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VICE PRESIDEN T, BOATU.S
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
SENIOR EDITOR Rich Armstrong
TECHNICAL EDITOR Tom Neale
Mark Corke, Charles Fort
CON TRIBUTING EDITORS
John Adey, Ryck Lydecker, Tim Murphy
Lenny Rudow (Fishing & Electronics)
Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast)
Patricia Rains (West Coast)
Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)
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VOLUME XXIIl, No. 5, OC TOBER/NOVEMBER 2017
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AT THE HELM
BY HEATHER LOUGHEED, VICE PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
As I write, cooler temperatures are transforming our Chesapeake Bay boating life, fall colors are painting our scenery, the kids are back in school, and those magical summer months are behind us. My family and I didn’t get to go boating nearly enough – always the way, isn’t it?
Whenever we went, we made the most of it, however. We tubed in beautiful inlets, daydreamed of buying waterfront property to be even closer to our boat, and visited lakeside
friends where the kids sailed and we water-skied the days away. My husband’s fresh-fish
and crabfest dreams were sometimes realized. Matt refined his technique all summer by
talking to seasoned pros at our marina and reading everything he could find, including
rockfish tips from our own BoatU.S. contributing editor Lenny Rudow. Now he’s pinning
his hopes on a bountiful fall fishing season. If you see Sea-Renity out there, aim some local
knowledge and luck our way!
One thing Matt and I learned this summer was about engine troubleshooting. Our
outboard quit one afternoon after a raft-up with friends. As we tried some obvious rem-edies, I wasn’t overly worried. The BoatU.S. app is on my cellphone with my member info
loaded. If need be, we could connect directly to TowBoatU.S., who’d help us get back home.
I had recently visited the captains of TowBoatU.S. Mystic, Connecticut, and TowBoatU.S.
Baltimore, Maryland, and got to know the hardworking men and women who work for
them. The captains come from all walks of life: policemen, firefighters, marine biologists,
schoolteachers. All are extremely experienced at what they do and share a sense of pride
in helping people when they’re at their most vulnerable. Everyone needs a hand eventually – perhaps a jump-start or fuel delivery or a tow off a sandbar. TowBoatU.S. gives us
peace of mind.
Thankfully, in the end, our portable engine starter did the trick that summer afternoon.
We limped back to the marina and discovered corroded spark plugs and a broken lower-unit cover. Live and learn.
We’re postponing it as long as we can, but
Matt and I will need to winterize soon. Luckily,
we can visit BoatUS.com/Winterizing and use
the helpful checklists found there. Then, just
like that, it will be time for me to head out to
the fall and winter boat shows and town halls
around the country. There, I hope to meet you,
our members, hear about your own summer
adventures – big and small – and learn how we
can help make your boating even better. See
Turning the page to autumn
My daughter and
a friend learning
to sail a Sunfish
at the lake this