Nautical Stars Helps Save Old Boats with Newsletter

A crusade to save nautical treasures of the past, has led Ginger Marshall Martus to publish Bone Yard Boats—a newsletter that since 1966 has been dedicated to saving old wooden boats. She was inspired to preserve the boats that she remembered growing up around the Manhasset Bay in Port Washington, New York. Her dad and uncle ran the A&R Marshall Inc. marine business for about 40 years and as a teenager, she worked with craftsmen and crew who really cared about the boats at the boat yard.

Her personal experience with trying to save old boats led to a realization that there is a big following of other people who want to do the same. This led her to develop the niche publication Bone Yard Boats newsletter that continues to bring new homes to “Good Old Boats.”
The main purpose is to inform people where salvageable boats are located before they are destroyed. Reaching across the United States and Canada, the newsletter has seen exceptional growth over the years. The boat listings range from big to little and include both sail and power. The prices range from FREE to $10,000. Listings come from marinas, boatyards, maritime museums, boat building schools and the private sector. Also included, are photos and articles about people who share the passion for preserving these vessels.

Bone Yard Boats is published three times a year, in spring, summer, and fall. A special “preview page” is published each January. A subscription is $17 per year. Send inquiries to NAUTICAL STARS, P.O. Box 2065, Vincentown, NJ 08088 or call (609) 859-2370.