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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 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

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

Waves Can Sink Boats Even When It’s Calm
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: August 04, 2014
We're all familiar with the perils of sinking. We all spend a lot of thought and effort to avoid it. Yet there's one type of sinking that few of us consider. It's a type and a cause, rolled into one catastrophic disastrous event. And many of us have been on its brink but didn't even know it.
Picture a good fishing day. You're trolling along the drop off, they're hitting and you're taking them in over the stern or quarter. The person at the helm has to play it just right, backing down to relieve line stress and to help getting that fish aboard. His goal is just that, before it breaks fre...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Sudden Flooding
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Posted: August 04, 2014
1. In addition to appropriate calls for assistance and other safety steps, it's obviously important to try to find the source of the flooding, if you don't already know.
2. Often it's easy to temporarily stop even a big leak. This at least gives time for help to arrive ... or maybe for you to get to shore.
3. But quickly observe how movements about the boat affect the trim of the boat. Also observe the movement of any water you've taken on. Is it starting to move from side to side?
4. Depending on the type of boat, there could be enough water below, where you can't readily see it, to ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 1, 2014
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Posted: August 01, 2014
General Announcements
HURRICANE INFORMATION (Update 7th District LNM 22):
The hurricane season extends from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm cent...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 17, 2014
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Posted: July 17, 2014
Special Announcements
Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for...... Read More

The Office in the Islands
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Posted: July 07, 2014
In the far gone good ol' days of Bahamas cruising I used to love the fact that I did my work from my boat, not from an office in the US. But I soon realized that even in the Bahamas I had to go to an office. It just wasn't quite the same.
If you had to make a telephone call back in the day you usually had to find a booth on an island or go to what we called a BATELCO office. I preferred the latter, although there were a few problems.
First, the islands didn't have BATELCO offices unless there was also a village on the island. You had to sail to one that did. This was usually easy to figure...... Read More

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