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VICE PRESIDEN T, BOATU.S
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
SENIOR EDITOR Rich Armstrong
TECHNICAL EDITOR Tom Neale
Mark Corke, Charles Fort
CON TRIBUTING EDITORS
John Adey, Ryck Lydecker, Tim Murphy
Lenny Rudow (Fishing & Electronics)
Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast)
Patricia Rains (West Coast)
Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)
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MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
PROOFREADER John Wilson
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
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VOLUME XXIIl, No. 4, AUGUST/SEP TEMBER 2017
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AT THE HELM
BY HEATHER LOUGHEED, VICE PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
So far, it’s been a summer full of boating. In May, I was invited to the 100th Opening Day on the Bay celebrations in San Francisco as a guest of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA). From the original five charter clubs that made up PICYA in 1896, today there are 100 member clubs with 15,600
boating families across Northern California. Impressive! Next time I visit, I want to
spend even more time and visit Alcatraz.
I’ve spent several days here and there around the country helping put on our
BoatU.S. on-water training programs. For two days in each location, we taught folks
new to boating how to operate a boat. It’s a blast to watch the thrill factor when everything starts to make sense for the first time and a person begins to feel more confident
behind the wheel. It’s the moment a boater is born!
Mostly, though, my husband, Matt, and I have loved spending time with our kids
on our 23-footer exploring Chesapeake Bay. One thing holds constant: My days end
better than they begin after spending the day aboard Sea-Renity, or any boat. Already,
our boat has provided us with endless opportunities to enjoy nature and each other. The
laughter between my kids when we tubed the first time, hooked our first fish of the
season, stretched out on deck identifying the stars, and even the pandemonium when
our dog, Lucy, jumped overboard while we were crabbing were all moments we won’t
soon forget. Our boat is strengthening our family.
Come Mondays, I carry that restorative feeling back to work as my team and I strive
to make boating better for you. For instance, this summer our editors are out on the
water creating lots of new videos – how to care for fiberglass, change your oil, upgrade
nav lights, launch and retrieve your trailer boat,
change a tire, and more. Visit YouTube.com/
BoatUS for our full video library.
We’re also evaluating new enhancements to
BoatU.S., including fun raft-up and cruising
events, on-water safety classes, and more advocacy alerts for state legislation impacting your
boating and fishing, and we’re working on custom
BoatU.S. Magazine covers, stories, and eMagazines to provide you with more of what you love
about your style of boating. Email me any time
with your thoughts and ideas at membership@
BoatUS.com. I’d love to hear from you.
Summer on the water
already giving us
memories to last