January 20, 2016

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

Something extra neat just arrived here in Brooklin, Maine. It's the SOS Distress Light from Sirius Signal. And, it's been given the official nod from the US Coast Guard as the alternative to the pyrotechnic flares, which require replacing (at no small expense) every few years. This will flash SOS for hours, comes with alkaline batteries, has built-in flotation, and includes a day signal flag. And of course, it falls into that "Why didn't I think of that?" category.

Nic Compton (author of Iain Oughtred: A Life in Wooden Boats), has a new book titled Ultimate Classic Yachts pub'd by the good folks at Adlard Coles. Subtitled "20 of the World's Most Beautiful Classic Yachts" this new book is a healthy mix of old and new boats, many of which you could easily picture beneath your feet. Written about and beautifully photographed by Nic, visit our site for a listing of all the boats included. And yes, your "coffee table" awaits.

Sharing information has never been easier since the interwebs magically appeared. And sometimes there really is interesting content. Case in point: an anchoring thread on our WoodenBoat Forum. Twenty five years ago (25, as we've had the Forum up for over 20 years) you would not easily get feedback so quickly, and from such a variety of sources.

And finally, we thought you might find this interesting. Making it Fit is a piece by Paul Lazarus, from our sister publication, Professional BoatBuilder. If you visit the PBB site on occasion, you'll likely notice the clean new format. That's from our in-house designer of all things web, Greg Summers. He just revamped the WoodenBoat site as well.

-Scot & Crew

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