When a father and son go shark fishing, some time-tested lessons are imparted in a special way
Photos by Jody Dole
There are things you do for your son that, on reflection, make you wonder about the choices you sometimes make. Reaching for a tag dangling from the hide of a feisty 8-foot blue shark held alongside a boat probably ranks as one those actions.
But my son, Michael, really wanted that tag. And having grown up on the water and handled fish my entire life, I felt safe enough hanging over the rail and quickly snapping it free. The toothy end of the shark, after all, was pointed at the bow and the tag was back by the dorsal. I consider myself a good judge of risk, but later when I was reviewing the photos, I had second thoughts.
Powerboat inspection: what to look for
1. Flex in the decks or a soft, mushy feeling as you walk over areas.
2. Rails and handholds that move when firmly tugged due to loose fasteners, which allow water migration.
Primed by aggressive, even subprime lending to auto buyers, new-car sales jumped 11 percent in 2010 while new-boat sales fell another 10 percent — a decline that no longer can be blamed on constipation in the lending market.
A cruise to Maine helps a longtime sailor rekindle his passion for being on the water
We were motoring west on Long Island Sound, pushing to make an anchorage within two hours of Hell Gate Bridge’s notorious currents. For a tranquil passage through, we needed to be there at slack tide early the next morning, and to get within striking range we had to motorsail until after dark.
The day had begun at first light on the Connecticut River, and we were trying to cover about 90 miles. It was way too much to ask, either of Robin — my Westsail 32 — or of me and my crew — friends John Morrison and Curt Michael. And then the weather forecast came over the VHF radio: violent afternoon thunderstorms approaching from the west.
A marine survey is a careful, systematic inspection. There are several distinct survey formats, each with its own requirements and reporting criteria. The most common is the prepurchase survey.
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