GO FAST, PAPI!
“Three of our four
enjoy a late summer ride on Lake
“They really love
going fast in our
Formula 350 SS.”
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maybe even the best boating-related issue anyone has ever produced. It touched on everything from the visible-light spectrum
for fishermen to servicing your windlass, electrical troubleshooting, getting out of the mud, and particularly the article on
marine careers. It’s a mini encyclopedia of boating.
CAPT. JIM CARD (ret.)
Key Largo, FL
ICW advice appreciated
Thanks so much to Tom
and Mel Neale for their
efforts and energy behind
BoatU.S. East Coast Alerts.
The thorough reports are
helpful to a first-time ICW
traveler. I keep my boat,
Grace Wynn, a Uniflight
23 Express, on the Severn
River in Maryland. She’s a small, sturdy cruiser. I left my home
port on November 1. However, after a chance meeting 100
miles south with a cruising couple heading north, who
explained the “mess” caused in the Carolinas by Hurricane
Matthew a few weeks earlier and recalling the Neales’ latest
Alerts email, I turned Grace Wynn to a northern heading and
returned to my home port. I figured the folks in the Carolinas
had more than enough upset on their hands that they didn’t
need the distraction of a novice on the ICW.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Visit BoatUS.com/Neale-Signup to register to
receive Tom and Mel Neale’s East Coast Alert emails.
The original circumnavigator
I enjoyed your article on “Guirec &
Monique’s Egg-cellent Adventure” in
the December issue [Reports, p. 15]. It
reminded me of a great memoir published
in 1900, Sailing Alone Around the World,
by Captain Joshua Slocum, which chronicles his three-year solo circumnavigation
between 1895 and 1898. Slocum’s venture
was truly spectacular, particularly when you consider that he
had no communications and no navigational aids, other than an
excellent knowledge of navigation, a sextant, and an old clock.
While Guirec had Monique, the red hen, for company on their
voyage, Slocum, for a time, had a spider and, later, a goat, which
ate his navigation charts. RANDY WHITE
I wanted to compliment you on the “Enter, the Danger
Detectors” article in the December issue, particularly the part
on smoke alarms. Absent an American Boat & Yacht Council
standard, articles like yours are the only advisory the customers
at the dealership I work at receive regarding this important fire-protection staple. JOHN MCDEVITT
Kent Narrows, MD
CORRECTION: Our spectacular December
cover photo was mislabeled. It was taken by
Newport, Rhode Island, professional marine
photographer Onne van der Wal from a seaplane over the Exuma Cays National Land
and Sea Park in the Bahamas at Warderick
Wells. “Sheer paradise!” remembers Onne.
We agree and apologize for the error.
FAMILY AFFAIR “As life-long residents of Chattanooga,
Tennessee, we enjoy our family time on the lake,” writes Tracey
Wirz. “We took this picture on the Tennessee River just before
our children went back to college. Madie is a sophomore at
Auburn University. Jake is a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy.”