Editor:  Doug Jones

August 2015



In this issue:
Bad News, Good News
Commodore's Report
Membership Report
Education Report
Cruising News
Social Events
Events at a Glance
Sunshine Lady
Meeting Minutes

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Bad News, Good News

Ok, first the bad news.  It's summer in Florida, so it's HOT.   We don't mean "Gee, I'm sweaty and I sure could use a cool drink" hot - we mean "Help, the sun's trying to kill me" HOT.  The water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico is higher than the air temperature in most of the rest of the country.  There aren't too many mosquitoes because they have to land sometime and then they catch on fire.

But, on the other hand, remember those restaurants where you had to make reservations weeks in advance?  And that was at McDonalds!  Now you ask them when they open and they ask "what time can you be here?"  On I-75 you switch lanes just to see which one you like the best.   So there's an upside to Florida in the summer, right?

And of course there's still stuff to do, because the Seafarers are still doing it - as you'll see from the news below and the calendar.  Plus you can use your spare time to get to work on your costume for the Regatta in November.  Better go out and buy some sequins...

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Commodore's Report: by Ginger Crumbaugh

It's August again - the month of the "Sure would be nice to get out of this heat" month....So Jim and I discussed an Alaskan cruise, or seeing his brothers in Michigan, or going to Lake Tahoe (where he lived a short time as a boy) - but....decided to just enjoy the pool, the air conditioning and our Florida year round friends here at home.... And the good thing is, our air is working fine on the boat so no problem there!!! (Knock on wood, eh???)

A BIG "Thanks " to Bev Riggs for putting together a fun night at the Orange House in July, to tasting some very fine wines and the appetizers were delicious...Also, to Jon Breen for a great Cabbage Key lunch cruise and to Jim Crumbaugh for the overnight cruise to Boca Grande...And Thank You Nancy Gamblin for all your help with our General Membership dinner in July....

It's getting close, so please SAVE THE DATES!!!!....The annual Regatta this year will be Nov 6-8. Our Theme is  "Viva Las Vegas" - What happens at the Regatta stays at the Regatta!...It will include Las Vegas style games and entertainment and great food.....  If you would like to volunteer for any committee to help, please notify our Seafarers, Mike or Carla Clark (cclark2521@gmail.com)...And keep watching for more information to follow.

An important reminder, as always, there is no General Membership meeting in August but we will still have those terrific Socials at St Andrew's on the 2nd and 4th Thursday, 5-7...August 13th and 27th)

Until September - "Stay Cool"!!!!!



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

The club currently has 298 members and holding for the summer doldrums.

It appears that the email situation has improved. Several club wide emails have been sent over the past month with virtually no rejections or bounces except for the half dozen addresses that always bounce. As always let me know if you are having any issues with the site. Remember if you are taking other members on your boat for a cruise please make sure that they have not also signed up for the cruise so that there is not any duplication in the attending count. The Tarpon Lodge cruise had a lot of duplication as the day of the event approached. Help out your cruise leaders it may be you someday.


3335 Trinidad Ct
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

    My first boat was a 10ft plywood rowboat.  All I needed it for was to get out to the middle of the Rippowam River to fish.  I could easily cast across the river but the luxury of being able to sit in your own boat was certainly a mile marker for a 10 year old.  I got the boat for helping an elderly widow, Mrs. Evans, rake up her leaves and give her lawn a final mowing before winter set in.  All winter I dreamed about getting on my new boat and rowing out onto the river to fish.  Finally spring arrived and I went to my neighbor’s home to put the boat in the water.  Mrs. Evans came out in the yard with some lemonade and told me that the oars and ropes were in the garage.  I turned the boat over and pushed and shoved and finally got her in the water and tied her up to the dock.  I finally figured out how to use the oars and I made it to the middle of the river (about 20ft from the dock).  I put a worm on my hook and threw in the line.  I then realized that I was about 2 houses away from the dock.  I rowed back against the current of the Rippowam River and by the time I got back to the dock, I was beat!  I needed a way to keep the boat in one place, after all I wanted to fish, not row.  I went home to see what I could use to hold the boat in one place.  In the garage I found an old tomato juice (½ gal) can with the top cut off of it.  My dad used it for a bucket.  There was some cement left from the addition that my dad put on the house last fall.  I mixed up some cement, found an old eye bolt under the work bench, poured the cement into the tomato juice can and stuck the eye bolt in the cement and I had myself an anchor.

     My next boat came with a mushroom anchor that worked pretty well on a small boat as long as it was in the mud.  With a hard bottoms it didn’t hold at all.  After I got my first Danforth anchor I never had a problem anchoring.  As my boats got bigger, so did the anchor and the weight.  Up north I never had a problem anchoring with the Danforth, then I moved to Florida.  The trusty old Danforth anchor just couldn’t cut it even with extra chain and additional scope.  After a little research I tried the Fortress anchor.  Basically it’s the same design as the Danforth but much lighter because it’s made of an aluminum - magnesium alloy.  The flukes are much larger and sharper for better penetrating power.

