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The Greatest Generation

Date Reported: Oct 30, 2014

Reported by: Captain BullDog Thal

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Let's call him Lloyd from Iowa. He's been boating just shy of 60 years. That's a lot of soft grounding the way I see it. "Only Democrats I ever voted for were FDR and Truman." I think he said they were "damn fine men."

When Lloyd was nearing 80, his family convinced him it was time to get out of boating, so he sold his Nordhavn. Then his wife became ill. Kids moved on. Still active politically and sharp witted, he got back into boating with a magnificent American Tug 41-footer, powered by a single Cummins 450 hp diesel. Remember, I said what's powering the boating market isn't the millennials – besides, I'd be bored to death cruising with them. With Lloyd, I'm talking engine systems, navigation, places to go, adventures, politics and the economy. He picks up "computer speak" quicker then my grandkids, and that is saying a lot. Got more spark and bearing then 20 millennials. He asked me to accompany him to Norfolk and I am enjoying this trip immensely!

Our speed is 8 knots, which takes getting used to. We start from Norwalk Cove Marina, stopping off for fuel at Diane's Palmer Point Marina in Cos Cob Harbor, and hope to end the day at Larry Hoffman's Marina Showcase inside Manisquan Inlet at Brielle, NJ, having timed the New York City currents. Remarkably in character, Larry said his son would be waiting for our arrival no matter how late we get there, which turned out to be 8:15 pm – another reason I go to Hoffman's. 

Our next pokey leg is to Atlantic City. With a strong westerly we hug the Jersey shore. Ordinarily I go in for home-spun family service and the good BoatUS prices at Kammerman's Marina, but today I want to give the new owner of the once delightful Farley State Park Marina a chance, now owned by the Golden Nugget.

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Cape May must have gotten dredged. That prickly center daymarker "12" recorded 17-18 feet vs. the previously-experienced 7 feet. The Utsch's family at their working marina could not have been more accommodating with their welcome basket of biscotti, homemade hand soap and bottle of wine. Always great prices on fuel and dockage.

Grabbed a bite at "Lucky Bones" – you have to try their mussels, tomatoes, gorgonzola, basil and garlic...Bella combinazione! Full range of beers on tap for those seeking variety.

Boaters traveling this time of year are so delightful. Not hurried or harried. We shared pleasantries with a sailor in a beautiful blue Bristol out of Niantic, lamenting how our Governor has not done us any favors. Lovely couple. I introduced them to my favorite traveling web site, WaterwayGuide.com. 

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Meanwhile, the boss Lloyd has all but mastered the inverter system on board, added names to his daily Spot Locator following, and practiced with me on his Samsung Tablet. I explained the tablet is my backup to my ToughBook laptop running Jeppesen Admiral and the MLS on board running a Garmin program. I explained that the "yellow warning to mariners" shown on MX Mariner with ActiveCaptain was the reason we bought the tablet. Also, the ability to quickly scout ahead without disturbing our on-screen course line was equally important.

Tomorrow: Fisherman's Center, Ocean City, Maryland, then a 15-hour slog to Portsmouth Tidewater Yachting Center – "God willing and the creek don't rise."

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Wow, safe in port. It makes for a long run when the Great Lloyd wants to really record the displacement speeds and fuel economy. Going from Ocean City, Maryland, to the next big-boat deep channel marina heading south usually means Portsmouth or Norfolk. Lynnhaven Inlet is a bear, as are Chincoteague, Wachapreague and the Great Machipongo. When you like doing 7-8 knots, it's a 15-hour run.

I feel like that movie character, "well my job's done here – best start packing for the next one." But wait...something about this trip keeps me smiling. This 80-something firebrand from the Greatest Generation was special.  When was the last time you talked with someone and they actually listened? They weren't somewhere else mentally, or fidgeting on their iPhone, or just had some far off look on their faces that told you "nothing I said for the past 5 minutes registered" – like when I'm talking with my kids.  Where can we get one of these models, you know the ones that come with the lessons taught over years of tried and failed and tried again and all the pain and disappointments that life throws at you – that thing called perspective – and yet are anxious to get up and start something new...that have a real passion for life and the next adventure. The Great Lloyd is planning the Great Loop and the Florida Loop and possibly Captain BullDog's "Long Island Sound, Cape and Islands, Massachusetts to Bar Harbor Maine Loop." Hey, any of you readers want to be a companion of these trips?

