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CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
SENIOR EDITOR Rich Armstrong
TECHNICAL EDITOR Tom Neale
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VOLUME XXIV, No. 1, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018
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AT THE HELM
BY HEATHER LOUGHEED, VICE PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Here in Maryland’s winter, Matt and I store our boat indoors in a dry stack. Envious of those of you who get to go boating all year round, we still like to take time to “visit” our boat, and we’ve already started our spring to-do list. On the list so far? Recaulking and rebedding fastenings, cleaning the bilge,
installing a new GPS – a Christmas gift for my husband! – reconditioning our prop, and
replacing our water-pump impeller. Matt and I have been enjoying our off-season projects
and troubleshooting as we identify and banish issues that could prevent us from missing
even one day of fun onboard with our kids next season.
Matt reads every DIY article he can get his hands on, so he’ll be devouring this DIY
issue of BoatU.S. Magazine. I’m more of a visual learner, so I’ll be watching the accompanying videos from our BoatU.S. experts at You Tube.com/BoatUS, and preparing myself for
our boat projects, and also for the inevitable upgrades and fixes.
Here at BoatU.S., we take preparation seriously. Winter or summer, when it comes to
taking care of our boats and our members, we stay on top of contingencies and anticipate
them early – in our magazine and in our organization. For example, we’re excited about the
launch of a new website that will help members do just that when it comes to state-level
boating issues that affect us all. Our new Advocacy.BoatUS.com will provide you with
deeper information about those issues and give you the tools you need to take action and
make your wishes known. Part of our association’s mission is to
give boaters a voice on the laws and regulations that matter to you.
To make the most of this new tool, visit the site to set up
notifications for your state or topic of interest. You’ll receive
automatic alerts from our BoatU.S. Government Affairs team,
and you can flag items you’d like us to pursue. For instance, there’s
reform underway on the renewable fuel standard, protecting
anchoring options in Florida, and funding for dredging of shal-low-draft waterways.
For those boaters wintering with me in cold-weather states,
take heart. Just as sure as our local snow forecast predictions
are wrong (insert my kid’s sad faces here), spring IS coming!
Meanwhile, think warm thoughts, put your feet up,
drift away to the Bahamas on page 44, and enjoy
some boating daydreams – while we work to make
your boating better.
Let’s plan for the season
and issues ahead