Editor:  Randy Oates

September 2014



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

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Hard as it is to believe, it has been a full year since the last International Talk Like A Pirate day.  Last year's was such a great success that we've decided

to make it an annual event, and as you can see, once again our Commodore is fully on board with it.

So again on September 19, remember to greet all your Seafarer friends with a good "Avast, mateys!", or shiver your timbers, or do something else appropriate.  If you take a glance at the Seafarers' calendar for September, you will see that there's plenty of activities to fill up that "something appropriate" list - not just on the 19th, but throughout the month.  You better sign up for something, or the Commodore might just take his cutlass to you!

Oh, and if you think we're making this stuff up (would we do that?) here's a link to the official Talk Like A Pirate day website:  www.talklikeapirate.com.

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 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):
September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August |



Commodore's Report: by Eric Norlin

            I’m going to miss the socials at St Andrews South this month, but you are all welcome to join me at the real St Andrews…Scotland, that is. For all golfers it’s a “bucket list” item that beckons us like a moth to a light bulb. Not a fatal experience in this case, but probably a nightmare of inescapable pot bunkers.

So forgive me for having no seafaring preoccupations until October. Just rest assured that when October does come, I will be in PGI to rescue Zinful (with a freshly painted bottom) from the boatyard for a thorough fall cleaning. Then some day trips to Boca and maybe ‘Tween Waters, before assuming my duties as sheriff of an unruly gathering at our Old Wild West Regatta, November 7-9 at Burnt Store Marina. Hopefully, there will be enough jail cells to keep the riff-raff off the docks. No time for judges and juries. As Javert, Le Mis’ inspector once said: “the law is the law”.

            See you there!



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

            We now have 300 members.  The newest members are Bob and Sally Lumsden.  They have a 25' pontoon boat named the "One Wind, Smooth Sailing". 

The new website seems to be working well and I would encourage you to check out the latest postings on the calendar including overnight cruises in September and October plus some fun social events.


Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

            Being a boater I’ve learned, many years ago, that corrosion on a boat is everywhere. We have to deal with three main types of corrosion: Galvanic Corrosion, the electrical breakdown that occurs between dissimilar metals; Rust which is the breakdown (dissolving) of unprotected steel or iron from moisture and oxygen; Sulfation which is the corrosion build up around copper wires.

            Over the years and on various boats I’ve owned I realized that using a Crimp Connector in an electrical circuit is nothing more than causing a future problem. It’s inevitable that sometime in the future that wire to the connector is going to fail! That connector is going to lose its grip on the wire or sulfation will rear its ugly head, and the result is an open circuit (no voltage getting through).

            For the past 30 plus years I have been soldering the wires to the connectors with rosin core solder and adding a piece of shrink sleeve to each connection for a waterproof and vibration proof connection.   About 4 years ago I bought a brand new center console fishing boat.  I thought to myself my first new boat I shouldn’t have any problems for a few years.  The first time I went fishing, I pressed the button for the “Power Pole” anchoring system and down it went into the seafloor and the boat stayed put.  Two hours later I went to move the boat and the Power Pole would not come up.  I checked the fuse and all the connections then traced out to where the voltage stopped and there it was, a sulfated crimp connector. About a month later one of the trim tabs quit working because of another sulfated crimp connector.  This went on for the first year I owned the boat. Bilge pump, live well pumps, lights and trolling motor all had problems until one day I cut out all of the remaining crimp connectors including the ones to all the switches behind the dash board and soldered in new connectors.  Now I have finally have 3 years of no electrical problems.

            The next time you do your maintenance look a little further at the important connections like the bilge pump or pumps, the lights, and the circuits that supply power to your electronics, especially your VHF radio.  Be on the lookout for a little green where the wire meets the connector, or a little white powder or even a pasty white substance (the white powder that’s wet) and fix it before it becomes a problem.

            Remember, Safety on the Water is No Accident



Cruising News: by Jack Gardner, Director

            The weatherman tells me cooler weather is coming. So it is time to get your boat cleaned up and get ready to go cruising. On September nineteenth, Bob Shirk is leading a lunch cruise to a surprise destination. Check the calendar for more information.

            Art Armstrong is leading his annual marina cruise to South Seas Resort on Captiva, September 26-28th. This is one of the premier destinations in the Charlotte Harbor area. Lovely surroundings, good food, great golf, super friends. Check the calendar for more info.

            October tenth is a raft up at Sunrise Lake in the afternoon. Sunrise Lake is on the perimeter canal at the end of Bal Harbor. All boats big and small can come to this regardless of the wind in the Harbor. Tie up and have a few drinks, snacks and enjoy the afternoon with friends.

            October 17-19th go with Bill and Carol Miller to The Tween Waters Marina. This resort has a lot to offer with a great pool, and one block to one of the area's best beaches. Besides that there are bragging rights at the Bocce Court and shopping. You need to get signed up quickly as the few slips we get fill up fast.

            November is open and we need volunteers for a lunch cruise. December is usually the busiest month of the year in PGI and we will have a lunch cruise on the calendar within the next month.

            Please call or email me if you can lead a cruise.       

Jack 941-457-0233 or 4jackgardner@gmail.com


Lazy Flamingo Lunch Cruise
September 19

South Seas Cruise
September 26 - 28

Sunrise Lake Raft-up
October 10

'Tween Waters Cruise
October 17-19

Social Events: by Walt Zink,  Director and Bev Riggs, Co-Director

            Ho Hum.  The dog days of summer are almost behind us. It was a quiet month for the Seafarers. There were no socials except the regular meet and greets at St Andrews.

            But look out September! We have a fun social planned for September 17 at the new Fat Point Brewery in Punta Gorda. There will be a brewery tour, a tasting, one beer included in the fee (T.B.A.) and we may be able to bring in our own appetizers. Watch the website for more details. You can sign up today via the activities calendar. Their website address is www.fatpoint.comDon't miss it!

            We are still searching for volunteers to run socials. We really want to have one every month. If you have an idea for a fun social (and hopefully you will chair it), please let Walt or I know.

             Hope to see you at all of our events.


Bev and Walt


Tour of Fat Point Brewery
September 17

Bar-B-Que Picnic
October 12

November 7 - 9


 Events at a Glance  


Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Tour of Fat Point Brewery
Lazy Flamingo Lunch Cruise
General Membership Meeting  PGICA 5:30 pm
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Cruise to South Seas Plantation

 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 contact her. 

Her email is ladyofpalmas@hotmail.com and her phone number is 941-575-5671



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