Getting Up
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 471 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 28, 2011
What’s wrong with wanting to get up? Lots of people like it. Lots of people do it. Why can’t I? But when I try I keep getting all these stares. Some people seem indignant. Some seem disdainful. Some seem absolutely ticked off. It tends to give one an inferiority complex. I just want to be like so many other people. Who cares that the boat that I want to get up is a 53 foot motor sailor, with a full cruising keel, weighing enough to put a herd of elephants to shame.
I look at all the sport fishing boats roaring by up on a plane. They seem magnificent. And nobody sneers at ...... Read More

Toms Tips About Getting on a Plane
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Posted: April 28, 2011
1. Some boats temporarily become less stable as they’re getting up on a plane. This can be dangerous and even make steering a bit unpredictable. Know your boat’s characteristics and how to deal with them.
2. Being on a plane doesn’t mean having your bow high up and running at a steep angle. If you’re doing this, something is probably wrong. Typically, many boats, even on a plane, should not be too far from parallel with the water.
3. In some bad wave conditions, it helps to run the boat with the bow partly elevated but not yet on the plane. This can help some boa...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 28, 2011
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Posted: April 28, 2011
Centerville Turnpike Bridge Weekend Restrictions:
Mariners are advised that the Centerville Turnpike (SR170) Swing Bridge, at AIWW mile 15.2, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake VA, will be allowed to operate on two separate 4-hour opening weekend schedules to facilitate urgent mechanical and structural repairs. The first weekend schedule will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, until and including 8 p. m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011; and the second weekend schedule will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011, until and including 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 20...... Read More

Tennessee Striper Fishery
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Posted: April 26, 2011
Those that know me know just how passionate I am about fishing and the conservation of our natural resources. This past week I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the results of a fishing organizations (Tennessee Striped Bass Assoc) efforts to support and conserve their fishery. They had invited me to come speak about electronics and how using electronics effectively could lead to increased catches. That task was easy because it is a lifestyle for me. What became apparent during my "research", (remember my research is fishing), was all the efforts that go on behind the scenes ...... Read More

April Fool
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Posted: April 21, 2011
April Fool
“I'm just a fool for April
There's nothing more to say
Long as I can remember
She's led my heart astray
When I was green as willow
She had me ditchin' school
And even then she tricked me
I'm just an April fool”
- Hugh Prestwood

I can still remember sitting in class in the sixth grade at Westmoreland Middle School on a beautiful April day watching the clock on the wall nearing 1:00PM. My eyes would go from the budding green trees and blooming dogwoods outside the window, back to the clock, back to the trees. Then, it finally happened. The school...... Read More

You Might Be Missing the Boat
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Posted: April 20, 2011
You see this jumbo check I’m holding? I borrowed it from my buddy Davy Hite when I saw him at Toledo Bend. He picked up a $500 cash bonus from the BoatUS ANGLER Weigh-to-Win program because he spent a whopping $38, and took five minutes to sign-up for the program. He won the bonus money because of his Elite Series win at Pickwick three weeks ago.
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What a Week!
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Posted: April 19, 2011
What a week! One thing is for sure; every day on the water is very different. For guides, it can vary even more! Most of my clients now are either repeat customers or people who have been reading my articles or have attended my seminars.
Such was the case this week, except Monday. I fished with a professor in physiology from Canada. I always test my clients out before I decide where we are going, so we made a few casts around the marina to see what he had. He was a very good angler. He could cast so away we went. He was good enough to keep up, so we went to my best spot. We started catching t...... Read More

Near Disaster in the San Blas
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 15, 2011
By Tom Morkin
San Blas Islands
One reason the isles of the San Blas are the ‘holy grail’ for cruisers from around the world is because of the extensive reef system that protects the anchorages from the raw ravaging swells of the Caribbean. The anchorages are windy during the winter trade wind season but waters are flat and the holding is generally good. That is, for the anchorages in the western San Blas. The eastern San Blas has no such protective reef so the anchorages are more exposed, can be rolly and for the most part are less secure. In addition, the eastern anchorages are e...... Read More

What Goes Around Comes Around
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 15, 2011
By Jim Favors
The first boat Lisa and I bought together was a used 20-ft. Four Winns Sundowner with a cuddy cabin. It was a good boat, nothing exceptional, it was how we boated with that vessel that made it memorable. We towed our Four Winns all over northern Michigan so we could explore the lakes, rivers, and small harbor towns. It almost seems like yesterday when we were anchored out overnight in that small boat on Torch Lake or Lake Charlevoix, among other local hot spots, using our Porta Potty in the cover of darkness and eating finger foods out of a small cooler. Although I’m not in...... Read More

What You Dont Know CAN Hurt You
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: April 14, 2011
You never know what sneaky little issues are developing on your boat that can rise up out of the dark and bite you on your backside. This is true for just about any part of the boat, but it’s what may be going on under water that really gives me concern.
We’ve just splashed after yet another haulout at Camachee Island Yacht Yard in St. Augustine FL (www.camacheeisland.com/camachee-cove-yacht-harbor). I always dread haulouts because of the cost, the hassle, (I hate living aboard on the hard and now seldom do) and what they may turn up. Also, I feel like I’ve lost my freedo...... Read More