“My wife, Kiki, lives
more life in one day
than most people
do in a month!
On a 68 F sunny,
at Crab Island in
Destin,” says Chris
Gillespie of Florida.
“I dared her to
jump in. And now
you know the rest
of the story.”
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Alexa Tejera, age
12, caught her first
blackfish on her
in Western Long
Island Sound,” says
Dennis Adinolfi of
Yonkers. “I keep
my boat on City
Fighting the ‘green monster’
Though I agree with a recent letter writer’s suggestion on the
issue of tackling seasickness with Scopolamine tablets made by
a compounding pharmacy, in my experience, I have found this
to be a challenge. Where I live in southern California, good luck
ever obtaining a prescription from a doctor to the compound-
ing pharmacy. My HMO simply states, “We do not provide the
tablet form of the drug.”
Not to be deterred (though I was), I took my case to a com-
pounding pharmacy in an effort to find an out-of-network doc-
tor who would provide the prescription on a cash basis. No luck.
I called more than 12 doctors, all of whom rejected my request.
I have found success with the patch, but it takes much longer to
be effective compared to tablets. For me, this has cut my offshore
trips about 90 percent. I am now seriously considering listing the
boat – there’s not much point. JIM ISBELL
I just read the article in the December issue, “Injection inspection.” My experience is automotive, not marine, but to clean foreign material from the injector it should be held nozzle up over
a clean white towel. Carb cleaner should be sprayed up into the
inlet side of the injector. Any debris will flush out and appear on
the towel. The technique mentioned in the article may remove
fouling, but it ignores foreign material obstructing the inlet of
the injector. Typically the injector closest to the fuel input and
fuel rail will have the most debris and will cause a rough idle.
Also, the comment about filters is on target, but there may
be filters you are not aware of, such as with Evinrude E-TEC,
that have a small cone inside a fuel line on the back of the
engine. I have been told it is not considered a normal mainte-
nance item, but experience has shown it can foul. Replacing it
requires removing a crimped-on hose clamp and pulling off the
fuel line to replace the tiny cone, then crimping on a new hose
clamp. Messing this up will break off the inlet nozzle, requiring
an expensive replacement. A good mechanic is invaluable for
learning these things. BOB WALSTAD
JOHN TIGER RESPONDS: Bob, all excellent points made, and
thank you for writing. The point regarding potential debris in the
inlet side of the injector is a valid one, and in our story, we should
have made a point about flushing and cleaning the fuel rail and fuel
inlet. As for the E-TEC filters, your notes are solid information for
our readers. Perhaps a follow-up story on direct-injected outboards,
like the E-TEC series, is in order.
When you fish upon a star
I’ve caught largemouth bass near gondolas in Italy; others near
a pub in the United Kingdom – even one in sight of the Eiffel
Tower. World traveler? No. Disney World Traveler.
All this happened on a Walt Disney World Fishing Excursion
out of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, one of the sev-
eral properties mentioned in the “When you fish upon a star”
article in December. Like the fishing described near the Magic
Kingdom, there is equally productive fishing that allows you to
go into the World Showcase Lagoon at the Epcot theme park.
My last trip was with a couple of friends and their two
boys. They were equally enthralled with the novelty of being at
Epcot with no crowds as they were with the fishing. I should
really call it “catching,” though. The five of us had a total of
more than 60 bass in a two-hour journey, and they were all
quality largemouths. So keep the crowds to a limit of five on
your boat, and let your guide show you some Disney magic.