Editor:  Doug Jones

May 2015



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

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Boiling Fish...

Wow, have you noticed the temperature lately?  Of course, being Floridians we're familiar with heat and we all know the wonders of air conditioning, but do you realize that the Gulf is getting up to 87 degrees?  When I think of all those Northerners who struggle to heat their pools to 80 degrees and go in 70 degree water at the beach, the idea of jumping off your boat 10 miles out into 87 degrees is pretty breathtaking, isn't it?

Speaking of which, how come when you jump into an 80 degree pool it feels cold, and when you get out the 90 degree air feels cold?   But I digress...

Anyway, if you want to see things heating up, take a look at the Seafarers' calendar!  There is certainly no summer letdown this year - you can practically step off one event onto the next.  And there's something for everyone, from lunch cruises to overnights.  If you're sailing you've got a breeze, if you're running at 25 knots you're making your own breeze, and if you're in a big leisurely boat you've probably got the air conditioning on anyway.  Heat? What heat?

Incidentally, we just figured out that last month was the 100th Waypoints put out by your faithful publisher, Dave Gleason, so this is the 101st.  We hope you've enjoyed them over the years.

To view the past 12 months' newsletters, click here (be sure pop-up blocker is off):
May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April |



Commodore's Report: by Ginger Crumbaugh

Well, here comes May again....that time of year when many Seafarers are heading off to homes up north, or to exotic cruise destinations to find that sugar sand remote beach...But the one nice thing is that we will all be back together at the end of the year to share all the wild adventurous stories about our travels and families!

That being said, I have some rather mixed emotions about my Seafarer friends leaving, because the traffic will die down a bit and I'll be able to find a parking place at Publix!...So I might as well ease my pain by taking my boat to the Bahamas...

But while I'm gone in May to cruise the Bahamas, the Seafarers will be active with a lunch cruise to the Fishery, a raft up at Sunset Lake and a 3 day cruise to Venice - and our St Andrews socials (which I love because they put out so much food that I don't have to cook on those nights!)

On a different note, I remember John Miller (past Commodore) giving us a great educational link from Boat US for free boating courses which are very helpful...The link is www.boat-ed.com/florida/

As Seafarers, we not only need to follow good boating practices for the safety of ourselves, our passengers, and other boats, we also need to demonstrate those practices to other boaters on the water.

Farewell for now and here's to a happy and healthy Seafarer May!!!



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

We currently have 294 members with the addition of a few of our longstanding members who had missed the dues paying period. If you know anyone who mentions that they have not heard from the Seafarers in a while tell to check to make sure that they are still on the roster.

I am constantly being told that the word is out about how much fun the Seafarers have and how friendly we are so congratulate yourselves and enjoy all of our cruises and events. 


3335 Trinidad Ct
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

A few weeks back Holly and I hosted some friends from up north.  It was their first trip to Florida and they wanted to see real live alligators and a manatee.  Up the Peace River we went and of course every alligator we saw had to be photographed to show everyone back home in New York.

After about three hours of looking and photographing we were quite a ways up the river and I decided to stop at the Navigator for a rather L - O - N - G lunch.  Listening to some Jim Morris songs made it all tolerable, along with some margaritas and some good conversation.  On the way back I decided on an extended cruise around the harbor which was enjoyed by all.  During the trip I was monitoring channel 16 on the VHF radio for that hopefully never to happen emergency call.  I answered at least a half dozen radio checks and listened to another ten or twelve of people calling Sea tow or Tow Boat US and one I never heard before a guy called the Charlotte County Police for a radio check.

Today in our electronic world, Sea-Tow has given us all a fully automated radio check service.  For those of you who are new to boating or if your about my age and you just plain forgot, the system is easy to use 24/7 365 days a year, for free.  Simply switch to channels 24, 26, 27 or 28 to make a call requesting a radio check and when you release the “push to talk  switch” on your mike your radio check call is instantly played back to you.  Now, only one or two of the channels will work in any one area so try them all and see which ones work for you.  You might want to make a label and post it somewhere near your VHF radio so you don’t forget (you know that age thing again).  You have now accomplished two things.  1. You don’t have to wait for someone on the other end to answer your radio check and 2. You have now freed up channel 16 for what it was meant for, Hail and Distress calls.  Now there is just one more thing to remember.  Safety on the Water is no Accident.

