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David Pincus from Lake Sherwood,
California, (finalist, “Lifestyles”) took this
shot in British Columbia, with an iPhone.
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SOLUTIONS FROM THE BoatU.S. TECH TEAM
Four times on the Chesapeake Bay, after I anchored, I’ve had someone come in
late and drop a hook inside the range of my swing. I once had a group anchor
close by and drop a stern anchor so they didn’t swing with other boats, and we
almost hit them. What is up on the Chesapeake?
works, we just move, although sometimes
it’s too late in the evening to do this and/
or there’s no room. You shouldn’t have to
move, but it’s better than worrying all night
long about the consequences of others’ poor
TOM NEALE: It’s not just the Chesapeake. This is a problem in many areas. You should see
what happens in the Bahamas, where there’s coral reef, hard sandbars, and no TowBoatU.S.! I
suppose many people on the water these days don’t know much about seamanship and, perhaps, courtesy. One should never anchor inside the scope of the swing of a boat that’s already
there, and one should never assume that all boats swing the same way at the same time
because they don’t. Also, anchoring bow and stern is usually a poor practice even if you’re
the only boat in the harbor because you can’t swing to the wind and current, so you’re more
likely to drag. Add to this a raft-up anchored bow and stern, and it’s exponentially worse.
I’ve found that the best thing to do is to go over in the dinghy and have a friendly “Hey,
how y’doing? Isn’t it a great evening? Oh, by the way, I’m a bit worried ...” type of conversation, and tell them your concerns. Usually this works, but not always. Standing on deck and
yelling usually doesn’t work because the other people interpret the high voice needed to be
heard as hostility. (Not that you’re feeling very kindly toward them at the moment.) If nothing
ARE YOU READY FOR A
DEMANDING LOVE AFFAIR?
The boat I’m interested in is a well-maintained older Grand Banks used in fresh
water, but the guys on the dock tell me to
stay away from a wood boat. I want to use
it in warm Southern saltwater and they say
that worms will make short work of the hull.
Is wood a definite no? Or is there preventive
maintenance that can protect against worms?
DON CASEY: The guys have a point.
Wooden boats do way better in a cold
climate, but there are plenty of wood boats