Category Archives Iceboating

A friend called me up and said: Carter the ice is amazing you need to get out here! It was a Tuesday and I've learned from past experiences that you take the time to sneak out whenever the ice is good. So lunch came and I left the office to go visit some friends and their iceboats along with all my iceboating gear. DN Iceboats I regretfully didn't have time to go grab my iceboat out of my basement. Just didn't have that much of a head's up, but folks graciously let me jump in and go. The last thing I heard Larry say before I he pushed me off in Pierre's DN was: "You remember how to sail this…

I sadly had an old iceboat I went out of my way on a three hour drive to pick up. It was the ugly girl at the prom. Too heavy, needed touching up, and frankly couldn't give it away when the time came. I bought it from a guy on Cape Cod and didn't realize my mistake until I was there to pick it up. It was my second boat and thought it would be a good loaner. It wasn't. So it wasn't a good loaner, I couldn't give it away.. Literally... So I did the only thing I could do, I give it a worthy send off in a clean up fire. Sadly even the hardware wasn't worth saving.…

It was a nice warm day and decided to take the day to hit the ice and hitch a ride in an iceboat or two.  It happened to be two.  An iceboating friend Paul showed up with his vintage stern steerer and offered my wife and I a ride.  I've never taken a ride in a stern steerer and jumped at that chance!     Cat took a little video of the adventure with her phone: [video_lightbox title="Taking a Ride in a Vintage Stern Steerer" video_url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJLDbsx8EXU"] Taking a Ride in a Vintage Stern Steerer Video [/video_lightbox] Of course it wasn't without a little excitement.  We did hit a gust and spun out and I got tossed out.  Just a small…

I got a call today from an iceboating buddy who set up his stern steerer on the lake.  There was no wind sadly but the sails where up and she was a sight to see! A stern steerer was the original iceboat.  Ice Yachts they were called.  Built like, steered like, and sailed similar to the sailboats they mimicked.    They where big, difficult to travel with and hard to set up without a lot of help.  But they were fast.  All that sail area, combined with weight for stability meant they went fast.   They also had the ability to hold two or three people. So in the 1930's (1937 to be exact) a call went out through the…

There's a lot of ice sailing going around New England. A bunch of us are sailing on Lake Massabesic. It's a smallish lake, but the wind is good and we have the yacht club right there, so we open it up, crank up the heat, so on cold days you can go in and warm up. The big lakes - Winnipesaukee or Sunapee, you're forced to go back to your truck at the public launches and warm up. So sure, we don't have the big ice, but we have the ammenities. And where else are you going to get views like this?

There are actually videos on the video page right now... Imagine that! Click the link on the top bar or head over to: http://carterbrown.com/videos/ and you'll currently see a bunch of videos of my iceboating adventures. Iceboating is a huge passion of mine, which is currently not being met this year as of yet. Lots of snow and a busy schedule have made it difficult. I also sold one of my extra boats last year and sold my custom shrouds with it (I'm too nice), so I'm going to need to scramble soon here and set up a new mast. I had another one that's been out on loan for a few years now. I know where it is, but…

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