P.S.  We need a speaker for a monthly meeting.  It would be so nice to hear about someone’s boating experience or a boat trip that you might have taken.  Please, share what you have enjoyed or what you have learned.  E-mail me or call me (941-258-6487) or track me down at a social, I’ll even buy you a drink.   Let me hear from you soon.   Thanks,

Remember, Safety on the Water is No Accident!



Cruising News: by Harry Ensley, Director

The weather definitely warmed up in April but it has still been pretty breezy.  The first boating event for the month was a lunch cruise to Bert’s Bar on April 8th lead by Steve Tennis (and Bonnie).  Five boats, several land yachts and 32 people made the trip to Matlacha for a great lunch.  Andy and Sandy Nikitich led a raft-up to the Myakka River on April 11th.  Three boats made the raft-up with a fourth arriving late.

Palm Island Resort was the destination for an overnight cruise on April 19-21.  The cruise of 16 boats was to be led by Larry and Jill Okray but Bob Heibner heroically stepped in at the last moment to lead the cruise (thanks Bob).  The water taxi provided transportation to the Rum Bay Restaurant on April 20th for dinner.  Click here to see all the photos for this cruise. 

On April 22nd Harry Ensley led a lunch cruise to the Nav-A-Gator Bar and Grill on the Peace River.  Two boats, two jet skis and two land yachts with 16 Seafarers aboard made the trek to the rustic restaurant.  The last boating event of April was a raft-up in Sunset Lake on April 25th.

Jon and Fran Breen will start the May boating events with a lunch cruise to the Fishery Restaurant in Placida on May 2nd.  Andy and Sandy Nikitich will lead a raft-up in Sunset Lake on May 9th.

Joe and Sue Preece will lead an overnight cruise to Fisherman's Wharf Marina in Venice, Florida on May 15-17.  On May 16th, dinner will be at the Marina’s Marker 4 Restaurant.  The last boating event of the month is a lunch cruise to the Barnacle’s Waterfront Dining (formerly Barnacle Phil’s) on North Captiva on May 28th.  Ralph Steele will be the cruise leader to Barnacle’s.

Here’s to the special water,



Fishery Lunch Cruise
May 2

Sunset Lake Raft-up
May 9

Venice Overnight Cruise
May 15-17

Barnacle's Lunch Cruise
 May 28

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

As we begin to wish safe travels to our winter friends, things are not slowing down for the Seafarers.   We are having fantastic participation at our Meet & Greets at St. Andrews.  This is a great way to meet new friends and socialize with other Seafarers.  Keep it up!

Over 30 Seafarers enjoyed an eco tour of the Peace River on April 29 and then gathered at the Village Fish Market for dinner.

Thank you to Arlene Epting for coordinating our Italian feast after the April meeting to celebrate "La Dolce Vita" that we enjoy in Punta Gorda Isles.  Don't miss our May meeting where we are serving a Cinco de Mayo meal.  I need volunteers for this meal, so please contact me if you can help.

Bob and Toni Dorman are hosting a trip to the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery in Cape Coral on Thursday, May 14.  After a tour, everyone will meet for a late lunch at Micheli's Tiki Hut in Matlacha.  Please sign up on the website and don't worry, you'll return home in time for the Meet & Greet at St. Andrew's.

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




Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour
May 14


 Events at a Glance


Lunch Cruise to the Fishery Restaurant
Raft-up at Sunset Lake
Rum Distillery Tour
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm
Cruise to Venice, FL
General Membership Meeting  PGICA 5:30 pm
Lunch Cruise to Barnacles
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




Membership Meeting Minutes -- Click here to view.


  Original Newsletter Layout Design:  John Magnin