What an incredible year 2014 was for All At Sea Southeast. We attended some amazing boating events and met the most incredible people in the industry. We tested new lines of Mercury, Evinrude, Suzuki and Yamaha outboard engines, observed an anchor test on the Chesapeake Bay and visited a multitude of boat shows to bring our readers the latest design and engineering information. We met adventurer Riaan Manser who, along with his girlfriend Vasti Geldenhuys, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a 23-foot row boat. Their story of survival inspired us all. We also mourned the loss of Hobie Alter whose pioneer spirit touched surfers, sailors, and fishermen alike. But none of those encounters mattered unless you, the readers, were interested in the subjects. After all, this is your magazine!
In October I attended both Annapolis Boat Shows, spending the majority of my time at our booth handing out magazines and talking to our readers. There I met Rob from Rappahannock, Va., who expressed how much he loves the local feel of AAS and how he makes special trips just to pick up a copy. He touched my heart so deeply that upon my return home I sent Rob an AAS hat as a special thank you. Not only did he appreciate the hat but he pitched a story idea to boot. Boy, I love our readers.
Not all our readers agree with everything we are doing and that is good as well. The only way we are able to grow as a magazine is to listen to reader comments and concerns. I continue to invite you to let us know how we connect (or clash) with you.
We are starting off 2015 with several top five lists. Pam Wall reviews her top five snorkeling locations in the Abacos while Carol Bareuther lists her top five bars to visit during Key West Race Week. Need a cooler to take snorkeling? Glenn Hayes wades through the ever changing technology to help you find the right cooler for your needs.
Captain Jeff Werner takes a serious look at the importance of security plans aboard superyachts. Then just in time to lighten things up, Cap’n Fatty takes a humorous look at the religions he has encountered throughout his travels. I have to tell you that Fatty made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Also learn how tugs break the ice on the Chesapeake Bay and how a fish pass in Cedar Bayou Tx., has been restored after an oil spill.
Don’t be afraid to send me a picture, story idea, or a quick note to tell us how we are doing. This magazine is for you! Happy New Year.