BoatUS Magazine Editors
Bernadette Bernon, Editorial Director
Winner of national writing and leadership awards, Bernadette has steered BoatUS Magazine to numerous top honors. Former editorial director of Cruising World, and Sailing World, she's on the BoatUS Foundation board, co-founded the Safety at Sea Institute with US SAILING, created Cruising World Adventure Charters, is a feature writer for national publications, co-authored the international best-selling book Maiden Voyage — and went cruising for six years with her husband on their 39-foot cutter Ithaka.
Michael Vatalaro, Executive Editor
Growing up waterskiing and fishing on the Severn River in Maryland, Mike has owned power and sailboats, and has a Pursuit 24. He's covered public health, biology, and astronomy for The Boston Globe newspaper; for Technology Review and Sky & Telescope magazines; and has written for the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. Mike covers new boats, boat systems, DIY, and fishing for BoatUS Magazine
Beth Leonard, Technical Editor
Beth grew up powerboating, waterskiing, and fishing on Lake Ontario. She and her husband completed two circumnavigations on two sailboats, doing all maintenance themselves, and installing the systems on their 47-foot aluminum sloop. She wrote The Voyager's Handbook, the offshore sailors' bible; Following Seas; the National Outdoor Book Award winner Blue Horizons.
Mark Corke, Associate Editor
A marine surveyor, and holder of RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certification, Mark has built five boats himself — power and sail. He was senior editor of Sail Magazine's hands-on Boatworks publication, has worked for the BBC, written four DIY books, skippered two round-the-world yachts, and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest there-and-back crossing of the English Channel in a kayak! He and his wife live on their Grand Banks 32.
Tom Neale, Editor-At-Large
Since 1979, Tom and his family have lived aboard, cruising far and wide. Contributing editor for Cruising World and PassageMaker, and technical editor for Soundings, he wrote the book All In The Same Boat, as well as Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide, Vol. 1. Team leader for our "Ask The Experts" column, he's won nine first-place awards from Boating Writers International.
John Adey, Contributing Editor
President of ABYC, John is a lifelong boater with experience working in a yacht brokerage and boatyard. A trusted source for tech info for industry pros, he’s owned a marine supply store, restored a classic 1976 Irwin ketch, installed all systems himself, and he's on our crackerjack "Ask The Experts" team.
Don Casey, Contributing Editor
One of the most consulted experts on boat care and upgrade, Don is a member of our "Ask The Experts" team. He and his wife cruise aboard their 30-footer part of the year in the eastern Caribbean. His books include Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual; and the DIY bible This Old Boat.
Charles Fort, Consumer Editor
Director of Consumer Affairs and the BoatUS Salvage Arbitration Board, Charles handles dispute-mediation and tech topics. He's a member of the National Association of Marine Surveyors, on ABYC tech committees, and has a 100-ton USCG license. He went cruising with his family, and lives on his 45-footer.
Claire Wyngaard, Public Affairs Associate
An avid Force 5 sailor, Claire is the magazine's caring connection to our writers and photographers, handling their contracts and correspondence. She also responds to reprint requests, assists our columnists, maintains the Association’s press list, Boatiest Colleges database, and adds your recipes to our What's Cooking? website.
Margaret Bonds Podlich
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
John Adey, Bob Adriance, Don Casey,
Elaine Dickinson, Ryck Lydecker,
PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE
MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
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