Well, the old BullDog's working off 5 hours sleep and I have to clean and pack, then drive some 150 miles, but this delivery and training run will stay with me. I hope the Great Lloyd keeps in touch like the Great Harold Miller does. There is something about wafting in the rarefied air of these Greatest Generation crusaders that remember the Dust Bowl, five-and-dimes, FDR, Truman and Winston Churchill, public service, an honest days work, and the quality and quantity of life and being accountable. There are diamonds around us. I am thinking of calling Jim Whaley of Ocean City, and Axson Smith, the Mayor of the waterfront of Belhaven...if you know them, you know how special they are. They won't be around forever. Better catch up with them and spend some time. Well I am wandering – lack of sleep. Captain BullDog Thal, at your service.

Captain-Bulldog-10.jpgSomeone a lot smarter then me once said "boating is not about adding years to your life...it's about adding life to your years!" 

Captain Bull Dog Thal
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Source: Cruising Contributor

Comment submitted by Captain BullDog Thal - Thu, Oct 30th

You see. Who is nuts now. You keep taking that bite out of life. You earned.it Captain.
Bull Dog

Comment submitted by Rudy - Thu, Oct 30th

A great read ! Having reached 86 years, your story reminded me of my passage from Huntington NY to Florida,the Gulf and the Bahamas and back, ay the age of 78. My daughter told me that I was nuts. Then a couple df year later she and several others rowed across the Atlantic to Barbados from Africa. She is now in the World book of records. Think I'll do it again, RUDY

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Weekly tropical update

Date Reported: Oct 30, 2014

Mile: 0.0

Reported by: Mark Malsick

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Good Morning,

Another month of hurricane season awaits the vigilant and confounds the rest (Although, the threat of frost suspiciously seems to trump the threat of storm surge…).

Only feature of quasi-interest is a diffuse area of low pressure, dubbed 95L, northwest of Puerto Rico Drifting west at 10-15 mph this feature is encountering increasing shear that will prevent any untoward intensification. Remnants of this feature turn north near 065W, bound for the cold reaches of the North Atlantic.

A cursory examination of the models by even the Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea reveals a jarring lack of tropical storm activity in the next 2-5 days.  As such, tropical storm formation over the North Atlantic, Caribbean and GoMex is comfortably not expected this weekend.

No Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea were harmed for this advisory.

Mark Malsick

Severe Weather Liaison
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
State Climate Office
1000 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29202

Editor's Note: Although Mr. Malsick provides his updates primarily for South Carolina, his witty prognostications often apply to all of the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Bahamas. 

Source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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AGLCA Radio: Single-handed Great Loop adventure

Date Reported: Oct 29, 2014

Reported by: Janice Kromer

AGLCA-Flag.jpgEditor's Note: The America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association Blog Talk Radio Show airs at 10 a.m. each Friday – but each show is archived so you can listen anytime you want after the air date. From Janice Kromer, Executive Director, AGLCA:

Our guest for the AGLCA Blog Talk Radio show this coming Friday, October 31, 2014, will be Tanya Binford. Tanya has very recently been added to our elite group of Gold Loopers, having completed her adventure single handed on her 25' Ranger Tug. Listen in at 10:00 AM Eastern Time and hear about the highlights (and lowlights!) of her Loop.

You can listen live by going to our website at www.GreatLoop.org, clicking on AGLCA Radio in the Free for Everyone section of the top navigation bar, then scrolling down to the Great Loop Radio player. Then, just left click on the arrow below the name of the show to start listening. Be sure not to tune in too far in advance or you will be listening to the show from the prior week. If you would like to call into the Studio during the show with an appropriate question or comment, please just dial (877-497-1815.

You can also listen to the show on Blog Talk Radio's website. Just click here, or go to www.BlogTalkRadio.com and type AGLCA in the search box. That will take you directly to AGLCA's page where you can listen live, or, check out the archives. The show is also available on iTunes.

