BoatUS Ask the Experts
Tom & Mel Neale
Tom and Mel Neale have lived and cruised aboard since 1979, averaging 3,000 to 5,000 miles per year, including 19 winters in the Bahamas. They raised and home schooled two daughters aboard. Tom has owned over 25 boats since the early 1950s, from 8 to 53 feet long. Mel has also boated and cruised since the early 1950s.
The Neales do most of the maintenance and repair work for all systems of the complex vessel on which they live, and smaller vessels such as a 20 foot Mako.
Tom and Mel write the Tom Neale’s Cruising for You section on www.boatus.com. Tom is Technical Editor and writes the “Sea Savvy” column for Soundings and Editor at Large for PassageMaker Magazine. For many years he was Editor at Large and columnist for Cruising World Magazine for which he wrote the monthly column "On Watch."
Tom is author of two books: All In The Same Boat, and Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide, Volume 1 Upper Bay, and does extensive public speaking, throughout the U.S and in Canada.
Mel and Tom have conducted their “Cruising School” to select groups in various locations around the US. Mel has taught women’s groups on various aspects of boating and cruising, including a National Woman’s Sailing Association Navigation Workshop onboard the Mystic Whaler for six years.