Welcome (July 2017)

Hello once again, single sailors. It’s time for our look at all that happened in July, and what’s ahead.

In From The Helm, Capt Kelly reminds us to help clean up after a day on the water.  If we all pitch in, we might get invited back!

We are sad to report the loss of Rudy Sprenger, a long standing member, husband of Arlene and a former SSSF Commodore.

Our featured Captain this month is Fred van Everdingen, new owner of Meridian 2.

Pink Books are available. See Ben at Flip Flops for yours.

Sailing News covers the Cheeseburger raftup, Captains Appreciation day  the upcoming Silly Sunglasses August Raftup, and Peanut island on Labor day weekend.  Our Social News report covers the Beach Party.

And last but not least, Brian Brown has contributed a great article with tips for  Buying A Boat.

On the fence? If you know someone thinking of joining or re-joining SSSF, they can join for thje remainder of 2017 for $60. Click here.

We welcome your feedback. We encourage you to submit for consideration any articles relating to sailing or topics that may be of interest to our fellow members, our deadline is the 20th of each month. Please continue to email us photos you have taken at our events. And we welcome your suggestions for articles.

Gillian O’Neill and Doug Noble,
The Mainsheet Team
Send photos to photos@sailingsingles.org


From The Helm (July 2017)

From The Helm

by Commodore Kelly Dobbs



So, you have been out sailing with a SSSF Captain. You have rafted up and socialized with SSSF Crew. What a great way to spend the second Saturday of the month. You have had another great sailing experience, good food, conversations, perhaps danced, and made new friends.

The vessel you are on has just left the raft up and is heading back to the dock. (Remember we all return to the dock on the boat we crewed.) You may be winding down, but now is the time to gather your belongings and plan for cleaning the galley and head, floors and cockpit, and bagging the garbage. Don’t forget the fridge; all food brought to the boat should be removed unless the Captain gives the okay to leave it. (Most will not want left-overs). Prepare to assist with docking the boat, coiling and stowing lines, putting on the sail-cover, rinsing the salt water off the deck and any other docking tasks the Captain may have.

Refer to our SSSF Policies & Procedures posted on the website at https://sailingsingles.org/page-18101 for Crew & Crew Chief Responsibilities and General Information Regarding Club Sails. Every Crew has a responsibility to help clean and secure the boat after each sail. The Captain has just shared their boat, provided fuel, safety equipment, and shared his or her knowledge to promote sailing. I also encourage you to signup as Deckhands to help show appreciation of our SSSF Captains by spending a Saturday morning cleaning their boat. Deckhand events are posted at our website each month. Help all you can and more to show our Captains how special they are to you and the club.

Full sails and tight sheets.

RIP Rudy Sprenger (July 2017)

Rudy Sprenger, a past Commodore of SSSF, died unexpectedly July 2, 2017. Rudy was a member of SSSF for many years, and met and married his wife Arlene in the club. We send our sincere sympathies to Arlene and their families on their sad loss. A memorial service for Rudy Sprenger will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 11am in the Sanctuary of Christ Church, 4845 NE 25th Avenue. The following day Sunday September 10, 2017 there will be a flotilla to lay Rudy’s ashes to Rest in the Atlantic Ocean.  Arlene has asked Debbie Hallmark to coordinate the plans for the flotilla.  Please contact Debbie if you wish to participate – see the August 4th email she sent for details.

We will have a retrospective on Rudy in a future issue of The Mainsheet.

Here is a link to Rudy’s obituary in the Sun Sentinel. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=rudy-sprenger&pid=186234817

Rudy and Arlene at the BBQ in Hugh Birch State Park April 2017

Meet Captain Fred van Everdingen

Meet Captain Fred van Everdingen

by Anne Ekstrom, Contributor

Captain Fred Fred has been around boats for most of his life. His father had a small sailboat and took him out when he was just three, cautioning him to stay on the high side. Of course he had to see what all the fuss was about, and went over to the low side. He didn’t learn to sail that day, but he says he learned to swim in a hurry.