Source: AGLCA

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Challenge to E-15 approval dismissed

Date Reported: Oct 23, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association, other marine interests and the petroleum industry lost its latest fight Tuesday. They have been challenging the approval of E15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol) as a standard at gasoline pumps across the country. Their latest appeal was dismissed, according to an American Ag Network article, which is decidedly pro-ethanol:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the EPA’s approval of E15. The suit, brought by anti-ethanol groups, was dismissed on the grounds that none of the petitioners had standing to bring the action.

The suit alleged that 15 percent ethanol blends harm engines and push up the price of both food and gasoline. While much data to the contrary exists, the lack of subject matter jurisdiction ensured the claim did not proceed...

As part of the Renewable Fuel Standard, E15 was introduced; however, studies have shown "serious and well-documented human safety, environmental, and technology concerns associated with ethanol blends over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines," according to the NMMA website. The fuel currently stocked at the majority of our nation’s gas pumps is E10 (10% ethanol), which has been reported to cause issues in marine engines, especially when not used soon after purchase without adding a stabilizer.

"Non-Ethanol" gasoline is becoming more available in some areas, but illegal to sell in some states.

Read American Ag Network article: U.S. Court of Appeals dismisses lawsuit challenging EPA approval of E15.

Source: American Ag Network, NMMA

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Oh #!*&@! We’ve run aground!

Date Reported: Oct 22, 2014

Mile: 0.0

Reported by: Scott Zeien

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Sooner or later, if you use your boat, you will have an unexpected encounter with the bottom. Just knowing that it happens to everyone can help, preventing you from doing something rash to save face in the heat of the moment. So, after the intial “Oh #!*&@!” what should you do?

  • Don’t panic. Check if anyone has been injured, and then check for damage to the hull, especially taking on water. Whether you’re freed quickly or not, anytime your boat bumps bottom, check the bilge for rising water. Inspect rudder and shaft stuffing boxes, and on sailboats, the keel bolts. If the boat is leaking badly, man the pumps and call for assistance immediately. Even if the bilge seems dry initially, keep checking periodically to make certain it’s still dry.
  • Determine exactly what you’re aground on – sand, mud, rocks, coral, etc. – and where deeper water might be.
  • Check the tide tables to determine the next high tide.
  • Don’t attempt to back off without assessing the situation thoroughly. Accelerating in reverse could cause more damage and put you harder aground. The boat’s engine gets its cooling water from somewhere under the boat, and if it sucks up enough mud or sand, the engine could be ruined. This could also damage or tear off the boat’s running gear. Shut the engine down until you’ve ascertained how far the intake is from the bottom.
  • If you were moving slowly when you grounded and hull damage looks to be minimal, you may be able to simply back off by shifting the weight farthest from the point of impact and using an oar or boat hook to push off. As you start to move, be sure to check once again to make sure you are not taking on water from a hole caused by the grounding.
  • Try to reduce draft by emptying water tanks, moving heavy gear into a dinghy, or having passengers go over the side to push the boat into deeper water. If backing off is not a viable option or if it doesn’t work, you could consider using a kedge anchor to kedge off. You do this by pulling or winching in on the anchor line that you’ve set astern of the boat.
  • If you’re hard aground, set an anchor toward the wind and waves and as far from the boat as you can – using a dinghy, if you have one – to keep the boat from being pushed farther aground with the rising tide.
  • If you’ve sustained serious damage or injuries, contact the U.S. Coast Guard and other boats in the area immediately over the VHS-FM Channel 16 of your marine radio.

This is an excerpt from the Boating Tips blog from Kingman Yacht Center, Cape Cod's largest full-service marina, nestled in scenic, sheltered Red Brook Harbor on the eastern shore of Buzzards Bay. See location on the Waterway Guide Planner Chart. See Marina Close-Up for Kingman Yacht Center.

