Washington, sent this
picture of his wife
Catriona and their
kids Ruby and Jasper
in the Rosario Strait
last summer aboard
their 1977 Fuji 32
Seeking a broader audience for pictures of your
grandkids? You could
do worse than Michael
McIninch, of Clifton, New
Jersey, who sent in this
shot of his granddaughter Mia Sophia McIninch
checking out BoatU.S.
Magazine with her
The amazing thing about this photograph is not that this dog Diesel,
belonging to George and Karen Blewitt, is navigating on their first trip
from the Chesapeake Bay to Fort Myers. It’s that he does it with the
chart upside down.
and his wife Carol
in Alaska when he
snapped this shot of
Carol holding a bit of
an iceberg they captured in Tracy Arm.
“The glacial ice is very
dense and melts quite
slowly,” writes Gerald,
so naturally it was later
used for cocktails.
emergency. An audible high-water alarm and a bag of bungs should
REST EASY … OR MAYBE NOT
cost less than $100 and might make all the difference between eating
and being tuna. Stephen Duncombe
Accredited Marine Surveyor
Loved Tim Murphy’s article, “Rest Easy On The Hook” (April
2014). However, I’m even more interested to learn who makes the
beautiful blue runabout shown in his pictures. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. Frank Hyer
Lots of members wrote in asking about that boat. It’s a Vanquish
Dual-Console model. – The Editors
In the April/May issue, Tim Murphy described five steps to simple,
reliable anchor sets on small boats. Good advice; however, the photo
and its text directly under Step 3, Drop the Hook, are at odds with
Tim’s text. In the photo, the woman at the bow is shown throwing,
rather than dropping the hook as Tim instructs. In my decades of
boating, I’ve seen many hooks thrown, and shudder every time.
Silver Spring, MD
Thanks, Peter, and thanks to the other members who wrote in to
make the same point. You’re right. We should have chosen a better
picture to illustrate Tim’s instruction that anchors should be lowered,
never thrown. – The Editors
CHALLENGE OR FOOLISH STUNT?
Your article, “Taking The Search Out Of Search And Rescue,” (April
2014) was very informative, but I have to take exception to one of the
examples you gave of how these systems help save lives. I don’t think
I’m the only one who believes that our tax money should not be
spent rescuing people engaged in foolish stunts such as the four men
attempting to set a record rowing across the Atlantic. I have nothing
against people taking on personal “challenges,” but is it really much
of a “challenge” when part of your plan is to have taxpayers pay to
rescue you when, as is quite likely, things go awry?
Your December issue was a great read, but in the article, “Five Ways
To Use A Digital Voltmeter,” one test is incorrect. To test for a voltage
drop, you must test the circuit under a load. In the example, you’d
connect the test leads to the power source, turn on the VHF, and
note the voltage while keying the mic, resulting in maximum amp
draw. Now connect the leads to the VHF and repeat. The difference
between the two voltages is the drop. This procedure applies to all
voltage-drop tests on any circuit such as lights, accessories, cranking.
Always use voltage under load, never open-circuit voltage.
Santa Rosa, CA