8. Toms Bent Prop Tips
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Posted: August 29, 2004
Tom’s Bent Prop Tips
1. When going through shallow water in a small boat, it helps to not only tilt the engine, but to move crew forward. Go Slow!
2. Even a larger boat will noticeably “feel” the bank if you’re getting too close to the side of a channel or the bottom. This has to do with the fact that the hull is able to displace and compress a lesser amount of water as it moves because of the proximity of the ground. Also, your wake behind you will be affected, changing its characteristics. And the wake spreading off to the side will break suddenly on a shallow submer...... Read More

10. When Youre the Fish Out of Water
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Posted: August 26, 2004
When You’re the Fish Out of Water
There’s a lot more motivation for catching fish when fish can catch you. I’m talking about fishing with a Hawaiian Sling. You’re free-diving down underwater as a stranger, where the fish lives. You have very limited air (what’s in your lungs) and the fish has all the time in the world. You’re the “fish out of water.” And there’s competition, such as sharks and barracuda. It’s an amazing sport, great for exercise, and it makes that fish really taste good. Here are some pointers.
The water must be cl...... Read More

East Coast Alerts: Communications
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Posted: August 26, 2004
East Coast Alerts: Communications
Experiences of staying in touch along the east coast follow, but these also pertain to much of the rest of the US cruising.
We’ve been relatively happy for the past year with a Verizon Express Network (1XRTT) service. You can use your cell phone as a modem or a PCMCIA card. The service is expensive (just under $80.00 per month for the data service plus equipment and plus the talking plan) but it gives us unlimited internet access via cell phone in the covered areas at relatively high speeds for wireless data. It isn’t unusual to be on at a theor...... Read More

Bent Prop Boss
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Posted: August 26, 2004
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EAST COAST ALERT
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Posted: August 24, 2004
EAST COAST ALERT
Catch and Kill—Snakehead Mania
The northern snakehead fish (channa argus) has invaded the upper tidal Potomac River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, on both the Maryland and Virginia sides. This fish is reportedly almost indestructible, and feeds voraciously on other fish, frogs, even small mammals. It is reputed to walk with its fins over dry land to seek fresh water if its habitat dries up, to live out of water or buried in mud for days and to survive prolonged freezing temperatures. It is of Asian origin and has been imported to the US as a live food fish where i...... Read More

Behind The Scenes - 8/19/04
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Posted: August 19, 2004
A NOTE TO OUR READERS: We're off the boat for the moment, but we'll continue posting stories -- like the one below -- about our previous cruising experiences. We'll be back on board and actively cruising in the fall. Please keep visiting our log in the meantime. -- D&E
Behind the Scenes
August 19, 2004
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Finally!
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Posted: August 16, 2004
Finally!
The efforts of all interested parties (BoatU.S., boaters, marine industries, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, and many others) have finally paid off for North Carolina. Maintenance dredging of the four shallowest areas of the ICW in this state will begin at the end of August, 2004. Bob Sattin of the US Army Corps of Engineers office in Wilmington, NC has confirmed that the New River Crossing will be dredged first, followed by Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing during October, 2004. Dredging of Snows Cut and Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing will be conducted sometime after Nove...... Read More

The Nature of Nature Down East August 15,
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Posted: August 15, 2004
August 15, 2004
Roque Harbor, Maine
44° 34.618 North
067° 31.149 West
The Nature of Nature Down East
By Bernadette Bernon
A few days of fog here and there puts the skids under the best-laid plans in Maine. Before you know it, August is half spent and you can never make it to all the places you’d hoped to visit. This isn’t all bad; anyone who likes to see the world by boat learns that rushing means you never enjoy the subtle nuances of where you are. But Douglas and I had hoped to enjoy the nuanc...... Read More

9. Cruising Communication
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Posted: August 12, 2004
Cruising Communication
E-mail and internet surfing on land are no big deal. But doing it from your boat while cruising presents a host of issues.
To do email successfully on the cell phone, you not only need digital equipment, but also equipment that’s data capable. In addition, the tower that’s serving you must have equipment that can handle your cell phone company’s type of digital signal. There are several different types of protocol being used by the various companies. They’re called technical names like “CDMA,” “TDMA, “GMS,” etc. Som...... Read More

Your Floating Roach Coach
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Posted: August 12, 2004

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