Suzann K. Bussey

Sue Bussey

Sue Bussey

Suzann K. Bussey, age 77, of Bel Air, Maryland passed away on August 31, 2018 at Lorien Riverside in Belcamp, Maryland. Born in Baltimore, Sue was involved with many things: Family; church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Greeter; Baltimore Yacht Club (BYC) serving as BYC’s Mate’s President and spent a lot of her life becoming a “BYC Brat”; and Dundalk Sail & Power Squadron where she became Commander in 2011-12.

Sue was a hard worker for both Sue Island and Dundalk Sail & Power Squadrons. She and Dick were always seen together, adding to the “festivities.” Sue was elected to the Executive Committee when Dick became the Squadron Treasurer. Hers was the voice of sound reasoning when it came to deliberations by that group. When asked by the Nominating committee to become the Commander, she turned down their “invitation” but soon reversed her decision after an animated and serious discussion with two Past Commanders who told her of their enthusiastic and guaranteed support for her nomination. Sue reluctantly accepted her choice by the Nominating Committee and was elected as Commander during the 50th Anniversary year of Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron.

Her successful term as Commander culminated with an outstanding celebratory banquet, attended by members of our Squadrons other  D/5 Squadrons and National Representatives. Her gleeful induction into the ranks of Dundalk’s Past Commanders was enjoyed by all who participated. Her twinkling eyes, warm smile and welcoming hugs will be remembered by those of us who knew and loved her. May she rest in peace. P/C W Brooks Riley

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Douglas R. Plzak

Douglas R. Plzak, 72, of Leland, NC, passed away on Oct. 31, 2018, after a brief illness.

Doug was the son of Robert and Genevieve Plzak, raised in Antigo and Columbus, WI. He moved to Michigan to attend college at General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and enjoyed a 37-year engineering career with GM. He was proud to be associated with the opening of the first GM plant in Shanghai, China. Doug’s many interests included motorsports, both as a participant and a spectator, cruising and showing his beloved 1962 Corvette as a member of the GMC Corvette Set and Cape Fear Corvette Club. He loved his Nordic Tugs, cruising the Great Lakes, and seasons docked at the Detroit Yacht Club. Doug also logged many miles of tandem bicycling, completing the 750-mile Paris-Brest-Paris endurance ride, as well as tandem tours throughout the US and Europe.

Another passion was folk music, which began with playing guitar in his high school band the Caliente Trio, to his enjoyment of Wilmington’s talented musicians. Finally, Doug loved football, and even though the Packers sometimes disappointed, he always enjoyed hosting an annual Super Bowl party—34 of them! Recently Doug began volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program and was inspired by the courage shown by patients.

Surviving Doug is his wife of 33 years, Janet; his brother John Plzak (Cheryl) of Fenton, MI; sister-in-law Elaine Wallace (Bob) of Palm Coast, FL, and nephews Douglas Goodman (Donna Tierney) of Raleigh; and Andrew Goodman (Julia Harr) of New York. Also left behind is his beloved Brittany spaniel, Nicki. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 12th at 11 a.m. in Blossoms Magnolia Room, Magnolia Greens, 1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive, Leland, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doug’s favorite cause, Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Online condolences are encouraged and may be offered at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.comCdr Ronald Tilmon

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P/C T.K. Moore, AP

Thomas Kerr “T.K.” Moore Jr., 84, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, after a brief illness. He is survived by his precious wife of 61 years, Kathie; his daughter, Mary Kaye Hester of Wilmington and her husband, Deryl; daughter-in-law, Amy Philipp of Charlotte and her husband, Keith; and grandchildren, AB Moore of Portland, Oregon, Ford Philipp of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Andy Nesbit of Appomattox, Virginia.

Born in Charlotte on June 12, 1934, T.K., then known as Tommy, met Kathie at Myers Park High School, where he was a member of the first graduating class in 1952. A lifelong boater, he was an active member of the Charlotte Power Squadron and served in many roles, including commander and as secretary for District 27. He was the driving force behind the organization’s purchase of land on Lake Wylie dubbed Merit Mark Point and the annual barbecue fundraiser he started there is named in his honor.

