Editor:  Doug Jones

June 2015



In this issue:
Taking A Siesta?
Commodore's Report
Membership Report
Education Report
Cruising News
Social Events
Events at a Glance
Sunshine Lady
Meeting Minutes

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Seafarers Taking a Siesta?


We don't think so!  The temperature may be rising and the sun may be blazing as if you're in Tijuana, but it looks like your Board never sleeps.

Between Harry Ensley on cruises and Bev Riggs on Socials, we had four events in May and should have three in June, even though our migrants have flown north for the summer.  It's enough to make our snowbirds wonder if they've made a mistake!

And have you noticed the variety of things going on?  We're seeing the return of old favorites, such as the Sunset Lake raft-ups and the Fishery in Placida, as well older favorites such as Venice Harbor, Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island, and Barnacle's on North Captiva.  Of course, any visit to a Rum Distillery is bound to become a new favorite...

So, as Speedy Gonzales would say, "Andale, Arriba, Arriba!" Board Members, and keep up the great work.

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Commodore's Report: by Ginger Crumbaugh

To those here in PGI enjoying this beautiful summer weather and to our snow bird buddies up north, here’s wishing you all, a very happy June!

I know I told you last month we would be cruising the Bahamas in May, but because of those “doggone” north winds, we settled and explored the northern Keys , which we had never seen (Pumpkin Key, Islamorada, Duck Key, to name a few…) We were surprised and delighted to recognize our Seafarer friends the Borgmeyers and the Huelsemanns hailing each other outside of Stuart Florida after we had crossed Lake Okeechobee! (they were coming back from the Keys) So then we checked out Everglades City, Goodland, Marco Island, Naples, Ft Myers and headed home. So, no complaints and hope to make the Bahamas next year, when we will have more time to get there…

Many of you know Randy Oates and I just want to share a very nice email he sent to me recently…

After the fun tour up the Peace River yesterday we were visiting with Dave and Joyce Gleason and all of us agreed that this has been a very active and fun year with a lot of Seafarer activities for everyone.  The work Harry Ensley has done on lining up cruises has been wonderful and provides opportunities for all sorts of on the water activities from regular monthly raft-ups to overnight and day cruises.  Bev has done a delightful job with social events and yesterday’s boat tour from Fisherman’s Village followed by dinner was a big hit. My compliments to you and the excellent work being done by some of your board members.”

Well, Thank you Randy and a big thanks to ALL you Seafarers, for making this such a wonderful club!



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

We currently have 296 members and holding.

I have made an adjustment to a feature on the Members Only portion of the web site. When you select a cruise event from the calendar you get a listing of the boats and members attending that cruise. To see who the attendees are you click on the SELECT link on the far left of the grid. This will show you information about the member(s) attending and their boat. If you would like to see an overall summary look to the bottom right of the grid for the link PRINT ATTENDING. Clicking on this link will open a new page listing information about the cruise and provide a list of those attending including a couples and a boat picture if available. I have reset the font size as large as I can and still get everything on a letter size page in landscape layout. To print this listing, right click on the page and select PRINT, change the layout to Landscape and Print it.

Try this out and if you don’t see your own pictures then you need to send me some and I will add them to the system.


3335 Trinidad Ct
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

            In a recent article in “Seaworthy” published by Boat US the title was “Why Boats Catch Fire”.  The causes of different fires were broken down into 6 major causes of fires aboard.  The #1 cause was AC/DC wiring and /or appliances causing 55% of all boating fires.  Number 2 is engine/transmission overheating causing 24%.  Number 3 is fuel leaks causing 8%.  Number 4 is misc. causes at 7%.   Number 5 is unknown reasons at 5% and number 6 stoves coming in at 1%.

