Jay (JBONE) Sawyer, the Universe and the El Faro Salute Project

We first met at the Portland Yacht Boat Show. As my friend and I walked around I noticed this guy sitting alone at a table by the exit. It seemed rather odd. Maybe he was waiting for someone. On our way back inside the boat show I noticed that guy was still sitting by himself.…

Suddenly in Command: Practicing Man Overboard during Covid-19

This article was published in Summer 2020 Nor’Easter for TONE (Tartan Owners Northeast; page 3).  For the rest of the series go here. Editor's Note: At the time of the composition of this article, the United States was in "Shelter in Place" mode due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Though some of the restrictions have eased,…

Suddenly in Command: Spare Parts and Tools

This article was published in Winter 2020 Nor’Easter for TONE (Tartan Owners Northeast; page 3).  For the rest of the series go here. It’s 4:00pm and the last tender from Grand Cayman Island left the dock an hour ago. Everyone’s safely on board and we’re heading for Cozumel. As I prepare to get ready for…

Suddenly in Command ~ Check Your Emergency Equipment

Woohoo! Boating season is here. That means it’s time to check your emergency (safety) equipment. There’s nothing worse than being out on the water when an emergency strikes. Your loved one or friend becomes suddenly-in-command. They can’t find your equipment. Or, worse yet, it is old, falling apart or missing. According to the Chapman’s Piloting…

Two Boating Forces Donate to ABYC Foundation for Technician Certification Training

Just around lunch time opening day at the Miami Boat Show, I headed over to the BRP Evinrude booth. I wanted to check in with Nando Zucchi to see what was happening. The 400+sf booth was standing room only. There must be a huge announcement (I thought) for this much press to hang out. John…
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