    Last week when I was just about ready to give up on an article for this month I received an email from Past Commodore John Miller.  John told me about an article in “the ActiveCaptain.com, about anchors.  The ActiveCaptain.com is the same website that I wrote about in July.  That article got me thinking about my first anchor and how anchors have evolved.  Kind of like building a better mousetrap.  Until I read the article I always thought an anchor was an anchor and so on, except for the size.  Over the years I have seen many different types and configurations of plow style anchors, claw styled anchors, flukes and modified flukes on the front of many boats and I often thought that I would hate to have to pull up all that weight with all that chain.  Thank God for the anchor windlass (electric winch).  Some of the common anchors that we use on our boats (20' to 50') are as follows:

      The Bruce anchor was created around 1970.  It’s a claw style anchor that sets easily in most bottoms.  It was designed after big ship anchors with some modifications.  It’s difficult to set in hard bottoms but holds well in changing winds and tides but needs to be oversized to compete with different designs.

    The CQR anchor (coastal quick release) is a plow style anchor with a hinge between the plow and the shaft.  This allows the boat to swing up to 70 degrees before it resets itself.  It’s made of galvanized steel and they are rather heavy.  Example: a 26# CQR will hold a 17 to 20 ft boat.

    The Delta anchor is a plow anchor made of high grade manganese steel.  It’s quick to set, well balanced and is designed with self-righting geometry.  It’s light weight (lighter than the CQR).  Example: a 9# Delta will hold that same 17 to 20 ft boat,

    The Danforth was designed for landing craft in WW II around 1940.  A fluke style anchor design holds well in most bottoms but often will not reset after a tide or wind change.  They tend to be heavy as the flukes get larger for larger boats.

    The Fortress anchor was designed after the Danforth but is lighter weight due to the aluminum/magnesium used in its construction, it has better holding power due to its sharper edges and larger fluke to weight design.

    The Lewmar Claw anchor is light weight, has good holding power.  It’s made of high grade steel, cast as a single piece.  It was designed after the claw anchors used to hold oil rigs in the North Sea and holds well in a variety of sea beds.  

    The Rocna anchor was invented by a New Zealand cruiser and boat builder, Peter Smith, in the early 2000s.  The Rocna combines features of the newer spade anchors (concave rather than the convex designs of others) with the roll bar of a German design.  This design has proven itself by holding Peters 50', 26 ton sailing yacht in 70 knot winds on and off for 10 days and an almost constant 50 knot wind for 2 days.  The anchor never slipped.

Most anchors are made with a hole near the bottom for attaching a second line to it so you can recover your anchor in the event it should get fouled.  It’s recommended that you attach that lighter line to your anchor line just in case.  Today anchors and long lines just cost too much to lose because of fouling. 

    About 3 years ago 5 fishermen, out on the gulf, got their anchor fouled and tied the anchor line tightly to their bow and they hit the throttle.  The anchor didn’t free up but the boat did flip over and the resulting accident cost 4 of the men their lives.  If you can’t pull the anchor up by yourself or with the help of others cut the line and always remember, Safety on the Water is no Accident!

I’d like to thank the members that have sent me some ideas for these education articles.  Many of them get me thinking.  Keep those ideas coming, they are much appreciated.



Cruising News: by Harry Ensley, Director

July was a hot, wet month.  August promises to be hot as well but hopefully not as wet.   Jon Breen led a Lunch Cruise to Cabbage Key on July 21st and Jim Crumbaugh led an Overnight Cruise to the Boca Grande Marina on July 26th.

In August, Harry Ensley (Yes, his boat finally made it out of the boatyard!) will lead a Lunch Cruise to the Waterside Grille at the Gasparilla Marina on August 12th.

Here’s to the special water,



Waterside Grille Lunch Cruise
August 12

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

The Seafarers ventured out to the Orange House Wine Bar on July 7.  Lisa, the owner, prepared wonderful appetizers for us which were paired with complementing wines.  Everyone had a great time and we plan to do it again in November.  If you would like to lead this social, please let me know.

Thanks to Nancy Gamblin for coordinating the pizzas for our July meeting.  There is no general meeting in August but we will have the St Andrews socials as well as a social at the Ice House Pub.  Bob Clark will be leading this and it promises to be a fun night of darts and camaraderie.  Watch your email for an announcement soon.

I hope you are enjoying your summer in PGI.  See you in September!  (That would make a great song…  )




Ice House Pub Social
August 20


 Events at a Glance



Lunch Cruise Waterside Grille Gasparilla Marina
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm
NO General Membership Meeting
Dart Tournament at Ice House Pub
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm

 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




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