Editor:  Doug Jones

March 2015



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

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Magic, Anyone?

If ever there were a bunch of leprechauns with magic at the end of their rainbow, it has to be our own Ginger Crumbaugh and her nimble directors.  Anyone who has checked the calendar lately, or come to the General Meeting (and if you haven't, why not?) knows that the months are filled with cruises and social events, and the Seafarers club is running like a well-oiled shillelagh (OK, metaphor only goes so far).

These happy leprechauns are accomplishing all this with the help of many other new leprechauns who have jumped in with both feet and found out how rewarding it is to get involved.  And that's the real pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

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Commodore's Report: by Ginger Crumbaugh

Is it really March already? Wow! It seems like just yesterday we had our COW party and for those of you interested - looks like we will be celebrating again next December 11th at the IYC! (Mark those calendars!)

I know you are thinking,   "Is she really talking about December already?"   Well, again, seems like the calendar is just moving on a little quickly these days with all the fun activities all you Seafarers are putting together!

I want to give a BIG THANKS to all those brave Seafarers who helped with ALL our February events -

And an EXTRA HUGE THANKS to the Iannacone's Mardi Gras Social at their beautiful home - the Fun, the live Steel Band and wonderful food really were "over the top"!!!

Also - just a reminder....Please take advantage of putting your boat items for sale or boat "needs" on our website under  Classifieds / Buy & Sell on the Home page our Website.

Here's hoping to see you all soon this month for another fun Seafarer Adventure!

Kind Regards,



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

Our annual dues drive closed February 1st, plus a few days for stragglers, and the current membership is at 282 members. Six or seven couples sent in notices that they were dropping out mostly due to the fact that they were finding that boating activities were becoming more difficult for them so they no longer own a boat. Most of them knew that they could stay in the club even without a boat but they went ahead and chose to drop out. The remaining members who have been dropped from the roles did not responded in any fashion to any of the notices we sent out.

This leaves us with a nice cushion on our original upper limit of 300 Members.


3335 Trinidad Ct
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

When I got into boating back in the early 50’s I was young and it was what the family did on weekends throughout the summer months in south Connecticut.  My Dad had a 32 Ft Chris Craft that was built in the late 40’s.  The boat had a single 6 cylinder Chrysler Crown engine that was pretty much the standard of the day.   As I got older and started helping with the maintenance I watched my dad repaint the hull of the boat every year and re varnish the bright work.

One year when I was 13 or 14 my uncle asked me if I would work for him getting his boat ready for the season.  He had a 1952 35 ft Chris Craft with twin Chrysler Hemi engines.  The first thing he had us do was sand down the entire hull and topsides.  Next he opened a can of Hy-Build primer and added about 10% thinner to make it flow better.  This was all new to me as my dad just opened a can of paint and started applying it right out of the can.  He would start painting after wiping down the hull with a rag dipped in turpentine to clean off the dirt.  The next day my uncle handed me a sanding block and we started sanding the primer that we put on the previous day.  I asked why?  He explained that the Hy-Build primer fills in any imperfections and scratches and by resanding it we make it smooth and eliminate any brush marks.  After the sanding we repainted with the Hy-Build primer but this time he thinned it 30% with paint thinner.  This time I rolled on the paint and he tipped it using a fine brush and brushing from the rolled area back into the brushed area.  I was impressed as the second coat of primer was looking like sprayed on glass.  The next day he handed me a sanding block with 180 grit paper on it.  I was confused and asked why resand a beautiful finish.  Why not just add the top coat?  He explained that you have to give the top coat a good surface to grip on to.  The next morning we wiped down the entire hull with a rag and turpentine followed by a tack rag to pick up any lint from the previous rag.  The top coat was thinned by 20% and an ounce of a product called “Brush Ease” was added.  The next day I thought that we would be putting all the hardware back on the boat but I was handed the old sanding block again with 220 grit sandpaper and a bucket of water.  I thought it was overkill but he explained to me that when the job is done right it doesn’t have to be redone every year. That job took us over a month to complete with all the bright work that had to be refinished.  My dad always knocked his brother for being such a perfectionist but after seeing the finished product it was well worth the many hours that went into doing the job right.  When he sold that boat in the mid 60s it still looked like the day he bought it. 

