“No trip through New
York Harbor would
be complete without
swinging by Liberty
Island,” writes Tad
Franzman, of Scarsdale,
New York. “Here’s
Heather Franzman on
board the family’s Sea
Ray 310 Sundancer,
with Lady Liberty in
“Capt. Gaelen shows off a
nice mahi caught on a hand
line behind our Fountaine
Pajot catamaran while sailing between Bimini and Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida,” writes
Sherry Thackeray. “The fish
pounced on a trolled four-inch
cedar plug while we were
making eight knots.”
Lapping Up A Lovely Lake Day
“Here’s our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Meredith on board
our StarCraft during a cruise down Black Creek, in the Lake St.
Clair MetroPark in Harrison Township, Michigan,” writes Cliff
Zagorski. “The ramp on the creek let us experience a beautiful
sunny day on Lake St. Clair.”
pilot house only to discover our 90-pound hound couldn’t be
found. I immediately hit the Man (Dog) Overboard button
on our chartplotter, and brought the boat down to an idle. We
looked astern and around the boat for any sign of our dog, but
he wasn’t anywhere to be seen. I put the boat into a 180-degree
turn, and started following the “breadcrumb” trail on the plotter.
Dort grabbed a pair of binoculars and began sweeping the horizon back and forth, but to no avail.
Luckily, this letter has a happy ending. Whenever we are
underway, my wife insists that our dog wear a doggie life vest,
which sports bright-orange panels as well as a pair of handles
on the top. Dort saw the orange panels through her binoculars,
about a quarter mile off our track. Without the vest, in the choppy
water and with Delli’s dark fur, I doubt we would have seen him.
We immediately headed over to where he was frantically dog
paddling toward shore, his nostrils spewing a saltwater trail
from ingested seawater.
Once he heard our voices, he changed direction and headed
for the boat. I maneuvered to be upwind of him, put the boat
into neutral, and drifted down to where he came up to the
swim platform. I pushed our tender away, then lifted him onto
the swim platform using the convenient handles of his life vest.
Without it, I am pretty sure Delli would not be with us today.
Cpt. David Bear
Ft. Myers, FL
Editor’s note: If you need a life jacket for your dog, visit www.BoatUS.
org/Findings/51/ for a list of available styles and fitting tips.
Building Great Stories
Your “How Boats Are Built In the 21st Century” (Feb. 2016)
was perhaps the most interesting article I’ve read in any boating
magazine for years. Many thanks to Tim Murphy for bringing
this process to life. Leo Krusack
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I read a lot of fishing and boating publications and look forward
to yours. I appreciate the emphasis on boating safety. I’m an
experienced boater, yet I’m still frequently humbled by the fact
that I don’t always know how to respond to unexpected situa-
tions on the water. It’s really helpful to read about the experi-
ences of others. John Frese
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BoatU.S. Magazine has always been a great source of informa-
tion for everything boat. The entire staff should know that we
boaters really do read their work. Many of us read the magazine
two or three times or keep past issues for future reference.
However, the February 2016 edition was exceptional. A very
special shout out goes to Patricia Rains for her article, “What
a Whale of a Time,” Charles Fort, who wrote “Flagging The
New Scams Out There,” and Tim Murphy for his article titled
“How Boats Are Built In The 21st Century.” The entire staff
does such a great job. Steve Duval
Orange County, CA
Better Lucky Than Good
Walker Nelms sent us this photo
of an osprey with its dinner,
taken on Smith Mountain Lake
in Virginia. “The osprey took off
from a marker sign, swooped
in, touched the water, and reappeared with fish in talons! I just
happened to have a long lens on
my Canon 60D,” says Walker.