An Image Of Rude?
I enjoyed “A Look Back In Boating Time” by Chris Landers
(April 2011), recounting boating’s growth during the last 60
years. I did note a mistake in his article, namely the attribution
of extremely poor boat handling in the photograph on page
50. While the helmsman is clearly violating good seamanship, I
doubt he is a Coast Guard Auxiliarist. The organization expends
a great effort in support of the Coast Guard’s recreational boating
safety mission. It deserves better recognition than the apparent
misattribution the caption makes. — Art Capstaff
Editor’s Note: The photo caption mentioned above caused a great deal of consternation among our members, who couldn’t
imagine Coast Guard Auxilarists behaving
in such a manner, an interpretation of the
caption completely at odds with everything
we know about the Auxiliary. Here’s more
background about the photo: It depicts
a situation that was indeed set up by the
Auxiliary in May of 1959, but they did so to intentionally and dramatically create a public-service message, to demonstrate in photography the
bad behavior they would like boaters to avoid. We apologize for not spelling that out more clearly.
“Get A Fix On Radar” (April 2011) is a well-written and
thoughtful piece with good advice. I have one suggestion: Using
radar to avoid bad weather is under-utilized. When transiting areas
with potentially bad thunderstorms, the extended ranges are quite
useful. I’ve picked up storm cells 15 and 20 nm away.
— Mike Rouzee
New Meaning Of “Shovel Ready”?
I found “Rethinking A Waterway at Eight Knots” (April 2011)
to be most interesting, particularly the objection to defining the
waterway as being from Norfolk, Virginia, to Florida only. Mention
was made of the waterway continuing along the Gulf of Mexico to
Brownsville, Texas. But, why stop there? North of Norfolk is the
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, connecting the bays so named.
Then north of there is the Cape Cod Canal and the Blyman Canal
that avoids the dangers of Cape Ann. The waterway, in fact, runs
from Texas to Maine.
The missing piece in all of this is the Delaware and Raritan
Canal that once crossed New Jersey and eliminated the dangers
of Sandy Hook. This canal served commercial interests and the
yachts of the wealthy through the “Gilded Age,” but was closed by
its owner, the Pennsylvania Railroad, during the Depression, and
partially filled in by the WPA and later the highway gang. But, it
is still mostly intact and watered as a state park across New Jersey.
There are current discussions about reopening it.
1 The Family That Boats Together ... Aida and Eric Klun along
with their daughters Alexis ( 7) and Hannah ( 3) get ready to enjoy
a barbecue dinner on their Sea Ray in Ocean City, Maryland.
2 Did That Really Happen? When Ron and Deborah Cheney
from Wells, Maine, sent this photo of their Sea Ray back in
February, they were dreaming of spring. We’re hoping the snow’s
melted and they’re enjoying some on-the-water sunshine now!
3 Boy’s Best Friend: Drake Regenhardt ( 9) and his boxer
Bu ( 10), get in some bonding time aboard Whaler Watch at
Washington Island, Wisconsin, before a cruise to Baileys Harbor.