MEET THE WRITERS
Hundreds of Years of Experience on the Water
Unlike many cruising guides, Waterway Guide relies on avid and experienced boaters who actually cruise the waters they write about.
Hank and Ann Evans
Starting in Junior Sailing at age 5, Hank has raced and cruised sailboats for 62 years. He designed the 13' Sea Witch and the Skimmer 45 Iceboat, and won world championships in both the Skimmer 45 and C&C 29 classes. Hank is a retired U.S. Navy Commander and was Commanding Officer of USS Semmes DDG-18, a guided missile destroyer based in Charleston. Ann has actively raced and cruised for 43 years. After selling their businesses, they retired on a 42' Hampton trawler, "Queen Ann's Revenge". Members of AGLCA and MTOA, Hank is also Past Commodore of the Youngstown Yacht Club on Lake Ontario. They have cruised over 25,000 miles in 4 years including the Great Loop, Canada, the Bahamas and many inland rivers. They are making their seventh transit of the ICW and spend their winters at the Naval Air Station Marina, Key West. Hank and Ann cover the Atlantic ICW for Waterway Guide
Tom Hale and Christina Sison
Tom Hale and Cristina Sison are cruising editors for the Chesapeake Bay from the Little Choptank River to Yorktown. Tom grew up in his father's boatyard on Martha's Vineyard, and found his way to the Chesapeake in 1985. At the time, he was a partner in the redevelopment of a marina in Rock Hall, MD, where he started exploring the Bay. Subsequently, he served as Vice President for ABYC in Annapolis before returning to the boatyard industry ten years ago, all the while sailing and cruising on the Bay. Cristina grew up in the Philippines and came to the U.S. in 1982. She lived in Annapolis where she and Tom met. At the time, she owned a trawler and Tom a sailboat. In 2009 they left their house in Annapolis and moved aboard Tadhana, a new Mariner Seville Pilothouse trawler, and began to explore the Bay in earnest averaging over 70 nights a year out on the Bay.
Tadhana is more likely to be found swinging on her anchor than in a marina. Not content to visit only the usual anchorages, they have sought out and found many new anchorages off the beaten path. The southern Bay has quite a number of completely deserted white sand beaches&; Tom and Cristina have found many of them but are always looking for another one.
Tom and Cristina cruised down the Bay and moved back to Deltaville in January 2013 so that Tom could assume his new role as Managing Editor of Waterway Guide
Bob and Carol Kunath
Bob and Carol Kunath have owned about a dozen sail and powerboats over the past 45 years. They range from small open lake boats to those equipped for offshore shark and sport fishing, to sail and powerboats on Lake Michigan where they have been cruising for the past twenty-five years. During those years they cruised extensively throughout Lake Michigan and the North Channel of Lake Huron. Both are Past Commodores of the Bay Shore Yacht Club in Illinois&; members of the Racine Yacht Club in Wisconsin&; and members of the Waukegan, IL, and Venice, FL, Sail and Power Squadrons. Bob, a Senior Navigator, has served as an officer, instructor and editor for the Sail and Power Squadrons. He has contributed to Latitudes and Attitudes, the USPS Ensign, Southern Boating and holds a USCG Master's license.
In 2005, they completed a two-year cruise of the Great Loop in their Pacific Seacraft 38T trawler, Sans Souci, logging 9,000 miles on the Loop and many side trips. They have resumed cruising all of Lake Michigan, but are also exploring the Gulf Coast of Florida in a small boat based in Venice, their winter home. Bob and Carol have been popular seminar presenters at Trawlerfest, U.S. Power Squadron, MTOA and AGLCA events, sharing their knowledge of Lake Michigan, the Great Loop and cruising. For the past eight years they have covered Eastern and Western Lake Michigan, including Green Bay and Door County, as Cruising Editors for Waterway Guide. Bob and Carol also contribute updates for the Skipper Bob Lake Michigan guide.
Vicki began her sailing career on a classic 50-foot Alden sloop in the Chesapeake Bay nearly 45 years ago. Today, Vicki lives in Annapolis, MD, on the Severn River where she and partner, Barry Miller, sail a vintage 43-foot Irwin ketch they dock at the community's marina. The Chesapeake has been the perfect training ground to experience the traditional elements of sailing - sheer pleasure interspersed with a few moments of sheer terror. The Chesapeake is known for its combination of unlimited beautiful anchorages, as well as its quick changes in weather, which can be challenging to boaters.
A native of the east coast of Maryland, Vicki has also been a writer for more than 40 years, first retiring as the public information officer for Montgomery County Government and then working for Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer as his speechwriter. She also teaches writing at two graduate schools at the University of Maryland.
In recent winters, Vicki and Barry have sailed Cantabile from Annapolis to the Abacos in the Bahamas with their sheltie, Kota. Vicki has also sailed in the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, the Greek Islands, and made passages to Maine and the Yucatan in Mexico. Vicki says that if you see Cantabile on the Chesapeake Bay or along with Intracoastal Waterway on the way to or from the Bahamas, please "honk." She knows that a good part of the Waterway Guide experience is the opportunity to hang out with other boaters.
