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VICE PRESIDEN T, BOATU.S
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
MANAGING EDITOR Rich Armstrong
ASSISTAN T MANAGING EDI TOR
TECHNICAL EDITOR Tom Neale
Mark Corke, Charles Fort
John Adey, Ann Dermody
Ryck Lydecker, Tim Murphy
Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast)
Melanie Neale (Florida)
Patricia Rains ( West Coast)
Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)
BOATU. S. MEDIA, OFFICE COORDINATOR
MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
PROOFREADER John Wilson
ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER
VOLUME XXIIl, No. 2, APRIL/MAY 2017
AT THE HELM
BY HEATHER LOUGHEED, VICE PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Last October, my husband, Matt, tagged along with me to the Annapolis Powerboat Show. While I spent a great day at the BoatU.S. booth, helping members and lis- tening to all your great ideas and personal stories, Matt did his usual walkabout, visiting all the big, beautiful boats of his dreams.
Matt and I have been boaters our whole lives and love being on the water. The time
was right, finally, for us to buy our first family boat. We’d searched online classifieds but
hadn’t been able to narrow things down. Center console? Overnighter? What kind of
engine? We had to be realistic and factor in two time-consuming jobs, two elementary-aged children (Brady, 8, and Maya, 10), and one boisterous dog named Lucy. We wanted a
safe boat on which we’d all have fun fishing, tubing, and exploring Chesapeake Bay.
That day in Annapolis, Matt happened to strike up a conversation with the Grady-White dealer out of Deale, Maryland, and next thing I knew, he was running over telling me he’d found “the boat.” The Grady dealer was getting a pristine 23-foot 2008
Gulfstream in the next few weeks. Matt had seen the blue-hulled boat and fallen in love.
I was totally on board. Fortunately for us, BoatU.S. made it easy to do the business
of boating online: I found a surveyor, then applied for a loan and insurance, all through
BoatUS.com – the same resources that are available to you, our members.
You have probably gone through a similar process, or maybe you’re even going through
it now. This month our editors bring you the article “Debbie buys a boat” (see p. 46),
which uses the recent experiences of our BoatU.S. Consumer Protection Bureau coordinator to walk you through the boat-buying process, help you avoid potential pitfalls,
and demonstrate how BoatU.S. can help you, like it helped me and my family. Also, don’t
miss the lighthearted poem “Please, just name the boat!” (see p. 60), in which the owners
struggle to come up with an appropriate name for boat No. 34. Seriously!
Speaking of boat names, my family and I are still trying to come up with a name for
our new boat before ordering the graphics through BoatU.S. What a challenge! After
everyone weighed in, we narrowed it down to three
options: Lough-co, Sea-Renity, and Chillaxin. Now,
Matt and I and the kids are looking to you to help us
decide! Go to BoatUS.com/HelpHeather to vote for
your favorite name online. I’ll announce the results in
a future column.
See you on the water!
Help us name our boat!