One of the busiest boating weekends has passed and the summer boating season has started throughout the country. All boaters should not only pay close attention to the condition of their boat's systems when commissioning their boat in the spring, but all summer long. This does not only include maintaing your engine/engines, but all of your hoses, thru-hull valves, electrical connections, lifelines, rigging, and ensuring all of your safety gear is up to date. Here is a link for the USCG requirements:http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/workflow_staging/Publications/420.PDF
This was the title of one of the best articles I have read in Professional Boat Builder Magazine. The article was written by yacht designer Dudley Dix. I have built and sailed on Dudley's boats and own one. Not only is he a very talented designer, he is also a amateur builder, and experienced racer. If you are in the industry you can get a subscription to Pro Boat here: http://www.proboat.com/table-of-contents-149
To read Dudley's account of the capsize on his blog go here: http://dudleydix.blogspot.com/2014_01_01_archive.html
Metal Boat Festival 2014
The metal boat festival: The board members have been busy planning this year's Metal Boat Festival. We have a good line up of speakers for this year. My talk this year will be on paint systems for metal boats.
If interested in metal boats, this is the place to be. I can not think of a better place to be in August than Annacortes, Washington, the home of the Metal Boat Festival. A scenic ferry ride will take you to the San Juan Islands. If you are coming to the Festival plan on a trip to the San Juan Islands, you will not be disappointed.