Welcome to the February 2012 Issue of News From the Bow
We have all seen photos of the cruise ship Costa Concordia on the rocks. The Internet, and almost every news outlet, continues to provide updates on the actions of the vessel’s Captain leading up to, during, and after the grounding. It seems the world is amazed that such a thing could happen. In our article entitled How Could That Have Possibly Happened was a Question Raised by Many! The Costa Concordia-“A Shower of Turkeys on the Bridge” we respectfully underscore the fact that going to sea is inherently dangerous, that these things do happen and will continue to happen, and that the causes of such disasters are predictable and preventable.
On a lighter note, we hope you can get at least a partial “fiberglass fix” by reading A Focus on Youth at the 2012 New York Boat Show. This year’s show was considerably more upbeat than last year’s, and its focus on young boaters is worth a look.
Two reader communications are included this month, one about the apparently rare process of “un-documenting” a vessel; the other about a popular item, the Sea Joule Solar Bilge Pump. By sharing these reader comments we trust you will learn something about the Coast Guard’s vessel documentation process, and about a nifty boating item and its New York manufacturer.
This month’s From the Parts Department presents an exhibitor’s perspective on the 2012 boat show season. As usual, we thank John Conlan for reminding us of the old adage “If boats shows come, can spring be far behind?”
Welcome to February, a precursor to spring!
Shana and Stu Hochron, Editors