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News  // The place to find everything and anything. A chronological listing of every post made on this site can be found here.

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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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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A Wet and Bumpy Ride

A Wet and Bumpy Ride

Yesterday I had resigned myself to a day of football on the couch. It was a crummy and cold outside…and the couch was oh so comfortable. But, when my sidekick Tubbs walked in and asked about heading out on the boat I quickly changed my plans for the day. We loaded up the Sunset Bandit...

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Captain Segull Fishing Charts

Captain Segull Fishing Charts

After my disasterous first fishing outing this past weekend I realized it was time to seek professional help. I had seen Captain Segull’s fishing charts mentioned on enough websites to know that they had to be good.  I’ve been in the market for a nautical map of the boston harbor ever since I purchased the...

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The Gangs all here.

The Gangs all here.

This past weekend my younger brother (Joshua) and his girlfriend (Kristen) made the trip up to Boston for a visit. The weather couldn’t have cooperated more. Despite the fact that fall had officially begun here in Boston, we found ourselves taking down the bimini top and basking in the warm sun. My weekend began Friday...

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The Sunset Bandit gets its first fishing pole.

The Sunset Bandit gets its first fishing pole.

This afternoon I made a run up to West Marine in Woburn and picked up some small supplies for the boat. On my drive back,  I screwed up and missed my exit. Rather than turn around, I decided to take advantage of the miscue and proceeded down to The Sportsman’s Den in Quincy.  It’s a...

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Navigating the Charles River Locks

Navigating the Charles River Locks

Never one to shy away from a challenge. (that’s a lie by the way). I decided that my first solo journey had to be one that would put me to the test. So, not only did I attempt to navigate the Charles River Locks for the very first time…without having ever been thru though….I decided...

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Torture for my dogs

Torture for my dogs

I don’t have any children, but what I do have are two dogs that are my pride and joy. Porter and Cassidy are both lab/pit rescues that absolutely love the water. This past weekend I took them out for their first trip on the harbor. The pair of them loved being out there. But, what...

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Exploring Boston Harbor

Exploring Boston Harbor

Today marked the first real use of The Sunset Bandit. I took her out around 4 and didn’t return to around midnight. After multiple dockings the jitters are already becoming a thing of the past. Now, I’m just enjoying the whole experience.  It’s hard to explain how high my expectations were for owning a boat...

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31 Aug News | Comments

The Maiden Voyage

The Maiden Voyage

Today, the boat is wet. After what seemed like an eternity of waiting I launched the boat this morning with the help of my roommate James. There were certainly some rookie mistakes made (trying to start the engine while it was titled to one side turned out to be my first). To say I was...

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24 Aug News | Comments

One Step Closer To The Water

One Step Closer To The Water

Unlike the trailer, (which I will explain later) I successfully registered my boat on the first visit to the Massachusetts Environmental Police. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to peeling off those NH stickers and affixing my new ID.  MS 2762 AX.

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21 Aug News | Comments

A Second Trip to New Hampshire. Still with no boat in tow.

A Second Trip to New Hampshire. Still with no boat in tow.

I made another trek up to New Hampshire yesterday in the continuing ‘bill of sale’ saga. Hopefully, this 3rd version of the bill of sale will appease the good state of Massachusetts and they will allow me to register the trailer and take the boat back home. Aside from the relatively scenic ride up to...

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17 Aug News | Comments

A Book Made Especially For Me

A Book Made Especially For Me

I just finished reading an Idiots Guide to Boating and Sailing.  I’m guessing that I should be concerned by the fact that this was indeed all new and usefull information for me. I wonder, just how scared are riders on my boat going to be when I start thumbing through it as we motor along.

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16 Aug News | Comments

The Final Boat Graphic

The Final Boat Graphic

The boat has a brown stripe…hence the brown in the logo.

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16 Aug News | 1 comment

Retro Fun

Retro Fun

I decided to experiment with the logo here. There is a whole lot of my late 70’s early 80’s upbringing coming through in this design. Perfect for a 1982 vessel. This look doesn’t look good on the back of the boat, but it looks damn good on a t-shirt. Rest assured, I’ll be sporting this...

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14 Aug News | Comments

Branding the Sunset Bandit

Branding the Sunset Bandit

After deciding upon a name, my next task was to come up with some branding for it. Here are a few off the castoffs.

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Along the Water | Chelsea

Along the Water | Chelsea

Walking along the Mary O’Malley Waterfront Park with Porter and Cassidy. Chelsea Yacht Club tucked beneath the Tobin

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Original 1982 Wellcraft Brochure Ad

Original 1982 Wellcraft Brochure Ad

If you were in the market for a new boat back in 1982…perhaps this would have caught your eye.

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