VOLUME XVI, No. 1, FEB/MAR 2011
Our Shared Passions
s we celebrate our 45th anniversary at BoatU.S., there’s been lots
of talk about what’s new, what’s changed over more than four
decades, and what we’ve held true. Coursing through it all has been
passion — our passion to help you get more out of your boats and
your time on the water, and your passion for the boating lifestyle,
Members never have been shy about expressing opinions on legislation
that should be defeated, or issues that we need to investigate. Your messages
tell us what we did right and where we need improvement. Best of all, when we
ask for feedback on our programs, services, and articles, we get it. For
instance, when we invited you to send us your best shots for our photo
contest, the images flooded in — more than 2,000 entries. The award
winners are unveiled on page 34, and throughout
this issue, so look for our special “Photography
Contest” seal identifying all your inspiring photos.
We received so many terrific pictures, in fact, that
we’re putting the finalists online for all to enjoy at
Most boaters are passionate do-it-yourselfers, deriving
deep pleasure from knowing how to care for, troubleshoot, and fix our
own boats. This is clear from the popularity of the Q&A tech pages of our
website, which are consistently in the top five most frequently visited pages on
BoatUS.com. Indeed, these tech pages are so popular that they’ve inspired our
editors to create an expanded new Ask The Experts column in our magazine.
Taking on the task of answering your boat questions, this month we’re
excited to introduce four top-notch technical experts to our masthead. First up
is John Adey, technical director for ABYC, the national boatbuilding standards
organization, who’s known among his peers to be a trusted source of technical
information for all industry professionals. Next aboard is Don Casey, one of
the most consulted experts in boat care, a systems wizard, and a well-known
author and liveaboard. Our third expert is maintenance, systems, and repair
guru Tom Neale; there’s probably nothing on a boat Tom can’t fix or rebuild.
Read their answers to your questions on page 50. Then, check out our “Ask
The Experts” Online Edition, at www.BoatUS.com/Ask.
Rounding out our tech team is new electronics editor Lenny Rudow, an
award-winning writer, electronics expert, book author,
and accomplished sportfisherman. Starting with this
issue, on page 40, Lenny will bring you the latest
information and honest advice about the ever-evolving
world of marine electronics.
In each issue, these contributing editors, with over
nine decades of experience among them, will be there
for you, to answer your questions on everything from
systems, engines, maintenance, and best techniques.
Check it out, and get in touch. I have a feeling you’ll let
us know what you think!
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER Richard Schwartz
PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER
Nancy S. Michelman
This month, we
introduce you to
the strongest tech
team in boating
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Michael Vatalaro
MANAGING EDITOR Ann Dermody
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ryck Lydecker
CONSUMER EDITOR Caroline Ajootian
ELECTRONICS EDITOR Lenny Rudow
John Adey, Bob Adriance, Don Casey,
Elaine Dickinson, Tom Neale
PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE
PROOFREADER Regina Cruz
AR T DIRECTOR Carla Shamblen
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
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ADVER TISING SALES
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William J. McVey, Jr.
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