East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 11, 2014
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Posted: September 11, 2014
General Announcements
New Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook Available Online:
The U.S. Coast Guard August 2014 Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook has replaced the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Instruction Navigation Rules, International-Inland (COMDTINST M16672.2D). Besides containing updated material to the previous Instruction, it has additional pertinent navigation regulations, such as Vessel Traffic Management rules. The handbook is freely available at the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Center at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRuleChanges, and will be available on the...... Read More

Engine Troubles
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: September 09, 2014
With the transom done and reconstruction starting, this is rapidly becoming two separate projects. On the boat side, I need to patch some cracks on the outside, rebuild the ski racks, and install the seats. I can figure all that out, and I'm not really worried about it, but the more daunting challenge is the engine. I'm a mediocre motorcycle mechanic, but I don't know much about old outboards, so I've got some learning to do.
The boat came with a 1964 Johnson 60hp V4 outboard. The previous owner assured me that it ran when it was put away a few years ago, which is a stock Craigslist phrase mea...... Read More

Marley’s Mantra
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: September 05, 2014
I don't think Bob Marley had a boat. If he did, he probably got somebody else to keep it floating. I get this idea because of a famous phrase in one of his best songs: "Every little thing's gonna be all right." Not on a boat is every little thing going to be all right. Yes, I know he was inspired by three little birds. I also know what birds do to my boat. And I also know that a boat is full of little things, many of which we don't see and probably don't know are there ... and they're always going bad. And that's not all right.
Usually when we think of the stuff that can go wron...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Little Things
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Posted: September 05, 2014
1. If you know about your little things you've got a head start, but how do you know?
2. Always think about why something is working like it is.
3. What has to happen to make what is happening happen.
4. Often you'll realize that there's got to be one or more little parts that are part of the equation.
5. Take a look, ask a friend, hire a mechanic, read a book or whatever to learn what's making your boat's components work.
6. Take them apart and look if it's safe and practical to do so. It might be fun as well as educational.
7. Then prepare yourself to fix it.
Boating and ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 28, 2014
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Posted: August 28, 2014
Attention! All Boaters with Present or Future Interest in Florida Anchoring:
NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatUS Press Room at www.BoatUS.com/pressroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2014
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
MEDIA ALERT:
Boaters Urged to Attend Anchoring Meetings Sept. 3 and 4 Regarding the Future of Anchoring in Florida
WHAT: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida's anchoring l...... Read More

BASS Elite Series #5 - Lake Dardanelle, AR
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Posted: August 21, 2014
Just after I finished up the event on Toledo and prior to the start of the next BASS Elite Series #5 at Lake Dardanelle, AR, I drove to Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, TN. I was able to spend a few days on the lake scouting for BassFest that was to take place in June. I had a busy week thoug,h catching up on emails and also taping another episode of Bass Edge Radio (bassedge.com), a bi-monthly podcast on iTunes that I co-host. I was ready for some certain shallow water fishing coming up at Dardanelle and of course looking to get back on track after a disappointing week at Toledo (read previous blog...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 13, 2014
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Posted: August 13, 2014
General Announcements
Wind Turbines Proposed off Virginia Coast:
Dominion Virginia Power has submitted a permit application for the construction and operation of Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP). The project includes two 6-MW turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), about 24 nautical miles east of Virginia Beach. The Research Activities Plan (RAP) and appendix data will be on the web site, and is available at the following web site: www.boem.gov/Research-Activities-Plan/ (5th District LNM 31/2014), ED. Note: The "Plan" on this website cont...... Read More

A little polish, a little paint
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Posted: August 11, 2014
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Fantasy Football, Lake Ontario and Great Hair
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Posted: August 11, 2014
Late summer signals the home stretch of the Bassmaster Elite Series season, plus a whole lotta Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show episodes that need to be filmed, and perhaps most importantly, me picking my fantasy football league roster.
Not to mention we’re fresh off the ICAST Show, which is the fishing tackle industry’s annual ‘show and tell’ trade show where all the cool new products are revealed.

Seeing lures I’ve been working on to develop with Strike King for months, or rod actions I’ve discussed for weeks with Shimano, all finally come to fruitio...... Read More

Sun Protection
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Posted: August 05, 2014
When I started guiding in the late 80s, a tee shirt and shorts were appropriate attire. Sunglasses were a fashion statement. And we didn't wear sunscreen; we lathered up with sun tan oil! A sunburn was a sign of a healthy lifestyle. While my skin tone never really resulted in the bad peel and burn of overdoing sun exposure, I began to take note. I even began to get an annual check up with a dermatologist! I have opted for maximum eye protection as well with Maui Jim polarized sunglasses with superior UV protection for my eyes.
Most of the clothing in the early part of 2000 was beginning to co...... Read More

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