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A Detector sAves the DAy in new york
“Poisoned at Sea” (August 2011) struck a chord. My wife and I
had a similar experience, although our carbon-monoxide detectors
shrieked a warning before the situation deteriorated to the point
that it did for Ron and Janie Ressel. Three years ago, on our initial
walk-through of what would become our new Hunter 36, I remember thinking, among other things, “Wow, three carbon-monoxide
detectors, one in each cabin … maybe a little overkill in a relatively
small space.” But then I remembered from my flying days that a little
redundancy in safety systems can be a lifesaver.
One evening in late June, we sat in our cockpit enjoying the
sunset over Erie Basin Marina in our hometown of Buffalo, New York,
after a great day of sailing. Our neighbors were coming back into the
marina. At one point my wife and I looked at each other and said: “I
smell exhaust and raw gasoline.” The smell persisted and was strong
enough that it drove us below. It was muggy down there, so we closed
up the ports and hatches and switched on the A/C. We were getting
ready for an early lights-out when, within 30 seconds of each other,
all three CO detectors started to squeal.
We unplugged the detectors to silence them, opened all the
ports, and went home to sleep. Did the fresh-air intake for the A/C
draw the CO in and concentrate it inside the closed-up boat? Or did it
come in through a low hatch in the aft-cabin that I had opened to cool
it off before bed? And we wondered, had Hunter’s designers not put
all those CO detectors in our boat, and had we gone to bed, would
we have awakened the next morning, or would that previous day have
been our final sail? Jeffrey & Eileen Crane
Buffalo, New York
CAN’T THEY JUST SWAB THE DECK?
One of the best ways we’ve found to keep our kids into boats is
with a book that Danielle Zartman (August 2011) didn’t put on her
great list: The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon and 101 Other Things for Young
Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water. A weird and long title, but
it says it all. Peter & Laura Valerosa
Wantagh, New York
LIONFISH CEVICHE, PLEASE!
Just finished reading “Eating The Aliens” (August 2011) about carp
and lionfish. I live in South Florida and eat out three or four times
per week, and fish is my favorite fare. Lionfish is great eating, but
as of this time not one of the restaurants that I frequent has lionfish
on the menu and when I ask for it, they don’t know what I’m talking about. If we demand them on the menu, we can win this war.
Neil & Deborah Shelley
Palmetto Bay, Florida
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Lake Powell Peekaboo, For Ticaboo David Pape from Arizona
sent in this dramatic photo taken at sunset in Padre Bay, Lake Powell, aboard his 25-foot Albin Ticaboo, a Piute indian word for friendly.
“that’s a Boat U.s. flag below the spreader,” he says. “i spent a week
enjoying the quiet canyons in January and we saw four boats all
week, three being national Park service maintenance vessels.”
Journey Into Eden rob Miculinic and Jodie Johnson from
Pasadena, Maryland, are the proud grandparents to eden (
pictured), on presumably one of her first boat rides. the couple
is photographed aboard their regal 2460 while cruising in the
upper chesapeake Bay.
octoBer | noveMBer 2011