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Soundings March 2019

Soundings is the news and feature publication for recreational boaters. Award-winning coverage of the people, issues, events -- and the fun -- of recreational boating. Check out our generous boats-for-sale section and our gunkholing destinations.

United States
Active Interest Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
no-comfort zone

One of the best things about my job is the opportunity it provides to connect with so many adventurous people. Just the other day, Joe Borrison, a subscriber to the magazine, pinged me with a question for our tech team about the props on his 250-hp Yamaha outboards. One email led to another, and I learned that Joe makes a trip to the Abacos each year aboard his Grady-White Freedom 285 Dual Console. He trailers the boat all the way from his home in Rockville, Maryland, to a launch ramp in West Palm Beach, Florida, and then runs it across to the Abacos. “People in Florida do the trip over to the Bahamas all the time, but I haven’t met many boaters in the Chesapeake who’ve cruised to the islands. They think…

2 min
mail boat

I thoroughly enjoy the magazine and really liked the interview with Billy Joel (“Talkin’ Boats with Billy Joel,” January 2019). My father, Bill Walker, was on site the day Joel and Christie Brinkley launched their boat Sea Major at the yard of Lee Wilbur. The day before, my father had launched his Duffy 35, which had been customized for him by Wilbur. As the story goes, Dad was also the one who poured the champagne for Joel and his wife at the party as all others stood watching in awe. Rett Walker Erie, Pennsylvania Thanks for the article on Billy Joel. It was fun to read about the various boats he has had through the years. I’d like to clarify some of the information on the Wilbur boats he owned. The first boat…

2 min
all charged up

Sam Devlin is bullish on electric boats. His company, Devlin Designing Boat Builders, debuted its first pure solar-electric boat, the Solar Sal 27, at the Seattle Boat Show in January. Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) of Troy, New York, contracted Devlin, who is based in Olympia, Washington, to design and build the 29-foot-long Solar Sal 27, which will sell for $275,000. SES focuses on solar-powered vessels for commercial and recreational use. The Solar Sal 27 can accommodate eight guests, has two berths in a forward stateroom and comes with Dry Flush’s Laveo system, which does not require a holding tank. The boat is designed for lakes and other protected waters, and also serves as a prototype; Devlin uses a stitch-and-glue construction method, which allows him to adapt the design to a customer’s needs.…

1 min
seamanship quiz

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: In an overtaking situation you alter course to pass on the other vessel’s starboard side. Your signal would be: A. Two prolonged and one short blast B. Two prolonged and two short blasts C. One short blast D. Two short blasts 2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: Lights should be on from sunset to sunrise and: A. That’s it B. From sunrise until sunset C. In restricted visibility D. All other times 3. INLAND RULES: Vessels underway in restricted visibility shall: A. Proceed at a safe speed for the conditions B. Have engines ready for immediate maneuvering if she is power-driven C. Have due regard for the prevailing conditions and circumstances D. All of the above 4. INLAND RULES: In a narrow channel a vessel proceeding upbound against a current shall: A. Have the right of way B. Hold as necessary to permit safe passing C. Sound three…

4 min
resisting the rigs

Angela Sanfilippo has been fighting to keep New England’s fishing grounds open for commercial and recreational anglers, including her husband, since back in the 1970s, when she was 27 years old. She argued under President Carter. She got into the fight with the first President Bush. She worked with President Clinton. She battled under the second President Bush. “A couple of years ago,, we were told the area would not be touched, but here we are again,” says the now-68-year-old president of the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association in Massachusetts, as she finds herself in what’s being described as a war for the entire Eastern Seaboard under the Trump administration. “Once they start, they never end. And we are concerned that it will be the whole Atlantic.” “They,” to Sanfilippo, are the oil…

6 min
after the storms

We’ve all seen the photos: mangled, battered boats that hurricanes have tossed into piles that look like a heinous game of pickup sticks played between Mother Nature and the God of War. It’s a scene that repeats with every major hurricane, a sight that, from up close or afar, leaves boat owners wondering what will become of their beloved rides. What happens next isn’t pretty, either. At BoatU.S., they describe it with a single word: dumpsterize. “The vast majority of boats get stripped and then go to the dump and get crushed,” says Grant Beach, who supervises field inspections for BoatU.S. “It could be a sophisticated effort, or it could be taking a chainsaw to it, or it could be driving over it a couple of times.” It’s all but impossible for most…