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 August CB arrived, and there is Francis, with a spread on navigation lights of yore, still relevant to today’s classic cruising sailor. Elsewhere in the issue is a section called New Classics—and there we are again, with the new Lodestar company vehicle Teal, written up and pictured by Steffan Meyric Hughes with builder Fabian Bush and her proud owner at this year’s Beale Park Boat Show. And darn me, if there isn’t Teal again photo-bombing boatbuilders Fabian, Jamie Clay and Colin Henwood at the same event, on page 19. This could all go to our head…