Selling A Boat
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Posted: August 31, 2009
Are Selling A Boat And Tearing Out Your Hair the Same Thing?
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Dont Put Mout On It, Mon
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Posted: August 20, 2009

When we first started going to the Bahamas, island friends regularly told us, “Don’t put Mout’ on it, Mon, Don’t put Mout’ on ‘tings.” The first time I heard this I didn’t have a clue about what it meant. I understood the Bahamian dialect (apparently it was easier to understand than my southern dialect), but I didn’t know what they meant. Now I know. And I believe.



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Toms Tips About Putting Mout’ On It
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1032 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 20, 2009

When some bureaucrat asks you to put Mout’ on something, pretend you can’t hear. It’s much better for them to think you’re deaf than for you to put Mout’ on it.
When you’re feeling so good about things that you slip up and put Mout’ on something, pour some salt in your right hand and throw it over your left shoulder and then spit upwind over your right shoulder. I’ve heard this works for black cats, so maybe it’ll work for this.
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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale August 20, 2009
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Posted: August 20, 2009
Gilmerton Bridge, ICW Mile 5.8--More Problems:
Due to damage to the fendering system on the west side of the Gilmerton Bridge, mariners should use extreme caution when transiting through the bridge while the temporary fendering system is in place and during reconstruction of the system. (USCG 5th District LNM 33). This bridge was hit by a tug and barge during bad weather last week. The heavily used bridge was closed to vehicular traffic and the ICW was closed to vessels during inspection of the damage. This follows several weekends of closure due to scheduled repairs earlier in the...... Read More

Happy Birthday to Richard Schwartz!
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Posted: August 19, 2009




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An Interlude At Menorca
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Posted: August 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
After a two-day passage from Tunisia, we made landfall at Mahon Bay on Menorca’s east coast. This nearly landlocked bay was the scene of much bloodshed during the 18th and 19th centuries as the British, French, and Spanish fought for control of the strategically valuable piece of waterfront. We immediately appreciated what a great all-weather anchorage Mahon Bay was and recognized such secure anchorages were to be the exception for our summer cruise through the Med, so we made the best of it by staying put for two weeks. Feel Free became our condo in Menorca.
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The RBS Antidote
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Posted: August 15, 2009

If there was a body malady called “restless body syndrome” (RBS) I think I could be the poster child for it. After sitting too long in one place I’ve got to start moving. It seems I’ve always been like this. If I’ve been sitting around home too long I want to go to the boat, if I’m on the boat too long… well I don’t really want to leave the boat I just want to move the boat to a new location. After sitting in Solomons, Maryland, for six weeks it was time to be on the move!
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Building the Annapolis Boat Show
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Posted: August 14, 2009

BUILDING THE ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOWS
Each October, for 40 years, the United States Sailboat Show (October 8-12, 2009) and the United States Powerboat Show (October 15-18, 2009) take over the docks and harbor of the colonial seaport of Annapolis. These two events, the oldest and largest in-water shows in the industry, are the only major boat shows not produced in an existing marina. Playing host to more than 250 sailboats, over 450 powerboats and hundreds of land exhibitors requires the construction of a temporary facility of stupendous proportions.



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Insuring Against Future Hurricanes
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Posted: August 12, 2009
A Blueprint on How to Minimize Catastrophic Losses
Minimizing Damage
Some Intermediate-Term Solutions
First and foremost, whenever hurricane warnings have been posted, ALL boats must be prepared by their owners or by professionals. This is critical; boats that are ignored before storms are much more likely to come adrift and damage boats that were prepared. This has been true when a boat was in a slip, on a mooring, or in a canal; neglected boats account for a disproportionate share of hurricane damage.

In past storms, a large percentage of boats -- over 50% at some Florida mari...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale August 6, 2009
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Posted: August 06, 2009
New NOAA Alert: Hurricane Season and El Nino 2009:
NOAA has downgraded the outlook for the 2009 Hurricane Season because of the effects of the recently formed El Nino, but warns us all not to let our guard down (NOAA News, August 6, 2009). There are other factors in play that may cause a higher number of storms or stronger storms than during previous El Nino cycles. While the outlook may have been downgraded, it important, as pointed out in this article, that late season tropical storms and hurricanes can be just as deadly as early ones. Two examples of strong hurricanes that forme...... Read More