Photo of tinned marine grade wiring for boats

Size matters with marine wiring

Troubleshooting problems with marine wiring

By Dave Osmolski

Last spring I installed a new combination sonar (depth/fish finder) and GPS on my boat, which replaced separate units. The new unit has a 7-inch screen, and the older units each had 4-inch screens, so I didn’t reduce the footprint at the helm.

I replaced the old units with the same brand and used the wiring from the old unit to power the new one. Installation went well, and I used my new unit to explore the waters around Pine Island, Florida.

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Maine Windjammer Cruises schooner Mistress ready to set sail.

Cruising Penobscot Bay

Sailing Maine’s coast aboard a full crewed schooner

By David Mangold

We wanted to sail the coast of Maine but were not keen on doing a bareboat charter. Maine Windjammer Cruises made our decision to explore the evergreen-spangled islands of Penobscot Bay easy by providing us with a rustic schooner complete with captain, crew and provisions.

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Not so lucky

Kayakers help boater in need

By Jon R. Evans

On July 3, my wife, Bonnie, and I, both kayakers, decided to go for a paddle on Chesapeake Bay. We are fortunate to live on Back Creek in Annapolis, Maryland, close to our community kayak rack. We gathered our gear and paddles and slid the kayaks into the water at 10:30 that morning. The day was beautiful and sunny with calm waters and a light, pleasant wind out of the west.

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Robert Leslie Booth

Robert Leslie Booth was born on April 14, 1924, and passed away peacefully 0n Oct. 21, 2017. He was a loving husband and father, and his family always came first. He was a long time resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Weber of Cincinnati, Ohio, four daughters Jeanette Bray of Daytona Beach, Florida, JoAnn Tobin of Port Orange, Florida, Sherry Matthews of Cincinnati, Oho and Kerry Seitel of Cincinnati, Ohio, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Daytona Beach Sail & Power Squadron and the American Legion.

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David Edward Marsh

David E. Marsh

David E. Marsh

David Edward Marsh, 84, passed away July 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marcia; children Susan Edith Marsh, William David (Melissa Goddard); brothers Stephen (Judy) Marsh MD, Allan (Pat) Marsh, Craig Marsh; brothers-in-law Ronald (Marcia) Yaw, Donald (Cindy) Yaw; grandchildren Sally C. Marsh, Hannah C. Marsh, and William H. Marsh.

After his service in the U.S. Army, Dave worked for Associated Truck Lines in Chicago before returning home to Grand Rapids, where he worked at American Seating and Challenge Manufacturing. He was a life member of the Grand Rapids Power Squadron and was active in the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. An avid music lover, he played guitar and piano and sang his entire life. He also enjoyed flying remote control planes with the Wolverine Skyhawks. In retirement he enjoyed traveling in his motorhome with family, and spent 10 winters in Mission, Texas, happily “not shoveling snow.” Always learning, Dave picked up photography, birding, and learned to play the dulcimer in his later life. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

 

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William Neef

William Irving Neef passed away peacefully at home Oct. 19, 2017, under the care of EvergreenHealth Hospice and his loving family, Lois, Nancie, Frank and Mary. Bill is survived by his wife Lois of 40 years and his son Frank Neef of Moses Lake; his daughter Nancie Wood of Kirkland; his stepdaughter Sandra Morris Of Kennewick; and stepson Ronald Morris of Richland.  They have seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Henry Neef of Blair Nebraska.

Bill was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington.

Bill has always been active in his home churches. He volunteered many hours at the Suncoast hospice during his time in Florida. He was a past rear commander and a life member of the United States Power Squadron.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to EvergreenHealth Hospice, 12822 124th Ln NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 or OverLake Park Presbyterian church or a charity of your choice.

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William J. Stefaney, N

William J. Stefaney

William J. Stefaney

William J. Stefaney, 89, of Weymouth passed away at home with his family by his side on Aug. 19, 2017.

Bill was born in Roslindale, son of Katherine (Bittighoffer) (Stefaney) Nickell and Richard Stefaney. After graduating from Jamaica Plain High, he worked at the Arnold Arboretum as a tree surgeon, before continuing his education at Boston University. Bill served first with the U.S. Naval Submarine Reserves and then with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Then, with the assistance of the G.I. Bill, he attended Boston State Teachers College. Bill worked passionately as a teacher first in Stoughton, Dedham and Puerto Rico, before 30 years in the Milton Schools as a teacher and administrator.

He was very active in the United States Power Squadrons where he taught Junior Navigation and was a member of the Navigators Club, and in later year with the Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts. Bills skills extended well beyond the classroom: in his youth he enjoyed working backstage at various theaters in Boston and later ran the Milton Junior High Drama Club, he was an amateur magician, and he always found time to spend with his family most especially his beloved grandchildren as their Grampy. Bill lived a full life and made many fond memories over the years, vacations with family and friends to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, remained closest to his heart.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Catherine (Driscoll) Stefaney of Weymouth, his loving children Mary Stefaney of Weymouth, Julie Volkert and husband Todd of Calif., Emily DeLeon and husband Jorge of Shrewsbury, and Thomas Stefaney and wife Kendra of Weymouth, and his cherished grandchildren Katelynn, Liam, Connor, Haley and Emmett. Bill is also survived by his godchild Shannon, and many loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers John Stefaney and Richard Stefaney, and by his sister Eleanor Stefaney.

Donations in memory of Bill may be made to Hospice of the South Shore for the outstanding care they provided to Bill during his final days at 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370, or to The Friends of the Unborn at P.O. Box 692246, Quincy, MA 02269.

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Make dirty water drinkable with LifeSaver Bottle

By Craig Grosby

The LifeSaver Bottle is a portable water filter and purifier that removes most bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and microbiological waterborne pathogens from water without the aid of foul-tasting chemicals like iodine.

The LifeSaver Bottle can’t convert sea water to potable drinking water or purify water contaminated by gasoline, oil, chlorine, chemicals or industrial waste.

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What to do after you run aground

By John Schwab

Despite all efforts to stay off shoals, sandbars or rocks, groundings happen. It’s said there are three types of skippers: Those who have run aground, those who will run aground, and those who have but will never admit it. Every boater should prepare for the inevitable grounding.

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