Articles

“Soundproofing 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – January 2016 – This is the last published piece of work authored by Capt. Launer.

“The Gunter Rig 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2015

“Boarding Ladders 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2015

“Wiring Terminals 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2015

“AIS 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2015

“Sail Tell-Tales 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2014

“Paper Chartds 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2014

“Marine Electrical Wire 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2014

“ Leech Lines 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2014

“Sacrificial Anodes 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2014

“Coaxial Cable 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2014

“Wind-Vane Steering 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2013

“Standing Rigging Terminals 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2013

“Chart Datum and GPS 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2014

“The Cunningham 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2013

“Draft Adjusters 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2013

“Spreaders 101” Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2013

“Compass Errors” Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2013

“The Hand Bearing Compass 101” Good Old Boat Magazine -Nov. 2012

“Apogee, a Southern Cross 31” Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov.2012

“The Gaff Rig Sail 101” Good Old BoatMagazine -Sept.2012

“Outhauls-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2012

“Boom Vangs 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2012

“Hoses 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2012

“Boat Refrigeration 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2012

“Icebox Insulation 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2011

“Two-Timing Table” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2011

“Measuring Boat Speed 101” – Good Old Boat – Sept. 2011

“Cruising Into Old Age” – Forked River Gazette – Sept. 2011

“Mechanical Advantage 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2011

“Dorade Draft Excluder” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2011

“Water Tanks 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2011

“Termites of the Sea” – Forked River Gazette – April 2011

“Forked River – the River and the Town” – Forked River Gazette – March 2011

“Watermakers 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Mar. 2011

“Sea Nettles” – Forked River Gazette – Feb. 2011

“Displacement Hull Speed 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2011

“GPS Vulnerabilities-101”- Good Old Boat Magazine- Nov. 2010

“The Mainland Side of the Bay” – Forked River Gazette – Sept. 2010

“Buoyancy & Displacement-101” -Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2010

“Barnegat Bay” – Forked River Gazette – Aug. 2010

“Reversal of Magnetism” – Forked River Gazette – July 2010

“Why Boats Sink” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2010

“Charting Our World” – Forked River Gazette – June 2010

“Lifelines-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2010

“Beginning of the Satellite Age” – Forked River Gazette – April 2010

“Propellers – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2010

“The Early Pacific Navigators” – Forked River Gazette – Feb. 2010

“Travelers – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2010

“The Magical Compass” – Forked River Gazette – Dec. 2009

“Cranberry Inlet” – Forked River Gazette – Nov. 2009

“Wind Generators-101”-Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2009

Book: “The Galley – How Things Work” – Sept. 2009

“The Schooner Era” – Forked River Gazette – Sept 2009

“Lazy Jacks – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2009

“The Ice Age” – Forked River Gazette – Aug. 2009

“The Ditch Bag-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2009

Book: “Navigation Through the Ages” – June 2009

“Mooring Buoy Pickup-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2009

“Fathers and Sons” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2009

“Shore Power Adapters-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2009

“Schooners on the Bay” – Nor’easter Magazine – March 2009

“Signaling for Help-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2009

“A Shelf of Many Purposes” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2009

“Anchor Lights-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2008

“Waterspouts” – Good Old Boat Magazine (on-line) – Sept. 2008

“Inverters-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2008

“Bronze and Brass-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2008

“Destination: Barnegat Bay – Nor’easter Magazine – August 2008

“Destination Atlantic City” –Nor’easter Magazine – July 2008

“Seafarer-34” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2008

“Electronic Lifesavers-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2008

“Cruising Guide to Southern New Jersey” – Nor’easter Magazine – April 2008

“Cruising Delaware Bay and Cape May” – Nor’easter Magazine – April 2008

“Sailtrack Lubricator” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2008

“Fume Detectors-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2008

“EPIRBs, PLBs, and SARTs – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – January 2008

“Dock Lines-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2007

“Folding Dinghies by the Score” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2007

Book: “Lessons from My Good Old Boat” – Sheridan House Pub. – Oct. 2007

“Fire Extinguishers-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2007

“To Have and to Hold” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2007

“The Space-Age Sailor” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2007

“Wind Terminology-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2007

“The New Jersey Pirates” – Nor’easter Magazine – May 25, 2007

“The Blue Network” – Peacock North Magazine – Spring 2007

“Anchor Sentinels-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2007

“Identity -Your Boat’s Birth Certificate” – Nor’easter Magazine – April 13, 2007

“Navigation Instruments without Cords” – Nor’easter Magazine – Mar. 30, 2007

“A Guide to the Intricacies of Solar Panels” – Nor’easter Magazine – Mar. 2, 2007

“Reefing and Furling Jibs-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Mar. 2007

“GPS, DGPS, and WAAS” – Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book – 2007

