DIY trailering device

DIY trailering device makes hitching easy

By Dave Osmolski

Boating is back in full swing! That means hitching up the trailer and taking the boat to the launch ramp. Sometimes hitching up the trailer isn’t all that happens. I have completely redecorated my vehicle’s license plate while hitching up my trailer. When I had a tow vehicle with a steel bumper, this didn’t bother me so much. The unique license plate helped me positively identify my vehicle in large parking lots. I have a plastic bumper now, and those near misses don’t enhance the resale value of my vehicle so much.

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Ontario's North Channel

Friends take a charter of Ontario’s North Channel

By Jerry Major

After several years of enjoyable sailing trips to Ontario’s North Channel aboard Major Dad II, my 26-year-old 27-foot O’Day 272, my fascination with the surrounding natural beauty and serenity has not diminished. However, my cruising buddies, brothers Steve and Howard Anderson, and I discovered an exciting alternative to sailing my boat on the long trek from Toledo Beach Marina on Lake Erie near Monroe, Michigan, to Manitoulin Island in the North Channel.

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Sailors tow stranded boat to safety

Sailors tow stranded boat to safety

By Evy Dudey, with help from Mark Glidden

After a grueling week of family emergencies, my husband, Mark, and I decided to go out on a Sunday for a late afternoon sail to enjoy the summer weather and have some time to ourselves. Along with our little dog Sprout, we boarded our 1970 27-foot Coronado sailboat, BRSRK, and headed south out of Everett’s central marina in the Snohomish River, with Jetty Island to our west. Because of the time of day, everyone else was headed back into the marina. I remarked to Mark, “Looks like the fleet is coming in!”

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Charles Rodney Ramsey

After a lengthy battle with colon cancer, Charles Rodney Ramsey lost his fight on September 7, 2018. Born on July 26, 1954 to Clyde and Alexandria Ward Ramsey, he was the youngest of four children. Charles had a great love of fishing and boating. He built his own houseboat, Cheap-N-Easy and loved riding on the Ouachita River. Charles loved the water. He traveled by cruise to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Alaska and by RV finding lakes, ponds, rivers, and waterfalls.

Charles was a member of the Ouachita Sail & Power Squadron for over 31 years and taught boating safety classes. He loved the boating friends that he made through this organization. Charles is survived by his wife of 27 years, Charlotte Langston Ramsey, his son, Alex Ramsey, his special boating buddy-his dog, Loki, and by all his boating friends. Lt/C Charlotte Ramsey, S

Charles Rodney Ramsey

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Albert “Buddy” E. Krise

Albert “Buddy” E Krise III, 82, passed away on Dec. 22, 2018. Buddy was a Norfolk native and raised in Colonial Place, where he spent his time boating on the Lafayette River. He was a graduate of Augusta Military Academy. He retired from ET Gresham after 30-plus years of service. Buddy was an avid boater whether it be power or sail; he loved being on the water. He was an active member of the United States Power Squadron since Dec. 9, 1957, Tidewater Boat Club, the Nansemond River Power Squadron, Hampton One Design Racing Association, and the now former Great Bridge Cruise Club.

Albert Krise III

He was predeceased by his parents Ellsworth Krise and Lanier Grubbs Krise, and by his wife Sandra A Krise. Buddy is survived by his children John Krise (Cheryl), Shryl Krise Jones (Shannon) and Linda Barnes (Mark); grandchildren Terry, Kathleen, Olivia, Ashley and Haley; and five great-grandchildren and sister Christina Gray. –Mark E. Barnes

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Diesel fuel tank repair

By Reid Gantt

Would you believe that a stainless steel washer could cause an estimated $20,000 in damage to your boat? That was an estimate given to remove and repair my diesel fuel tank.

Earlier this year, my wife, Karen, and I were on our 1983 twin diesel Atlantic 30 in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, when I saw a sheen of diesel on the water. Further investigation revealed a leak in the port fuel tank.

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Curate the perfect toolkit

By Dave Osmolski

I took the USPS elective course Engine Maintenance ages ago, well before the advent of computer-controlled fuel injection and the other amazing advances in outboard engine manufacture in the past 20 years.

While these advances have taken away some of our ability to tinker with our outboards in the shade of a backyard tree, they have given us cleaner, quieter, more economical and longer-lasting engines than we had in “the good old days.”

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Cold and flu season

By Gino C. Bottino, M.D.

Winter is here, and with it comes cold and flu season. In the United States, more days of work (and probably play) are lost to colds and flu than any other illness. According to CDC estimates, the flu has caused between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year since 2010. The common cold is even more pervasive with millions of cases being reported in the U.S. each year. Adults average two to three colds per year, and children have even more.

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Contract Basics

By Tim Akpinar with Erol Akpinar

From their childhood, people might remember the enchanted tale of “The Reluctant Dragon.” Its author, Kenneth Grahame, is probably better known in boating circles for this quotation from “The Wind in the Willows”: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

As readers can appreciate, much of that “messing around” involves contracts being entered into for the hauling, storage, mooring and repair of those boats. In many instances, people don’t always realize a contract has been created because such deals are often consummated casually with nothing more than a handshake or nod.

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Celestial Navigation Taking a Noon Sight

Teaching Celestial Navigation

By Dick Sorensen 

On a cloudless Ohio winter day, Dr. Ralph Newman of Columbus Sail & Power Squadron/29 led 20-plus Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps midshipmen out into the bright sunshine. The rest of the squadron’s Navigation instructors joined them to teach the basics of a noonday sight. As students raised their sextants to take their first reading, my mind flashed back to how this came about.

I had read in a recent issue of The Ensign that the United States Naval Academy was reintroducing the study of Celestial Navigation to the midshipman curriculum. My initial reaction was shock. How could they not be teaching Celestial Navigation?

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Photo of Valparaiso, Chile, from Cruising Around the Horn.

Cruising Around the Horn

By Rafael Belliard

Going around South America’s Cape Horn has always been fraught with awe and understandable concerns about ships wrecked by rough seas, icebergs, huge waves, and strong currents. As avid cruising sailors and travelers, Linda and I had always dreamed of visiting South America and rounding Cape Horn.

When Linda, the perennial travel opportunities researcher, found the perfect way to round the cape, we decided to make it happen. We would take the trip within the sybaritic comforts of a cruise ship on back-to-back cruises from Miami, Florida, to Valparaiso, Chile, and on to Buenos Aires, Argentina, which included the much sought-after “rounding of the Horn.”

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