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CHASING THE RAIN CLOUDS AWAY
Having a new issue of BoatU.S. Magazine on my desk eased the pain
of a rainy start to the Memorial Day weekend. It is always a treat to
read about yourself in a national magazine, and this morning I not
only read about Charlevoix, where my family has lived or summered
for five generations, but also about the old wooden boats here, three
of which belong to us, and can be seen in use on the west end of
Lake Charlevoix. Thanks for the great kickoff to the weekend!
FLOATING FELINES PUT UP A FIGHT
I just read “It’s A Dog’s Life
(Jacket),” (June/July 2012).
What? Nothing about cats?
Here’s a picture of my furry
first-mate, Jiri Too. Please note
the jack line for added safety.
The life jacket has to have mesh
under his chest with holes for
his front paws, otherwise he
can wriggle out of the jacket.
Tyler H. Thompson
SOME THINGS SHOULD BE THROWN OVERBOARD
I just received the June/July issue of BoatU.S. Magazine and have
already read it cover to cover. I noticed something in the “At The
Helm” column I thought should be clarified.
Margaret Podlich talks about a jingle to remember required safety
equipment (LEFTS), and mentions a throwable cushion. It should
be a throwable device. While a cushion is an acceptable device, it
may not be the best. Personally, I feel a life ring is the better way to
go because it’s made to have a safety line attached to it. Have you
ever tried to throw a cushion on a windy day? If you miss the person
in the water, you can’t retrieve the cushion like a ring with a line. I
have 50 feet of floating, yellow polypropylene line attached to mine.
As an added benefit when we swim, I put the ring in the water
so we have a place to rest if needed, and it lets other boats know a
swimmer is in the area.
Miller Place, NY
Keep It Cozy! Life
jacket? Check. Radio?
Check. Sunglasses and
beanie? Check! Katie
Newton stands at the
helm of her Papa’s
boat Scout last fall on
Lake Allatoona, north
of Atlanta. Six-year-old Katie and her little
sister Peyton love to
visit their grandfather
Michael Ramy, because
they know it will always
involve a day on the
New England Cruisers: Every year for the past 15 years,
Tom Noonan and his three friends take a weeklong cruise
aboard his 27-foot Albin, starting from Childs River in East
Falmouth, Massachusetts. “We’ve been as far south as Block
Island, and as far north as Portland, Maine,” he says. “There
have been several trips to Boston, and the year before last we
circumnavigated Cape Cod. Last year’s Buzzards Bay trip was
curtailed a little bit as a result of Hurricane Irene.”
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