  The article further broke down the major causes into many smaller groups:  for example AC/DC wiring was broken down into 6 smaller groups with AC wiring being a very minor cause of fires aboard.  Occasionally an AC connection will get loose from vibration or the connection has gotten hot too many times from overloading the circuit causing arching or even corrosion buildup resulting in fire.  Failure in an AC appliance is low on the list, down around 4%.  High on the list at around 30% is DC short circuits or partial open circuits, where a wire breaks (severed) but due to the motion of the boat and the wire being unsecured causes arching as the wire intermittently makes and breaks the connection.  Another is an unsecured wire being chaffed as it constantly rubs against a grounded source (an engine block or a bracket connected to it).  Most small wires, 12, 14 or 16 gage are protected by a fuse and in most cases will just blow the fuse.  However a number 1, 2 or 3  gage cable, typical of the cable connecting the boat battery to the starter are not fused as these cables carry 200 to 500 amps that are needed by the many starters.  This type of cable must be secured every 6 to 10 inches and further protected where it can rub against a ground source as listed above.  A grounded cable as this type can instantly burst into flames and even blow up the battery or batteries as so connected. 

    Over the years I’ve listened to boat owners who hire a mechanic to do the annual tune up when they should be hiring a technician to perform and annual preventive maintenance service.  This is the guy that will spot that rusted out clamp, that dangling wire or harness, that soft or chaffed hose, that damaged engine mount or leaking water pump and many other things that will prevent you from getting home from your next outing.

    Please add “Check for dangling and unsecured wires” to your pre-cruise check list and always remember: Safety on the Water is No Accident.

If any of you might be interested in helping out on the Education committee please e-mail me at joseph.longo@sbcglobal.net.  We are always looking for some new educational stories or information that the boat club members might be interested in.  Perhaps you can put together an incident from your past that gave you a greater appreciation for boating.  Hope to hear from you soon. 



Cruising News: by Harry Ensley, Director

Most of the snowbirds have left for cooler climes but a lot of us are still enjoying the southwest Florida waters.  Mike Clark led a lunch cruise to the Fishery Restaurant in Placida on May 6th.  Six boats and 28 people attended. 

Joe and Sue Preece led an overnight cruise to Fisherman's Wharf Marina in Venice, Florida on May 15-17.  Nine boats and over 20 people made the trip.  On May 16th the group had dinner at the Marina’s Marker 4 Restaurant. 

The last boating event of the month was a lunch cruise to the Barnacle’s Waterfront Dining (formerly Barnacle Phil’s) on North Captiva on May 28th with Ralph Steele leading the group.

Bob Hiebner will lead a shallow-draft lunch cruise to the Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island on June 15th.  It has been quite some time since the club has been to the Tarpon Lodge and I’m looking forward to my first time.

Mona Vieregg will be leading a lunch cruise to the Callaloo Caribbean Restaurant (previously known as the Riviera Oyster Bar Restaurant) on Alligator Creek.  The date for Mona’s cruise will be posted on the calendar soon.

Here’s to the special water,



Tarpon Lodge Lunch Cruise
June 15

Callaloo Restaurant Lunch Cruise
June 26

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

Bob and Toni Dorman hosted a trip to the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery in Cape Coral on Thursday, May 14.  After a tour and a sampling, everyone enjoyed lunch at Micheli's Tiki Hut in Matlacha.   Up next is our BBQ on June 2nd, hosted by Betty Bernz.

 Mucho gracias to Denise Tiller for preparing homemade enchiladas and tamales for our May meeting.  They were delicious!   We are planning a salad smorgasbord for our June meeting.  More details later.

Don't forget our Meet and Greets at St Andrews on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  It is important we support and appreciate St Andrews as they provide hot and cold appetizers for our enjoyment.

Please visit our calendar often to see all of the activities that are available to you as a Seafarer.




Ponce Barbeque
June 2


 Events at a Glance


Ponce Park Barbeque
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm
Tarpon Lodge Lunch
General Membership Meeting  PGICA 5:30 pm
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm
Callaloo Restaurant Lunch Cruise

 The Sunshine Lady - Cynthia Cowdrey

Cynthia Cowdrey is the Sunshine Lady for the Seafarers.  So if you hear of anyone who is ill or is hospitalized, or of anyone who has lost a family member, you should call her.  Her phone number is 941-575-5671




Membership Meeting Minutes -- Click here to view.


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