Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Roderick Haig-Brown is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He specialises in commercial marine and commercial fishing writing and photography. He is a regular contributor to a number of marine publications.

FEATURE | Interesting launch for interesting tugs

Vancouver, BC-based Island Tug and Barge, which has just been taken over by Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, recently launched a pair of tugs that will be matched with two of its existing barges. The two boats were built with pins for use in an articulated tug and barge application.

FEATURE | Alaskan power skiffs: smooth operations

Dirk Rozema’s grandfather, Alle, was building wooden power skiffs with gas, Chrysler Crown engines a few years after he arrived from the Netherlands in 1949. After his son, Clarence, joined the family’s Bayview, Washington business, they tried a few diesel powered steel skiffs around 1970. Excessive weight on the steel skiffs soon led to Rozema’s first aluminium skiff, which would have been delivered in the mid-1970s.

FEATURE: The village of the cruisers

Driving south on the coastal highway from the ancient city of Split in Croatia in late October, one is amazed to come on a forest of masts. These are not your usual yacht masts lined in orderly rows in a marina, they are masts of all shapes and they are supported by a range of what at first appear to be spectacularly well maintained mega-yachts. A few are classic, bright finished wood but bold, white, steel-hulled ships with cruise ship style raked bows predominate.

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