for electronics instead of circuit breakers and install similar-rated
fuses on both the positive and negative wires, as voltage spikes and
surges can find paths on either side. Regarding frozen seacocks, it
should be standard practice whenever you’re belowdecks to cycle
seacocks a few times and knock off scale to keep them operating
freely. Also, thanks for the tip on flipping extinguishers seasonally.
That went on my list. Andrew Kriscoe
Toms River, NJ
DOCUMENT THAT DONATION
Regarding Mike Vatalaro’s boat-donations article (Oct. 2011), I’d
like to add some advice that may be beneficial to the potential
donor. Photograph every bit of the donation to verify the condition.
Include the front page of your local newspaper in each picture to
verify that the photos are current. Collect recent dated ads for similar boats stating their asking price and condition as this will help
document the value of your donation. Remember that you don’t
control the price they sell it for, and if they sell it to a “friend” for
far less than market value you want to be able to document your
Consider splitting your donation. Make a list of all items that
are not an integral part of the boat and donate them in one calendar year, say in November or December. Then in the next calendar
year make the donation of the registered boat itself. You can almost
double the value of your donation.
Have the title transferred in the year that you make the donation and get a copy. Too often this is not done until the boat is
passed on to a new buyer, which may take several years. Also
it avoids additional storage liens if the boat is still titled to you.
Maintain your liability insurance until you have a copy of the new
title showing that the 501(c) 3 is legally the new owner.
As stated in the article, consult with a tax professional
knowledgeable in the laws and rules for your state. There are
significant differences. Being the donor or the recipient of a
charitable donation can be very rewarding financially and very
heartwarming if done properly. I encourage both.
Malcolm A. McAdam
Great Lakes Maritime Institute
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I thought you might be
interested in this pic-
ture of the Oneida,
taken this past sum-
mer in Newport,
Rhode Island. Matthew
Algeo’s excellent article
about President Grover
surgery aboard her in
1893, and the cover-up
that followed, indicated
that its whereabouts
were unknown today.
Robert P. Youngman
New York, NY
Mon(a) Amour: Online searches work well for Sue Moshier.
In 2007 she found Daniel Moshier while looking for another
sailor, and in 2009 she found this 1981 Victoria 18 sloop,
now called Funky Mona, on Craigslist. According to Daniel, a
more-than- 1,600-mile round trip from Massachusetts ensued,
that included a broken axle, then rudder repairs, re-rigging,
one long night of freehanding her name on the side, and a
conversation with Sue about who had the sailing expertise to
claim the helm, before Funky Mona was finally in front of the
their home on Elk Lake, Michigan.
Cat That Got The Cream: Jack Kling sent this photo of his
daughter Sarah, 6, taking the helm on his boat Jack’s Cat in
the lower Chesapeake Bay near Cape Charles, Virginia. “The
smile says it all,” he says.
Cruising The Cape: Nicole Huff, 12, takes the helm on a
beautiful day sailing across Buzzards Bay in Cape Cod. Their
boat is a 22-foot O’Day. Her father Steven took the photo.
SEND PHOTOS! We’d love to see photos of you, your
family, and friends enjoying great times on the water.
E-mail the high-resolution version to us with your name
and address, and tell us who or what’s in the photo to