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EARLY STARTER “Our 5-year-old grandson, Coda, lands a sea
robin,” says Paul Pinteo of City Island, New York. “He caught it
on grandpa’s 24-foot Grady-White off City Island.”
MORNING MIST “The highlight of our summer was a monthlong
cruise from Virginia to New England aboard our friends’ Bristol
48,” writes Barbara Lyon of Smithfield, Virginia. “We woke up one
morning and this stunning image of bow-to-bow boats in the mist
I’ve always had a severe problem with motion sickness.
Dramamine helped but made me sleepy. Scopolamine patches
worked well but had to be applied hours before the trip, and the
effects lingered. As a physician, I once received a free sample
of scopolamine tablets. After researching the product, I tried it,
and it worked perfectly, could be taken half an hour before the
trip, and the effects wore off in 8 to 12 hours. Unfortunately,
the company went out of business. A friend suggested I order
oral scopolamine hydrobromide (0.4mg) from a compounding
pharmacy (available by prescription from your physician). This
has been a lifesaver. Since retiring, I’ve been fishing my 25-foot
boat up to 60 miles offshore about three times a month.
‘East Coast Alerts’ a great resource
We just signed up for the free BoatU.S. East Coast Alerts by
Tom and Mel Neale. Wow, you two are amazing! My wife and I
live in Clearwater, Florida, and recently purchased a pre-owned
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 in Maryland. After taking delivery
of her, we plan to drive her back to Florida.
We are hoping to head to the Keys on our trip home, so we’ll
be monitoring your postings in early November to see if it makes
sense to travel to Key West and home, or go back to Stuart and
come across the ditch. Thank you for all you do to keep everyone
safe and hopefully bottom- and prop-damage free.
Stuffing box analysis
I was intrigued by the letter in “Ask the experts” (Oct./Nov.)
with the stuffing box that stops dripping the faster the engine
is run in gear. Here’s another thought: The packing has been
overtightened at some point, scoring the shaft. At rest, the
packing is tightened sufficiently to more-or-less stop drips, so
now it’s compressed into the grooves in the shaft. When the
boat is put in gear, the prop shaft pushes the shaft forward on
the engine’s flexible mounts such that the packing is now hard
against the back side of the grooves in the shaft, cutting off the
water flow and heating up the shaft. This is purely theoretical;
I haven’t seen this condition! NIGEL CALDER
TOM NEALE RESPONDS: Thanks for the theory, Nigel. The person
who wrote did have the stuffing box serviced, and you’d think the
yard would’ve noticed scoring to the extent needed to cause the issue,
but maybe not. I’ve seen a lot of instances of shaft scoring from over-tightening, but I’ve never seen this result. There’s always a first time
In September, my husband and I were traveling south on the
ICW through South Carolina. We witnessed a drowning and
attempted a rescue, but unfortunately we were unsuccessful. The
U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities were involved, as well as
other private boats. We also noted a TowBoatU.S. boat.
It was a terrible experience, and we were mentally exhausted
afterward. We asked the police boats for a marina nearby
because we didn’t feel up to continuing that day. Your tower,
Phil Johnson, gave us the name of the closest marina and its
location, then called ahead to make sure they had space. When
we arrived at the marina, they told us Phil had put the cost of
our slip on his account. We certainly were not expecting that.
He didn’t even know that we are BoatU.S. members. We really
appreciate his kindness. VICKI & ERIC PEHMOELLER