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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 23, 2014
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Posted: October 23, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Great Bridge "Free Dock", No Dockage:
Flint Construction Company has commenced demolition and reconstruction work at the City of Chesapeake Pier in the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal in the vicinity of the Great Bridge Locks (36.723681°-76.247636°). Work is expected to take place from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Monday through Saturday, with a completion date of 24 November, 2014. The crane barge can be contacted on Channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area and proceed with no wake. (5th District LNM Wee...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 9, 2014
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Posted: October 09, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Camp Lejeune AICW Safety Zones:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) adjacent to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which encompasses the navigable waters of the AICW between Mile Hammock Bay (34.550671° -77.324784°) and Bear Creek Point (34.667673°-77.136057°) in support of military training operations on:
October 28, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
October 29, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 4, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 5, 2014 7:00 a.m. ...... Read More

How Old Is Too Old For A Boat
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Posted: October 07, 2014
How old is too old for a boat? Buying an old boat may be the only option for you or the best option. A boat's age isn't the sole criteria. Let's look at a more complete picture.
My current "Chez Nous" was launched in 1975. She's fiberglass. Some would say she's old. Let them. What do they know? She's tugging at her line ready to get underway as I write this. She's a Gulfstar 53' motorsailer.



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Tom’s Tips About Old Boats
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Posted: October 07, 2014
1. Are there hull sections that you can examine that have been cut out for thru-hulls or port holes? Are there indications in those sections of voids or poor layup? Knowledgeable tapping can also help.

2. Is there room on the boat to add things that may not have been required when it was built? An issue that quickly comes to mind is space for a holding tank and/or an onboard treatment system.

3. Look for component weaknesses that are likely to occur because of age. How expensive will it be to fix this and how important is it? Crevice corro...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 25, 2014
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Posted: September 25, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Annapolis Boat Show Set Up Time:
Mariners are advised that Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in support of the annual United States Sailboat and United States Powerboat Shows in Annapolis Harbor (38.975974° -76.484864°) at Annapolis, MD during October 6-22, 2014. Temporary pilings, floating docks and submerged electrical cables will be placed in Annapolis Harbor. To support the in-water operations in Annapolis Harbor, long tows will cross the Severn River between Spa Creek and Carr Creek during October 6-8, 2014 and during October 2...... Read More

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

Marley’s Mantra
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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.
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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

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

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