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My Stepfather has never been a "social" kind of guy.  My Mom was thrilled last year when he joined the local billiards club.  Sitting across from my Mom at Easter Brunch, I could tell she was stressing about something.  "I think your Stepdad has the beginning stages of Alzheimers.  He can't remember short term memory.....and it is happening all day long which is making him angry, frustrated, confused, and a bear to tolerate!"  "What has his social life been like?" I asked.  "Nonexistent," said my Mom.  He stopped playing billiards when the guys wanted to play for 25 cents a game.  Now, my Stepdad is not hurting for money.  He is, in fact, quite "comfortable" when it comes to finances.  He's just one of those fellows who still has the first dollar he ever earned....if you know what I mean. 

Our local press (and also national press) have been covering the boating accident which occurred out in the Gulf of Mexico involving two NFL football players and two former USF football players, February 28th.  The recently revealed 12-page report details the boaters' attempt to free the anchor, which ultimately submerged and capsized the 21ft vessel.  One of the men was rescued (miraculously......2 days in 63 degree Gulf waters) and to date, the other three have not been found.  As I continued to read about this tragedy I learned the owner of the vessel had been fishing the weekend before and  had lost a "stuck" anchor.  This is what prompted him to untie the anchor line from the bow, retie it to a stern (port) cleat and gun the engine to unhook the anchor.  Leaving little to no slack in the anchor line, moments later the boat flipped, submerged and rolled to port.  He just didn't want to loose another anchor......$100.

It occurred to me how unfortunate both these situations are.  Whether it is 25 cents to stay connected to people, or $100 to disconnect from the floor of an ocean....living in scarcity has its drawbacks....serious drawbacks.

So....the next time I'm in a situation with my wallet open and I'm undecided....well, I'm choosing to live more in abundance...because we can't afford not to!


The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. announced a voluntary recall of the following extinguishers:

Model numbers FX340SC, FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W, XL2.5TCZ-4, E-340-3 and with manufacture dates between Oct 2007 and April 2008.  "Kidde" and the model number can be found on the label on the front of the ex-
tinguisher.  The manufacture year is on the bottom of the extinguisher.  If your
extinguisher is one of the listed model numbers and is marked with the year 07 or 08, contact Kidde at (888) 345-4407.

These extinguishers were sold at department, home, and hardware stores nationwide from Oct 2007 to April 2008 for about $35.


South Carolina - Fields Cut, a man-made canal that the AICW uses to connect the waters of the Wright and Savannah Rivers, reports shoaling growing into the western flank of the juncture between Northern Fields Cut and the Wright River. 

North Carolina - 2007 is repeating itself in this area south of Swansboro, and hard by the Waterway's intersection with shallow Browns Inlet.  If you are cruisin' and looking for solutions, go to Claiborne Youngs' website:  www.cruisersnet.net for more detailed information.


OKUN, Robert & Pat St. Francis, WI 37AC1978 SUNSHINE DAYDREAM okunbo@sbcglobal.net
SHAW, Roger


RESOR, David

Bay St. Louis, MS 36TWLR1972 MADONNA rogershaw@bellsouth.net


SHORT, Roy & Elvina 137 S. Courtney Pkwy., Merritt Island, FL 32952
44MC1978 ROYEL


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www.bestglide.com/quikclotpage.htm Quik clot bandages and other safety products to add to your first aid kit on the boat

www.batonrougeindustries.com/products.html Fuel treatment called L-601 by Baton Rouge Industries our friends in Southern Louisiana swear by....one gallon will treat 1,000 gallons of fuel and costs $22...they ship UPS, too.

www.pangolin.co.nz/c-swing.php and www.yandina.com/compass.htm If you are currently into compass deviation you'll enjoy these two sites

www.cruisersnet.net/western_florida/anchoring_rights/ Cruisers Net latest on the controversial anchoring rights in Florida.  Stay involved....what happens here could affect the rest of the U.S.


If you are having problems with your GPS (like uncontrollable cursor behavior), with Windows XP, email the office and we'll email you back an attachment with instructions from Windows Device Manager.


1. Reality check: Today's competitive boat buying market has likely reduced the value of your boat - which could allow you to reduce your premium.

2. Hold the small stuff: If you don't submit small claims and can handle a bigger deductible, ask your insurance company for a discount.

3. Check for duplication: If you have a homeowners or renters insurance policy it may cover things such as "sports equipment coverage" which is sometimes added to a boat insurance policy.

4. Go back to school: Many insurance companies give a discount for taking an approved safe boating class.

5. Join a boating group: Join the U.S. Power Squadrons or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and earn an extra discount on your insurance while learning and participating in making our waterways safer.

6. Go liability only: If your boat is paid for and you feel comfortable with absorbing the cost of damage to, or the loss of your boat, consider a "liability only" policy that will still protect you and your other assets from lawsuits if you damage someone else's property or injure a third party. However, all liability policies are not alike - things like medical coverage for family and friends, salvage and wreck removal, fuel spill and uninsured boater coverage should be included.

7. Long lay-up? If your boat is in storage for an extended period consider a "port risk" policy that provides no navigation coverage but does cover your boat in cases of theft, fire or liability should someone get hurt.

8. Have the "right" type of policy: Most boaters have either an "Agreed Value" policy or an "Actual Cash Value" policy. The Agreed Value policy typically costs more but provides more reimbursement in the event of a partial loss by paying the replacement cost of most items, and it will pay the value stated on the policy if the boat is a total loss. However, the Actual Cash Value policy costs less but also depreciates all losses - and will pay you less in almost every claim. Both kinds of policies have benefits but only you can decide which best meet your needs.

