At Anchor Judging from the pictures
he sent in, Richard Stanard of Florida
takes his Dufour 433 sloop to some
lovely places — Virgin Gorda, San Juan,
Tortola. In this shot he’s at anchor in
Deadman Bay, Peter Island, BVI.
From the Editors: A number of you wrote in with opinions about our
December cover photo and article about LED lighting. Some said it was
unsafe to travel with so many lights; a few pointed out that the vessel’s anchor
light was left on; others had a more aesthetic objection.
I appreciate the article about hoax calls, “Bogus Mayday Is No Joke”
(Dec. 2013). We applaud your efforts to keep the hoax issue in
front of the public. It’s a vexing problem, as you well know, and if
we can keep boaters talking about it, I’m hopeful we can diminish
the problem. I’m also optimistic that it will help us get our hands
on some of these hoax callers and publicly present examples that
few will wish to emulate. Thanks for your continued interest.
Captain Peter F. Martin
Office of Search and Rescue
U.S. Coast Guard
PRETZELS, HOLD THE MUSTARD
“Spending Dinner On The Boat” (Dec. 2013) starts with, “Before you
A FISHY TALE?
open that bag of chips …” My advice is, DON’T open the bag. Years
ago a friend opened chips and put them on a plate in the cockpit. The
wind blew the chips onto the fiberglass deck. We didn’t notice until
the cockpit became the world’s smallest floating ice rink. Stepping on a
chip forces out enough of the cooking oil so that the cumulative effect
is a disaster. Try pretzels instead. Richard S. Ehrlich
I was surprised and disappointed to see the photograph on the contents page of the December Issue of BoatU.S. Magazine.
I don’t think abusing fish by holding their tails is the message we
want to send to children (or adults). John Taylor
Editors’ note: Thank you for your concern, John. Holding fish by the tail is the
preferred method for reviving a fish during catch-and-release fishing in warm
waters. You can’t really hurt a fish’s tail, it’s the boniest part other than perhaps the jaw. If a fish is exhausted after being brought to the boat, you simply
hold it by the tail and draw it slowly back and forth in the water so that water
moves over its gills. Usually, the fish will let you know when it’s feeling better
by wiggling away from your grasp. Permit are prized in sportfishing and typically released. The photographer, Pat Ford, is a longtime fly fisherman, and
we’re told that permit swam away shortly after the photo was taken.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
A neighbor was curious about our family’s annual boating trips.
“Doesn’t that get expensive?” he asked.
“It’s funny,” I told him. “We have a nice home, but it could prob-
ably use a few updates. The bathroom tile is an ugly green that hasn’t
been in style for 30 years. We keep saving money to redo it, but every
spring we take that money, load up the boat, and head off for vacation
with our two children, Scott and Tina.” Scott was away at college for a
few years, but he would often mention what a great time we all had on
those trips. I can’t imagine him saying, “Boy, Dad, we have a really swell
bathroom!” Cliff Steele
Lake Cumberland, KY
Go, Audrey! Jon Selby, of
Spring Hill, Florida, sent in this
photo of 12-year-old Audrey
Selby making a sandman in
late November. The family
boat, a Southwind 212 called
Sanity Saver, is in the background. Jon says, “Audrey is
the little fish of the family.
She dreams of being a marine
biologist and is willing to go
boating any day of the week!
She even sets her alarm on
Saturdays so we can get an
OK, Fine. You Drive We sometimes get letters about how dangerous
it is to let cats drive boats, and we agree wholeheartedly. You should
not let your cat drive your boat. But Ken and Corrine St. Jean of Tierra
Verde, Florida, sent us this picture of Roscoe, their Maine coon cat,
which neatly illustrates the dangers of trying to take the helm away
from a cat once he has it.
Wait, How Big Was The Sea Bass?
Ed Szilagyi, from Norfolk, Virginia,
writes, “Just wanted to share a
photo of my Grand Rugrat, Hadley
Jane, on her first fishing trip at 18
months. She caught a sea bass.
Oh, and by the way, it’s on our 226
Grady White Seafarer covered by