Source: Kingman Yacht Center

Comment submitted by Nicky Gibb - Mon, Oct 27th

For a yacht, if the grounding is on rock/coral and at speed be aware that the keelbolts could be compromised. Keep an eye on them for a while (like a week or 2) for very slow seepage round them. If the keel falls off in mid-ocean yacht will capsize immediately.

Comment submitted by Marc Bodian - Sun, Oct 26th

Of course, make your radio call, DSC distress, EPIRB as your situation requires AND get life jackets on everyone. However, if the vessel is leaking badly, all crew should first locate the source of the leak and apply your efforts to slowing or stopping the leak before "manning the pumps". If you have thirty gallons a minute coming in, pumping ten or even twenty won't help. Isolate the area water is coming in as quickly as possible, once a leak is submerged it becomes much more difficult to locate. Crew should next focus on plugging and shoring before pumping (unless you have lots of crew) Having a bag with plugging and shoring materials and tools handy is very useful. There are lots of articles on this subject, read as much as possible and obtain the proper materials for your boat. If you are hulled under the head or a tank; how will you at least slow the flow? Thinking it through for every area is a great exercise. It will help you find spots that are particularly difficult and what materials you might need. Always call for help, but be prepared to save yourself. Help may not reach you for some time, if at all.

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True or False? Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz

Date Reported: Oct 22, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

BoatUS-Winterizing.jpgI sure hope you're cruising south to stay comfortable, but if you aren't and need to winterize her (like me), you should probably take this quiz, courtesy of BoatUS:

You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive’s tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) helps to set the record straight.

Ethanol (E10) fuel and engines: If a boat has a built-in gas tank, it’s recommended to leave the tank as full as possible over the winter with a smidgen of room for fuel expansion.

TRUE: Leaving the tank nearly full limits the amount of moisture that can potentially condense inside on the tank’s walls as outside temperatures fluctuate, preventing phase separation of ethanol (E10) fuel. Note one caveat: If your boat is stored in a rack system or indoor storage, check with the marina. They may require you to empty the tank to minimize the risk of fire. TIP: Never plug a fuel vent. Ever.

Ethanol and phase separation: Come springtime, any phase-separated gasoline in the tank can be fixed by adding a fuel stabilizer or additive.

FALSE: Once gasoline phase separates, that’s it. Kaput. End of story. The only solution is to have a pro remove the contaminated fuel and water mixture and start anew -- a difficult, hazardous and costly task for boats with built-in fuel tanks. However, it’s critical to use a fuel stabilizer each fall to help keep fuel fresh over the winter, keep corrosion at bay and to help prevent the onset of phase separation. TIP: Put the stabilizer in before you nearly fill the tank for its long winter nap. This will allow stabilizer to fully course through the fuel system as you run the engine when filling with anti-freeze.

Freeze damage: Because it’s cold up there, BoatUS insurance claims for engine block freezing come from northern climates.

FALSE: While there are quite a few claims from the colder climates, many boat insurance freeze damage claims also come from southern, temperate states hit by an unexpected freeze or when space heaters fail due to sudden storm power loss. In the northern climes, storm power outages also are to blame for engine block freeze related claims, however, both areas of the country have their fair share of winter freeze claims due to one reason: the failure to follow winterizing procedures. TIP: Don’t let your buddy do the job – it’s a common refrain BoatUS claims staff hears every spring after a cracked block is discovered. Having your marina winterize your boat and systems may offer better protection if there is an issue come springtime. Another option is adding ice and freeze insurance to your boat insurance – most insurers do not charge much for it, but there are deadlines to purchase (BoatUS offers it for as little as $25 to its insured members until October 30). 

Space Heaters: It’s okay to “winterize” the boat by leaving a space heater running onboard.

FALSE: In addition to the sudden power outage problem, every winter BoatUS sees fires from heaters, plugs and cords, and from heaters that were left running on unattended boats. Unless you live in Hawaii or the Florida Keys, BoatUS recommends winterizing your engine if you will be laying up the boat for even a few weeks to lessen the chances of sudden freeze damage. TIP: Save time and make winterizing easier by installing an engine flushing system -- typically a simple valve with a connection for a garden hose along with an anti-freeze pick-up hose/strainer -- on your engine.