All that took place on the River Maas near Rotterdam in the Netherlands where Fred was born a short time after the end of World War II. Because there was so much unrest in postwar Europe, his parents packed up the family, set sail on the original Queen Elizabeth and moved everyone to the United States.

Fred grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Hoboken High School. For three summers he lived on a fishing charter boat and worked as a mate. After graduation in 1965, he joined the navy for four years. As the Irving Berlin song goes, instead of the world, he saw the sea, but not leaving the western hemisphere kept him out of harm’s way.

His first assignment was Key West and soon after they sent him to mechanics school in the Great Lakes. Other assignments included a destroyer in Brooklyn where he sailed to Kingston, Jamaica and another in Charleston, SC where he cruised to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Guantanamo Bay. There was also a trip up the Mississippi River. He received more training too, this time in radar and electronics.

In 1969 Fred left the navy, got married, and moved back to New Jersey. He found a home on a lake which led to another succession of boats. He started out with a sailing dinghy, but then moved on to a Sunfish, and eventually a 17’ day sailor. He also had three kids- two boys and a girl.

Fred’s career was moving along as well. He was working with hydraulic machinery, starting out first as a service tech, but then moving on to service manager and later, vice president of the company. The product was plastic packaging material- you know, the frustrating brittle stuff that you need to use an ice pick or a crow bar on to retrieve just about anything you’ve bought in the last 30 years.

Meridian "1"
Meridian “1”, an Irwin 38

In 1995 he got a captain’s license and worked for Sea Tow on and off. He also got a 26’ sailboat and became a live-aboard in Haverstraw, NY on the west bank of the Hudson River. Opportunities to captain other people’s boats came along as well. He took a 60’ Jefferson Motor Yacht down to Jupiter and a 65’ center cockpit Irwin to the Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago for a year. It was that experience that persuaded him to get his own 38’ Irwin in 1999.

In 2009, Fred landed in Fort Lauderdale- with his Irwin- on Thanksgiving Day. We met up with him at Lauderdale Grill when he stopped by for a Sailing Singles happy hour. He’s been a member ever since, giving up his single status in 2014 when he married Becky Austin, another club member.

Fred has been an active captain in the club. In addition to numerous day sails, he took members to the Abacos in 2012 and the Exumas in 2013. He’s also participated in SSSF sails to Key West and the Dry Tortugas a couple of times.

After a knee and hip replacement left him less agile, he traded in the Irwin for a Pilgrim tugboat – Meridian2 also around Thanksgiving Day last year. He claims the new boat keeps him from having to run around too much and climb stairs. Fred participated in the Key Largo weekend over Memorial Day. He and Becky look forward to doing the Great Loop one of these summers, but this year they are away on their annual road trip around the country to visit assorted family members.

Meridian 2 by John Konheim
Meridian 2 off Gilberts at the Memorial Day trip to Key Largo


Sailing News (July 2017)

Cheeseburger in Paradise Raft Up

Our July Club Sail & Raftup, Cheeseburger in Paradise, was a great day on the water followed by a raftup where everyone enjoyed: burgers on a warm bun with mustard, onion slice, lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57, french fried potato (chips), and a big kosher pickle! 
Five boats participated in the event:
·        Ryan’s Place – Capt. Debi Hallmark
·        Silver Cloud – Capt. Marijo Beckman
·        The Grand – Capt. Kelly Dobbs
·        Val Hal – Capt. Jay Thomsen

·        Viking Princess – Capt James Bradford

Twenty-five SSSF Members enjoyed great weather, fair winds, and good friends. The sailing objective, first aid at sea, focused on preventing dehydration and recognizing symptoms. Signs of Dehydration: thirst, dry or sticky mouth, dry cool skin, headache, muscle cramps, weakness. Steps should be taken to cool down your body temperature and begin drinking water or sports drinks. Packets of Emergen-C, were passed out to crew to add to their boat bags. Added to a bottle of water, these packets include Vitamin C and Electrolytes to help with hydration.

Our thanks to Gabe Forray for these pics.

