AT THE HELM
VOLUME XIX, No. 2, APRIL/MAY 2013
BRING SUMMER ON ALREADY!
I LIVE IN MARYLAND, where winter means I don’t get as much boating in my life
as I’d like. Sure, there are winter opportunities. My daughter, for instance, loves
“frostbite” sailboat racing. But for me, during those early months of the new
year, the potential to turn into a popsicle in near-freezing water keeps me ashore.
So as spring emerges, with the daffodils popping up, trees budding, and
birds chirping, my urge to get back on the water becomes overwhelming. In the
mornings, when I take our crazy dog for a walk around the neighborhood, I peer out at
our local beach and docks. The scene this winter has ranged from grim 20-knot headwinds, white caps on the river, and frigid gray skies, to perfectly serene mornings, with
an eerily still mooring field, gulls floating on the glassy surface. Staring out at the water,
even for a minute, captures a piece of magic that bolsters my soul through a day in the
office or the wild drivers around me on the highway.
That empty mooring field is full of promise. Soon it will start to fill, first with the
brave of heart who don’t mind donning layers of foulies and hats to get the boat out of
the yard and back in the water. Then, seemingly overnight, the view will fill further with
the array of boats — power and sail — that scream, “Finally, it’s SUMMER!” When
that happens, it’s time to do more than longingly look at the water. It’s time to get out
and enjoy it!
Like you, I’m getting ready for that day with excitement. My family is talking about
summer boating plans, organizing boat gear from
last season, and running through our spring
maintenance lists. I can’t wait for the day when
it’s warm enough to get the kids out and then
together we’ll put the first coat of wax on the
Boston Whaler, my unofficial start of summer.
On page 92, you’ll find our great spring
checklist of tips to help you get your own boat
safely re-commissioned, and ready for splash-
down. Till then, we wish you a great beginning
— or even middle — to your boating season.
See you on the water!
CHAIRMAN, PUBLISHER, FOUNDER
BOATU.S. PRESIDEN T
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