9. Understand what you're getting: Boat insurance policies can vary widely. For example, an insurance policy with $800,000 for fuel spill coverage may sound like a lot, while other policies may exclude this coverage completely. In plain English, if your boat starts a marina fire that destroys other vessels, will there be enough money to cover the resulting spill as well as the loss of neighboring vessels?

Some other coverages to ask about:

· Salvage and wreck removal coverage: If your boat sinks, your insurer will write you a check for the value of the lost boat (hull value). But who pays to remove the sunken boat? Depending on your insurance company it could be your own wallet or a separate "bucket" of salvage money in your policy.

· Consequential damage: If your boat sinks because of a failed part, is the resulting water damage covered? Or, does the policy exclude "any loss caused directly or indirectly, or resulting from" the failed part? If it does exclude it, you'll end up paying more for repairs out of pocket.

· Contractual liability: Commonly needed by boaters who rent storage space or a marina slip, contractual liability satisfies a rental / slip contract's "hold harmless" provision. However, you may not need this coverage if you store your boat at home.


Fellow GOC member, Richard Moody (44MY1985 "SEA WIND") had a few questions, so we hooked him up with our local electrical guru, GOC charter member, and all around great guy, Charlie Johnson........

Michelle of the GOC forwarded your request for information to me.  I am Charlie Johnson and I have crawled through the electrical systems of a lot of Gulfstars so I may be able to provide some insight on issues or problems.  Oh, and my wife and I have also owned a GS 53 trawler for over 20 years.

My radar has failed. I would like info on removing the tower equipment and cabling.

All the major electronics were generally added after market, so there is not a whole lot of standardization.  Here are some general methods to sort out how the wiring was routed.

  1. Look for wire "chases" (hidden cavities) at the window mullions.  These can be identified by a thin piece of teak held in place by visible screws.  Remove the screws and the teak cover and you will uncover the chase, probably filled to overflowing with wire!

  2. The wiring for the radar will have to go aft on the flying bridge.  Crawl into the area under the helm and follow the wiring from the radar, either coming up from the lower station, or from the flying bridge location aft.

  3. If you have a radar arch, the builder usually installs access covers to help in pulling in the wire.

I have one schematic that shows power panel and bridge assignments but no in between color or routing.

Unfortunately, what you see is what you get.  The good news is that you have something to start with.  By the way, even today, accurate wiring diagrams from boat manufacturers are a rarity.

All is not lost.  With some time and patience, you can develop a wiring diagram as you modernize your electrical system using the diagrams that you have as a starting point.  Get a book of stick on wiring id numbers at Home Depot and start numbering as you id; i.e., perform the numbering and recording as you work...do not put it off!  I have attached a simple form that I use almost everyday.  (email GOC office for the form)


Especially for bilge pump.

The electrical engineer for Gulfstar used solenoids to provide power to the bilge pumps to ensure that the wiring runs to the high amp (at the time) and vital bilge pumps was as short as possible. Most of these solenoids have been removed from the circuit by previous owners, probably due to a lack of understanding of their function.  You will see these solenoids on the wiring diagram that Michelle is providing you.

If you tell me what problem you are trying to solve regarding the bilge pumps, I may be able to provide you with more guidance.  Hope this helps.

Best regards,
Charles Johnson, PE
JTB Marine Corporation
200 Second Avenue South, Suite 159
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.jtbmarine.com   ph#727-560-9065

The following letter is from GOC Charter Member, John Comley.  Most of you "regular" Rendezvous attendees' have known John and Carol for many years.  To say it has been a rough couple of years for John would be an understatement.......

Dear Michele and Irene,

I wanted to let you know what's been happening in my world.  First, Carol passed away in early February after a long and courageous battle with ALS.  I'm still trying to adjust to the loss.

Second, my boat was damaged in the ice storm of 2006 to the tune of $57,000 worth.  Due to Carol's condition, I didn't do any work on it in 2008.  I was able to do a little work on it in 2007.  Work included:  I had the wood rails made through a wood shop that caters to old boats (Arizona of all places).  I haven't looked at them yet as they are still in the original crates.

I made new stanchions this last summer.  That was a headache in that I had to cut six or eight holes in the back of the shower and cabinets to get at the stanchion bolts and nuts.  I did a lot of measuring and sweating on that.

I was able to get the teak on the flybridge changed and some work on the upper station as the compass was pushed down and broken.

I have the top bows done and next spring hope to get the new top made.  I am enclosing photos of the damage for Docklines.  Let me know if you need anything else.  I hope to see you one of these days.

Sincerely,  John                                            

Carol & John Comley at our last Rendezvous           Photos below are "FINAL AFFAIR"  44MC1979


Irene & Michele:  Thanks for all the photos, we'll be returning your CD to you at 1535 Ashton Drive, Liberty, MO 64068.  Members, please feel free to drop John a note or card.  There are no appropriate words to capture what we feel in our hearts for the loss of your wife.   You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Wheelers-Mark, Susan, Amy & Marshall-Back on Land!

Check out their site, www.4wheelersailing.blogspot.com it has great articles and photos.  The last year of short stories of their adventures on MIMA, (their 50CSY) have been so enjoyable.   Irene and I really appreciate you sending us photos & journals!

"It was the worst of times, it was the best of times, it was the age of wisdom...." by Charles Dickens



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