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Welcome to the officially unnecessary home page of a 1982 Wellcraft V20 located in Chelsea, MA. I call it The Sunset Bandit and she runs best to the smooth sounds of Yacht Rock.

Been on a recent ride? Care to see how the latest Greenhorn on the sea is fairing? Or are you just a fan of the legendary Wellcraft V20's? Hopefully, you've come to the right place.
In a nutshell, this site is about a first time boat owner's adventures and misadventures while playing in the Boston Harbor. So there you have it. That's the back story. Now let's turn up the Quasar, mix up a couple of habanero infused margaritas, and enjoy the ride.

01 Jan Fishing, News | Comments

Bill Dance Bloopers

Bill Dance Bloopers

I’ve never heard of Bill Dance before seeing this video. But, now, I can’t stop telling everyone about him. Hilarious stuff.

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05 Sep News | Comments

Admiral’s Hill Marina Ad Campaign

Admiral’s Hill Marina Ad Campaign

As many of you know, I’m in advertising. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I felt compelled to rebrand the marina where I keep my boat. Below are a series of ads that ran in the Beacon Hill and Back Bay newspapers. A new website that mirrors the ads is currently in the...

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A New Captain at the Helm of The Sunset Bandit

A New Captain at the Helm of The Sunset Bandit

This past weekend my brother decided it was time to test out his 3 year old son’s sea legs. So, over Labor Day Weekend we loaded up the boat, crossed our fingers, and headed out into the harbor. The little guy (Kayden) was fantastic out there. Every time we hit a bump he’d smile, laugh,...

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Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene turned out to be a non-event for most of us here in Boston. But, that didn’t mean I wasn’t worried. On the Friday before the storm was about to hit I left work early with the full intention of pulling out the boat. When I arrived at Admiral’s Hill Marina I immediately realized...

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21 Aug News, The Crew | Comments

Empty Handed Once Again

Empty Handed Once Again

Armed with a new confidence following our ‘Fishing/Cooking’ class I wrangled my crew together and we headed out into the harbor to troll for some fish. We trolled from Castle Island to Squantum, from Squantum to the lighthouse, from the lighthouse to Deer Island, and from Deer Island to the airport pier. Unfortunately, as has...

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From the Sea to the Kitchen

From the Sea to the Kitchen

This past June I received one of the coolest birthday gifts ever. Inside a simple envelope was a invitation to a fishing/cooking class. As someone who has been struggling to catch fish and enjoys cooking I couldn’t have been more excited. The class, hosted by the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), was part of...

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Memorial Weekend 2011

Memorial Weekend 2011

Friday, May 27th marked the 2nd launching of the Sunset Bandit in 2011. Soon after the boat was in, it was pointed in the familiar direction of the Barking Crab. The ride, like always, is breathtaking through the harbor. The Crab on the other hand was dreadful. I had never been there during a live...

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Slow Going in 2011

Slow Going in 2011

The 2011 season of the Sunset Bandit has been a very trying one. The season started a bit dodgy (broken convertible top pole), but with the help of several people (Joshua, my father, Caroline, James, McLlelan Brothers of Everett, and Marine Canvas of Winthrop) things started to look up. The list of  new and improved...

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Wellcraft Ads

Wellcraft Ads

I came across these ads the other day and it immediately had me longing to be on the boat. (Which…is out of the water as we speak).

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29 Mar News | Comments

Coming out of hibernation

Coming out of hibernation

This winter was especially brutal here in Massachusetts. Near record amounts of snow fell upon us and unfortunately the bimini top on the Bandit was unable to withstand the weight. When I unwrapped the Bandit this past weekend I was greated by a horrifically twisted and unreapairable bimini pole. With less than 3 weeks before...

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06 Dec News | Comments

Sinking ship that isn’t

Sinking ship that isn’t

This has got to be one of the craziest ‘functional art’ pieces I’ve ever seen.  It’s the work of artist Julien Berthier. Click on his name to get a closer look at this fully operational vessel that looks like a sinking sailboat. Love Love from julien berthier on Vimeo.

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Almost makes me wish I had a Johnson Outboard

Almost makes me wish I had a Johnson Outboard

This one ranks pretty high on the unintentional comedy scale.

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22 Oct News | Comments

Sunset Bandit 2.0??

Sunset Bandit 2.0??

Clearly this is a lie. No way I would trade in the Sunset Bandit for such and unbelievable awesome piece of craftsmanship.  I mean wow!  This thing is sick. Not surprisingly, this boat is aptly named The Hedonist. I found it on one of my favorite blogs. Which is here.

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11 Oct Fishing, News | Comments

Catching Dog on the Boston Harbor

Catching Dog on the Boston Harbor

DAY 1 This past weekend my closest friend Adam from MD and my brother were in town for what we hoped would be a successful fishing trip on the Sunset Bandit. Armed with my new fishing charts, a cooler full of beers and dreams of a sea bass dinner we headed out. Oh..let me back...

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Remembering Better Days

Remembering Better Days

With a weekend full of fishing with my brother and old roommate visiting from DC, I thought I needed to remind myself that….YES, fish do like me.

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