Silly Sunglasses Raftup – August 12

 The August SSSF Sail & Raftup, Silly Sunglasses, will be on Saturday, August 12, sail first and then raft up in Lake Sylvia. Login and Register Here.

Save The Date – Sept 2-4, Labor Day Weekend
– Pirates of The Caribbean Peanut Island

Sail to Peanut Island (3-day Extended Sail)  – or –
Drive up to Join us from Riviera Beach Marina for Sunday’s Island Party, Sept 3,
Place: Peanut Island, Palm Beach Inlet
Time:  11:00 – 4:00
SSSF Dinghy Pickup:  11:00 Riviera Beach Marina
$10 SSSF Members ~ $20 Guests
Serving Caribbean Shrimp or Veggie Kabobs, Coconut Rice, & Tropical Salad
Registration opens August 23rd.

Captains Apprecation Day
– All hands on deck for Jay Thomsen’s Val Hal

Mop & chamois, soft clothes & magic erasers, simple green & diluted vinegar were the tools of the day for our SSSF Deckhands that whirled through Val Hal like a white tornado! Nine Deckhands met on Saturday, July 22 to show appreciation for Captain Jay Thomsen’s support of club sails by cleaning his trawler. Crew Chief Sheila O’Neil organized the group, assigned specific areas to clean, and reviewed cleaning methods and products with the Captain before starting the day:

·         Decks –  Rich Babbit, John Konheim
·         Stainless Steel:  Sheila O’Neil
·         V Berth & Nav Area:  Dot Castell, Terry Patterson
·         Galley: Sharon Schultz
·         Main Salon: Sherry Harris, Anne Ekstrom
·         Heads:  Susan Cohoat

Our SSSF Fleet Captain, Susan Cohoat arranged for lunch and everyone enjoyed the break, relaxing and looking at the shine and sparkle of the mornings efforts.

Captain Jay has participated in most of the monthly club sails this year, always willing to take SSSF Crew out boating. Each month at the General Meeting a drawing is held to select a boat from active captains. Watch for the Calling All Deckhands announcement on the club calendar, and signup for the next boat cleaning to show your appreciation of our SSSF Captains.


Social News (July 2017)

Summer Beach Party

Neither the Wind nor the Rain could ruin the SSSF Summer Beach Party held July 29 on the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach. About 35 members gathered for a day of fun and sun but had a little rain delay. All gathered at the beach around 11am and had a nice swim when the windstorm came through and collapsed two of the three tents. Then the rain began and chased everyone to cover. Thanks to Jim Price who hosted the party at his Ocean Place Condo, all members were able to gather in the pool area cabana and carry on. Our SSSF Grillers, Rich Hustins, Bill Roberts, and Sheila O’Neil grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers and lunch was served at the cabana.  After lunch the sun came out and dried up all the rain – party returned to the beach for the rest of the afternoon. Thanks to all who helped move the party twice! An thank you to Jean Marie Gordon who won the 50/50 pot $123 and donated the winnings back to the Beach Party fund! Nothing can keep Sailing Singles from having a great time together.

The 2017 Pink Books are available!

The 2017 Pink Book Membership Directory is now available thanks to IT Director Doug Noble who put it together with help from Sheila O’Neil. We started distribution at the August General Meeting. If you have not already picked up your copy, see Ben Nahabedian at Flip Flops on Thursdays. Each book has a label with your name so take that one and please sign the sheet to record that you have picked it up.

Remember you can also login to the SSSF website and search for a member’s information (including new members who joined after the book deadline) if you don’t have the Pink Book to hand.  Once logged in, click Directory. You can put in a partial name in the search field as shown below.


Of Interest to Captains (July 2017)

Brian Brown photoBuying A New or Used Boat – Some Simple Tips for a Complicated Purchase – or
Don’t Let a Pretty Face Fool Ya.

