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BYB VIDEO:  Well, okay, it's really more of a 3-minute slideshow.  To see a random sampling of about 75 boats out of the hundreds and hundreds that have graced the pages of Bone Yard Boats newsletter and website, click the arrow in the center of the image above to start video player.

       ***  VIEWED OVER 35,000 TIMES -- SO FAR!  ***



Winter 2011 Issue: Featured Boat

 Featured in the pages of Bone Yard Boats

  Click article titles to access stories about BYB.

"Finding 'pearls' in the bone yard" -- by Capt Ralph Bush
The Mariner -- April 2011

"Bone Yard Boats"
Living Aboard -- May/June 2009

"The Rescuers"
Good Old Boat -- Issue #57, November 2007

"New Lease on Old Boats"
BoatUS Magazine -- March 1997

 Ginger Martus & David Irving at WoodenBoat 2005





BONE YARD BOATS published its final newsletter in the Fall of 2017.  The website is now for archival purposes only.  The boat listings are, by now, now outdated.

What is Bone Yard Boats?

Bone Yard Boats is a quarterly print newsletter delivered each season: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each issue contains upwards of fifty old boats being offered for sale or adoption -- that means FREE. I try to include as much detail and history as possible. After all, these boats develop unique personalities after 40, 50, or even 75 years! In addition to boats needing new homes, the Bone Yard Boats newsletter often features articles about boat restorations, histories of boat builders, and stories of boats being saved from the chainsaw.

In addition to the print newsletter, subscribers can access the latest newsletter issues -- with color boat photos -- in the <WHEELHOUSE> area of this website by setting up an online account.  Also available to current subscribers with online accounts are individual boat profiles with all the big boat photos that I can't fit in the print newsletter.

Between newsletter issues, subscribers are also sent BYBoat Alert Emails raising awarenes of particular boats in need of new homes.  The boat you've dreaming about may just land in your email inbox!  It has happened.

So, what do I get for my $19.95 subscription fee?

* 4 issues of the print newsletter
* Online access to latest issues in PDF format
* Color boat photos in the latest online issues
* Subscribers list boats for free (individuals)
* Online access to individual boat profiles with more photos
* BYBoat Alert Emails sent sent ~ 1x or 2X per month.

Note: For our subscribers outside of the U.S. & Canada, we offer online newsletter access only; the print newsletter will not be delivered.

Who is Bone Yard Boats?


Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is David Irving, and I am the Publisher/Editor -- and every other role -- of the Bone Yard Boats newsletter and website.  (Okay, if truth be told, my family helps out a little.)

Bone Yard Boats was founded in 1996 by Virginia "Ginger" Marshall Martus. Ginger grew up on Long Island, NY, and her father, Raymond E. Marshall, was the founder and owner of A
& R Marshall, Inc., a marine service and supply business located in Port Washington from the 1920s to the 1960s. Ginger’s youth roaming boat yards and marinas along with her love for old wooden boats lead her to establish Bone Yard Boats when one day in 1996 she sought a reprieve for an old boat destined to be destroyed. What started simply as sending flyers to her friends has grown into a this nautical newsletter with an international audience.

I took over the helm of Bone Yard Boats back in 2005 after reading a story about Ginger and her newsletter in Soundings magazine. Up until that time, Ginger was producing the newsletter on her typewriter and maintaining a 'database' of subscribers on index cards. I knew that Bone Yard Boats could benefit from the infusion of a little technology (e.g., a website, etc.), but the mission remains the same: to "help save old boats" by matching up boats in need of new homes with crazy boaters looking for a project.

I hope you enjoy the website and the collection of some past issues. The website is always changing so please come back often!


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Bone Yard Boats is the quarterly newsletter -- and website -- whose mission is to save old boats.
How do we do that?
By spreading the word through our expanding community of subscribers.
  Bone Yard Boats is firmly dedicated to the belief that for every old boat out there in need of a new home...

...there's a crazy boater looking for a project.
Each issue of the print newsletter contains
~50 boats. 

Many are FREE!
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