Following The Sun
Diane Burke sent in
this picture of their
Catalina 28, In tu ‘it,
as they were leaving Catalina Island,
California, after a
long weekend cruise
with the Dana Point
Joy Of Boating
Dave and Linda
Sheerman took their
grandson Quinn out
on their 34-foot Luhrs
when he was visiting
from his home in
Indiana. Looks like he’s
Hang On, Oliver!
James Netter sent in this picture from a blue fin tuna fishing trip,
headed from Fire Island to the wreck of the oil tanker Coimbra near
Long Island. James was fishing with his sons, Andrew and Cory, and
friend Jared Kane. That’s Oliver the dog hanging out by the captain’s
feet, which seems like a safe place to be.
Steven Fink says,
“Nothing beats a
practiced hand on the
helm.” And maybe in
a few years he’ll have
one: his granddaughter Harper. For now
it looks like her dad
Stuart is keeping an
eye on things.
concluded that nothing there “led” me to think LEDs would lead
to a Times Square of lights in secluded coves, as one writer sug-
gested! LEDs just replace other forms/sources of lighting, achiev-
ing this with less power usage, less heat, and better efficiency for
equivalent illumination. Roger Giles
I just read your editorial, “Celebrating Boaters’ Ingenuity,” (Feb.
2014) and wanted to share an old story that my kids retell year after
year. We’d just launched our 22-foot Cruiser at the Surf City boat
ramp on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and were headed to a house
we’d rented across the bay. My wife drove the truck and trailer home
with my older son as I took the five-mile trip across the bay with my
then 10-year-old son Steven and daughter Jaclyn.
About a third of the way into the trip, the temp gauge spiked and
I opened the hatch to see that we’d broken a belt. I told the kids not
to worry, as I had a spare, and we’d be back underway in a minute.
But when I went to install the new belt, it was the wrong size. I
decided to create my own pulley with a fishing-line spool. I took a
screwdriver and placed it through the hole in the center of the spool,
told my son to take the wheel, and we headed home.
I stood in the engine compartment, holding the screwdriver,
keeping tension on the belt, as we managed to idle the remaining
three miles back to the house. Imagine the look of surprise on my
wife’s face as the boat approached the dock and all she could see was
her 10-year-old’s face peeking above the console, with me nowhere
in sight. My son, now 27, still tells his friends how I traumatized
him. But he still loves boating, and now has a few stories of his own.
AT A STRETCH
I just read February’s article, “Avoid Getting Hosed,” by Beth Leonard,
and I thought I might add a tip of my own. In replacing reinforced
exhaust hoses, which do not flex readily, I purchased an auto tail-
pipe expander. Insert it into the end of the exhaust hose, expand it
with a wrench, remove the wrench, and quickly slip the hose on the
exhaust fitting. Gary A. Gerber
“The Derelict Dilemma” (Feb. 2014) states that all boats must be
inspected in Washington before being sold. Evidently this is not so
– only those over a certain length. It has caused some consternation
on at least one Northwest boating list. Loren Beach
Thanks, Loren (and everyone who wrote in), for letting us know about
our mistake. The offending passage should have specified that inspection
in Washington state is required for boats over 60 feet in length and 40
years old. We apologize for any consternation.
– BoatU.S. Editors