Propellers : The Sails You Don't See

As more and more sailors make the transition from sailboats to power the importance of understanding basic propeller theory is important. Like your sails, the propeller's performance is directly linked to its size and shape and this article was designed to touch on the importance of boat propeller tuning from a sailor's perspective.Moving a boat we...
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Photography & Boats

The two go hand and hand, really.  The golden light, the movement of the water, the texture of the lines and wooden planks, the colors of canvas and the ever changing sky, reflections on a calm sea, and the simple shape of a well crafted vessel.Don't forget to bring your camera on your next boating adventure!*Photos discovered on Pinterest. To view...
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Two Shirt Day

Showing boats in January is about as much fun as doing it in August.  When the humidity peaks and the thermometer hits 90 you can only imagine what it is like on inside of a boat that has been baking on the hard.  The same holds true for midwinter. Icy decks and ladders buried in snow are just two of the perks.  When the Mid-Atlantic summer is in f...
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The Way Life Should Be

When I was growing up the Maine license plates all used to say“Vacationland”.  Those of us that lived there knew the truth and that for 6 weeks of the year that statement was absolutely correct.  Sometime in my early adolescence, the slogan changed to “the way life should be”.   For six fleeting weeks, life along the coast of Maine exemplifies thes...
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Welcome to the Dark Side

The FHY team had a great time at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show last weekend.  We had a strong presence and some might say we are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to selling powerful, capable, blue water sailboats.  For those of you interested in selling your sailboat and moving into a powerboat, we are well versed in helping sailors t...
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GEM

A caption from "The Golden Century" by Ross MacTaggart about Gem, a 164 ft motor yacht built in 1913,After a very difficult week, you're lying in a chaise on the aft deck of you 50-foot yacht. The stress you've felt all week is slowly draining from your face. Suddenly, a shadow blocks the warm, invigorating sun from your face. Opening your eyes, yo...
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Thomas Gillmer ~ March Designer of the Month

Our March designer of the month is Thomas Gillmer, Maryland’s adoptive son. The following biography was taken from sailboatdata.com:“Thomas Gillmer was born in 1911 in Warren, Ohio and became interested in ships at an early age. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 he served on light cruisers in the Pacific and Mediterranean. He bec...
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Bad Hair Day in Paradise

This shot was taken by my wife, Jamie, on Shinbone Alley while we were waiting for a weather window for the next leg of our journey south.  One of things I like most about the photo is the way our shadows were cast against the pink building on the right.  You can clearly see by the giant lopsided silhouette of my head that I was overdue for a trim....
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Well Protected

The new owner of this Pacific Seacraft 44 is working with Diversified Marine to put the boats bottom back to factory spec. The light grey material is the remnants (after sanding) of a factory installed barrier coat installed over the beige gel-coat.The vinyl ester resins used by PS, have served extremely well to protect the boats laminate, even aft...
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The Energy 48

With modern yacht designers catering to the ever important trend of efficient powerboats the Energy 48 has to be one of my all-time favorites.  Her exquisite sheer and her brightly finished house would lead one to believe that she is descendant of the venerable Jonesport line of lobster boats made so popular by the great Will Frost.  For the oarsme...
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Experienced Broker

Forbes' son, Hendrix, hard at work."At FHY we pride ourselves as being  innovative and forward thinking with an eye towards harnessing new talent.  Our brokers are of the highest caliber and make excellence a habit."- FHY Owner, Forbes Horton 
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The Golden Age of Yachting

"One of the things I remember about the large steam yachts was their characteristic and delightful odor. If you passed under the stern or close to leeward of one of them you smelled the combined odor of the new varnish, linseed oil, brass polish, Havana cigars and champagne, all mingled with engine room smells and the slight odor of teak and other ...
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The challenge of weather planning....Offshore.

When we go for a sail, our first concern is which way is the wind blowing...and how hard? OK, maybe we look for a SUNNY, 80 degree day first-then worry about the wind. We might be on a power yacht...When I plan an offshore passage of 8-10 days duration, I can generally anticipate the first 2-3 days with some confidence but after that, where do I tu...
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Doug Zurn ~ Yacht Designer of the Month

This month’s designer is all about exciting and new yacht design. Doug Zurn, founder of Zurn Yacht Design in Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a contemporary yacht designer focusing on the cutting edge.Zurn spent his youth sailing on Lake Erie. After graduating with honors from the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, he learnt the trade from such giants a...
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Babe II ~ The New S&S 30

With summer just around the corner, S&S comes ever closer to the anticipated release of the reinvented S&S30, Babe II. Back in February, we were excited to tell you about this stunning yacht, originally built in 1935 from the design table of Olin Stephens and rethought for our generation by the same designer just before his death in 2008. W...
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Our friend and artist!

We are fortunate to have a brightwork genius, Glenroy, home based across the creek from Forbes Horton Yachts. He is from the island of Bequi and is currently taking excellent care of several of the finest yachts on the East Coast.Call us if we can make an introduction!
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Sabre 40 Late Model

Sabre Yachts has been offering some great boats of the Downeast Genre, especially of late. Their purchase of a tooling company has allowed them flexibility and latitude to meet the expectations of their devoted client base.Last year while selling a new 38, we had the opportunity to closely inspect this 40 that has only two seasons of use and shows ...
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We Love Boats.

Forbes Horton Yachts is more than just a yacht brokerage.25 years of yacht sales experience and two generations in the marine industry, make us experts.  Our shared love of boating makes us exceptional. Our brokers are boaters first, giving them a unique insight into the industry that only comes with experience.We love boats and we talk about them ...
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