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I have been writing and illustrating most of my life. At age nine, in 1943, I traded a pencil drawing I had done of a World War II B-17 bomber to a third grade classmate for a die-cast toy boat, my first commercial transaction. In 1946, at age twelve, I won first prize in a state-wide Scholastic Arts contest for a pen-and-ink drawing. I went to college, trained as a mechanical engineer, found a job, and at night got an MBA.

My writing and drawing activities were almost exclusively extracurricular between 1955 and 1981, while I held day jobs at big corporations in Manhattan. However, in my spare time during this period, I wrote and illustrated a best-selling how-to book about bicycles titled Bikes.

During the same period, I developed, together with my wife Carol (the other half of the "we" in this book), a love for boats and sailing. Together in 1956 we bought our first boat, an eight-foot sailing dinghy, but soon tired of car-topping the boat to go sailing on the few navigable bodies of water in our area. Eventually we moved to Darien, Connecticut, on Long Island Sound, and began to devote more and more time to sailing.

In 1984, two partners and I launched Sailor magazine, a national bi-weekly periodical, concentrating on meaty stories about sailing people, boats, and gear. Besides being general manager of the enterprise, I also did considerable writing, some photography, and artwork. When Sailor ceased publication in 1986, I continued pursuing that career as a writer and illustrator of articles and books about yachting. Among my clients, for several of whom I became a contributing editor, were Yachting magazine

(where for a time I wrote the Gadgets & Gilhickies column as well as boat reviews); Yacht Racing/Cruising (now Sailing World), for which I did an illustrated column called Interesting Boats; Sail magazine; Small Boat Journal; Motorboat magazine; and Wooden-boat magazine. My work has also appeared in Video magazine, Oceans magazine, Boating Digest, Nautical Quarterly, and other publications.

After we moved to Florida in 1991, I continued to write for Practical Sailor, Powerboat Reports, and a few other selected publications. I also wrote two more books, Boating for Less in 1987 and Boat Trailers and Tow Vehicles in 1991, both published by International Marine/McGraw-Hill.

We have owned a variety of boats, some thirty two in all, including (mainly for the kids) a Flipper, an Optimist, a Laser, a Laser II, two Blue Jays, two Fireballs, an International 420, and a variety of other small dinghies. Powerboats have included an over-powered 17-foot Boston Whaler and an old but still serviceable 22-foot Aquasport. Our cruising sailboats started with a 17-foot Picnic, which we found in a dump behind a bankrupt manufacturer and resuscitated, and continued with (in chronological order) a South Coast 23 designed by the eminent Carl Alberg (built from a kit), a Tartan 27 (maybe to be described in more detail in the next volume in this series?), a J/24 so we could participate more actively in round-the-buoys racing, a Hermann 17-foot catboat (when we became empty-nesters after the kids left us), and finally, a Morgan 24, after we moved to Sarasota County, on the Gulf Coast of Florida. See the following pages for more photos of our boating experiences.

Tartan Sailboat Problems

Above: Our 1963 Picnic 17, soon after we brought her home from a dump. In this shot, I ponder the job ahead. It turned out that getting the deck to match up with the hull was a major problem. Left: Our 1983 J/24, #3333, brand new and ready to be towed home.

Anchor Forerunner Pics

Author's boat Pipcat is the "cover girl" on the Author's wife singlehands Pipcat on Long Island premier (and only) issue of a magazine tested Sound.

by the folks at Taunton Press, publishers of Fine

Woodworking magazine. Author's article was on outboard engine thrust.

Menger Cat Boats

Author sails a Menger Cat 17 with Bill Menger. A Marshall Sanderling Pipcat at anchor on a cruise. She is a 17-foot 18 and a Molly Cat follow along in her wake. The occasion was a

Hermann Cat, forerunner of the Cape Cod Cat 17. "Catboat Rendezvous" for a story written by the author that appeared

See page 22 for details. in Small Boat Journal in July, 1988.

Author sails a Menger Cat 17 with Bill Menger. A Marshall Sanderling Pipcat at anchor on a cruise. She is a 17-foot 18 and a Molly Cat follow along in her wake. The occasion was a

Hermann Cat, forerunner of the Cape Cod Cat 17. "Catboat Rendezvous" for a story written by the author that appeared

See page 22 for details. in Small Boat Journal in July, 1988.

Small Cruising Sailboats

This Morgan 24/25 Pipit, owned by the author, was used as a "test platform" for analyzing sailing gear in Practical Sailor, a kind of Consumer Reports newsletter for sailors.

Molly Cat Catboat

Author and wife aboard Pipit, cruising the Intracoastal Waterway in southwest Florida. For more on the Morgan 24/25 (25), see page 358.

Nimble Sailboat
Carol Henkel skippers a Nimble 24 yawl in a photoshoot for Sail magazine while the author (her husband) takes pictures.
Small Catboat Sailers

Another shot of the Nimble 24 yawl, fitted out in the so-called tropical version. The pilothouse version of the Nimble 24/25. See page 361 for details.

Another shot of the Nimble 24 yawl, fitted out in the so-called tropical version. The pilothouse version of the Nimble 24/25. See page 361 for details.

Peep Hen Sailboat

Another shot of the SuperPip3 getting ready to race in 1984. For more information, see page 294.

Peep Hen Sailboat

The same boat as the subject of one of the author's magazine columns, this one called "BOAT CLOSE-UP," which appeared in Yacht Racing/Cruising magazine in the May, 1983 issue.

Peep Hen Sailboat

A sketch of the Peep Hen 14 for an article by the author, which appeared in the Small Boat Journal of June-July 1989.

Olson Sailboat

Author tests a Peep Hen 14 in Miami in connection with the same article in Small Boat Journal.

Olson Sailboat

The author testing the Peep Hen 14 for beachability. See page 51 for details.

Small Cruising Sailboats

For the pilot issue of Sailor magazine in December, 1994, the author, by then editor-at-large for the magazine, worked other changes more in degree than in substance, the format designed for Sailor gradually transformed into the one used to onto a single page (page 301). The drawings of the Olson 25 for both the pilot issue of the magazine and this guide were

Snapdragon Sailboat Boat Magazine

together with editor Mark Smith to devise the "Boat Check" format shown here. With fewer words, a bigger sailplan, and report on boats in this guide. Note the similarities between the above reduced facsimile and the same subject compressed produced by the author.

Olson Sailboat

An article in Yachting magazine appeared in January The South Coast 23 Pipit after conversion to a yawl.

1966, explaining how the author and his wife built

Pipit, their South Coast 23 sloop. That article was written by Carol Henkel, the author's wife. In

January, 1971 the author wrote another article in

Yachting, telling how Pipit was converted to a yawl.

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