Toms Tips About Nav Aids in Narrow Winding Channels
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1036 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 29, 2010
1. In narrow winding channels with a lot of shallow water around its often difficult to keep track of exactly which Nav Aid you need to honor next.
2. Even if you have a chart plotter, keep an updated paper chart at the helm and keep a heavy pointer on the chart, pointing to the aid where youre presently located or the very next aid. If theres an electronic or power glitch youll have instant access to your location.
3. A light weight pointer will move as the wind blows the chart or you roll.
4. If your eyes aren't as good as they used to be, have a magnifying glass at the chart station...... Read More

Lessons From Hell Gate
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 2038 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 29, 2010


Hell Gate in the Georgia ICW is a place that many fear. It’s a dredged cut connecting the Ogeechee River and the Vernon River, just above where they merge into the Ossabaw Sound. At first blush, it may seem foolish to have this cut. Why not just follow the rivers a short distance further, to where they meet? Piece of cake. Instead the Corps of Engineers has us going through a place with a name that doesn’t exactly give you a warm and fuzzy feeling.




... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 29, 2010
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1594 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 29, 2010
Canaveral Lock to Close:
Canaveral Lock will be closed for dewatering to install a new Manatee Protection System on both the east and west gates. The two closure periods are tentatively scheduled for August 3 - September 11, 2010 and September 22 - October 29, 2010. For further information, please contact US Army Corps of Engineers at (904)232-2103. (District 7 LNM 17)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Special Notices
More DCS Radio Problems:
It has come to ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts, Apr 22, 2010
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 910 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 22, 2010
Emergency Bridge Repair to Close NASA Railroad Bridge, AICW Mile 876.6:
Due to emergency repairs to the NASA Railroad Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 876.6 at Jay Jay, Florida, this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily on April 28, 29 and 30, 2010. (From the USCG 7th District LNM 16)
This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change. Any person or entity that uses this information in ...... Read More

Key West - A Repeat Performance
Contributed by kismet - This blog has been viewed 1149 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 15, 2010
When a reporter asks a professional sports figure, who has repeatedly won in their respective sport, what their favorite championship moment was they almost always state that it was their first big level of achievement. Their first World Series, Wimbledon, Daytona 500 or whatever the sport title was, and not their second or third. An analogy of this can certainly be used when compared to cruising. I say this because, from my own personal experiences, I’ve found it’s hard to recapture the excitement and awe of a first time visit to a cruising destination we’ve enjoyed previousl...... Read More

We Be In Barbados Mon
Contributed by Feel Free - This blog has been viewed 1388 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 15, 2010
By Liz Tosoni
When you are at sea on a long distance passage, it’s easy to understand that the earth is ¾ water and that seen from space, our planet is blue.




... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 15, 2010 - Part 1
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 996 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 15, 2010
Significant Long Island Sound Aids Changes Proposed:
We have kept you apprised of the Coast Guard changes in Aids to Navigation in the First District regarding LED conversions and radio activated fog signals. While most of the LED changes resulted in a minimal reduction in the nominal range from four to three miles, here is a much more significant reduction on an important navigational light (Race Rock Light). This change would also incorporate a radio activated fog signal.
You as boaters are being given the opportunity to voice your opinion on this proposed change. Don&rs...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 15, 2010 - Part 2
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 2173 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 15, 2010
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Dredge Operations Edisto, SC :
Marcol Dredging Company will begin dredging operations with the dredge “CAPT LEO” on or about Friday April 09, 2010. Dredging operations will take place on the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of the Dahoo Bridge and boat landing area in Edisto, SC. Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately, Sunday June 6, 2010.
For on-scene communications Dredge CAPT LEO will be monitoring VHF 66A a...... Read More

Grounding at the Place of Slaughter
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1153 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 15, 2010
I’ve only been aground once at Matanzas Inlet. But that was enough. We were headed north and the tide was racing out to the ocean. We were still on the south side of the crossing and so it was pushing us forward like a freight train. (What’s wrong with this picture? Stay tuned.)



... Read More

Toms Tips About Shallow Spots
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 896 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 15, 2010
1. When you don’t know where the deep water lies in a bad area and there’s no other way to find out, try exploring ahead in the dinghy if it’s safe to do so. (Obviously, don’t do this if weather, currents or other conditions make it unsafe.) Wear a life jacket.
2. Your dinghy should be stored so that it’s easy to launch, and it should have a depth finder. Swinging a sounding line or using a hand held depth finder isn’t practical and can even be dangerous when you’re operating the dinghy, communicating with the mother ship, trying to stay out of the w...... Read More