I felt like I was losing an old friend
when I saw the news about BoatU.S.
founder Richard Schwartz retiring.
I joined BoatU.S. in 1967, thinking
that your newsletters would help me
manage and run my new Chris-Craft,
my first large boat. Over the years
that newsletter has grown into one of
the finest boating information magazines out there. Under Richard’s
guidance, BoatU.S. has probably
done more for the boating industry
than any other organization I know.
My wife and I now operate our 75-foot President yacht, spending our
summers in the Bahamas and the rest of the year in Jupiter, Florida.
Richard, please enjoy your retirement, and good sailing.
TOO MUCH PRESSURE, OR TOO LITTLE?
A word of warning about the use of garden hoses to flush small
outboards with a hose attachment. I have two 9.9-hp Yamahas with
such an attachment, which feeds directly to the cooling hoses. In
these engines there’s a four-way plastic connector that feeds water to
the cylinder head, to the fuel pump, and to the indicator. With very
high water pressure from the hose, it’s possible to blow one or more
hoses off and, for example, be routing water to the indicator, not to
the cylinder head, and instead into the cowling.
Editors’ note: We double-checked the owner’s manuals for each engine, and
the recommendations as to the appropriate water pressure vary widely. We’d
suggest that you check your owner’s manual and follow the instructions
there or, on smaller outboards, consider one of the other flushing methods.
HOW LONG OVERALL?
I was reading the article, “How Long Is My Boat,” (Aug. 2013)
and it appears that, in the illustration, the label of Length Overall
(LOA) on the boat is incorrect because it is including the motor and
motor bracket in the measurement. It’s my understanding that the
industry standard definition of LOA/maximum boat length has been
defined by ABYC, USCG, NMMA, and other regulatory authorities
as the length of the vessel’s hull measured parallel to centerline and
designed waterline. This measurement is not to include any bolt-on
attachments such as swim platforms, bowsprits, pulpits, outboard
motors/ brackets, stern drives, etc. Is my observation correct?
Editors’ note: You’re correct in your definition of LOA. In the image on page
62, we’ve since discovered the swim platform at the transom is bolted on,
not integral, as shown by the LOA arrow, so we shouldn’t have included it in
the LOA measurement. One of the things we love about BoatU.S. members
is that they never let anything get by. Thanks for the correction.
Easy To See Why
BoatU.S. members Pablo and Yalma Garcia, from Sunrise, Florida,
sent this picture of their 25-foot Bayliner in Boca Chita National
Park. Behind them is Boca Chita Key’s ornamental lighthouse, built
in 1930 by a former owner of the island, and the Garcias say that
the park is their “favorite place on earth.”
Great Night Out
Brian and Tara Collis, from Solomons Island, Maryland, moored
their Hunter 30 Inconceivable near the Calvert Marine Museum
to take in a show. Brian says they had a great night on deck
listening to a concert at the museum, while the kids popped
popcorn and watched a movie in the cabin.
Watch The Rocks,
The Herpel Family, from
Cape Vincent, New
York, sent in this shot
of their movie-star dog
Lola Bella on her way to
the Thousand Islands’
Grindstone Island in
their Grady-White. We
assume she has a movie