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OBIE’S TRIUMPHS AND TRIALS
HAD QUITE AN IMPACT ON READERS
Your article by Obie Usategui (“Oh, The Torment,” Oct. 2011) hit me
in the solar plexus. It was so nice to read something by someone who
was not a raging success at everything he did in life and as a result
owned a boat the size of Rhode Island. Like Obie, I own a relatively
small boat in my circle, and yet I bet I enjoy my boat more than
anyone else around me. Like Obie, I too have been embarrassed by
“mechanical challenges” when entertaining family or friends. I, too,
have had some life-altering marriage and business misadventures. But
I’ve never given up my love for my boat and “the lake.” I’d rather
spend Christmas day on my “winterized” boat reading BoatU.S.
Magazine and my best book than be anywhere else.
Saint Peters, MO
Robert Youngman’s photo, supposedly of Oneida on page 6 of your
December issue, appears to actually be the 126-foot steam yacht
Cangarda, built in 1901, restored in 2007 by Jeff Rutherford in
Richmond, California, and now steaming along the New England
Coast. Her owner, Bob McNeil, is currently restoring the 1885, 131-
foot schooner Coronet at the International Yacht Restoration School
in Newport, with Rutherford’s management. By the way, nice issue!
It feeds the dream to cruise the French canals.
Editor’s Note: Oneida was the yacht on which President Grover
Cleveland received clandestine surgery in 1893, which was described in
award-winning author Matthew Algeo’s popular feature in our October
issue, “The President, A Yacht, And A Secret Operation” ( www.BoatUS.
com/Magazine/2011/october/ conspiracy.asp). Algeo had written that the
yacht had been sold for scrap, and after our issue came out, we received
and printed reports of our members’ recent “sightings” of Oneida. Alas,
it appears those sightings were of a similar vintage steam yacht, and that
Oneida has indeed been lost to history and the scrap heap.
I enjoyed reading about Bernadette Bernon’s adventures cruising the
French canals (“Charter Far Afield,” Dec. 2011). My wife and I had
often thought about exploring the European canals, and in 1999,
were researching the various charter companies. Then in November
Tying The Knot: Long Island residents Joann and Michael
put their boat to good use at the Sunset Harbor Marina in
Patchogue, New York, last September, when they got married
aboard. “Captain Arnold officiated and it was a beautiful day
surrounded by all our family and friends,” says the couple.
Which Century Am I In, Anyway?: “This is a photo I took
from our 21-foot open-bow Reinell in Lake Ontario, with my
wife Renee,” says Bill Bray of Webster, New York. “We were
two miles offshore from the port of Rochester.”
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