Editor: Randy Oates
Saddle Up, Pardners...
and show the Seafarers some True
Grit at the Old Wild West Annual Regatta - you know you wanta!
Ginger Crumbaugh and her ranch
hands have rounded up a great bunch of activities and
events for everyone - topped by the Talent Show.
So practice up yur square dancin' or yur bull ridin'
(you bring the bull) 'cause what's a talent show without
talent? Waal shucks, some of the best talent
don't even know it 'til it's up in front of people.
For our returning snowbirds or
any other Seafarers who may have forgotten how to
connect to the new calendar or membership list - or you
want to change your membership info from your summer address -- we've
once again repeated the link
to the new website presentation here.
To view the past 12 months' newsletters,
click here (be sure pop-up blocker is off):
Commodore's Report: by Eric
I had a singular
experience on our recent cruise to �Tween Waters, hosted
by Bill and Carol Miller with John and Terry in a
supporting role. I went alone. For the first time on my
boat there was no one else aboard, not my usual First
Mate, Leeann, and not even Cooper the cat. Now, this may
be no big deal for many of you grizzled veterans, but
for me it was, let�s say, different. With no one to take
the helm, opportunity (and the auto-pilot) can�t be
ignored for trips to the fridge and the head. The ICW is
not a good choice of locations to go below, but
Charlotte Harbor was not too busy and the run from
ICW-38 to the �Tween entrance offered sufficient time
for Zinful to manage on her own, briefly.
�Solo� also creates a higher level of vigilance. That
quick instrument scan of temperature and oil pressure
became a little more frequent. I was clearly not going
to be able to be in the engine room and at the helm,
simultaneously. When the time came, docking could get
adventurous � �Whadaya mean back in!!� And what if I
fell into shark-infested waters?
Of course, the truth is I was not on the Kon Tiki. The
harbor and ICW were calm, there were beautiful days
coming and going, and I thoroughly enjoyed my cigar.
Take yourself out some day -- it is quite different.
Report: by Joe Preece, Director
Our Membership is
currently at 308 and I would like to welcome our newest
members. Joe & Susan Della-Corte both come from long
time military back grounds and have therefore lived in
many places including the DC, New York and California
areas and they own a 27� power boat the �Just Lovin It�.
Andy & Sandy Nikitich are part time Punta Gorda
residents alternating with Lowville, NY. They own a
27.5� powerboat the �Andys Toy�. Mike & Ann Slattery
have been boating for over 50 years including Mike�s
active duty in the U.S. Navy. Combined with their
knowledge of video and audio production I am sure there
are many committees who can use their skills. All three
of these couples come to us by way of the Newcomers Club
so welcome them soon.
As the end of the year approaches it will soon be time
to pay your annual dues. A good way to keep track of
your dues payment status is to check at the top of the
Seafarers calendar page each time after you have sign
in. Starting in November and running through the end of
January there will a small notice in red just below your
name telling you if you have paid your 2015 dues or not.
This notice will only appear for the member who has
logged in. The best and most secure way to pay those
dues is to send a check made out to SEAFARERS to my
house at 3335 Trinidad Ct., Punta Gorda, FL 33950
If anyone is still having issues with the Members Only
portion of the web site, please let me know and we will
set up a help session.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-645-8372
Education Report: by Joe Longo,
Back when I was up North and a very active boater, most
of my summer weekends from April to November were spent
on the water, and at least every other weekend I would
make a 2 - 5 hour trip somewhere to go fishing out on
the Atlantic Ocean or out to Montauk or Block Island for
the weekend. I did a lot of maintenance on my boat to
make sure that I would be back home on Sunday afternoon
or evening. Being a business owner, I had to be there
on Monday morning. It�s inevitable that no matter how
much maintenance you do you�re always bound by �Murphy�s
Law� which says, �If it can happen it will happen.� To
tilt the odds in my favor I always had a lot of backup
parts on board, things like hoses, belts, clamps, bolts
and nuts, sealant, wire, epoxy glue, duct tape,
electrical connectors, wire, and a can of WD-40. I
could go on and on but you get the drift.
recently came across an article written by Steve
Rutherford when he was Education Director back in 2008
and it was titled �Tape to the Rescue�. Steve had been
talking to our 2008 Commodore, Barry Jollett, about a
new product called �Rescue Tape.� It seems that this
product stretches, is self-bonding making a permanent
seal, can withstand 700 PSI of pressure, resists heat,
is air and watertight, and is also a good electrical
insulator. A product like this is definitely the type
of thing that should be in your emergency kit. Now the
one thing that you need to do is take a pad of paper and
pencil, go down to your boat, and make a list of all the
emergency items you have on board, and then make a list
of things you need to add. I have noticed down here
that the marinas don�t keep much in stock for emergency
repairs. It�s a good feeling being out on the water and
knowing you�re ready for anything.
Remember, Safety on the Water is No
Cruising News: by Jack Gardner,
We are only three
weeks into October and we already have had three
cruises. The weather is getting milder and the boats are
coming off the lifts. For those of you who belong to the
club but don�t cruise, just read what you are missing.
7th was a lunch cruise up the Peace River to the Nav-A-Gator.
John and Debbie Grabau led this cruise. The weather
prediction said rain so they converted it to a land
cruise. The only one going by boat was the fearless
Harry Ensley who said, �Damn the weather, full speed
ahead�. He made it to the Navigator and back before the
rain hit. Good for you Harry! 20 Seafarers were on hand
and as usual the Nav-A-Gator motto was followed, �We are
not even half fast, just slow�. But who cares, the food
and conversation were great.
Click here to see the
October 10th Mike and
Carla Clark finally had a successful raft up at Sunset
Lake. This was their third try at getting it done. In
the past weather and lack of participants caused them to
cancel. I have to give them credit for their
persistence. Everyone had such a great time they were
exclaiming why don�t we do this more often. Hopefully we
can. Again thanks to the Clarks.
October 17th, Bill
and Carol Miller led a marina cruise to Tween Waters.
The weather was fantastic, and so was the cruise. Look
at this full itinerary: Friday night Docktails; Saturday
Boat Renaming Party; afternoon pool parties; Bocce Ball
contest; Saturday night cocktails; plus a wonderful
dinner at the Yacht Club. By the way John and Terry
Miller are the new Bocce champs. What a great job and to
think Carol did it all with a boot on.
While we're talking about photos, we didn't have them last month
for the South Seas cruise at the end of September,
so click here and you can see them all.
Coming up in November
we have the Regatta at Burnt Store Marina, which
promises to be an outstanding fun event.
November 18th Ron and
Judy Stafford will lead a cruise to Capt�n Con�s, which
has the best Fish Chowder in Southwest Florida. I don�t
even like fish and I order it. It is that good. The pies
are made on site and are stupendous, if you have any
room left. Normally there is really skinny water getting
to the docks, but Ron has picked a day where the tides
should allow most 30-inch draft boats to get in. Sign up
for this treat.
Marji Cyr is working
with Nancy Bartell of the Mariner�s to put together a
joint cruise up to the Sarasota area in January. Keep
checking the calendar, as that should be a lot of fun.
TO SIGN UP FOR ANY OF THE
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Cruise to Capt'n Con's
Social Events: by Walt Zink, Director
and Bev Riggs, Co-Director
Events at a Glance
Old Wild West Regatta
at Burnt Store Marina
Social at St. Andrews
Country Club 5-7 pm
Lunch Cruise to Capt'n Cons
General Membership Meeting PGICA 5:30
followed by Thanksgiving Dinner
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