Any of you interested in helping out on the Education Committee please E-Mail me at joseph.longo@sbcglobal.net

PS.  I’m always looking for some new educational stories or information that the 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. 

Remember, Safety on the Water is No Accident!



Cruising News: by Harry Ensley, Director

Again, I’d like to thank the cruising crew, Mona Vieregg, Jill Okray and Andy Nikitich for their help in putting together a busy schedule of overnight cruises, boating lunches and raft-ups.

The February 4 lunch cruise to the Cass Cay Restaurant at Burnt Store Marina was a rousing success with 11 boats and 40 people attending.  Mike Slattery did a great job and the weather cooperated.  Andy organized the raft up on Feb. 7th at Sunset Lake.  Nine boats rafted up to the Water Edge (Robert and Bev Riggs) and had a great afternoon of food and drink.

Jack Waldron has put together the February 20 – 22nd cruise to the Pink Shell Marina on Estero Island.  Dinner for Saturday was at the Bayfront Bistro.

The February line-up concluded with a lunch cruise on Feb. 25th to the Waterside Grille at Gasparilla Marina.  We had 10 boats signed up which was our limit for the luncheon.  Rich Toneatti led the cruise.

We have five boating events in March from which to choose.  The first is a lunch cruise to the Elks Club on March 4th lead by Marlene Hofer.  Docking space is limited so we’ll have to raft up on the dock or anchor out and dingy to the dock.  On March 7th we’ll have a raft-up in Yellowfish Lagoon.  Bring an appetizer and your favorite beverage.

J.R. Clark will lead an overnight cruise to Tween Waters March 13 – 16.  This is a popular cruise destination as shown by the fact that the cruise has already filled the allocation of slips by Tween Waters.  The moral of the story is to sign up early.   On March 26th Mona Vierreg will lead a Lunch Cruise north to the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club.

The final boating event for March will be a raft-up at Gilchrist Park on March 28th. As always bring an appetizer and your favorite beverage.

Here’s to the special water,



Elks Club Lunch Cruise
March 4

Yellowfish Lagoon Raft-up
March 7

'Tween Waters Cruise
March 13-16

Charlotte Harbor YC Lunch Cruise
March 26

Gilchrist Park Raft-up
March 28

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

While our friends up north are suffering through mountains of snow and sub-zero temperatures, here in PGI we really know how to enjoy winter!  We helped restock the food pantry with donations at our January meeting and we had some fun with the Super Bowl -- congratulations to our "squares" winners Jon Breen, Ginger Crumbaugh and Karl Moeller.  Lucky Commodore Ginger won both the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!  What a Mardi Gras party!  Seafarers were entertained on Fat Tuesday by a fabulous steel drum duo, wonderful Creole food (including King Cake!) and perfect weather at the home of Bill and Dee Iannacone.  Guests were greeted with beads, hats and spectacular Mardi Gras decorations worthy of any French Quarter home.  Thank you Bill and Dee for a memorable evening.  Click here to see photos of the event.

On March 5, we are going to the Spring Training opening day game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles.  Carla Clark is handling the arrangements -- thanks Carla!

After our February general meeting, we had a baked potato bar with all the trimmings plus your favorite desserts.  Don't forget about our meet and greet socials in the clubhouse at St Andrews on March 12 and 26.  See you there!




Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training
March 5


 Events at a Glance


Lunch Cruise to Elks Club
Tampa Bay Rays Game
Raft-up in Yellowfish Lagoon
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm
'Tween Waters Cruise
General Membership Meeting  PGICA 5:30 pm
Lunch Cruise to Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club
Social at St. Andrews South Country Club 5-7 pm
Raft-up at Gilchrist Park

 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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