AT THE HELM
VOLUME XVII, No. 5, OCT/NOV 2011
At Work For You!
We hAve A motto here — Boatu.S. At Work For You! on the water or on the
road, working legislative issues, or fast, efficient, claims adjusting, we’re always
working for you. that applies as well to BoatU.S. Magazine. We’re constantly improving our flagship publication. Now, in this issue, we’re also presenting a more
modern look — clean, fresh, and easier to navigate.
Practical Boater —BoatU.S. has an extremely active membership, all of whom are
boat owners. Thanks to the regular communication we have with you, and the trust we
share, we have a pretty clear perspective on who you are, and what you may need and hope
for in your diverse boating lives. As we planned our magazine redesign, as a high priority
we focused on our hands-on passionate boat owners. Turn to page 64 and you’ll find a new
section called “Practical Boater,” which will be your place, in every issue going forward, to
find solid answers to your technical boat-systems challenges, as well as inspiration and specific
step-by-step guidance to achieve success on your boat as you upgrade it, fix it, and install new
equipment. The stable of experts we’ve assembled to write this section of our magazine is the
best in the business, and we’ve made all 12 of them available to members at all times via our
website. Visit www.BoatUS.com/Experts and you’ll find an in-depth archive from our experts
on all manner of projects and solutions for your technical challenges. Then, in each and every
issue, we’ll present a selection of some of the most interesting questions and answers.
Our Rich Heritage—Over the last couple of years, we’re proud to have introduced a
series of articles in BoatU.S. Magazine that explore our country’s maritime history. We’ve presented stories about how you and your family can retrace famous battles of the Civil War aboard
your own boat, given you biographies of some of the most incredible historic voyages around
the Americas, and looked at the sometimes-tumultuous history behind some of our most
unique yacht clubs. In this issue, we feature an incredible story by national-award-winning
historian Matthew Algeo that reveals newly released details of one of the most extraordinary
presidential cover-ups of all time — which took place aboard a recreational boat! We’re proud
to bring you this exclusive story, and to continue our magazine’s tradition of telling great tales
from the past.
The Most Involved Readership—In every issue, we present articles based entirely
on your contributions and input. For instance, 2,000 of your photos made our 2011 photo
contest the most dramatic and successful in the marine business; your recipes make our
cooking website a very mouth-watering destination; your money-saving ideas made a practi-
cal and helpful feature; your ideas for news stories and
articles are in every issue; your pet photos have made
up some of our most-watched sections of our website.
This month, we present our newest member-generated
feature, and it’s inspirational. We asked you how you
got a reluctant partner to love boating as much as you
do. On page 32 we present a selection of some of the
best, and we’ve put many of your other great stories on
our website: www.Boatus.com/Magazine
Thanks again for your constant support and
feedback. Let us know how you like our new look,
and please stay in touch.
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER Richard Schwartz
PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER
Nancy S. Michelman
EXECU TIVE 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, Chris Landers, Tom Neale
PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE
PROOFREADER Regina Cruz
ART DIRECTOR Carla Shamblen
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING
John Bratten, Advertising Sales Manager
William J. McVey, Jr.
PHONE: 212-316-0383 / 800-447-4766
880 S. Pickett St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
address change: 800-395-2628
©BoatU.S. Magazine (ISSN 1090-1272) Published bimonthly by Boat
Owners Association of The United States, 880 South Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304 (six issues). Periodicals Postage Paid at Alexandria, VA. and at additional mailing offices.
Subscription is $6.00 annually to BoatU.S. members. Contact
BoatU.S. for permission to reprint articles, (703) 461-2864.
POSTMASTER: Send Change of Address to BoatU.S. Magazine, 880 South Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304 (2011).
President & Publisher
4 | BoatU.S. Magazine
octoBer | NovemBer 2011