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A Look Back at Eighteen Years In the Same Boat

Way back in 1999 — before Facebook, broadband, and the ascendency of “Lord Google” — Farwell Forrest and I began writing In the Same Boat, a weekly column for what was then the newly launched canoeing and kayaking website Paddling.net. Our column was published every Tuesday for the better part of two decades, and while our articles covered a broad range of topics, the unifying theme was always the many joys (and occasional travails) of messing about in small, no‑octane boats. But nothing lasts forever, and we wrote our last column for Paddling.net — it was Paddling.com by then — on August 29, 2017. That wasn’t the end of In the Same Boat, however: On the following Saturday we shifted our mooring to Back in the Same Boat, and our old columns traveled with us. All 900-odd of them are right here, in what we like to think of as In the Same Boat: The Collector’s Edition.

What lies ahead? More of the same. Plus much that’s entirely new. We’ll be publishing new articles every Tuesday, and republishing old ones, newly overhauled and refitted, every Friday. And we’ll be spreading our net even wider than before, to encompass subjects we only touched on during our first 18 years. It promises to be an interesting voyage, and we hope you’ll join us.

Is this your first visit to Back in the Same Boat? Want to see what you’ve been missing? Then hop on over to “Current Articles” for a chronological index to all the In the Same Boat articles published since we picked up our new mooring.

Welcome aboard! And remember, we’re all in the same boat.

— Tamia Nelson

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