often cannot find marinas, clubs, or moorings when there is a named
storm. Most marinas blame it on their insurance carriers. This is a
dangerous and frustrating situation.
A BRUSH WITH BUREAUCRACY
We knew the copper paint ban was coming, so last November, I
signed up to haul out my 38-foot Uniflite for new paint. I spent a
week talking to people around San Diego Bay and reading the Port’s
It seems like the Port is trying to legislate bottom paint emissions, but they don’t say what sort of paint would be legal to apply.
None of the extensive paint testing they contracted for documents
the amounts and kinds of emissions left in the water over time.
The Port doesn’t specify how much of what pollutants are to be
allowed. In fact, none of the testing paid for by the taxpayers is of
any use to the people who buy the paint.
Either it’s legal to use today, or it’s not. Nobody could tell me
what paint is going to be legal in the future.
I canceled my haul-out. I expect people will eventually find that
it’s cheaper to pay the lawyers than the boatyards, since this thing is
headed to the courts.
National City, CA
A LASTING IMPRESSION
Thought you would be interested in some personal anecdotes about
Hemingway and Pilar (“Hemingway’s Boat,” February 2012).
My father’s boat was a post-war Wheeler very similar to Ernest’s,
and due to that and their passion for marlin fishing, they were well
acquainted. I remember going to the International Yacht Club in
Havana harbor to fish the Hemingway Tournament annually, and
on more than one occasion, Ernest was still running around in his
underwear and with a hangover. Being young at the time, my father
was always concerned on the impression it would make on me. Well,
I remember it more than 50 years later!
The Gulf Stream current ran very close to the coast. Many of the
best marlin fishing days we had were in these waters, and not more
than two to three miles from shore.
Years later, in the early 1980s, we had the pleasure of giving
Leicester Hemingway (Ernest’s younger brother) rides to Bimini
from Junior’s Tackle in South Miami Beach on our 35-foot Bertram,
and my father would sit and chat with Leicester to reminisce about
Ernest and Pilar.
Juan A. Galan, Jr.
Coral Gables, FL
Editor’s Note: Paul Hendrickson’s book Hemingway’s Boat was recently
named a finalist in the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award.
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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 Letters ToEditor@BoatUS.com
Canadian Seafari: Ken Tarr and Joyce McDonald sent in this
shot of their 2-year-old Jeanneau, Seafari, on a sailing trip
to McGregor Bay last summer. “We traveled with our good
friends Kimberly and Tom rowland aboard their sailboat,
Halbtrocken.” The trip included Tobermory, Snug Harbor, little
Current, South Benjamin island, and Killarney.
Dan Quinn and
in this shot
taken by mom,
on our way from
york, in this
photo,” says Dad.
There Are Days Like This: Stephen Blumenthal and Katy were
captured drying off after an inflatable ride through Biscayne Bay
on Scott Blumenthal’s 28-foot Concept Boat called Dragon Butt.