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Soundings August 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

3 min
young and restless

As I write this, my son, Kyle, is a few days away from his high school graduation. Last night, I spent more time than I should have looking through old photos of him as a kid, to forward a few to the school for a slideshow at the graduation ceremony. In the bulging albums, I found pictures of him at birthday parties, baseball games, Boy Scouts and band concerts, but the images I liked most were the ones taken on boats. The reason is simple: We’ve had some of our best moments together as a family on the water. I suspect that my clan is a lot like yours in the sense that we value any time we can go boating together. In this issue, we celebrate other families that feel…

1 min

BEN STEIN After a career in financial services technology, Ben and his family started cruising full-time in 2016. They are currently in the south-east corner of the U.S. GARY CAPUTI A life-long fisherman, Gary has traveled to distant locales to catch a variety of species, including trout, salmon, giant bluefin tuna and black marlin. CHARLES PLUEDDEMAN He’s been writing about marine engines and high-performance powerboats since 1986; and he still loves the smell of two-stroke exhaust. REBECCA BARGER A photographer based in Philadelphia, she’ traveled to over 60 countries and her images have been published worldwide, in magazines, newspapers and books.…

5 min
on pings and panic

On May 20—just before the Memorial Day holiday that draws thousands of boaters and beach-goers to the water—the research firm Ocearch announced that it had tracked a great white shark deep in Long Island Sound for the first time. A tracking device, the researchers said, showed the nearly 10-foot-long animal swimming off the coast of Greenwich, Connecticut. What happened next was the kind of Jaws-meets-Sharknado media frenzy that makes marine researchers cringe. CBS News gave beachgoers plenty to fuel their imaginations, reporting that the animal weighed more than 500 pounds. The harbormaster in Greenwich confirmed for The Connecticut Post that it would be unusual for a great white to be so far west in the sound, adding that people likely had nothing to worry about, because the shark was “probably well…

4 min
voyage to the end

Visitors to Montauk call it “The End” because the village is the last stop when heading east on New York’s Long Island. Some of the natives call it the “Sportfishing Capital of the World.” But, Montauk is more than just fishing or falling off the edge. The surfing off Ditch Plains Beach is world-class, and the sand is wide, white and clean. Deep Hollow Ranch, which offers beach and trail rides on horses, calls itself the oldest working ranch in the United States. Montauk Lighthouse, which was built in 1796, is a National Historic Landmark. Montauk Downs, a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, is open to the public. Good restaurants and nightlife are nearby, too. And, it’s an ideal place to visit by boat. Like all the South Fork of Long…

5 min
scrub in

I took my original CPR and first-aid class as a mandatory sailing instructor requirement. As a blasé teenager, I never thought I’d use the skills. I soon learned how effective the training was in a crisis. After expelling a huge projectile from a choking person’s airway using the Heimlich maneuver, I was awed and humbled as I realized I saved someone’s life. I’ve been serious about medical preparedness ever since. One of the realities of boating is that we’re often far away from help. In near-shore waters, getting help is as easy as calling the U.S. Coast Guard on the VHF radio, but what if you’re offshore and days from any facilities? Even with a satellite phone or single-sideband radio, you will find yourself playing ship’s doctor in the time it…

1 min

1. SAFETY: In what rare instances would a tourniquet be permitted? A. If a vein had been severed B. To stop bleeding of a head or neck injury C. To stop bleeding which could not be controlled by any other means, and is life threatening D. For severe spinal injury or loss of mobility 2. SAFETY: The first action that should be taken in all poison cases would be to: A. Induce vomiting B. Give large quantities of water C. Administer artificial respiration D. Apply a tourniquet 3. SAFETY: First aid treatment for appendicitis is: A. Apply hot water bottle to the left side B. Apply hot water bottle to the right side C. Apply ice bag to left side D. Apply ice bag to right side 4. SAFETY: The best emergency treatment for acid splashed in the eyes could be: A. Flushing with salt water B.…