Betsy Armstrong, who took a five day ASA104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising course with Captain Don Boccuti in September 2011, sent the following letter:
Later, Betsy added:
The starter button for the engine failed on the last day as
we prepared for what looked like a vicious storm but the experience turned
positive when Don "hotwired" the starter and we outran the anticipated
big wind. I learned so much about engines in this course anyway, but to know
that trick (he used a pliers or wrench, I believe) is especially interesting.
Don is probably the most patient man I've ever met in my life! He never raised his voice even as I thought for sure our docking would result in a piling mishap, and his excellent directions and tips for docking were an added bonus to the course. We were blessed with a variety of weather and Don's experience and teaching methods in handling the various types of sailing conditions were invaluable.