Carbon monoxide poisoning: Recognizing, preventing the invisible killer

By Gino C. Bottino, M.D.

Whether you own a powerboat or sailboat or just drive a car, you should be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and know how to detect and treat it.

Silent, odorless, invisible and deadly

Difficult to detect, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that’s heavier than air. It’s made whenever carbon-based fuels are burned, such as in internal combustion engines like gasoline-powered generators and car and boat engines. Although diesel-fueled engines produce CO in smaller concentrations than gasoline engines, they still produce enough to be dangerous.

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Add shapes to your boat with PVC pipes

Add shapes to your boat with PVC pipes

By Dave Osmolski

One of the oldest and ubiquitous polymers, PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is used for water toys, rafts, boat curtains and many other marine applications. I have used it to hold propane cylinders on deck, make flagstaffs and hold trailer light fixtures. The list of things you can make from PVC piping is endless.

Readily available at most hardware stores, PVC pipe comes in two grades, or schedules. Schedule 40 has a thinner wall and is probably the easiest to work with. Schedule 80 has thicker walls but the same outside diameter. I suggest using schedule 40 for your projects, as it’s tough enough to withstand almost any abuse.

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'One-step detailer' Serious Shine gives new life to your boat

‘One-step detailer’ Serious Shine gives new life to your boat

By Craig Grosby

Shurhold Serious Shine is billed as a “one-step detailer.” When the product arrived for testing, I was not exactly sure what to expect. Is it a cleaner or wax? What can I use it on? Does it leave a residue? Do I have to re-wax after use?

I have used many Shurhold products over the years, and I felt confident that once I figured out what to use it on, it would work wonders.

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A dream cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands

A dream cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands

By Anne Hammond

Boulder Valley Sail & Power Squadron members joined U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members in February 2017 to sail the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard Dream Machine, a Beneteau Oceanis 45-3 from CYOA Yacht Charter at Frenchtown Harbor Marina, St. Thomas. After provisioning and the boat briefing, we took Dream Machine to St. John, a half-day’s sail. We caught a mooring in Great Lameshur Bay, dinghied to the wide, undeveloped beach, and swam in the bay.

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Barbara Reine

Barbara Reine, daughter of Paul and Jeanette (Tefler) Reine, passed away on April 27, 2018, after a long bout with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. She leaves behind cousins Doris Snow of Kirkland, and Betty Knutson of Kirkland and Dr. Allister McDonald of Aberdeen, Scotland, a loving life partner, and many friends and colleagues. Barbara was born April 6, 1946, one of the first baby boomers in Lake City and lived her whole life in North Seattle. Her grandparents, Hilma and Ben Reinikainen, built the very first home on Finn Hill.

Barbara Reine

Barbara Reine

Barb graduated from Ingraham High School and went on to receive a BS degree in biology in 1968 from the University of Washington. She continued in grad school at UW and received a MS degree in botany. Sample collection for her research on lichens took her up and down the entire west coast and to Hokkaido, Japan. She joined the staff of the Botany Department and taught hundreds of students and faculty members the art and science of electron microscopy. She received national awards for the beauty and illustrative science of some of her outstanding electron microscope images of Equisetum (horsetail).

Barbara greatly enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hiking the Burke-Gilman, and boating, as well as traveling, cooking, photography, and reading, especially cookbooks. Her canine companion, Barney, was never far from her side. She was a member of the Navy Yacht Club Everett, Queen City Yacht Club and Seattle Sail & Power Squadron where she served as commander.

She was active in many civic and professional organizations including the Mountaineers, Wallingford Community Council (serving two terms as president), served as treasurer for one the first international conferences at the (then) new WA State Conference Center and secretary of the Microscopy Society of America. James Haglund

Published in The Seattle Times from May 12 to May 14, 2018

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Julie Ann Zeh Tompkins

Julie. Ann. Zeh. Tompkins. Four names when combined together equaled one amazing woman. Daughter of William Arthur Zeh and Dorothy Ann Vicik Zeh, she graced our presence on Nov.8, 1941, in Port Jefferson, New York. Julie was passionate about family, gardening, and music to name a few. A true and practicing believer of community service, she gave countless hours to many favorite organizations including the Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron, the Chesapeake Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Society, and the Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener program. Julie left us Feb. 19, 2018. She is survived by her husband Winfield Scott Tompkins III, daughters Holly Ann Tompkins and Robin Zeh Tompkins as well as her grandson Aidan Scott Conner, her sister Marjorie Zeh Goh, and brother William Arthur Zeh Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Georgetown University Hospital Fund a Fellow for Parkinson’s Program. Her memories live on at juliezehtompkins.com–Holly Ann Tompkins

Julie Ann Zeh Tompkins

Julie Ann Zeh Tompkins

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Lt/C Elie Cohen

Dr. Elie J. Cohen of Newport, Rhode Island, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2018, with his beloved wife of 56 years, Marcia, by his side in the Caribbean.