By Brian Brown, Contributor

I can remember looking at the first boat I wanted to buy. It was a 16’ Hobie Cat and it looked like it was in great shape but it wasn’t. My first girl, banana yellow with racing stripes! I didn’t have the experience in surveying a boat and I thought I was a know-it-all because I was very good mechanically. I looked at the finish on the hulls, the connection points from the trampoline to the hulls, and poked around just about every place I could…but I kinda got snookered because one of the hulls had taken on water…and as you can imagine that was a big issue AFTER I purchased it. I was lucky that the Hobie had not been sailed in the ocean but primarily on lakes so there wasn’t much decay. But shame on the person selling me the boat without telling me? That happens all the time…silence does not admonish guilt.

Here’s some salient advice. Even if you know everything there is to know about boats, it would serve you well to have someone who inspects boats on a regular basis join you when you go to buy a boat. Surveyors cost about $18-$25 a foot, but that money could save you thousands later on. DON’T be penny wise and pound foolish here. And only use someone who is a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors or someone who you know or comes highly recommended (a long term Captain like Kelly, our Fleet Commodore or James Bradford, for example). They will spot stuff you never thought about…for example, they will go around your hull tapping it with a hard plastic tipped hammer looking for soft spots and bubbles. Those are defects in the hull and can cause a problem later on, just bumping something on that soft spot can cause significant hull damage…and we all know there’s a lot of wood and other debris floating on the intracoastal. Somehow I think you get that sinking feeling.

Other advice, if the boat is in the water, pay the price and haul it. Check the bottom, prop, through hulls (cracked through hulls leak!) the prop shaft (see if it’s bent), cutlass bearing and more. Any good Surveyor will know what to look for and won’t let you down. If the boat is on the ground, doesn’t matter, hook up a hose to the fresh water intake and fire up the engine. Make sure it’s running on all cylinders and the values aren’t about to pop out of the top of the engine; again, a good Surveyor will catch anything that’s potentially bad. And wiring…boat wiring always goes bad over time. Make sure that you turn on and off every light and switch to make sure it’s all working. Lights or switches that don’t work signal an issue. And if the boat has a head, make sure it’s working too…might be a crappy ending otherwise. Also, a title is critical, but many older boats don’t have one (which makes it harder to register).

More than anything a Surveyor will help you determine the right price for the boat and allow you to make an educated decision instead of “guessing” or being sucked in because the boat looks sooooo good—remember the pretty face? Listen to them…as much as you wanted that boat, don’t buy it if the Surveyor says it’s not a good buy. Forewarned is forearmed. But on the other hand you might want to use that information to get a better price so you can fix the boat the way you want. If that’s the case, get a mechanic to give you a proper estimate first.

Many years after I bought and sold my Hobie I bought the Hunter I now sail. I bought it from a broker and the boat had been moored for many years in rough waters. Check that out…it was always unprotected out in the harbor—another factor you should consider in your purchase—where the boat was kept most of the time. The boat had suffered through a big storm and the genoa unfurled and was blown off. The broker didn’t tell me that, he just commented that the genoa was old and the owner never replaced it. Well that’s what the owner told the broker but the truth was there were threads of blue nylon all over the rigging, not much, but something I would have missed were it not for my Surveyor. He told me the genoa blew off and that’s what the threads were…so when I approached the broker and asked him to confirm, he did and then I offered a lower price to circumvent the potential damage to the furler…that was potentially unseen. That helped a lot because when I added in the cost to replace the genoa at a cost of $1900 the boat got a lot less expensive.

Last, once the Surveyor is finished, make sure that you go over everything with him while he’s there. Don’t depend on his report…take and make your own notes. His survey will tell you what you need to know but being there at that moment will give you a better idea of what you’ll need to do to make that girl your own. Ask him for recommendations as to who can fix what and general estimates of those repairs. Sit down, make a spreadsheet, and see the tally. If all of the numbers fit, go for your first girl.

Classifieds July 2107

Sunfish Sailboat for sale. 14.5 feet. Complete with brand new bailer, in excellent condition, $1200. Contact Joseph Basil 954-993-2003

Want to sell something? Send your ad to newsletterdirSSSF@sailingsingles.org. Classifieds (except real estate) are free to members. Promote your business to members. Business ads start at $60/year for business card size ads, $100/yr for double card size.