BoatUS Magazine Editors

Bernadette Bernon, Editorial Director

Photo of Bernadette Bernon 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.

Rich Armstrong, Senior Editor

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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.

Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore, Managing Editor

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Stacey's earliest memories include being hung by her ankles in the engine compartment of her family's 1963 Egg Harbor, helping with repair work and searching for lost items. Her love of boats may only be superseded by her love of horses. She spent 20 years writing and photographing for and editing magazines and books — including Practical Horseman magazine. She is an award-winning writer and photographer.

Mark Corke, Associate Editor

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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, Associate Editor

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Charles handles our exclusive Seaworthy in-depth tech feature in every issue, our videos, and our investigative features. He helps with dispute-mediation and writes our Consumer Protection column. A member of the National Association of Marine Surveyors, he’s on ABYC tech committees, and has a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard license. A sailor who went cruising with his family, he now lives in California.

Tom Neale, Technical Editor

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Our go-to technical expert, and author of our "Ask The Experts" column, Tom has won nine first-place awards from Boating Writers International. Owning many boats since he was 9, he and his family lived aboard for more than 30 years, cruising far and wide. Former editor at large for Cruising World and PassageMaker, former author of Cruising World's "On Watch" column, and Soundings "Sea Savvy" column, and technical editor for Soundings, he is now technical editor for BoatUS Magazine. He wrote the book All In The Same Boat, published by McGraw Hill as well as Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide, Vol. 1.

Lenny Rudow, Fishing and Electronics Editor

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Top tech writer and accomplished sports fisherman, Lenny has written seven books, won 30 awards from Boating Writers International — many for his marine electronics articles — and two for excellence from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Angler in Chief at FishTalk magazine, he judges the NMMA Innovation Awards.

Patricia Rains, Regional Editor, West Coast

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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

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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.

Dan Armitage, Regional Editor, Great Lakes

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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, BoatUS Media, Office Coordinator

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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, and maintains the Association's press list and Boatiest Colleges and Marine Trade Schools Database with career fairs, internships and scholarship information.


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Bernadette Bernon

Rich Armstrong

Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

Mark Corke

Charles Fort

Tom Neale

John Adey, Tim Murphy, Lenny Rudow (Fishing & Electronics), Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast), Patricia Rains (West Coast) and Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)

Claire Wyngaard

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