East Coast Alerts - April 29, 2005
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Posted: April 29, 2005
Causton Bluff Bridge, Mile 579.9 Update:
Today, April 29, 2005, I spoke again with Mike Lieberum, Bridge management Specialist, USCG 7th District Bridge Branch, in regard to the Causton Bluff Bridge, Mile 579.9 in the Thunderbolt area of the Georgia ICW.
Mr. Lieberum had previously advised us that because of the importance of this bridge to ICW traffic, the county that owns the bridge would expedite the repair process by reducing the usual 30-day bid period for contractors to 5 days. By the end of this week the bids will be in. He further explained that the first step in repair would be to es...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - April 29, 2005
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Posted: April 29, 2005
Miami Beach Anchorage Restriction Close to Becoming Law:
This is how some Miami Beach waterfront property owners and officials view anchored boaters, in the words of a proposed ordinance:
The City Commission finds and declares that the proliferation of watercraft in use for residential purposes or otherwise stored in the waters of Biscayne Bay within the boundaries of the City have had and have a deleterious effect upon the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City in that they potentially serve as a source for pollution and contamination though discharge of human waste as well ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - April 22, 2005
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Posted: April 22, 2005
Rudee Inlet, VA Shoaling
The April 12, 2005 5th District USCG Local Notice to Mariners Number 15/05 urges mariners to use caution in Rudee Inlet. The City of Virginia Beach surveyed the condition of Rudee Inlet on April 4, 2005 and found 8 ft to be the controlling depth at MLLW in the channel between the inside South jetty and the North seawall. While this is deeper than the draft of most vessels using the inlet, depths this shallow in an ocean inlet can be dangerous in rough conditions. This is Virginia Beach’s only inlet from the Atlantic Ocean and is heavily used during the summer mo...... Read More

Communication Breakdown - 4/21/05
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Posted: April 21, 2005
Communication Breakdown
April 21, 2005
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You Can Tell It By the Pellet
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Posted: April 21, 2005
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27. Tips for Distance Cruising to Remote ...
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Posted: April 21, 2005
Tips for Distance Cruising to Remote Areas in Planing Boats
By Tom Neale
1. Many fast planing boats have mechanical systems set up with the assumption that most service work will be done by a yard during down time. If something breaks while you’re far out in paradise, you may have to fix it yourself while the boat is being used and you’re living on it. (One common characteristic of “paradise” is that often there are very few yards, mechanics, and parts.) This means you’ll need the part and you’ll need to be able to get to the component to be fixed. “G...... Read More

Bimini Transports
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Posted: April 19, 2005





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Tom’s Tips About Chartering
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Posted: April 19, 2005
1. The charter boat isn’t the only thing to check out. Also check out the agent and, if it’s a separate entity, as it often is, the company that manages the boat.
2. If you have friends who have chartered, ask them about their experiences.
3. Many charter companies or agents will have references they can give you.
4. Prices of charters vary greatly. Size of boat, age of boat, its location, its toys, whether it’s crewed, provisioning, price of fuel and many other factors come into play. Research the options and choose based upon what you want. But remember, it isn’t i...... Read More

Separation At Mayaguana April 15, 2005
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Posted: April 15, 2005
April 15, 2005
Abraham’s Bay, Mayaguana, Bahamas
22° 20.125 North
073° 02.428 West
Separation At Mayaguana
By Bernadette Bernon
For us, though we didn’t know it then, our Bahamas experience would best be defined by our time at Samana Cay. I had a faint sense of this the day we pulled our anchor out of the island’s deep sand, that held us tight. We threaded our way out the narrow cut in the reef – now not quite as daunting as it was when we’d first arrived 10 days before, but a scary crawl nonetheless, espec...... Read More

26. Dropping a Hint
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Posted: April 07, 2005
Dropping a Hint
By Tom Neale
1. The small cockroach generally leaves droppings that look like coffee grounds. Usually they are black. (Unless it really is coffee grounds that you forgot to clean up after breakfast and you drink that funky foo foo designer coffee.)
2. The large cockroach usually leaves droppings that look like cylinders. They can be up to 1/16 inch in diameter and about that long. They are black or dark brown.
3. The mouse droppings look a bit like grains of rice but are dark brown. They may be up to 3/8 inch long and will probably be pointy at the ends. (Trust me. Look very...... Read More