December/January 2023 — Table of Contents
On the cover: Nova Scotia boatbuilders Scott Dagley and John Steele were inspired to adapt the Cape Islander, a regional fishing boat type, into an efficient cruising model for production build, the Cape Sable 38. The new boat’s modest diesel engine, installed under a flush cabin sole, leaves ample engineroom space for extensive onboard systems and accessibility. Story on page 48. Photograph by Andrew Bethune.
16 Duracell Recharged
by Dieter Loibner
The new owners of Mike Plant’s legendary Rodger Martin–designed Open 60 refit and modify the boat for cruising.
32 Winds of Change, Part 2
by John Kecsmar
Weighing propulsion and design options to reduce the emissions of working wind-farm tenders.
48 Cape Islander Evolution
by Andrew Bethune
Two Nova Scotia boatbuilders collaborate to adapt an iconic regional workboat design for service as a clean ocean cruiser.
60 Following the Curves
by Nigel Calder
Demystifying marine diesel performance data and graphs to inform engine selection and optimization.
4 Letters, Etc.
A reader comments on hauling and blocking practices for multihulls.
compiled by Dieter Loibner
Mattapoisett Boatyard rebuilds after a fire flattened it in August; a barge driven by an electric Fiat 500 becomes a teaching tool; and Nigel Irens’s latest model LDL launch, Clara, is ready for electric or low-hp outboard power.
54 Task Sheet: Winterizing Canvas Covers and Sails
by Sean and Inger Rankins
Seasonal best practices for servicing and storing sails and canvas covers, dodgers, biminis, and upholstery.
76 Parting Shot
by John Adey
The president of the American Boat & Yacht Council explains the ongoing in-house testing of LiFePO4 batteries and how it helps inform standards revisions.
44 Special Section: New Products & Technologies
70 New Products and Innovations
72 Classified Advertising