|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 9, 2015
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Changes in Okeechobee Waterway Lock Schedule, April 1, 2015:
a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
1. Notice to Navigation Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will change hours of operation at all five Locks along the Okeechobee Waterway beginning 1 April 2015. Changes will affect operations at the St Lucie, Port Mayaca, Moore Haven, Ortona and W.P. Franklin Locks. Hours of operation will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily with lockages at St Lucie and WP Franklin based on Lake Okeechobee's water level as outlined below.
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|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 26, 2015
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|Attention Florida Voters and Boaters:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
March 25, 2015 / Updated March 25 2:00PM EDT
MEDIA ALERT UPDATE: BoatUS: Anchoring Restrictions Under Review by Florida Legislature;
FL House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06 Has New Number: HB 7123
UPDATE: March 25, 2:00PM EDT: Earlier this morning BoatUS sent the following media alert that includes a discussion of Florida House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06. This bill has been updated by the House and is now named House Derelict Vessel Bill and known as HB 7123. For your refe...... Read More
|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 12, 2015
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|Special East Coast Alert
March 17, 2015
According to www.uscg.mil/d5/ICE_REPORT/ the Captains of the Ports of Delaware Bay and of Baltimore have imposed no current restrictions for the C&D Canal nor for the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Both continue to be on Seasonal Alert, should conditions change.
Even though the Captains of the Ports above have no restrictions, boaters should exercise extreme caution on the waters of the Upper Chesapeake Bay as there is still some ice reported, and some may not be visible.
As of March 17, 2015, there is no ice reported in the C&D Canal (see ab...... Read More
|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 27, 2015
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Barge Sunk in Fort Pierce Inlet, Inlet Closed:
On February 24, 2015, a barge (100 ft by 40 feet) being towed into the Fort Pierce Inlet in Florida sank in the inlet, inside the jetties, and is reported to have broken into two sections. The Coast Guard has closed the inlet to vessel traffic. A three part salvage plan is in place. Salvage will be weather dependent and much of it will have to take place at slack tide. There is no date for reopening the inlet.
Check www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/fort-pierce-inlet-remains-closed-victim-who...... Read More
|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 12, 2015
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Again--Shoaling Reported in New River Inlet AICW Crossing:
Hazard to navigation - shoaling has been reported to a depth of 3 feet between the Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72A (LLNR 39300) (34.553901°-77.349136°) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72B (LLNR 393003) and depth of 4 feet at Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 74 (LLNR 39305) on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Check the Wilmington USACE link at the end of the Alerts for the latest survey (late January, 2015) of the area which confirms this report. (5th...... Read More
|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 29, 2015
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|Canaveral Lock Closure:
Schedule for Week of 1/26/2015 to 1/29/2015
Canaveral Locks (28.408777°-80.637077°) will be closed for repairs according to the following schedule:
Monday January 26 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Tuesday January 27 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Wednesday January 28 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Thursday January 29 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Additional information concerning Canaveral Locks and related navigation bulletins may be obtained on Jacksonville District's website at: www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/...... Read More
|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 15, 2015
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|USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Wappoo Creek Bridge Repairs:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the SC Route 171 (Wappoo Creek) Bridge (32.766286° -79.974176°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 470.8, Charleston, South Carolina. The contractor Adelphi Inc.DBA G-Force Contracting has requested that the Wappoo Creek Bridge be placed on single-leaf operations starting January 21, 2015, with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening. ...... Read More
|Seamanship and Anchoring
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Posted In Cruising LogPosted: January 05, 2015
|It's hell to wake up in the middle of the night in roaring winds to find your boat's sliding sideways before them and to have to start the engine and wrestle with muddy chain to re-anchor, sometimes again and again. Anchor Dragging isn't fun and can be dangerous. It's great to get it right.
I indicated in my last column here that there are at least three inherent problems with absolute anchor protocols. (1) Anchoring well requires old fashioned seamanship which, in my opinion, is far more complex than that which can be defined by any one protocol. (2) Anchoring is an art as well as a science...... Read More
|Toms Tips On Better Anchoring
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Posted In Tom & Mel Neales Boating TipsPosted: January 05, 2015
|1. Bring more than one anchor and make sure they're good tried and true anchors.
2. Try to know your bottom. "So" on the chart doesn't necessarily tell you the bottom is soft. Look at the banks. Drop your anchor and retrieve it to see what's on it; or drop over a small grappling hook, drag it around the boat and pull it up.
3. Take into account your surroundings. For example, if you're in a narrow creek with strong reversing current and high wind blowing across the creek, you must plan for much less swinging room and zero tolerance for dragging and circling around the anchor. ...... Read More
|East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 2, 2015
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Hillsboro Inlet Bridge Repairs and Closure Schedule Announced (NOT on the AICW):
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will start work on the repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229° -80.083250°) on January 5, 2015. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 14, 2015. There will be various bridge restrictions and closures throughout this project. The contractor will be working closely with the marine interests to ensure impacts to navigation will be at a minimum.
Starting on January 5, 2015, from 7:3...... Read More