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The Pic­nic Boat 40 brings a fresh per­spec­tive to the most suc­cess­ful Hinck­ley se­ries ever built. With beau­ti­ful lines, world-lead­ing con­struc­tion, in­no­va­tive sys­tems and thor­ough­bred per­for­mance, the stan­dard of ex­cel­lence has been set again.

Mary South’s es­say in the Au­gust is­sue sparked this note. We re­ceive Sound­ings as a gift from a friend. A few years ago, my wife, El­iz­a­beth, and I re­stored a Yan­kee 30 our friend saved from the boat yard dump­ster. One of our best win­ters ever. Sound­ings was a re­mark­able gift, too. Win­ters on Cape Cod are pretty grim and restor­ing

Win­some, the Yan­kee 30, kept us perky. What made the Win­some project so much fun was the prior win­ter we built a Ch­e­sa­peake Light Craft Sk­erry, not too dif­fer­ent from South’s North­east Dory. Ours is green like hers. Darn, she looks good. We built her in our sec­ond win­ter here. The first win­ter nearly killed us with snow, ill­ness, and cabin fever. With a boat to build over the sec­ond win­ter, the project prob­a­bly kept us alive. Last win­ter i worked as a char­ter cap­tain in the Car­ribean. I am look­ing for a new boat to build or re­store for the com­ing cold sea­son. Maybe a South­wester dory with out­board well and surry top?

So, the gift of Sound­ings is a good one. The pay from the Yan­kee project is long spent but each month we smile again as we open your pub­li­ca­tion and re­mem­ber build­ing Win­some. Now, I’ll think about South’s project and hope her boat goes on to do what it is best at do­ing. Nor­man Martin Har­wich, Mas­sachusetts


Why do most new boat own­ers tend to buy “sad” boats? I guess I bet­ter ex­plain. It is all about the sheer line. A pos­i­tive sheer line, with a grace­ful sweep up to the bow and stern, looks like a happy smile. Al­most ev­ery wooden boat and older fiber­glass boats have a pos­i­tive sheer line. So many pro­duc­tion boats to­day have a neg­a­tive sheer with the bow and stern curv­ing down to the wa­ter like a sad frown. Hav­ing many ocean miles in se­vere weather un­der my keel, I want the bow and stern as high as prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble! I can’t un­der­stand why some­one would want the bow pur­posely low. I cringe when I see a bowrider with a strong neg­a­tive sheer and only 2 feet above the wa­ter. That looks like an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen, es­pe­cially with the way boat wakes seem to be grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially each year. I have al­ways heard life is like a mir­ror, and our mood re­flects back what we see. I al­ways smile when I see a tra­di­tional boat with a nice, el­e­gant sheer line and of­ten frown pass­ing a boat with a strong neg­a­tive sheer. Cheers! Peter S. Re­ich, MAC Shel­ter Is­land Heights, New York via email


I have so en­joyed Mary South’s Un­der­way col­umns in Sound­ings. She and I, like most boaters, are al­ways look­ing at next boat can­di­dates. My fu­ture sug­ges­tion for South: a Grady- White Gulf­stream 232 walka­round model — although I fondly own an open style boat, the 1980 Mako 232 CC with 200-hp HPDI Yamaha 2003 power.

A Grady-White Gulf­stream 232 is my slip neigh­bor in our mu­nic­i­pal ma­rina. It is an im­pres­sive boat with a com­fort­able cabin for overnights and a very roomy aft area with 9.5 feet of beam and a 250-hp sin­gle engine. If there is a com­mand­ment Thou shalt not covet thy neigh­bor’s boat, I have sinned.

I un­der­stand the Gulf­stream 232 is the fa­vorite boat of Grady- White em­ploy­ees. Used models are plen­ti­ful but cov­eted. Any­how, my two cents for South’s next boat. Bruce Boehm­cke Rye, New York

I sub­scribe to seven boat­ing mag­a­zines. I read the editor’s notes in one, Sound­ings, and it is the first thing I go to when my is­sue ar­rives.

I think it is pretty rare when the editor of a mag­a­zine is also the best writer on the staff. When I fin­ished the ar­ti­cle on the Kro­gen Open 50, I thought, “That was very well put to­gether. I won­der who wrote it?” Mary South.

Quite a while back, South used the Ge­orge Eliot quo­ta­tion “You can al­ways be what you might have been” as the theme for a col­umn. I put that on the wall of my shop. It be­came very im­por­tant to me in the 4,000 hours I spent build­ing my boat the Tardis and tran­si­tion­ing from what I was, a re­tired advertising guy, to what I wanted to be, a boat­builder.

South has done great things with the mag­a­zine, and will be missed. Paul Kessinger via email

I can­not thank Sound­ings’ read­ers enough for the many kind notes I have re­ceived. We do not have room for them all, but rest as­sured: my head is now enor­mous and my heart is full. Thank you! — M.S.

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