FYI: October 2002

FYI - October 2002
FYI — October 2002
By Brad Dunn
 More of this Feature
• Part 1: Attack of the Sturgeon, On Shelves, and more
• Part 2: Ferretti Changes Hands, Marinas Mexican-Style, and more

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Attack of the Sturgeon
Call it a Sturgeon General Warning, but boaters in Florida beware: These hefty fish have been getting airborne a lot lately and turning themselves into explosive cruise missiles.

Collisions between sturgeon and boaters are on the rise this year in the freshwater rivers of Florida, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Sturgeon, which have increased in number after they were classified a threatened species in 1991, can grow more than six feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds, making them particularly dangerous projectiles.

Take the case of Danny Cordero, 19, who was cruising the Suwannee River on a PWC with his girlfriend this past Fourth of July. A sturgeon jumped out of the water and knocked them both off the vehicle before they could react. "I don't remember anything," Cordero told the local newspaper. "My girlfriend said it was like hitting a brick wall." The couple suffered minor injuries but were able to swim to shore.

On Memorial Day weekend, Lacy Redd, 34, an elementary school principal from Gainesville, Florida, suffered five broken ribs when a five-foot-long, 150-pound sturgeon shot out of the water into her family's boat and knocked her out. She said her family never saw it coming.

Boaters of the Suwannee River say such fish collisions are on the rise not only because the fish are multiplying, but because boat traffic has increased. Making matters worse, male sturgeon can leap extraordinarily high out of the water during spawning season.

Just ask the Gilchrist County sheriff's department. A few summers ago a sheriff's deputy was patrolling the river in a boat when a 106-pound sturgeon exploded through the windshield and knocked him down. "When he called in on the radio, they didn't believe him at first," says sheriff's chief Harvey Montgomery.

Keeping a careful eye out for leaping fish is probably the best way to safeguard yourself against a surprise sturgeon attack. If you're boating in known sturgeon spawning areas, be especially cautious. You never know when--or where--they may strike.

On Shelves: Honey, Let's Get a Boat
Here's the perfect gift book for your friends who always wanted to get a boat, but never knew where to start. Honey, Let's Get a Boat: A Cruising Adventure of America's Great Loop chronicles the escapades of a pair of rookie boaters who take a 44-foot trawler around the country's famous 3,600-mile waterway circuit. True landlubbers at the start, Ron and Eva Stob write honestly and humorously of their nautical ineptitude and the long trail they take to becoming able boaters. Their story is filled with vital travel information, touching and often funny anecdotes, and insightful observations of the brave new cruising world into which they've launched. It's a masterfully written tale that every first-time cruiser would appreciate. $18.95, paperback. Raven Cove Publishing

3-5. The Fish Expo and WorkBoat Atlantic Boat Show in Providence, Rhode
Island. (207) 842-5508.
3-6. The Boston International In-Water Boat Show. (978) 777-4439.
5-13. The 42nd-Annual Genoa International Boat Show in Genoa, Italy. (39) 010-53911
17-20. The United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. (410) 268-8828.

31-Nov. 4. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. (800) 940-7642.

Next page > Ferretti Changes Hands, and more > Page 1, 2

This article originally appeared in the September 2002 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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