After T.K. and Kathie retired to Sunset Beach, they joined Shallotte River Sail & Power Squadron where T.K. continued to teach safe boating classes and conduct vessel inspections. Earlier this year, T.K. was awarded governing board emeritus membership status by United States Power Squadrons, a rare honor recognizing his more than 50 consecutive years of service. –P/C Dan Bartell

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P/D/C Theodore McCarthy, SN

Dr. Ted McCarthy, on Aug. 2, 2018, with his wife of 72 years by his side, joined his sons Tom (Sandie) and Bruce (Laurel) in heaven. Survived by wife Cay, son Ed, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Ted was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in Berkeley, graduating from Cal (’42) and McGill University of Medicine (’45). He was a beloved pediatrician in San Rafael, Saipan and at Sonoma State Hospital. An avid sailor, Ted met Cay in Inverness when she wanted a ride on his boat. They married on July 28, 1946. He founded the Redwood Power Squadron and taught many courses, belonged to SF and Inverness Yacht Clubs, had decades of perfect attendance at Rotary, served in the Army and acted as doctor/navigator for yacht races including the Transpac. He was an active member of Church of the Roses where services were held. –Cdr Debbie Powell

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Doc on Deck

Preparing for, implementing crew overboard recovery

Doc on Deck

By Gino C. Bottino, M.D. 

For the last 10 years, most authorities have agreed on the main principles in preparing for, and implementing, a crew overboard recovery. The five phases of recovery are

  • establish and maintain visual contact,
  • provide flotation immediately,
  • stop the boat as soon as possible,
  • maneuver to approach the victim, and
  • effect recovery over the side.
  • All five should be done as quickly as possible.

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Photo of wear and tear on a boat

Wear and Tear on Boats

By Tim Akpinar

Wear and tear can be a tricky legal issue when it comes to examining damages to a boat. It’s not so much the general concept of wear and tear that’s confusing. The notion of a boat and its machinery being worn away with use is straightforward enough. Inside an engine, piston rings wear away as they slide up and down cylinder walls. Below the waterline, propeller blades rotating at high speed wear away as a result of cavitation. Boat owners accept this basic premise.

The tricky part comes when wear and tear arises in the realm of insurance claims. Here, the concept is sometimes used as a legal defense in denying property loss claims. Here’s an example. Let’s say a boat sinks. The owner is likely to view the sinking as a single catastrophic event, which appears to be a covered loss in an insurance policy. It could seem like an open-and-shut case.

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Be seen with AIS

See and be seen with AIS

Many boaters have implemented the Automatic Identification System, or AIS, on their boats. If you haven’t, let’s look at why you should consider implementing one of the best safety systems ever introduced to the boating community.

Most of us are familiar with the vessel information transmitted by AIS. Identity is the key to the system. Radar shows you a target but doesn’t tell you what or who it is. AIS provides that information and a lot more.

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Building an Electric Boat Aquatron at Hales Bar

Building an Electric Boat

By Dan Fannon

F or quite some time, I’d wanted to build a boat. But what kind of boat? Would it float when it was done? Would it look more like a workbench, or would it have graceful lines?

My wife, Melissa, and I had many questions. In search of answers, we went to an annual gathering of boatbuilders in Guild, Tennessee, at Nickajack Lake on the Tennessee River, where we could talk with people who had built their own boats.

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Kynoch Inlet

Sailing Kynoch Inlet, Fiordland, in British Columbia

By Steve Lorimer

Fiordland Conservancy in central British Columbia, Canada, has some of the most beautiful scenery you could ever hope to see. To get there, you must cruise several miles from the north end of Finlayson Channel to Sheep Passage and continue into Mussel Inlet or turn into Kynoch Inlet. Together the inlets comprise Fiordland, and a visit to both provides several days of anchorage alternatives.

Once in Fiordland you pass bold snow-topped mountains, rushing streams and waterfalls. In some ways it’s similar to Princess Louisa Inlet in lower British Columbia.

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Mobile member search

Find squadron members with mobile member search

By Dan Bartell

Have you ever been away from home and needed to call a United States Power Squadrons member but didn’t have the person’s number in your cellphone? Or perhaps you’re having lunch at a marina, and you see a boat flying the ensign or with a squadron burgee and want to call or email to say hello. Now there’s an easy-to-use extension of the USPS Information Center that runs on your mobile device’s web browser available at usps.org/mobile.

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