About BoatUS:

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS.com) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.

Source: BoatUS

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2014 Best Marina Contest winners

Date Reported: Oct 22, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

The winners of the 5th Annual Marinalife 2014 Best Marina Contest are....

Nantucket Boat Basin in Nantucket MA, for winning Best Transient Marina.

Haven Harbour Marina in Rock Hall MD, voted Best Customer Service Marina.

Congratulations to you and your crews!

From a press release:

Nantucket-Boat-Basin.jpgVoted Best Transient Marina 2014, Nantucket Boat Basin in Massachusetts goes the extra step to welcome boaters with complimentary pre-arrival concierge services, pump-out at slip, Wi-Fi, welcome bag and also pet and kids amenities. The 240-slip full-service marina caters to the boater and is just two blocks from Nantucket Center, a historic and charming seaport with unique shops, galleries and fantastic restaurants.

“We are ecstatic to be voted the Best Transient Marina. Our staff takes pride in working every day to exceed our guests’ expectations and ensure their stay with us is second to none. We appreciate our customers’ support and thank them and Marinalife for this great recognition. It is an amazing honor and we look forward to hosting our guests again next season,” said Christina Martin, Director of Marina Operations, Nantucket Boat Basin.

See the Marina Close-Up for Nantucket Boat Basin. See location on the Waterway Guide Planner Chart.

Tucked into the protected cove of The Haven on beautiful Swan Creek, Haven Harbour Marina is a complete yachting center and full service boatyard for those who want a family-oriented marina, resort amenities and transient dockage. Voted Best Customer Service Marina, The owner and staff strive for perfection, anticipating all your needs by creating an environment to make your boating a pleasurable experience.

“At Haven Harbour Marina we strive daily to make every customer’s experience a positive one,” says Woody Loller, General Manager. “We are very honored to receive this award and wish to thank all of our customers for their support.”

See location on the Waterway Guide Planner Chart.

Congratulations to Newport Marina in Newport, RI who came in a close as the runner-up for Best Customer Service Marina. Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Hilton Head, SC and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina in Fort Myers Beach, FL tied as the runner-up marinas for Best Transient Marina 2014.

Source: MarinaLife

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Photo essay: Cored composite - its strengths and weaknesses

Date Reported: Oct 22, 2014

Reported by: Steve D'Antonio

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Look around any boat yard, boat show or marina and you'll see acres of shiny gelcoat, beneath which lies glass fiber reinforced plastic, otherwise known as fiberglass. In most cases, primarily for cabins and decks as well on some hulls, beneath that you'll find a core material sandwiched between still more fiberglass. This construction technique, referred to as cored composite, and first used in aircraft production during WWII, which included the famed British Mosquito fighter bomber, and the American PBY flying boat, revolutionized boat building, while making boat ownership more affordable and more practical, as owners no longer needed to be shipwrights to maintain their vessels.

For all its value, it's extremely stiff and strong for its weight; cored composite construction suffers from one, sometimes fatal, weakness: water intrusion. Depending on the material, it may be end grain balsa wood or...

To view the remainder of this post, please follow this link:

http://www.stevedmarineconsulting.com/photo-essay-cored-composite-construction

This is an excerpt from Steve D' Antonio's "Marine Systems Excellence" blog. With nearly 25 years of experience as a marine mechanic, electrician, consultant and boatyard manager, Steve ranks as one of the most knowledgeable boating experts in the country. His ability to explain highly technical information on a wide array of boating topics in a clear, easy to read and easy to use manner has made him one of the most widely read boating writers and lecturers today. Steve's commitment is to strive to improve the safety and reliability of boating products while increasing the confidence and enjoyment boat owners. In short, Steve strives to help bring the fun back to searching for, building, maintaining, repairing and owning a boat. Text and photos by Steve D'Antonio - © 2014

Visit Steve's website for more information.

