FIRST HORROR, THEN ANGER
Why Should Dogs
Have All The Fun?
Tom and Debbie Waidanz, of
Marco Island, Florida, take
their parrots Chloe and Eddie
(we’re pretty sure that’s
Chloe in the picture) for sunset rides. The birds stay in
their cages until they anchor
the boat; then they come out
and enjoy the sunset.
Tim Hodgens of Stafford,
Virginia, shows grandson and
first mate William Francis
Price, aged 16 months, how
to drive his Polar 2300CC.
Tim is looking forward to
enjoying many more summer days fishing along the
Maryland/Delaware coast with
his grandson and new granddaughter (arriving this fall).
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family, and friends enjoying great times on the water.
Email the high-resolution version to us with your name
and address to Letters ToEditor@BoatUS.com and tell
us who or what’s in the photo.
Susan and Richard Berube sent in a shot of Spear-It enjoying an afternoon nap while cruising. They took this shot at Man-O-War Cay, Abaco,
I read Capt. Oatway’s description of his tug’s encounter with the small
sailboat (“Almost Dead Right?” Aug. 2013) with horror, followed by a
visceral anger. The person in the small boat violated the rules of the
road and common courtesy. Capt. Oatway exercised correct judgment
under the “general responsibility rule” thus avoiding collision. It’s a true
showing of his professionalism that he didn’t hold course and speed as
was his right as stand-on vessel. E. C. Hutchinson
Our trip from Norfolk, Virginia, to the Florida Keys and back last year
reinforces what Capt. Oatway reported. We saw boats anchored right
off the main channel on the ICW that would swing right into the
middle of the channel, giving the tugs nowhere to go. Tug captains
were always professional in advising our best heading in narrow parts
of the canal and meeting at bridges with swift currents. I have the
highest respect for them. Talk to them, let them know your intentions,
and benefit from their experience. Gary Coldren
Norfolk Navy Station, VA
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
I enjoyed Frank Viviano’s article on Zheng He (“The Greatest Explorer
You’ve Never Heard Of” Aug. 2013), and was reminded of a book about
the admiral titled 1421: The Year China Discovered America; author Gavin
Menzies interpreted data that show Zheng He sailed across the Indian
Ocean and down the African east coast, rounded Cape of Good Hope,
sailed along the African west coast, and then rode the prevailing winds
west to the Americas. Whether true or not, the book is fun to read
while sailing anywhere. Harris Faigel
Chestnut Hill, MA
THAT’S A LONG TIME TO SWING A WRENCH
I’ve been wrist-twisting nuts and bolts for nearly seven decades. Your
article on “How To Use The Right Fastener” (Aug. 2013) was the best
summary I’ve ever read. Nicely done! Capt. Tom Blackwood
LNVT Tug Thistle Dew, Seattle, WA
THANK YOU, RICHARD!
As a member for 30 years or so, and an avid reader of BoatU.S.
Magazine, I have to tell you that your publication just gets better and
better. I especially appreciated the interview with Richard Schwartz,
which lists his considerable contributions to the boating community.
He’s truly earned his legacy! Thank you, Richard.