I read Lenny Rudow’s article regarding boat wax, which was very
informative. He advises to use wax with a beeswax base. Every
wax product I can find is either a carnauba base or no description
at all. Help! Dan Callen
From Lenny Rudow: It doesn’t need to be 100% carnauba-free, it just needs
to be based on beeswax instead of carnauba. Most waxes contain some
level of carnauba, the key is having a large amount of beeswax. If it doesn’t
specifically state carnauba wax, you can safely assume it’s beeswax.
In “Watering Batteries” (“Ask The Experts,” Oct. 2013), Don Casey
replied to Ron Beitelspacher that he was unaware of a solution for
topping off, and not overfilling, batteries in a confined space. A perfect solution for me has been a battery-watering system that intercon-nects all the cells together with neoprene tubing to a central refilling
hose, which is commonly done to maintain golf-cart batteries.
From Don Casey: We’ve heard from a number of BoatU.S. members about
various plumbed solutions for inaccessible batteries and have passed along
this new enlightenment to Ron in Loreto.
TOWING THE LINE?
We got several letters about Bill Parlatore’s “Magenta Line” (October
2013). Reader opinion ranged from praising Parlatore for his helpful
suggestions to, echoing one correspondent, “Duhhhhhhhh!”
— The Editors
Bill’s dead on. Blind adherence to the magenta line in some barely
football-field-wide sections of the Intracoastal Waterway will run you
aground before you can pull back your throttle. Using the GPS as a
“guideline,” paying close attention to navigational aids, and using
your “sixth sense” as Bill suggests are excellent points. In many cases,
“local knowledge” of recreational and commercial boaters who run
the waters ahead of your boat is just a hail and a channel change
away. Even more helpful, and always reliable, is your depth sounder.
Bill Parlatore’s “Magenta Line” was a great history of the ICW and
made various good points. However, I was dumbfounded to find out
that he followed a chart’s magenta line when navigating the ICW.
I’d think that a prudent navigator would use all available navigation
NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX
6 | BoatU.S. Magazine DECEMBER 2013
That’s One Happy Kid
Tim Stolar, from Rhinelander, Wisconsin,
writes: “This picture was taken last year
when my wife Amy and I took our family
of five kids out on our 34-foot Mainship
trawler Iron Horse on Lake Superior. The
photo is of me and my youngest son
Cole. For months all he talked about was
driving the boat with me, and when he
finally got his chance he was as happy as
a kid on Christmas morning. All winter
long when we would put him to bed, the
only comfort to make him go to sleep
was that he would be able to drive the
boat, and it always worked.”
SEND PHOTOS! We’d love to see photos of you, your
family, and friends enjoying great times on the water.
Email the high-resolution version to us with your name
and address to Letters ToEditor@BoatUS.com and tell
us who or what’s in the photo.
With Friends Like These ...
Terry and Rosa Biagi sent in this
picture of their friends’ boat, a
1974 Skipjack with … a bit of a
problem keeping the water on
the outside. “The boat had never
been named,” Terry writes, “but
they’d always answer to ‘Leaky
Leaky’ when called on the VHF.”
Terry and Rosa decided to make
it official by ordering decals
from BoatU.S. Graphics and by
taking this photo during its first
voyage with the new name.
Keeping A Lookout
that her 15-month-old cat Mink, seen here with friends Rainey Just,
and Michael and David Laquara, loves going out on their 42-foot
Coastal Cruiser. This picture was taken at Ripley Light Yacht Club, in
Charleston, South Carolina. Just don’t let the cat chase the light.