Bud and Elaine Lloyd
Bud and Elaine have been boating since the mid-70's and have cruised extensively all over the West Coast of California and Mexico. In 2005, they decided to retire and go cruising full-time. Their dream for the previous 20+ years had been to ship their boat to the East Coast and cruise the ICW and Chesapeake Bay. After about 16 years and 4 different sailboats, they decided that a trawler would be much more comfortable to cruise than the sailboats, hence Diamond Girl.
Since arriving on the U.S. East Coast, they have made numerous trips from the Florida Keys to the Chesapeake Bay, covering some 3,500 miles each year. The Okeechobee Waterway is one of their favorites. They say, "It's like going back to old Florida." But the ICW and Chesapeake have so many areas to see and so much to do, that it is impossible to do it in one lifetime. Bud and Elaine are Cruising Editors for the Southern Guide (Florida). They love what they are doing, and exploring new areas offers some of the most rewarding experiences for them. One of the reasons they enjoy their job as Cruising Editors is the fact that when they first came to the East Coast they were bewildered by the shallow water and shoaling that cruisers put up with every day. (In California and Mexico, there was deep, open-ocean cruising). When the opportunity came along with the Waterway Guide, it gave them a chance to help the new as well as the experienced cruiser by maintaining current and accurate information as the guides are updated every year.
They plan on being Cruising Editors for Waterway Guide as long as they'll have them. Look for them on the water, and when you see em>Diamond Girl, knock on the boat and say "hi." They'll love it!!
Barbara and Patrick McGowan
When they met and married six years ago, Pat and Barbara McGowan each brought along their own unique sense of adventure. Having logged over 50 years of boating, sailboat racing and cruising individually, they knew a significant part of their new life together would be spent on the water. They realized their dream with the purchase of a 2001 Beneteau 381 in the summer of 2011, and quickly went to work to ready her for a trip to "points south." Pat, Barbara and "Kona" the cockapoo moved aboard Pegasus in NY Harbor and set sail in early October that year, savoring each mile of their Intracoastal Waterway experience.
They are now back home at the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, MA, looking forward to exploring all of their favorite haunts in New England waters. Pat and Barbara combine their cruising and professional experience as Waterway Guide Cruising Editors for the Northern Edition - Cape Cod to Maine.
Wally Moran has been boating on the North Channel and Georgian Bay since the late 1970s, and has never tired of spending his summers there. "There's always something new to discover up here,"he claims. Wally spends his winters cruising south from his northern paradise to the Bahamas, Cuba and the U.S. east coast. When he's not sailing, he writes for SAIL Magazine, and has produced several videos for The Sailing Channel, including "Forbidding, Forbidden Cuba, " and "Sailing South, the First Timer's Guide to the ICW." Wally continues to develop new programs to deliver the sailing and cruising experience to boaters looking to take the next step in cruising farther and wider on the Lakes, along the Atlantic ICW and to Cuba
Carol Pierini has been boating since her childhood days on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The size of her sailboats may have changed over the years, but her love of cruising the waters of the mid-Atlantic coast remains constant. Carol and her husband, Jim Woller, make their home on Raritan Bay in Perth Amboy, where they sail a Bristol 35.5, Mimi, from the Chesapeake Bay through New England.
Carol has been a professional writer since an early age and has published extensively in the health care area. While her career as a medical writer continues, her love of the eastern waters of the United States has drawn her more and more into maritime writing about the mid-Atlantic region.
Audrey and Ted Stehle
Audrey and Ted Stehle are Waterway Guide's cruising editors for the inland rivers and the Tenn-Tom Waterway, from Chicago to Mobile Bay, for the Great Lakes Guide.
They began boating as sailors in the early 1970s on the Chesapeake Bay and then switched to power after retirement. In addition to extensive cruising of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, they have traveled the ICW to Florida many times, completed the Great Loop, cruised the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers and made six trips on the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Their Californian 45 is presently on Chesapeake Bay, but plans call for returning it to Kentucky Lake to resume cruising the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. When not cruising, the Stehles reside in Cincinnati, OH, to be near their children and grandchildren and engage in volunteer work.
Hunter Todd has been involved with boats and sailing all his life. Born in New Orleans, his Dad was one of the founders of the Gulfport Yacht Club. He grew up on the Gulf Coast and on the Chesapeake Bay, sailing A, E and C Melges Scows in Hampton Roads. He has sailed all over the world, from the Malacca Straits, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. He lived and sailed out of St. Thomas, USVI, for five years, and has been sailing in and around the Galveston Bay and running the GIWW from the Keys to New Orleans to Brownsville for more than 30 years. The family sails in a 60-foot custom Luhrs Sloop, Valkyrie, a 31-year old boat in constant need of everything. His crew is always his first mate Kathy and navigator/daughter Katy Lea, who went on her first GIWW Cruise at six months old. He is the Founding Director of the 46th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival when not sailing out of the beautiful Houston Yacht Club.
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NOTICE: The information presented on this web site should not be used for navigation. Mariners should have the latest charts and USCG Local Notice to Mariners on their vessel when cruising. The information on this web site was correct when first obtained, but may change with time as waterway shoaling moves, new obstacles move into the waterway, etc. The information is provided only to alert you to possible problems or changes in the waterway; not as an aid to navigation.