East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 27, 2015
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Posted: February 27, 2015
Attention Snowbirds:
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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Posted: February 12, 2015
Attention Snowbirds:
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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Posted: January 29, 2015
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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Posted: January 15, 2015
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: 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

Tom’s Tips On Better Anchoring
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Posted: 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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Posted: January 02, 2015
Attention Snowbirds
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

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

Boating and Fishing Gadgets and Gizmos
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Posted: December 17, 2014
There are always new and even improved products coming to the boating and fishing market! These gadgets and gizmos can make life easier or protect your investment. In either case, here are a few you might take a longer look at! You’ll probably say, “Why didn’t I think of that!”
Back Off Bag... Read More

All Mud Isn’t Created Equal
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Posted In Cruising Log
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

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