One of the tips in “Smarter Anchoring” (Aug. 2015) suggests
seizing anchor shackles with cable ties. It’s a good tip, and it’s
easier than seizing wire. But it’s important for the cable ties
to be the exterior-usage, UV-stabilized (usually black) type.
Standard cable ties become brittle quickly when exposed to the
harsh marine environment and can crumble after as little as a
few weeks. Don Benner
Somers Point, NJ
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To the excellent points in Bob Adriance’s anchoring article, I’d
add that when determining water depth for scope, you must
include any projected higher tidal difference. Also, when lower-
ing your anchor, allow it to hit the bottom before backing down,
so your swing room will be accurate. If you drop while drifting
back, your swing room will be increased accordingly.
San Rafael, CA
The Original Great Loop
Thanks for publishing “Four Boys & One Excellent Adventure”
(Aug. 2015). At Good Old Boat, we’ve long been fascinated by
the cruise of the Gazelle and the story of the youngsters who
essentially undertook the first Great Loop in the late 1800s.
We long ago discovered Russell Doubleday’s book, A Year in a
Yawl, which tells the tale based on Ken Ransom’s logs, but were
unaware of Ken’s serialized story in The American Boy magazine
after the voyage. The two stories are somewhat different. The
book has the boys completing the journey in one year, arriving
to great acclaim in St. Joe, Michigan, as the winter closes in.
The magazine has the voyage completed the following spring.
In either case, the tale is a great one for young teenagers and
adults alike. Karen Larson, Founding Editor
Good Old Boat magazine
Memories Made On The Water
The article “Trailerboat Cruising On The Erie Canal” (Aug.
2015) inspired me to share the story of a spring cruise we made
from our Lake Champlain home to Buffalo in our trawler. After
20 years of powerboating, we sold our boat, took sailing lessons, and bought a sailboat. After 10 years of Lake Erie sailing,
we missed Erie Canal cruising and wanted a “traveling” boat
again. We sold our Hunter 36, and bought a Marine Trader 38
in Rouses Point, New York, the northernmost point of Lake
A Firm Grasp Of Anchoring
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“This pic is of me and my wife
Eileen, zooming up the Mullica
River in South Jersey, on our
25-foot Sea Ray, our first
boat,” writes Sonny Zackeo, of
Newfield, New Jersey. “We’re
so happy we bought a boat,
and we can’t get enough.”
Yes, But Can He
Dock The Boat?
“We recently taught
our dog, Buddy Boy,
to get on the board,”
writes Lisa Almeida of
“There’s also video on
You Tube where
he stands up at
Independence Day Pride
“Here’s a photo of Nancy on
Perfect Landing, our Carver
444, underway in San Diego
Bay on July 4th,” writes