Soundings June 2021

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United States
Active Interest Media
12 期號


2 分鐘
cast off

I just bought a Zodiac RIB for my two teenage kids to use this summer, a 13-footer with a Suzuki outboard that should do a fine job of transporting them to the Norwalk Islands, easy-to-access destinations located just a mile off the coast of our home in Rowayton, Connecticut. I got lucky while shopping for the Zodiac. I was able to scoop up the last one of this particular model at Rex Marine Center in Norwalk. Boats and motors, as you probably know, are in short supply this season. It’s no secret that boat sales have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic as more people turn to cruising as a way to enjoy the outdoors. Sales of boats, marine gear and services across the country jumped to a 13-year high in 2020,…

3 分鐘
the boys club

I just finished reading April’s Sailing column (“Time to Bust Up the Boy’s Club”) by Pim Van Hemmen. So, the Woke crowd has found its way to the America’s Cup. Congratulations on your argument for a rule that puts women on every boat. But what about blacks, Hispanics and LGBTQ? Shouldn’t everyone have a place onboard? And why should there even be a winner? Let’s just give a trophy to every team. Applying Title IX rules to the sport will only exacerbate the overreach of the Federal government into our daily lives. — CAPT. MIKE SALAFIA The America’s Cup is a privately funded event. Don’t the organizers have the right to run it as they wish? Why bring gender issues into it? Just let them sail their boats as they see fit.…

4 分鐘
why dodge pots?

For Kim Sawicki, the issue of props being fouled in crab and lobster pot lines has been personal for years. She grew up sailing in Connecticut, where her job was to spend endless hours sitting on the bow as the lookout. And, about 20 years ago, friends of hers aboard a 47-foot Pacemaker could’ve been killed after entangled lobster-pot lines pulled the boat’s props together. “The lines basically split the boat in half and it sank, right in Long Island Sound, off of Stonington, Connecticut,” Sawicki says, adding that her friends did make it to safety. “It took five minutes. People don’t realize it can happen that fast.” Today, Sawicki is the founder of Connecticut-based Sustainable Seas, which she created in 2018 to promote the use of technology for pot and trap…

6 分鐘
call of duty

Just because everyone has a cell phone in their pocket doesn’t mean the VHF radio is a quaint relic of past technology. Onboard, a VHF is an essential part of your safety kit. If you need help or want to broadcast critical information, there are established procedures depending on the urgency of the situation. Here’s what to do when you hear one and how to make an efficient call should you need to. VHF channel 16 is dedicated to calling and distress messages. It’s the time-proven method to broadcast your situation to everyone around you. In a real distress situation, it might even make the difference between life and death. Because VHF radio waves are line-of-sight, limiting your signal range, another mariner hearing your call can relay your plight to the…

1 分鐘
what we’re watching

TUG TV It’s easy to take for granted the hard work that tugs and tugboat captains do day in and day out. Tugs don’t just assist large shipping vessels for close-quarters maneuvering; they also push and pull gargantuan barges, work in marine construction and more. Capt. Tim Boehmer is a tug skipper who primarily skippers massive bunker barges around the winding waterways of New Jersey, west of New York City. The barges, loaded with fuel oil, are moved alongside or nearby the large ships as most loading docks don’t have fuel available onsite. The barges are vital to shipping in the area. Boehmer’s YouTube channel, TimBatSea, provides an interesting perspective for viewers from the cameras he sets up inside the wheelhouse, each of which provides a different view as the…

1 分鐘
more salty reads

SEASHELLS BY THE SEASHORE It’s a pastime many people enjoy: lazily wandering the edge of the ocean looking for surf-washed objects that have been worn by the sea. Humans have been collecting these keepsakes for centuries. In her new book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans, Cynthia Barnett writes about the mesmerizing history of seashells and the animals that inhabited them while at the same time examining how these cast-off objects can tell a story about the dangers facing our oceans. Whether its ocean acidification weakening an animal’s shell or climate change warming the waters where they live, Barnett says that these creatures are trying to speak difficult truths to us. ($28, W.W. Norton & Company) DOIN’ THE DITCH Cruising the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is a bucket-list item…