If you haven't seen it, you REALLY need to check out News From The Bow, the excellent sailing newsletter produced by my great friends Stu and Shana Hochron.
Here's what this month's edition has in store according to Stu:
- One reader described a recent winter storm damaged docks. Could we determine, from the photos he’d taken, if anything failed and what caused the destruction? We asked Peter Schkeeper, a professional engineer who specializes in waterfront real estate, including dock design and maintenance, to give us his thoughts. We hope you find his conclusions as interesting as we do.
- Winter boat shows are an annual pilgrimage for many boaters. Armed with our camera we set out to bring you a slice of the 2011 New York Boat Show. Ever searching for the unique, we were pleasantly surprised at the number of items that fit that description. We hope you agree that our boat show choices are worth reading about.
- “Have you seen that new App?” echoes wherever boaters gather. One reader’s take on the potential safety value of a pocket strobe caught our attention. Check it out and let us know what you think.
- Winter is a time when those luckiest among us vacation in warm, far off places. The rules of boating do not take a vacation, however, even in paradise. We appreciate a letter from one reader whose boating experience came in handy in the South Pacific. His report demonstrates, once again, that it is no accident that luck comes more often to those who are best prepared.
- Then there is the cruising couple we want you to meet. They achieved their goal of distant cruising despite challenges that stop many of us in our tracks. There is powerful lesson in this true story.
- We appreciate a loyal reader who forwarded a nautical dancing video. We know this will make you smile and wish that you were on deck with him.
- Last, but not least, is poetry written from the boat’s perspective…a very cold, winterized boat tied to a frozen dock. This piece reminds us it won’t be long before things thaw out and festivities resume in the eastern US.