“Standing Rigging-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2007

“Iron Wind – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2006

“Finding Your Way” – Nor’easter Magazine – Oct. 13, 2006

“Cabin Heaters – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept./Oct. 2006

Book: “Dictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations” – Sheridan House Pub. – Sept. 2006

“Mainsail Handling-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2006

“Compass – 101” – Nor’easter Magazine – May 2006

“Nautical Time-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2006

“How Deep?” – Nor’easter Magazine – April 28, 2006

“Deciphering an HIN” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2006

“Galley Stoves-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2006

“GPS, DGPS, and WAAS” – Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book – 2006

“The Alternator” – Nor’easter Magazine – Jan. 2006

“To Have and to Hold” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2006

“Solar Panels – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2006

“Nautical Compass-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2005

“Rope – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2005

“Barnegat Bay Watch” – The Beachcomber – June 2005

“Radar-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2005

“Double Fenders” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July/Aug. 2005

“Plotting a Course” – Nor’easter Magazine – May 2005

“GPS, DGPS, and WAAS” – Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book – Nov. 2005

“Binoculars-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2005

“The Rhodes-22” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2005

“Seven Simple Do-It-Yourself Fixes” – Offshore Magazine – April 2005

“Simple Solutions” – Offshore Magazine – April 2005

“Logging Time” – Chesapeake Bay Magazine – March 2005

“Chart Plotters – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2005

“Logging Time” – Offshore Magazine – Feb. 2005

“Shaft-Logs – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan./Feb. 2005

“Christmas Eve on Kinery Rock”- Nor’easter Mag. (Ches. Bay Edition) – Nov. 2004

“GPS, DGPS, and WAAS” – Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book – Nov. 2004

“It’s About Time” – Nor’easter Magazine – Nov. 2004

“Winter Agitation” – Nor’easter Magazine – Oct. 2004

“The Trouble with Wetlands Construction” – Nor’easter Magazine – Oct. 2004

“Bilge Pumps-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2004

“Resurrected” – Nor’easter Magazine – Oct. 2004

“Cruising Into Old Age” – Nor’easter Magazine – Oct. 2004

“Bolt-Rope it on” – Marine Fabricator – Oct. 2004

“Do It Yourself – Kayak” – Nor’easter Magazine – Sept. 2004

“The Alternator” – Nor’easter Magazine – Sept. 2004

“Emergency Starting Button” – Nor’easter Magazine – Sept. 2004

“Seacocks – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2004

“Boltropes and Tracks” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2004

“The New Jersey Pirates” – The Beachcomber – Aug. 2004

“It’s a Blast” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2004

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2004

“To Have and to Hold” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2004

“Magnetically Speaking” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2004

“GPS Primer” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2004

“Sea Nettles” – Nor’easter Magazine – Aug. 2004

“Visiting the Kills” – Nor’easter Magazine – July 2004

“In With the Tide” – Nor’easter Magazine – July 2004

Good Old Boat Magazine CD for 1998-1999, including my articles – July 2004

“Slap-Stick” – Nor’easter Magazine – July 2004

“Destination Atlantic City” – Nor’easter Magazine – July 2004

“The Forked River” – Nor’easter Magazine – July 2004

“They’re Back” – Nor’easter Magazine – July 2004

“Barnegat Bay Watch” – Nor’easter Magazine – June 2004

“Fiberglass-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2004

“Barnegat Bayman” – Nor’easter Magazine – June 2004

“Revised Cruising Guide Now Available” – Nor’easter Magazine – June 2004

“New Jersey Expands No Discharge Zones” – Nor’easter Magazine – June 2004

“Fort Delaware” – Nor’easter Magazine – June 2004

Book – Revised 2nd Edition: “A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters” – Rutgers University Press – June 2004

“Cruising New Jersey – Part IV” – Nor’easter Magazine – May 2004

“Cruising New Jersey – Part III” – Nor’easter Magazine – May 2004

“Barnegat Light” – Nor’easter Magazine – May 2004

“Steering Systems – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – April 2004

“Terminal Fittings” – Good Old Boat Magazine – April 2004

“Cruising New Jersey – Part II – Nor’easter Magazine – April 2004

“Cruising New Jersey – Part 1” – Nor’easter Magazine – April 2004

“Tidal Confusion” – Nor’easter Magazine – April 2004

“Cape May” – Nor’easter Magazine – March 2004

“GPS-101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Mar. 2004

“Sound Off” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Mar. 2004

“Book review: “How Boat Things Work” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2004

“Magnetic Fascination” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2004

“Things that go Slap in the Night” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2004

“Diesel Engines 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2004

“Alternators 101” – Good old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2003

“Building a Hard-Top Dodger” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2003

“GPS, DGPS, and WAAS” – Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book – 2004” – Nov. 2003

