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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 18, 2014
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Posted: December 18, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Pungo Ferry Bridge Emergency Repairs:
Mariners are advised that emergency fender repair work has commenced and will continue through January 2015 for the SR 604 Bridge across the North Landing River, at AICW mile 28.4, in Virginia Beach, VA (commonly known as the Pungo Ferry Bridge) ( 36.614141° -76.059110°). The operation will consist of debris removal and repair of the bridge fender system, with in-water work involving pile driving, lighted barges in and near the channel, and divers. Mariners should check for future notices on this emergency repair fender...... Read More

All Mud Isn’t Created Equal
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Posted: December 08, 2014
There are at least three problems with any "scientific" anchor test. (1) Anchoring well requires old fashioned seamanship which, in my opinion, is far more complex than that which can be defined by any practical scientific protocol. (2) Anchoring isn't so much a science, as it is an art. And (3) all mud isn't created equal. So while some were surprised at the results of a well planned and executed major anchor test this summer, some weren't.
I'm not a scientist (as is obvious, I am sure) but I've been testing anchors for almost 60 years in every kind of bottom, in hurricanes, in &q...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Choosing Your Anchor
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Posted: December 08, 2014
1. Don't chose your anchor based on gimmickery, unrealistic boat show demonstrations, on what any one person says or limited testimonials about how well one particular boat held in one bad storm. It's more complex than that.

2. Listen to various experts. Even if they disagree with each other, their experiences can be very helpful.

3. When choosing anchors, talk with and listen to experienced people who do your type of boating, in the areas where you boat and with comparable boats.

4. "Experience" should mean more ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 5, 2014
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Posted: December 05, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
New Bern RR Bridge Closure for Repairs:
The operating schedule that governs the Norfolk Southern Railroad Drawbridge across Trent River, mile 0.2, at New Bern, NC (35.099593° -77.041370°) will be temporarily changed to facilitate a repair project. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 8 a.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 until 7 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014. This deviation is necessary to facilitate removal and replacement of the rail lift joints. Mariners are advised to take caution. (5th District LNM Week 47/2014) *
*Italicize...... Read More

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)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is cop...... Read More

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: 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

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