He was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1931 as the first son of the late Joseph and Rachel Cohen. Elie graduated from the Ein Sham University in Cairo in 1955. He was inquisitive, intellectual and scored the top three spot for the entire country’s academic uniform exams. Although he loved his birth country, he left in 1959 with a sense of disappointment and frustration of the political climate. He pursued his medical career in the United States. He completed internships at Miriam Hospital in Providence, surgical residencies at RI Hospital and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, and orthopedic residencies at both the University of Maryland Hospital and Kernan Hospital for Children in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Cohen was the first orthopedic surgeon to set up a practice in Newport, Rhode Island. He joined the Aquidneck Medical Center and in 1972 set up his private practice. He was licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. He performed the first arthroscopic surgery, introduced total joint replacement and was known to stay at the hospital round the clock when a patient was in serious condition.

He was certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Pain Management. He was also licensed to serve as a physician in Israel in the event of combat.

In addition, he was past president of the Newport County Medical Society, a past president of the medical staff at Newport Hospital, a past president of the medical legal committee of Rhode Island. He was a member of the RI Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the RI Orthopedic Society, the Boston Orthopedic Club, the University of Maryland Surgical Society and the Eastern Orthopedic Society. Dr. Cohen served as Governor of the Newport HealthCare Corporation, a consultant on the staff of the University of RI Health Services. In 1986 he received the physician recognition award from the America medical association. He was appointed to the Workmen’s Compensation Committee by Governor Garrahy in 1978 and to the Medical Examiner’s Committee by Gov. DiPrete in 1987. Dr. Cohen also received a merit award from the AMA in honor of 50 years of dedicated service to the medical profession.

In 2013 Dr. Cohen retired from his private practice, though he remained on as an active senior staff member at the Newport Hospital. He used to say, “Once a doctor, always a doctor.”

Dr. Cohen had many charitable, civic and sporting interests. He was fluent in English, French and Arabic languages. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed worldwide travel and recently returned from an expedition to the Galapogos. He was a member of the Newport Lions Club for more than 40 years and received the Melvin Jones Award. He was a member, trustee and past squadron commander of the Newport Sail & Power Squadron, and held a Senior Navigator certificate for educational achievement and a past commander and member of the Navy League.

Dr. Cohen was a lifetime member of the Newport Yacht Club. He was a past president of B’nai Brith of Newport, a member of Congregation Jeshuat Israel of Touro Synagogue and a founding member of the Touro National Heritage Trust. He enjoyed participating in Alliance Francais events and the Retired Dr. Dinners. He touched many lives during his 53-year career.

He was an avid swimmer, champion rower on the Nile, sailor and equestrian. He loved playing backgammon with his children, spending time on his computer and had many philanthropic interests.

Dr. Cohen will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his wife, Marcia Cohen, and three children: Renee Cohen of N Kingstown, RI, Audrey Pavia (Joseph), of East Meadow, NY and Lawrence Cohen (Charlene) of Warwick, RI. He is survived by two Grandchildren, Gillian and Jolie Pavia. He is also survived by his brother, Jacob Cohen (Odette) of Baltimore, MD. He is also the brother of the late Albert Cohen (Lilliane) of Istres, France and Benjamin Cohen of Baltimore, MD and beloved nephews and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Touro Synagogue, Newport Hospital or any charity of your choice. David Duggan

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Lt/C Richard E. Askins, AP

Richard E. Askins, age 68, died early Thursday, March 8, 2018, at his home. Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Jamie H. Askins and Hallie Hollowell Askins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kity Askins. Richard was a certified public accountant and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as the longtime treasurer. He was a board member emeritus of the Boys and Girls Club and was treasurer of the Goldsboro Sail & Power Squadron.

Richard is survived by his wife, Gail M. Askins, two sons, Jamie B. Askins and wife Jennifer of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Jason T. Askins and wife Maren of Plymouth, Minnesota; a brother David Askins and wife Diana; and three grandchildren, Carter Askins, Cameron Askins and Hudson Askins.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 125 S. John St, Goldsboro, NC 27530. Dave Parsons 

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Dave on his new floating boat lift

Floating boat lift keeps boat clean, accessible

By Dave Osmolski

I retired last September with plans to spend more time at my homemade tropical paradise in Flamingo Bay, Florida. We are right on the water, and I keep my boat in the canal in my backyard. However, because my boat doesn’t have marine bottom paint, within five days, barnacles and small, calcified worm-like creatures will fasten themselves to the hull, trim tabs and all of my boat’s other underwater features.

Last spring, I contacted several different contractors that specialize in installing boatlifts. I don’t have a seawall. At the canal edge of my property, a mangrove forest provides food and shelter for birds, fish and all manner of creatures, including alligators and snakes. Because of a sloping bank and high tide line up into the mangroves, the zoning laws would not allow me to install the lift where I wanted.

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Marine radar goes solid-state

Marine electronics are constantly evolving, but no change in recent years compares with the move to solid-state radar. Gains in features and performance are so great that almost every boater should consider upgrading. All four major marine equipment manufacturers now offer solid-state pulse compression radar. Here’s why.

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CGEAR COMFORT WEAVE SAND-FREE MAT BLUE PLAID2

CGear Sand-Free Mat makes sand and dirt disappear

By Craig Grosby

I like going to the beach, though my girlfriend would say otherwise as I always complain about getting sand in the car, on the towels, on the beach chairs, in my shoes and in the beach bags. Sand is part of the fun of going to the beach, but when I look around, I constantly see people shaking sand out of their blankets and towels.

There’s a solution: the CGear Sand-Free Mat. Yes, you can go to the beach or to a campsite and not get sand and dirt in everything you own.

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