Liv­ing the dream

Drift­ing and dream­ing

Boating - - CONTENTS - By Kevin Falvey

Un­cle Roy E. is not a rel­a­tive, but a friend who’s now long since passed over the bar. Roy loved boating and, at least to look at him out on the water, he was a fish­er­man. But not re­ally. Roy was much more than that. On any given day, you’d find Roy and his lady out among the fleet, a line dropped, try­ing to catch what was run­ning. But if you idled up along­side and asked how he was do­ing, in­stead of re­count­ing tales of the one that got away or giv­ing you a count of keep­ers in the box, he’d just smile the big­gest smile you ever saw and tell you: “We’re drift­ing and dream­ing. We’re liv­ing the dream.” Roy knew what was what. Our an­nual Ad­ven­ture Issue, which you have in your hands, seeks to present as­pects of boating be­yond the more com­mon ac­tiv­i­ties of week­end cruis­ing, fish­ing, so­cial­iz­ing at the cove or sand­bar, wa­ter­sports and so forth. Not that any of those ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing drift­ing and dream­ing, are mun­dane or to be di­min­ished. They are com­mon be­cause they pro­vide us with won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences and a break from our lives ashore, and once dis­cov­ered, we keep go­ing back for more. I’ve opined on this at length, as you can see for your­self at boat­ing­­ven­ture.

I wouldn’t want any of you to equate the pro­duc­tion of an Ad­ven­ture Issue with an aban­don­ment of our com­mit­ment to keep you abreast of what you need to know to more fully en­joy the cove, the cruise, or sim­ply a day of drift­ing and dream­ing. That com­mit­ment re­mains solid.

So, when you read “Cruis­ing the Canyons” (page 72), Heather Steinberger’s ac­count of tak­ing her fam­ily to the oth­er­worldly wa­ter­scape (the orig­i­nal Planet of the Apes movie was shot there) of Lake Pow­ell, Ari­zona, you’ll find that — once past the spec­tac­u­lar pho­tog­ra­phy by Heather’s spouse, Richard — this story is, at its essence, one of a fam­ily an­chor­ing up and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany while pur­su­ing a di­verse va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties aboard a small boat.

Quick Study (page 42) this month is penned by char­ter cap­tain, 100-ton mas­ter and au­thor Capt. John Ra­guso. He out­lines three first-aid tech­niques we think any boater should know, whether they ply the far off­shore fish­ing grounds or never leave sight of their lake­front home.

In “Pre­pare to Dive” (page 86), Jim Hen­dricks de­tails the boat fea­tures and ac­ces­sories sought after by boaters who wish to pur­sue the sport of scuba div­ing. Whether out­fit­ting your ex­ist­ing boat or in the mar­ket for a new one, this fea­ture in­cludes commentary by ma­jor boat­builders and Pa­tri­cia Wuest, edi­tor-in-chief of our sis­ter mag­a­zine Scuba Div­ing.

We firmly be­lieve that ad­ven­ture afloat is where you find it. With this issue, we try to bring you boating ex­pe­ri­ences, tech­niques and gear to help you in the boating you do now and, just maybe, to serve as fod­der for your boating dreams.

If you idled up along­side, he’d just smile the big­gest smile you ever saw and tell you: “We’re drift­ing and dream­ing.”

Kevin Falvey, Edi­tor-in-Chief edi­tor@boat­ing­

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