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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 20, 2014
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Posted: November 20, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Fields Cut Shoaling Reminder:
There is shoaling directly in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway in Fields Cut and is blocking 3/4 of the waterway and poses a serious hazard to navigation during low-tide. A depth of 2ft has been reported in approximate position 32-05.185N/080-56.022W. Fields Cut Temp LB 48A has been established in position 32-05-10.319N/080-56-00.740W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)*
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 6, 2014
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Posted: November 06, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Great Bridge Lock to Close for Three Days:
The Great Bridge Lock (36.723681°-76.247636°), located in Chesapeake, Virginia will be closed to navigation between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm for 3 days from 18 – 20 November, 2014. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed to through vessel traffic during the time period. Closure is required to facilitate diving and crane operations to isolate on the lock valve chambers. Vessels desiring to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the cl...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Seeing the ICW from Above
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Posted: November 03, 2014
1. There are various places along the ICW where you can stop to see it from above.
2. Baldhead Island near Southport in North Carolina has a lighthouse which you can climb and see parts of the ICW, the Cape Fear River and its inlet.
3. Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island has a light house which gives you a view of some of the waterway including the Calibogue Sound.
4. if you stop at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor at St. Augustine you can walk from the marina to the top of the Vilano Beach high rise bridge. From its peak you can see miles of waterway and part of the St. Augustine Inlet&helli...... Read More

The ICW From On High
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: November 03, 2014
A part of the very essence of being on the water is that even a familiar passage is never really the same. But you usually see it from the same perspective; that of your deck. Take a different look of the ICW.
And I looked down from on high... Sounds like it's from the Bible, doesn't it. Actually I kind of felt like that, but not because I have an exalted image of myself (well, maybe a little). Mel, my wife, and I were in the top story of a very tall building in Portsmouth, Virginia, looking down on Mile One of the ICW and also a mile or so of that waterway as it wound south. We were l...... Read More

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

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