Old and new, exciting times

What a great time of year, it makes me smile at the past, and get excited like a kid in a candy store for the coming year.  This past year has had so many great memories.


Sunset Newyears blog

Sun setting on 2017, Cuttyhunk

In and OUT of the Boat Shop is growing and gaining more support each month.  Thank you for following and supporting my show.  With 36 episodes so far I have learned a ton filming while being on camera, with at times up to four cameras running.   All while sailing shorthanded or doing projects in the shop.  I look forward to a fun year with Kincora and the show.

Kincora Newyears blog

Kincora sailing into 2018

My commercial filming is also growing with new clients, and documentary projects in the works.  This year was a growing list of How To videos, and a range of editorial shorts.  Some technical and some just for pure entertainment.  I am in the early stages on two documentaries. These are longer term projects that are very exciting.

PGC Newyears blog

Paul getting close filming with FS7

Drone filming has been added to my tool kit.  I am now on my third drone.  Two years ago I purchased my first drone the AirDog.  This was a nice tool but still early in its development.  Earlier this year I added the Splash drone 3, which I though would fit my business well-being waterproof.  It is a great flying drone, but camera bugs made me move on.  So now I am with the DJI and have a Phantom 4 Pro with my sights set on an Inspire 2 with 5.7K camera.  In October I aced my FAA Part 107 commercial drone test, and now am a licensed, insured drone pilot.

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Steak and patatoes, thanks John

2017 I continued my ongoing passion for education, and now use Davinci Resolve 14.2 Studio as my color grading for my SLOG and RAW footage.  As an additional editing tool along to my Premier Pro CC 2017 full suite.  Along with a half a dozen third party software packages that I use.  With all software I make sure to constantly be updating my knowledge, through on-line and in class room courses.  I love the never-ending learning process.

So bye to a wonderful 2017, and time to be excited for 2018.  Wishing all of you a Very Happy 2018 New Years.


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Episode 36, Happy Holidays

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Paul on Kincora at sunrise, by Carol Cronin

Ah December, I love the holidays and the excitement for the new year.  I know it is only numbers on a calendar, but a restart and the exciting adventures ahead make it a fun time.

This time last year, the In and OUT of the Boat Shop, Vimeo show was only an idea.  Now a year, and 36 episodes later, it has a great following and continues to grow.

I am ready for another fun year expanding my commercial work, and keeping In and OUT of the Boat Shop rolling along with Kiincora and beyond.

This episode is a little treat I put together going through the sailing clips for the past season.  Sit back and enjoy the fun ride with a little Christmas Cheer.

Happy Holidays to all

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Episode 35 Single Line Reefing

Hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season.

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Reefing Kincora

This is a requested video for the show.  I have had a couple of followers ask about my reefing system.  For the last 25 years plus, I have used single line reefing on all of my boats.  If you rig the system properly and make sure all the leads are right, reefing becomes an easy task.

The biggest boat I have used this on is 35′. I tried to change the Class 40 I raced on to switch but most are happy with two line reefing, which is great if that works for them.  For me I reef often and want it to be quick in and out.  So single line reefing is my preferred method.

With the Express 27 I went from full main to two reefs in quickly building breeze.  And the Express 27 is tender, so fast and easy made it no problem once the wind was over 30 kts true in the squall.   I would not rule out single line reefing if you are thinking about updating your system.

Check out this episode and let me know how you reef, and what you think of my system.

Have fun, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Blog, and follow the In and Out of the Boat Shop channel.  Link to this episode.

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Episode 34, Slow your boat swinging on the mooring

Kincora Hose Mooring

Kincora pulling hard on her mooring during Hose this year.

Welcome to Fall in New England, it has been a very warm October.  Well that is an understatement, the warmest on record, funny how that keeps happening with some of the warmest months on record every year.

Kincora is out and in her shop and I am a bit behind on the shows.  Commercial work has kept me pretty busy the last two months.  But this week I have another show for you.

Throughout this season I worked on reducing the swinging problem Kincora has while on the mooring, and at anchor.  Most light displacement boats with high aspect foils will have this problem.  There are a number of commercial solutions, and I bet some of them are great.  But for me I like to use what I own and not just be a consumer.  So watch the video and see how I reduce the problem, with material you already own.

Thank you to the followers, and some who have asked for specific shows.  Those requested show will be coming in the next few months.  Follow me on the In and OUT of the Boat Shop, Vimeo channel.  And click on the top right while reading the blog to follow.

The blog  leads to the shows, and has other fun topics throughout the year.

See you soon, Paul

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Tacking & Cross Sheeting, Episode 33

Hard to believe the sailing season is coming to a close for the winter in Rhode Island.  We are still on the water all winter with SUP, and windsurfing till my hands can’t take it.  I do love the change of seasons, a New Englander all the way.

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Cranking in the final sheet after a tack.


Throughout the season I took clips of tacking, knowing I would do a tacking video.  I am very happy with the way I set up the cockpit, and hopefully this video shows how efficient the tacking system is singlehanded.

So hope on board with me and let go do a few good and some bad tacks just to show how I learned from my mistakes.

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See you soon,


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My Dinghy, Episode 32

What an active Fall this year.  I hope all are well and recovering from the devastation the hurricanes have done to the Gulf, Florida, and the islands.  Wishing a speedy recovery for all.

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Reaching into Narragansett Bay

This show is about my dinghy.   Even though when I race there is not a dinghy on board, just my Winslow four person ultralight offshore raft you see in the cockpit.  While trekking with my buddies, or cruising with my wife I carry my dinghy.  Don’t want to give it up with out you watching the show, so let’s get right into it.

Link to My Dinghy, Episode 32

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My Sail Inventory, Episode 31

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Reaching with A5

With summer fading and fall in the air, it is a great time to get out on the water.  Summer crowds are gone and water is still warm. We are just back from a four day trek that took us to Noank, CT to visit friends.  Kincora is a fantastic boat for the two of us.

I have been asked about my sail inventory which is still a work in progress.  I believe in big cross overs, and carrying as few sails as possible.  With the option of masthead and fractional kites that opens up a lot of choices.  Having added a very nice A5 this season I feel the only time for a symmetrical is when I am deeper then 150 apparent.  So only one MH runner is needed.  There could be an option for a fractional symmetrical for deep running in bigger breeze.  But that is not high on my list for this winter.

If you are racing/trekking singlehanded, let me know what boat you have, and your inventory.  Always great to share and learn from the shorthanded gang.

Hop on board and let me show you my inventory and how I feel each works and their sweet windows.  Link: Episode 31 My Sail Inventory

Thanks to all my followers who support my show and if you like the video give it a click.

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