“Four Steps For Coming Alongside A Dock” (Dec. 2013) was most
helpful. You might want to consider this step, in my opinion the
most important of all: Step 1, Approaching The Dock – When about
20 feet out, stop all forward progress in order to evaluate wind and
current. Then, cautiously, begin forward movement. Just sayin’.
Norman E. Shier
Bethel Island, CA
GOOD TO KNOW
As a Lake Erie boater, I read “Danger In The New Shallows” (Aug.
2013) with interest. Great Lakes readers might be interested in the
websites, below. I have them bookmarked on my phone.
NOAA has a great website, the Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard,
that illustrates water levels for all the Great Lakes by monthly averages,
with the data displayed on a graph for a historical perspective.
Other websites give real-time data from which you can select the
station closest to you and illustrate recent historical water levels. The
one at the link below is for Lake Erie, but modify the address to show
the one for your lake.
There are also websites that show water-level predictions 60 hours
into the future for Lake Erie. They’re also available for the other lakes.
LIGHTS OUT, PLEASE?
Regarding “Light up the Night” (Dec. 2013): Please do not! I was saddened to read your feature on increased nocturnal illumination. Many
of us who both boat and live on the lakes of Tennessee would much
prefer LEDs illuminate our closets and kitchens, not our boats! There
is no sensible reason to promote outside LED illumination of nocturnal
watercraft. Suggest your next cover be black and blank. I refer you to
the International Dark-Sky Association, and its successes.
Old Hickory, TN
Many of us go boating to enjoy the beauty of the sea and shore in its
natural state. The delight of a cove on a starlit night can be ruined by
an irresponsible captain who, generator grinding away, turns this quiet
scene into something comparable to Times Square. Buy these lights if
you want them, but please also think about your fellow boaters.
STOP, THEN PROCEED WITH CAUTION
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.
Wood Is Good
Bob Strange sent in this picture of his skiff Betty Jean, which he built
with his father out of Honduras mahogany in his mother’s garden (a
sacrifice they recognized by naming the boat after her). Bob says the
boat can be found in and around Southern New Jersey nine months
of the year. There, you’ll likely find him and 8-year-old niece Henna
O’Bryhim, enjoying a day on the water.
“No Paparazzi Please,
I’m Trying To Drive!”
Gary Jordan, of
Florida, enjoys boating
with his first grandson,
Gavin Jordan, age 1, as
he sits at the helm of
their Cape Horn learning how to drive. Gary
is looking forward to
many days of boating
and fishing on the gulf