike with the new book An Unlikely Voyage by John Almberg. That it takes place aboard a Thomas Gillmer 22' Blue Moon yawl doesn't hurt, but it's how Almberg tells the tale which places it into our "good read" group. Enjoy.

You should soon be headed to the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic (June 24-26)--just in case someone forgot to tell you. The Demonstration Skills Schedule is now posted on the Show site, so you can plan your timing throughout the three day show. Sparmaking, spiling, and laminating are among the sixteen demos. And, since you're in the planning mode, the deadline for the Chesapeake Light Craft Tribute Dinner Tickets is coming up soon. Time to sing "get it while you can" in your best Janis Joplin voice.

And lastly, we'd be remiss if we didn't give you a heads-up about that guy holiday on June 19. We happen to have gobs of good gear for Father's Day on our site. And we ship timely, so if you don't dilly dally, you'll even have said gift in hand before Father's Day this time.

-Scot & Crew

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