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“This rainbow capped off a perfect day of cruising on our
Sea Ray 34, Piraña, off La Parguera,” writes Donald Milán-Hof
of Yauco, Puerto Rico.
serves the freshwater supply in case the fire renders the vessel
dead in the water and the crew has a prolonged wait for rescue.
Cheers to the Sandpiper crew and their resolve to get right back
into sailing! BOB MILLS
BoatU.S. to the rescue
I recently experienced a broken trailer axle about two hours
before dark, in the middle of nowhere, and about seven hours
from home. Haslyn Halls from BoatU.S. was exceptionally
helpful in locating a tow service that, in turn, was able to locate
a shop that would repair the axle that same evening. Haslyn
was very courteous, professional, and diligent in checking frequently to ensure that I was being taken care of expeditiously,
even checking in the next day to confirm that all was well. This
kind of assistance makes our BoatU.S. membership a priceless asset in a moment of near-disaster. Kudos to Haslyn, and
thank you, BoatU.S.! DOUG MURRELL
Kitty Hawk, NC
EDITORS’ NOTE: Haslyn Halls is a service specialist at the
BoatU.S. Florida Service Center in Jacksonville.
The yellow flag
The article “Boaters guide to the border” in the April/May
issue demonstrated why planning weeks ahead is needed when
traveling by boat into foreign waters. One could easily be left
stranded with your boat confiscated by the local government for
not abiding by customs regulations.
I’ve never crossed into foreign waters, but recently my
sister invited me on a future trip aboard her new 35-foot
Grady-White from Juniper Beach, Florida, to the Bahamas. I
was curious to read the information pertaining to “Beelining
for the Bahamas” and was left wondering about the yellow
quarantine flag. So I searched online and found an article that
explained that after crossing over the border into any foreign
country, one must fly the “Q” flag to indicate the vessel is
healthy and awaiting to be cleared by customs. Once the boat
has cleared customs, the “Q” flag is customarily replaced with
the flag of the foreign country being visited.
An ode to a great summer
May your engine purr like a kitten,
may your prop rotate with ease.
May your BoatU.S. membership stay active,
and pray you never drop the keys.
May your pickup buoy stay afloat,
and your coolers remain stocked.
May the sunny days be plentiful,
and pray you never hit the rocks.
May your fuel tanks always remain full,
and your life jackets always dry.
May your sunscreen always work,
and have the harbormaster be on your side.
May the best days be ahead of you,
and your worries left behind.
May the list of repairs be small,
and Mother Nature remain kind.
When the water temperature drops,
and the leaves fall off the trees,
May the months on dry land fly by
until you’re back home on the seas.
ERIN GUENDNER, Salem Harbor, MA
“I had the pleasure of hosting
the Eastport Yacht
my restored 1958
modeled after a
writes Jack Zuraw
of Ellicott City,