March 2023 Archives - Small Boats Magazine

From an 1890s New York rowing boat to a French-designed sailing pocket cruiser built in Tasmania, our Boat Profiles go international and prove that good designs are timeless. Editor Christopher Cunningham completes his 2,400-mile winter rowing adventure down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and in his editorial offers a perspective on taking risks on such a voyage. An electric trailer dolly and a roll-up boathook get put through their paces. A step-by-step guide leads to a comfortable hammock chair, and a new boatbuilder turns to a centuries-old technique to create a much-loved boat for the family.


Finding value in adversity

Looking back on being presented on TV as a “risk-taker” after completing a solo 2,400-mile voyage in a 14’ boat in winter


A trailerable Vivier sloop

At a little over 22', with berths for four, and a minimum draft of just 1'6” François Vivier's new design, Meaban, is ideal for shoal-water cruising.

New York Whitehall

An American classic

Whitehalls have been with us for 200 years and have evolved from working taxis to recreational rowing craft. A 14’ New York Whitehall reveals why the type is still so popular.

A Sneakbox on the Gulf Coast

Rowing and sailing from New Orleans to Cedar Key, Florida

After rowing down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Christopher Cunningham arrives at the Gulf of Mexico for the last leg of his 2,400-mile sneakbox adventure.

A DIY Hammock Chair

Suspended relaxation

On a small boat stowage space is premium, and few would think of taking along a comfortable chair. But with this simple-to-make hammock chair, all that might change.

The Tow Tuff

A battery-powered electric dolly

Moving boats around on land singlehanded is never easy, but this battery-powered electric dolly is a welcome assistant. The Tow Tuff is easily assembled, easily handled, and can move boat trailers and their loads of up to 3,500 lbs.

Revolve Boat Hook

A full-sized boat hook for small boats

Boathooks are useful but unwieldy items of equipment. A new version rolls up to a size barely larger than a coffee mug and can be stowed just about anywhere.


Building on indigenous experience

Jeremy Kyncl was looking for a new family boat that was light enough for him to lift onto the car roof, could take the whole family on lake excursions, and handle hauling crab traps in Puget Sound.

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