“The Miracle of Tides” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2003

“Marine Band – 101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2003

“Emergency Start Button” – Good Old Boast Magazine – Sept. 2003

“New Jersey Discharge Laws” – Soundings – Sept. 2003

“Depth-Sounders -101” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2003

“The Runaway Plug” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2003

“The Gentle Art of Rowing” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2003

“Drifting Into Old Age” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2003

“Watch Your Winches” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2003

“Have a Soda Blast” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2003

“Starving Shorebirds Need a Helping Hand” – Times-Beacon Newspapers – Feb. 2003

“Repowering – Part II” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2002

“Repowering – Part I” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2002

“Risen from the Ashes” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2002

“Shore-power Cover” – Good Old Boat Magazine – July 2002

“Preparing for the Big Blow” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2002

“Overboard Ladder” – Good Old Boat Magazine – May 2002

“Tackle Your Blocks” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Mar. 2002

“Deadeyes” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2002

“Remember When” – Asbury Park Press – Jan. 5, 2002

“Bowsprits, Bumpkins, and Belaying Pins” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2001

“Marina Profile: All in The Family” – Offshore Magazine – Nov. 2001

“Chris Bauer and his boats” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2001

“Winter Agitation” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2001

“Elegant all-season solution” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Sept. 2001

“Marina Profile: Going Down to the Crossroads” – Offshore magazine – May 2001

“John Moyer” – Offshore Magazine – April 2001

“Improve Your Dodger” – Good Old Boat Magazine – March 2001

“Marina Profile: All in the Family” – Offshore Magazine – Feb. 2001

“O, How She Scoons” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Jan. 2001

“The Club-Footed Jib” – Good Old Boat Magazine – Nov. 2000

“Marina Profile: A True Fair Haven” – Offshore Magazine – Nov. 2000

“Marina Profile: Location, Location” – Offshore Magazine – Sept. 2000

“Marina Profiles: A Trump Card” – Offshore magazine – June 2000

“Marina Profile: Three In One” – Offshore magazine – April 2000

“Slapstick” – Chesapeake Bay Magazine – Feb. 2000

“It’s About Time” – Good Old Boat magazine – Jan. 2000

“A Mid-Winter Visit” – Good Old Boat magazine – Jan. 2000

“Cruising into Old Age” – Offshore magazine – Dec. 1999

“Marina Profile: Crystal Point Yacht Club” – Offshore magazine – Dec. 1999

“Christmas Eve on Kinery Rock” – Good Old Boat magazine – Nov. 1999

“Cruising Guide to Cape May, NJ” – Coastal Cruising magazine – Oct. 1999

“Marine Profile: Greenwich Boat Works” – Offshore magazine – Sept. 1999

“Cruising NJ Waters” (2-part series) – The Beachcomber – Aug. 1999

“A Cruise up the Delaware” – Coastal Cruising magazine – June 1999

“Satellite Navigation Rolls Over” – Offshore magazine – July 1999

“Storm Warnings” – Offshore magazine – July 1999

“Marina Profile: Riverbank Marina” – Offshore magazine – July 1999

“Marina Profile: Ted & Sons Marina” – Offshore magazine – April 1999

“Marina Profile: Lighthouse Marina” – Offshore magazine – March 1999

“Marina Profile: Dillons Creek Marina” – Offshore magazine – Nov. 1998

“Barnegat Inlet” – Offshore magazine – September 1998

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – Offshore magazine – June 1998

“Waterways West of New York City” – Waterway Guide – 1998

“Ask the Captain” – Regular column in The Beachcomber- May, June, July, & August

1998- Also syndicated in The Sandpaper of Cape May & The Sandpaper of Ocean City, NJ

Book: – “Sail – Things That Work” – contributions to a compilation – April 1998

“Marina Profile: Cape Island Marina” – Offshore magazine – April 1998

“Things That Work” – SAIL magazine – January 1998

“Lucky Town” – Offshore magazine – January 1998

“Things that Work” – SAIL magazine – December 1997

“Marina Profile: Rick’s Marina” – Offshore magazine – November 1997

“The Recreant” – Waterfront Echo – November 1997

“The Best of Cruising World” – CD – (Includes three of my previously- published articles) – December 1997

“Cape May Harbor” – Offshore magazine – November 1997

“An Affair of a Lifetime” – Ocean Echo – August 1997

“Ask the Captain” – Regular column in The Beachcomber- May, June, July, & August 1997- Also syndicated in The Sandpaper of Cape May & The Sandpaper of Ocean City, NJ

“Marina Profile: Seaview Harbor Marina” – Offshore magazine – May 1997

“Cruising New Jersey’s East Coast” – New Jersey Waterways magazine – March / April 1997

Book (paperback): “A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters” – Rutgers UniversityPress March 1997

