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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A boat on Maine waters full of lobster buoys

Dry suit proves handy when boat prop gets fouled

By Andy Sumberg

Maine waters have a reputation for being chock-full of lobster buoys. Any boater who’s spent time there will agree.

On a three-week District 12 trip in 2015, every boat’s pilot spent considerable time avoiding the numerous lobster buoys as well as their pesky big brother: lobster buoy with toggle, which gives the boater two opportunities to snag a line for each pot lurking below.

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Gray whale in Guerrero Negro

Boaters get up close and personal with gray whales

By Cheryl Veldhuisen

A favorite activity for boaters in California is taking a trip off the coast to see migrating gray whales.

These 45-foot-long, 35-ton mammals spend the summer months (June through September) feeding in the Arctic Ocean by scooping up mouthfuls of the ocean floor, straining out the unwanted mud and water through their baleens, and eating the remaining krill and tiny amphipods.

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P/C Robert L. Boston, JN

Robert L. Boston, formerly of Vestal, died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Cary, N.C. He was predeceased by his wife Doris, his son Mark, and his sister and brother in-law Frances and Olin Hoch. He is survived by his son and daughter in-law Donald and Karen Boston of Apex, N.C. Bob was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a mechanical engineer for Ozalid-GAF in Vestal until retirement. Some of his favorite hobbies included gardening, woodworking and boating where he rose to commander of the local chapter of the United States Power Squadron. He was a member of the Boulevard United Methodist Church until moving to North Carolina. Private services were held at Riverhurst Cemetery, with Pastor Tom Easttey officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s name to Boulevard United Methodist Church, 113 Grand Boulevard, Binghamton, NY 13905. Michael Acciai

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2018

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P/C Marie Lambert, AP

Marie Lambert, AP, rested in peace on Jan. 15, 2018. Marie joined Westchester Sail & Power Squadron on April 14, 1983, contributing to the squadron over the years and earning Life Member status in 2010. She was the squadron commander for the year 1991–1992. Her contributions and presence will be missed. May her memory be eternal. –Andy Papademetriou, N

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Milt Entwistle

Photo of Milt EntwistleThe Santa Clara Power Squadron, with great sadness, reports the passing of Milt Entwistle. Milt passed away on Feb. 1, 2018, just a few months after celebrating his 100th birthday in September as well as recently receiving a n award for 50 years of service from United States Power Squadrons. Milt was a very long time member of our squadron and back in 2004 was the driving force behind the beginning of the Monterey Power Squadron.  Even after forming the Monterey squadron, Milt would occasionally attend our holiday party or even some of our other events. When the Monterey Power Squadron fell on bad times and was forced to cease, Milt quickly returned to the Santa Clara Power Squadron and offered to help wherever he could.

As the commander of Santa Clara Power Squadron, I recently had the opportunity to present him with the 50 Years of Service Award, and let me tell you he was extremely proud of getting it. Milt was a knowledgeable person in a lot of areas and didn’t hesitate to share his wisdom. He will truly be missed. –Lindy Zink

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De Wayn Meek

De Wayn Meek on a boatIt is with great sadness that I report the passing of De Wayn Meek. De Wayn was a longtime member of our squadron and had served as commander of Santa Clara Power Squadron back in 1999/2000.  He also served as treasurer for many years as well as the chair of the ABC boating class.  I first met De Wayn when I agreed to assist with the ABC boating class way back in the early ’90s. Even after giving up the chair position De Wayn would still show up every session to assist with the class setup and to pass along his boating knowledge. He would always bring cookies to the class that his wife, Marlene, had baked. When our squadron first started the annual picnic, De Wayn would always get to the park early and help with cleaning the area and setting everything up. His boat, the Hummingbird, was well known within our district, and he was a regular at all the boating rendezvous.  A few years ago De Wayn sold his boat to Tim Ellenberger and assisted Tim with getting use to sailing it.

De Wayn was one of those outstanding people that everyone felt fortunate to have met. He will be greatly missed by many.  –Lindy Zink

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Frank Salzano, S

Frank, as he was known to his friends, was a Brooklyn native and married Joan Marie in 1957. They settled in Patchogue for their 58 years of marriage following his appointment to a research post at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Joan passed in 2016. Frank is survived by his three children, Robert, Brian and Lois; his sister, Marie; and his four beloved grandchildren, Christopher, Alex, Rory and Hope; as well as a host of others to whom his loss will be keenly felt. Frank was a member of the Patchogue Bay Power Squadron since 1983. He owned a 38-foot Bayliner, which he sold to another squadron family, and had seven merit marks.

Harriette Walsh Wagner

Harriette Wagner Photo Deceased 2018

Harriette Walsh Wagner

Harriette Walsh Wagner passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, with family by her side.

Harriette was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Jan. 14, 1927, the daughter of Mamie Applewhite Walsh and Leon C. Walsh Sr. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1944, and attended Woman’s College at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She married William F. (Billy) Wagner in 1950 after meeting him in the church choir, and they shared a loving marriage for 46 years.

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Treating hypothermia image of snow and thermometer

Treating hypothermia

The hazards of exposure to cold on board, part 2

By Gino C. Bottino, M.D

In the last article, I discussed localized cold exposure syndromes in which a specific body part becomes cold but the rest of the body remains warmer. This article discusses generalized cold exposure, hypothermia, caused by a drop in the body’s core temperature.

Both localized and generalized cold exposure syndromes can exist in a patient at the same time, but treatment is quite different: Localized cold exposure is treated with immediate re-warming, while hypothermia must be slowly reversed.

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