From the Pilothouse by Jonathan Cooper, Editor-In-Chief

as seen in Passagemaker Magazine NOV/DEC 2016

In the past year, we’ve covered a wide swath of cruising boats on the market. Boats built in Taiwan and China, both coasts of the United States, Italy, and Holland. Boats built to exacting standards from a variety of materials: steel, aluminum, fiberglass, wood. We’ve covered trawlers with ranges exceeding 5,000 miles of self-sustained cruising. And in our “green” issue, we dived into the benefits of living petrol-free on a ,
biofueled motorsailer.

The majority of the new boats profiled in these pages are superb (most would call them yachts), and an overwhelming number of them are well-engineered, flawless to the naked eye, and utterly reliable. Stepping on one in its full boat show glory is not unlike stumbling into a high-end clothing store. Everything is perfect, right down to that faint waft given off by multiple coats of satin varnish. But there is great appeal, too, in the boutique shops. And that is exactly where we found a be-sandaled fellow by the name of Kerry Elwood, manning his floating art installation/cruiser, the WaterWoody.

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