“New Jersey Hideaway” – Offshore magazine – March 1997

“Marina Profile: High Bar Harbor Yacht Club” – Offshore magazine – Nov. 1996

“Under the Beam of old Barney” – Offshore magazine – Oct. 1996

“Tides Along Coastal New Jersey” – New Jersey Waterways magazine – Sept. 1996

“Preparing for the Big Blow” – New Jersey Waterways magazine – August 1996

“Barnegat Bay Watch” – New Jersey Waterways magazine – August 1996

“To Have and to Hold” – New Jersey Waterways magazine – July 1996

“A Coast Guard Station Recycled” – New Jersey Waterways magazine – July 1996

Book (hardcover): “A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters” – Rutgers University Press – Nov. 1995

“Sarajevo Remembered” – The Beachcomber – August 1995

“Boats and Big Blows” – The Beachcomber – June 1995

“Ask the Captain” (regular column) – The Beachcomber – May 1995, May 1995, July 1995, July 1995, July 1995

Book Review: “Boater’s Books” – The Beachcomber – July 1994

“Pining for Toms River” – Offshore magazine – May 1994

“Take the Worry out of Wet Storage” – Cruising World magazine -Oct. 1993

“Sailing Into the Smooth Waters of Old Age” – The Beachcomber -August 1993

“Tides of Change” – The Beachcomber – June 1993

“You Can Coast Into a New Age” – Cruising World magazine – July 1993

“Signposts on the Water” – The Beachcomber – June 1993

“My Home Port, Forked River” – Offshore magazine – Jan. 1993

“Christmas Eve at Kinery Rock” – Offshore magazine – Dec. 1992

“The Water Works” – Cruising World magazine – Aug. 1992

“Watching the Bay” – The Beachcomber July 18, 1992

“Staying on Course” – The Beachcomber May 30, 1992

“Two Sheets to the Wind” – The Beachcomber – May 30, 1992

“The Early Days at ABC” – Scene-16 – March 1992

“ABC-TV’s First Echo Chamber” – Scene-16 – April 1992

“Transiting the Jersey Shore” – Offshore magazine – May 1992

“Bay Man of the Barnegat” – The Down Kreek Journal – Dec. 1991

“Remote Feed Compatibility in the Early Days” – Scene-16 – Oct. 1991

“Delaware Bay” – Offshore magazine – Oct. 1991

“Then and Now” – Scene-16 – July 1991

“Sailing: A Rich Man’s Sport” – The Beachcomber – July 14, 1991

“Coasting Into Retirement” – The Beachcomber – April 8, 1990

“Solo Sailing” – The Beachcomber – May 18, 1990

“A Midwinter Visit” – The Beachcomber – June 9, 1989

“A Midwinter Visit” – Cruising World magazine – March 1989

“The Versatile Breadfruit” – Cruising World magazine – Nov.1987

“Slap Stick” – The Beachcomber – June 11, 1987

“Keeping Wood Blocks Rolling” – SAIL magazine – June 1987

“Apogee, the Culmination” – The Beachcomber – July 3, 1986

“Make a Half-Hull Model” – SAIL magazine – Nov. 1985

“Cruising Guide to New Jersey’s Inland Waters” – Cruising World magazine – June 1985

“Belay That Line” – Cruising World magazine – May 1985

“The Operations Book” – Cruising World magazine – Dec. 1984

“Season’s End” – The Beachcomber – Oct. 4, 1984

“Going Aloft” – Cruising World magazine – Sept. 1984

“Season’s Birth” – The Beachcomber – May 17, 1984

“Let’s Make Some Music” – Cruising World magazine – March 1984

“Blue Crab Delight” – Book: “The Best of People & Food Cookbook” – Published 1984

“Join the Club-Footed Club” – Cruising World magazine – June 1983

“Soaring like a Seabird into Spring” – Cruising World magazine – April 1982

“The New Jersey Pirates” – The Beachcomber – Aug. 27, 1981

“Those Other Edibles in the Bay” – The Beachcomber – July 23, 1981

“Clams & Cans” – Cruising World magazine – May 1981

“Season’s End” – Cruising World magazine – October 1981

“Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway” – The Beachcomber – July 3, 1980

“Barnegat Bay Was in a Teaching Mood” – Cruising World magazine – Jan. 1980

“An Affair of a Lifetime” – Cruising World magazine – June 1979

“The Home Winery” – The Bergen Record – Sunday magazine supplement – Oct. 19, 1968

“Interpreting the Pulse-Cross Display” – Broadcast Engineering magazine May 1966

“Producing and Interpreting the Pulse-Cross – Part II” – Television Engineering magazine – Nov. 1951


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Captain Launer's family would like to share the following with you: On June 15, 2015, Captain Donald Launer passed away. If you have any questions about his books or articles, please use the contact form on the website.