‘Catalan Castaway’ gets a wonderful review…

… from two writers who really know what they’re talking about. Both Keith Muscott and Paul Constantine put pen to paper for the latest issue of Dinghy Cruising, the quarterly journal of the Dinghy Cruising Association, and we thank them profusely for their...

The Falmouth Raid

Well, we got to the Raid, via the End of the Road Festival, where Teal rested in a field for a few days! Our thanks to Keith and Marion Mosley in my ‘ex’, Bunny, for this snap of us, in which the sail was hoisted not quite high enough for good visibility...

Strangers in the bight*

* [Sorry!] A large (and often only slightly receding) bay. Some readers will know that I am heavily implicated in The Albert Strange Association, a body which celebrates the life and work of that artist, writer and yacht designer. There are not that many Strange boats...

We’re all over CB like a rash!

Last year Classic Boat magazine’s Editor, Dan Houston, called to ask if I’d mind the magazine running some material from our encyclopaedic Cruising Hints by Francis B. Cooke. Well of course not! I sent over the book and thought no more about it until the...

Introducing TEAL

After being the keeper of a number of classic wooden craft from 13ft to 33, I have come full-circle and returned to ‘sail & oar’ as the best fit for my current rather busy circumstances. TEAL is a superb build by Fabian Bush of Rowhedge in Essex (and...

I love the smell of printer’s ink in the morning!

Apologies for the length of this our inaugural blog post—it will not be typical! The five-year experiment that has been Lodestar Books has reached a watershed lately, with the adoption of a new look and feel for most of our output. By moving from short-run digital...