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Mary South’s “No Time Like The Present” is a great ar­ti­cle [“Un­der­way,” Oc­to­ber]. Last sum­mer I was faced with an­other sea­son of not hav­ing a boat in the wa­ter. After much thought, I pulled my 17-foot Bos­ton Whaler out of moth­balls. Off came the shrink wrap!

The Whaler I have owned since 1974 had been re­stored a few years ago but never used. The 1978 85-hp Ev­in­rude started, but I was con­cerned about de­pend­abil­ity ( and my good friend wanted it), so I bought a 2017 70-hp Yamaha. What an en­gine — fast, de­pend­able, eco­nom­i­cal. Mary might con­sider re­pow­er­ing her West Poin­ter with one.

The Whaler and new out­board have been great. Maybe I will pull out the wa­ter skis. Best of all, I can pull it out of the wa­ter and put it in the yard if bad weather is pre­dicted. Chris Car­roll

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