USACE Survey Boats Theyre There for You
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Posted: April 17, 2009



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Toms Tips on Survey Boats
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Posted: April 16, 2009

1. When you sea a USACE survey boat, be sure to slow down, give it a wide berth and don’t give it a wake. If they are surveying, this makes their job more difficult.
2. If you hear a report of shoaling from another boater that has been funneled through the various reporting funnels, keep in mind that this may be because the boater thought he knew where he was in the channel, but actually didn’t. It happens to us all. And remember that most reports of shoaling say “I was right in the middle of the channel,” which, we have found, was seldom the case. Therefore, while be...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale April 16, 2009
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Posted: April 16, 2009
Fernandina Beach ICW Hump:
Yesterday we passed the hump. The Coast Guard has reported for several months that there is a shallow hump in the middle of the channel near flashing green #1, south of Fernandina Beach, Florida. A USACE surveyor who surveys all of Florida on a 65’ foot USACE survey boat confirmed in an interview with us that it’s there. We passed at near high tide and followed a TowboatUS boat towing a 6-ft draft sailboat. He appeared to meticulously follow the magenta line on the chart and so we followed him. We missed the hump. We can’t tell you exac...... Read More

Low-Tech DIY Ideas For The New Economy
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Posted: April 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
As a self-confessed Luddite, at yachtie get-togethers, be they beach barbeques or happy-hour gatherings, I tend to shy away from those groups where words and phrases like Satcom, AIS, interface, broadband, NMEA, uplink, download, and so on are used. From past experience, I’ve learned that joining those conversations has often left me depressed for two basic reasons: 1) I usually don’t understand much of what is being said, and 2) If I do understand what they’re talking about – high-tech goodies that make their sailing lives safer and more comfortable &ndas...... Read More

Let The Sun Shine In!
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Posted: April 15, 2009

As Lisa and I waited at Green Turtle Marina for the winds to die down and the waves to stop breaking in the Whale Cay Channel, an Albin trawler safely docks just a few slips down from us, while gale-force winds are blowing. Later that day we hear the story firsthand, about their experience as they transited the “Whale” while heading north. Just after they turned to port to head from the ocean and into the cut, a rogue, 10-foot breaking wave lifted the stern of their boat out of the water, they lost rudder control, the boat turned sideways and broached far enough over that water c...... Read More

Buying a Used Boat?
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Posted: April 14, 2009


Some Thoughts on Hiring a Good Marine Surveyor

Like a lot of first-time buyers, it’s fair to say that the 42-year old restaurant executive was head-over heels in love with a boat -- in this case, a 28’ sport fishing boat -- and couldn’t wait to finish the paperwork and take title. But first -- and this really irked him -- the local bank was saying he had to have it surveyed. The man reluctantly called the broker who gave him a short list of names. After a little price-shopping over the phone, the executive had his surveyor and was only one short step away from owning...... Read More

Why Boats Sink in the Springtime
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Posted: April 02, 2009
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Tom’s Tips About Shafts
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Posted: April 02, 2009
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Getting the Shaft
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Posted: April 02, 2009



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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale April 2, 2009
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Posted: April 02, 2009
NEW: Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: New Closure Period:
From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project: April 6 – May 2, 2009
Channel Closures
Notice To Mariners:
The channel will be completely closed except for scheduled openings for each day at the Bridge of Lions temporary bridge in St. Augustine according to the following schedule:





DATES


TIMES CLOSED


SCHEDULED OPENINGS




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