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, is a feature writer for national publications, and co-authored the international best-selling book Maiden Voyage. She and her husband went cruising for six years on their 39-foot cutter Ithaka, and have a 24-foot Seaway lobster boat.
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 everything from 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. For BoatUS Magazine, Mike covers new boats, technology, fishing, policy, boat systems, news, and DIY.
Rich Armstrong, Managing Editor
The New Jersey shore and lakes of lower New York defined Rich's childhood. But when he bought a 21-foot Four Winns deck boat and introduced his young family to the Connecticut River, his love for the world of boats flourished over the years from there. A journalist by training, he worked in TV news and at several newspapers before combining his passions for 18 years at the boating publications Soundings and Soundings Trade Only, where as Managing Editor he reported on everything from boat and product innovation, to compelling feature stories, and built his reputation in the marine industry as one of the most thorough reporters in our business.
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, 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.
Charles Fort, Consumer Editor
Charles handles not only dispute-mediation for our members, and how-to topics in our Practical Boater section, he's also the point person for our exclusive Seaworthy in-depth tech feature in every issue. 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.
Tom Neale, Editor-At-Large
Our go-to technical and DIY expert, and team leader for our "Ask The Experts" column, Tom has won nine first-place awards from Boating Writers International. Since 1979, he 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.
Lenny Rudow, Electronics Editor
Top tech writer and accomplished sports fisherman, Lenny has written five books, won 20 Boating Writers awards — many for his marine electronics articles — and two for excellence from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Senior editor at www.Boats.com, he judges the NMMA Innovation Awards.
Patricia Rains, Regional Editor, West Coast
Pat grew up with lake ski boats in Wisconsin, then got hooked on West Coast salt-water boating. As a yacht-delivery skipper with a 100-ton USCG Master's License, she's logged more than 100,000 miles worldwide on sail- and powerboats, brought 30 boats through the Panama Canal, and published respected guidebooks on cruising Mexico and Central America. She and her husband John live in San Diego, and cruise from Alaska to Panama for fun.
Troy Gilbert, Regional Editor, Gulf Coast
An award-winning feature writer, Troy has authored four books of boating stories, and on regional cooking. You can find him either typing on his back porch in Lakeview, New Orleans, while sipping wine from his grandparents old wine glasses, or traveling throughout the Gulf Coast, Caribbean, and Europe writing about boating, culture, and his passion, competitive sailing.
Melanie Neale, Regional Editor, Florida
Melanie grew up on her family's 47-footer, travelled up and down the East Coast and Bahamas during childhood, and earned her USCG Captain's license by the age of 18 — before she even had her drivers' license! She lived aboard a 1969 Columbia 28 while attending graduate school, and has owned and renovated several boats since. Now living in St. Augustine, Melanie has written two boating books.
Dan Armitage, Regional Editor, Great Lakes
A full-time travel and outdoors writer based in Ohio, Dan is in his 20th season hosting the popular syndicated radio show Buckeye Sportsman. He gets around on a pontoon boat and an Aquasport center-console, which he uses for all his DIY editorial projects and fishing features. A USCG Captain (Master 50-ton), he’s a popular speaker at boat and sport shows.
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, Elaine Dickinson, Ann Dermody, Ryck Lydecker, Tim Murphy, Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast), Melanie Neale (Florida), Patricia Rains (West Coast),
Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)
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