Source: Contributing Professional

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New Waterway Guide 2015 Editions available

Date Reported: Oct 21, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

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DELTAVILLE, VA – October 21, 2014 –Waterway Guide Media, LLC announces the release of four newly updated 2015 editions of the Waterway Guide: Bahamas, Southern, Atlantic ICW and Chesapeake Bay. Updated annually by on-the-water cruising editors and office staff, these resources are the indispensable cruising companions for boaters exploring the Bahamas as far south as the Turks & Caicos to Cape May, NJ, on the northern Chesapeake Bay, and include the Gulf Coast to South Padre Island, TX.

Each guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina listings and locater charts, anchorage information and expanded "Goin' Ashore" articles on ports along the way. Helpful cruising data like GPS waypoints, detailed planning maps, distance charts and tide and bridge tables help get cruisers reach their destinations safely. Flexible spiral binding and heavy laminated covers with bookmarker flaps ensure durability and easy use in the cockpit and at the helm. The Waterway Guide is updated daily at www.waterwayguide.com. While on the website, check out all the latest cruising news, navigational updates, fuel reports and other such resources.

The 2015 editions of the Waterway Guide have been expanded to include hundreds of anchorages, which are shown on the charts and described in the text. The “Skippers Handbook” section has been streamlined and features added, including an article on Automatic Identification Systems and an updated guide to nautical charts. There are more “Goin’ Ashore” sections, offering quick-read features on ports and towns cruisers visit along the way. And, of course, the content has also been updated to reflect changes to the over 3600 marine facilities in our database.

“Perhaps the biggest change from 2014 is the Bahamas edition,” states Jeff Jones, President of Waterway Guide Media, LLC and Publisher of Waterway Guide. “The Goin’ Ashores have been streamlined so cruisers can quickly find the information they need. Our focus this year is quick and easy access, whether looking at a print guide or our developing comprehensive web site. Stay tuned for some exciting changes.”

The Northern and Great Lakes 2015 editions will be available in the spring. Retailing for $39.95, the guides are available from the Waterway Guide web site at www.waterwayguide.com and from marine stores and booksellers in the Bahamas, up and down the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and along the Great Lakes.

Source: WG Staff

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Fred Wehner wins Skipper Bob Award

Date Reported: Oct 21, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

Fred-Wehner-Skipper-Bob-Award.jpgFred Wehner is this year's winner of the "Skipper Bob Award for Making it Better."

A long time cruiser on his beloved Tug 44, he has assisted boaters on the New York waters, particularly the New York Canal System, providing free dockage at his residence, transportation from many locations, and updates on canal status and projects.

"He sends out updates and weather reports that concern the locks and floods in the area, and keeps us all informed about changes in locking times and other things that are important for boaters," said Elaine Reib, co-founder of Skipper Bob Publications and first mate of the late Skipper Bob – Bob Reib.

A close friend of Skipper Bob, and instrumental in the start of the canal guides, Fred continues to be a contributor. Fred was Elaine Reib’s personal choice for this year's award.

Fred has documented his travels with many interesting stories and photos on his website, tug44.org.

"Thank you, Fred, for all you do and have done to help your fellow boaters throughout your boating years," said Ted Stehle during the presentation of the award at the AGLCA Fall Rendezvous, October 16, 2014, in Rogersville, AL. Stehle is the current editor of the Skipper Bob series of cruising guides.

The Skipper Bob Award, first presented in 2008, is given at the AGLCA Rendezvous to individuals who make extraordinary efforts to assist the recreational boating community, just as Skipper Bob did during his life. The award was created by his widow, Elaine Reib, with the assistance of AGLCA members Ann and Bob Levine. Each recipient is given a signal flag from a set that Skipper Bob flew from his vessel. Fred Wehner is the 14th recipient, and the last. The Skipper Bob Award has now been retired.

"I think it is fitting that Fred be the last one to receive the award, as he was the last person to be in contact with Skipper Bob before his passing," said Elaine Reib. The full list of Skipper Bob Award recipients is available at SkipperBob.net.

Congratulations, Fred – and thanks for your service to the cruising community!

Source: WG Staff

Comment submitted by Pauline Wells - Fri, Oct 24th

Fred deserves this award. We first met Fred when he went out of his way at 9pm to get us to a safe place just before Hurricane Irene hit Ft. Edward.

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