Autumn is a time of transition. Many boaters journey south to warm waters, while others prepare for winter storage and plan next season's nautical adventures. For the past few months, I've also made some life changes by stepping out of the office and traveling to places I've long dreamed of visiting. From Maine to Puerto Rico, I celebrated milestone birthdays with lifelong friends and then jaunted across the Atlantic to explore Spain and Portugal, building precious memories with my family.While relishing the freedom of travel, I am fortunate to have an anchor back home at the magazine. Our managing editor, Susan Elnicki Wade, held down the fort and pulled together an issue that eases our readers through the shift from summer to autumn boating.
Fall issue highlights include a new feature that explores trends in eco-friendly boating and the first of a two-part series about the mighty Navy battleships that now grace American ports as museums and serve as tributes to their service. We toast the season with a special Florida section, a guide to the best U.S. seaside oyster festivals and a look at holiday boat parades.
We're also pleased to announce that in the winter issue, we'll kick off 2020 by celebrating the 20th anniversary of Marinalife. Join us as we look back at the years spent creating the magazine and thank friends who helped us along the way.
As I continue my quest to check destinations off my boating bucket list, I'll send stories of the glorious ports where I dock and share my experiences, with my husband Doug and adorable canine companion Lucy at my side.Happy Boating!
Joy McPeters, Founder & Editor Marinalife, LLC
Hurricane Dorian Update: At press time for Marinalife's Fall issue, Hurricane Dorian was battering and lingering over one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Our worst fears became a reality when we saw footage of the catastrophic destruction in the Bahamas, especially Grand Bahama and Abacos islands, which endured the brunt of Dorian's wrath. We are distraught over the loss of life and property and the immeasurable damage inflicted upon the islands' environment and marine industry. Our hearts go out to our friends in the Bahamas, and we will continue to offer our prayers and support as they embark on the road to recovery.