Still SeaworthyPublished: April 2013
Hold on! Don't recognize us? Before you toss this into the trash, take a good look. Yes, Seaworthy has gotten its first facelift in a decade-and-a-half. We know you still cared for us even though we were showing our age. But the 30th anniversary issue seemed the perfect time to introduce a new look, one that's cleaner, a bit more modern, and easier on the eyes. The wrapper may have changed, but what's inside hasn't.
The first article on the first page of the first edition of Seaworthy in the spring of 1983 laid out the new publication's purpose: "With this premier issue of Seaworthy, BOAT/U.S. policyholders will have the opportunity to sharpen their boat-keeping abilities based on information directly from the BOAT/U.S. marine insurance claim files." Though that first issue was only eight pages long and one of just two issues that year, the topics it covered should sound familiar: causes of fire on boats, the dangers of using electric heaters aboard, inspecting your fuel system, ways to prevent theft, and a brand new towing policy only available to BoatUS insureds.
The newsletter was popular right from the start. That wasn't a given. Picture, if you will, a magazine devoted to wrecked cars or derelict houses. It's hard to imagine people devouring every word, let alone crawling around in their basements or under their dashboards to check the wiring. But for some reason, boaters are fascinated by photographs and stories of "dead" boats and the lessons they teach.
A lot has changed since that first issue slid into policyholders' mailboxes 30 years ago. In 1983 there was no Internet. There were no cell phones. You had to drive to the store to buy just about everything. We were still in the midst of the Cold War. Most fiberglass was solid, most sails were Dacron, and the only electronics on most recreational boats was a VHF radio. Boaters navigated with compasses, charts, and dividers inshore and with sextants offshore. If you wanted cold drinks on the boat, you bought a bag of ice. Today's boats are a lot more complicated and costly. Most are also safer, more reliable, and better built. Through three decades of changes, Seaworthy's mission and subject matter have remained the same. We're still dedicated to mining our claims files to give you the information you need to keep yourself, your family, and your boat safe on the water, to including informed contributions from our readers, and to livening it all up with a touch of humor.
We hope you like our new look. If you're still skeptical, a quick flip through the pages should convince you that the things that really matter haven't changed.
We're still Seaworthy after all these years.
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