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DRINK DEEPLY FROM LIFE, AND SEIZE THE DAY
“From Water to Wine” by Peter Schroeder and Risa Wyatt (Aug.
2012) was a well-written reminder to all boaters of the enjoyment
that awaits us when we plan to have fun. Yes, we all dutifully read
about maintenance and safety matters. But it was a breath of fresh
air to tour the vineyards that beckon us when we plan fun trips of
our own. The added enticement? That these authors had so much
fun on a reasonably sized boat. They pleasantly gave us all a kick in
the pants to take out our charts and cruising guides and to drink in
the pleasurable destinations that often lie at our doorsteps.
Frank T. Strafaci
We’re boaters here in eastern Tennessee, on the Tennessee Valley
Authority’s massive lakes, and I was so taken by “From Water to
Wine” that I contacted author Peter Schroeder in hopes of receiving more information; he sent me some excellent tips. Our 50th
wedding anniversary is next year and we’d like to lease a cruiser
for a week and retrace Peter and Risa’s cruise around the San Juan
Islands, as it sounded so wonderful. We’re avid boaters and classic-car collectors, and in both “hobbies” there are one or two excellent
publications that just hit the nail on the head every time. When it
comes to boating, BoatU.S. Magazine is the one for us, and I look
forward to receiving each issue, as it’s always full of timely and
topical articles, like Peter’s. Great job! Perry Anthony
SLOWING DOWN TO ENJOY THE LOOP
I enjoyed “Inspired To Travel: The Looper Lifestyle” (Aug. 2012),
but readers should know that it’s not necessary to do the Loop in
eight weeks or six months, or in a continuous trip. The more time
you take, the more enjoyable the experience. Thirty years ago my
wife and I did the Loop in a 23-foot Westerly Nomad sailboat. The
tabernacle-mounted mast could be lowered or raised by one person in 20 minutes. We could lower the mast for a canal, or a long
bridge wait, then raise it for a stretch of open water. We did the trip
in a number of three-month summer vacations and included side
excursions in the Finger Lakes, the Florida Keys, and the Bahamas.
Except for narrow rivers and canals, large portions of the trip can
be made under sail. Our fuel bill for the entire trip was only $600.
Of course, gas was a lot cheaper then.
We’d trailer the boat to our starting point, sail and motor as
far as we could that summer, then retrieve the car and trailer and
haul the boat home for the winter. The next year we’d start again
from our previous stopping point. Over the years we hit most of
the interesting portions of the Loop. I’d like to stress that there’s
Future Bearing: “My granddaughter Mariah has the
autopilot off and is following
the compass reading of 120
degrees,” says proud grandpa Carl Swanson. The pair
is aboard Carl’s 37-foot Sea
Ray heading from Monroe,
Michigan, to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. “For the entire 32 miles I never had to
touch the wheel. Pretty good mini-captain, huh?”
50 Years And Counting: Six years after Marianne and Rick
Varley moved from Ohio to Solomons Island, Maryland, they
knew exactly how they wanted
to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Get the family in town, put them on their
Chaparral Signature 300, and
score a great photo opportunity.
Rain Or Shine: Misty weather
didn’t stop Ron and Janis
Newton from enjoying some
time on the upper Mississippi
River aboard their 38-foot
Bayliner, Northern Lights II.
Their homeport is Louisiana,
Missouri. Note the BoatU.S.
flag flying on their bow.
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