“Hurricane prep 101” (Seaworthy, August/September 2017)
was interesting and informative. Here in Florida, where hurricane prep is an annual affair, many of us have our boats on
lifts. It was surprising not to see any tips for us.
EDITOR’S NOTE: From our experience, backyard davits or lifts
are the worst places to have your boat during a hurricane. We
recommend against it due to the threat of storm surge, the boat
being blown off, bunk boards breaking, and the boat filling with
rainwater and collapsing the lift.
Our advice: Store your boat ashore, if possible. If the boat must
be left on its lift (only as a last resort), remove the drain plug so the
weight of accumulated rainwater will not collapse the lift. (If the
tidal surge reaches the boat, it will be flooded, but to leave the plug
in place is likely to result in more serious structural damage.) Tie the
boat securely to its lifting machinery to prevent it from swinging
or drifting away. Use fenders anywhere it could come into contact
with pilings, lift motors, and so on. Plug the engine’s exhaust outlet,
and strip the boat.
The problem with plastic
It was great to see your article on our world’s massive plastic
problem (“Bitter Soup,” August/September 2017). My wife
and I do not allow plastic on our boats. We use reusable
stainless-steel coffee cups on board. When we buy coffee out,
we bring our own travel mugs. That isn’t much, but we are
working very hard to eliminate plastic from our lives.
On a lift in a storm
2 1/2-year-old grandson, Maxwell, had
his first boat rides
during a visit,” writes
Sheila Stepko of
“By his second ride
he was thrilled to
be flying over the
waters of Indian
Creek toward the
HANG 20 “These are two of my three grandchildren on
Julington Creek having a great day on the water,” writes Lisa
Almeida of Jacksonville, Florida. “Chandler and Camille love the
ZUP board, as you can see by their smiling faces.”
After seeing the problem for myself during a race to Hawaii,
the problem is obvious. We are running out of resources and
need to make major changes to sustain.
Reading “Bitter Soup,” I was shocked at the overwhelming
amount of plastics in our oceans. Has any science been applied
to possible heating effects that might occur due to this? I know
a plastic Bubble Wrap-type blanket added to my pool will heat
the water sufficiently to extend the season.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Great question, Phil! We reached out to our contacts at NOAA for an answer, but they aren’t aware of any current
data or studies that would allow them to comment definitively.
Your hypothesis is interesting and certainly plausible, but any effect
that plastics in our oceans have on sea warming is not understood
well enough to say for sure.
Thanks for the advice
I received Tom Neale’s suggestions on problem-solving the
vibration in my boat in his April/May Ask the Experts column. I had another yard come to check it out. During our
test drive, the steering rod to the rudders fell off. I’m glad I
didn’t hit another boat as it veered viciously to the right when
we were on plane. We used the throttles to get us back to the
ramp. The yard is now going through the starboard drive to