By Helen and Bob KovachAfter travelling 2,200 miles from Brewerton, New York, to Florence, Alabama, aboard ALLEZ! a few years ago, we decided that Florence, seemed like an ideal spot to visit. The medium-size town on the Tennessee River has lots of history and many places to explore.
By Craig GrosbyWith so many mold and mildew stain removers on the market, you might wonder which one will do the best job with the least amount of effort.
I tested the Iosso Mold & Mildew Stain Remover on my boat, and I can tell you it works wonders. I had some old mildew stains on my captain’s chair that I tried to remove with a multitude of products, but I was afraid to use a bleach or chlorine-based product. Darned if this mold and mildew stain remover didn’t get it looking brand new again without the need for bleach.
By Elaine KeaseyFour longtime members of Everett Sail & Power Squadron/16 took a journey to northern British Columbia in summer 2016 to go fishing. Linda and Mike Martin drove their RV with their new tricked-out 12-foot skiff on top, and my husband, Ray Keasey, and I drove our RV two days to Tachick Lake, an hour west of Prince George. The sun came out, and the rain stayed away, but the winds weren’t too cooperative. The guys fished to their heart’s content, and we all had a good time, but that’s not the story here.
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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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.com. –Cdr Ronald Tilmon
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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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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.
By Tim AkpinarWear 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.
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.
By Randy WhiteI recently returned from sailing my new boat from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Marmaris, Turkey, a voyage of 1,453 nautical miles through 27 waypoints. We ended up sailing through a major storm, and I want to share the choices we made that led to that experience as well as the lessons we learned.
By Dave OsmolskiWe’re heading into the season where many of us begin to put away our boats for the winter. Those with trailerable boats disconnect the trailer from the car or truck and leave the trailered boat on the trailer jack and jack stands under the axle to take the weight off the tires.