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Our Great Boating Playlist Struck the Right Chord with Readers

I was pleased to see Tim Murphy's article, "The Boating Playlist," (February 2012) as I've had a playlist called Boat Music on my iPod since there were iPods! After turning on the blower, the next item on my checklist is connecting the iPod and starting the music. I could add lots of songs to Tim's lists, but what I'd like to say here is that even though Townes Van Zandt wrote it, the definitive version of "Poncho and Lefty" is by Merle and Willie. Thank you, Tim, for a lot of great suggestions. Turn it up!

I read with delight "The Boating Playlist." Not only did you list many of my favorite artists, you also included a good friend, Donna Lange. I have played with Donna down here in south Florida on more than one occasion! I would add one song to your list: "The Reach" by Dan Fogelberg.

Wood, Waves, And Wonder
As a woodworker, wannabe furniture designer, and avid boater, my heart leaped, my jaw dropped, and my eyes bugged-out when I saw Lionhearts' Concerto ("A Composite Composition," February 2012). Absolutely beautiful beyond words to describe. While it might be a cliché, this boat is truly a work of art.

A Hole In The Data
At the end of "When Isabel Came To Town" (February 2012), the second "lesson that could save your life" points to the importance of listening to the VHF NOAA broadcast when hurricanes are lurking. My unfortunate experience this past summer waiting for Hurricane Irene was that NOAA did not provide detailed information on positions and tracks of the storm while we were in Maine.

I understand each area is independent as to what they broadcast and while the snow report in August wasn't relevant, positions and tracks would have been. They referred us to the National Hurricane Center website. We had no Internet connection, and I tried to contact the area NOAA station, but found that impossible.

Another hurricane issue which Bernadette does allude to, when they were making their decision where to head to, is that transients often cannot find marinas, clubs, or moorings when there is a named storm. Most marinas blame it on their insurance carriers. This is a dangerous and frustrating situation.

A Brush With Bureaucracy
We knew the copper paint ban was coming, so last November, I signed up to haul out my 38-foot Uniflite for new paint. I spent a week talking to people around San Diego Bay and reading the Port's website.

It seems like the Port is trying to legislate bottom paint emissions, but they don't say what sort of paint would be legal to apply. None of the extensive paint testing they contracted for documents the amounts and kinds of emissions left in the water over time. The Port doesn't specify how much of what pollutants are to be allowed. In fact, none of the testing paid for by the taxpayers is of any use to the people who buy the paint.

Either it's legal to use today, or it's not. Nobody could tell me what paint is going to be legal in the future.

I canceled my haul-out. I expect people will eventually find that it's cheaper to pay the lawyers than the boatyards, since this thing is headed to the courts.

A Lasting Impression
Thought you would be interested in some personal anecdotes about Hemingway and Pilar ("Hemingway's Boat," February 2012).

My father's boat was a post-war Wheeler very similar to Ernest's, and due to that and their passion for marlin fishing, they were well acquainted. I remember going to the International Yacht Club in Havana harbor to fish the Hemingway Tournament annually, and on more than one occasion, Ernest was still running around in his underwear and with a hangover. Being young at the time, my father was always concerned on the impression it would make on me. Well, I remember it more than 50 years later!

The Gulf Stream current ran very close to the coast. Many of the best marlin fishing days we had were in these waters, and not more than two to three miles from shore.

Years later, in the early 1980s, we had the pleasure of giving Leicester Hemingway (Ernest's younger brother) rides to Bimini from Junior's Tackle in South Miami Beach on our 35-foot Bertram, and my father would sit and chat with Leicester to reminisce about Ernest and Pilar.

Editor's Note: Paul Hendrickson's book Hemingway's Boat was recently named a finalist in the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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