Author: Dan Spurr

Eric Sponberg Is Going Sailing

A longtime contributor to Professional BoatBuilder as a writer and to IBEX (International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference) as a speaker, naval architect and marine engineer Eric Sponberg is taking down… Read more »

Skiing the Seas Down Under

Why not put a set of skis under a nominally conventional monohull boat? That’s what Australian Trevor William Payne thought while watching small boats bounce around. He recently wrote to… Read more »

Container boat

Patrol Boat in a Box

As conceived, the 39’1″(11.9m) boat fits tightly into a 40′ (12.2m) container for convenient and affordable worldwide shipping. We recently heard from Susanne Altenburger, wife of the late designer and… Read more »

Steve Colgate

New Faces in the Hall

Among the 2015 inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) was Steve Colgate, who probably has been more successful at finding ways to “grow boating” than many of… Read more »

Mayflower Unmanned

The drones are among us. And we’re not entirely sure if it’s cool or scary. Online retailer Amazon wants to deliver packages to your door with pterodactyl-like drones. A commercial… Read more »


Winch Revolution?

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 157 It doesn’t seem so long ago that three-speed winches for trimming sails were introduced by major manufacturers like Lewmar, Harken, and others. Just as… Read more »