East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 20, 2010
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Posted: August 20, 2010
Gilmerton Bridge Restricted Opening:
From the USCG 5th District Bridge Branch, 9:00 a.m. August 20, 2010
VA - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) - ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that emergency electrical repairs are in progress through August 24, 2010 at the Gilmerton (US 13/460) Lift Bridge across the Elizabeth River (Southern Branch), at AIWW mile 5.8, in Chesapeake, VA. To facilitate repairs, the drawbridge will be allowed to open on signal for vessels requiring an opening every two hours from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 10 p...... Read More

Earning Your Dreams
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Posted: August 19, 2010
Too many people go to sea these days with half baked dreams in half baked boats, fortified with half baked skills. Sometimes the boat and much of the gear is given to them. The media loves it, even some in the boating media who should know better. It’s easy. You just get a boat and take off, knowing that people will come to rescue you, risking their lives and spending enormous amounts of money doing so, if you get into trouble. But there are also voyagers who do it the right way. Such were the four college friends who started talking about cruising across oceans several years ago. They gr...... Read More

Toms Tips About Dream Boats
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Posted: August 19, 2010
1. Many people who buy an old boat planning to “fixer ‘er up” and go cruising end up broke, broken hearted and with an unrealized dream.
2. Even if you are able to do most of the work yourself (and few of us are) it’s going to be very expensive to do it right. Cutting corners and going to sea don’t mix.
3. Jobs that you can do well in the context of a building ashore will usually have very different materials, rules and procedures and safety issues on a boat.
4. If you are considering this sort of project, invest in the opinion of a good surveyor, and perh...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 19, 2010
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Posted: August 19, 2010
Onslow Beach Swing Bridge to Close for One Week:
Mariners are advised that urgent mechanical repairs will be performed at the Onslow Beach Swing Bridge across the North Carolina Cut, at AICW mile 240.7, at Camp Lejeune, NC. To facilitate repairs, the swing span will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 through 11:59 on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. The available vertical clearance in the closed position is approximately 12 feet, above mean high water. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so, should adjust their tra...... Read More

Canadian Wonderland
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Posted: August 15, 2010
While cruising across Lake Ontario I recall looking behind me and marveling at how crystal clear the white spray was from our wake. As it cascaded away from our boat and disappeared out of sight I began to reflect on the prior six months we spent in tidal currents and salt water. We did enjoy salt water cruising immensely and we met many interesting folks, we also had the opportunity to visit many great towns and we’ll do it again. However, being fresh water boaters all our lives, returning to the crystal clear water while crossing Lake Ontario there was a warm spot in our minds and heart...... Read More

And just a little further, to Curacao
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Posted: August 15, 2010
By Liz Tosoni
Spanish Water, near Willemstad, Curacao
Netherlands Antilles, ABC Islands
Caribbean Sea
We’ve been cruising steadily for 18 months since our last haul-out and we need to haul out again. We’ve slid over some 5,000 miles of sea and ocean and visited nine countries in that time and Feel Free is ready for some TLC and her crew, ready to apply the required elbow grease.
Where to do it has been the big question. While cruising the Caribbean over the past few months there was much vacillation over the pros and cons of various haul-out locations, including Trinidad and...... Read More

Hijacking Terror from the Deep
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Posted: August 05, 2010

It isn’t everyday that you see an anchored boat powerfully speeding upstream against the current. And this was a strong current. So I did a double take as I was pulling away from the fuel dock at a marina and saw a 16 foot old wooden row boat coming through the bridge, heading up stream, being towed at the end of its anchor line. It looked like that anchor was doing a pretty good job driving because the boat passed through directly in the middle of the draw span. Oh, and just to make things clear, the anchor line wasn’t in another boat or in any other situation that might explain ...... Read More

Toms Tips About a Terror in Shallow Water
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Posted: August 05, 2010
1. Some rays will hide, covered by sand, in shallow water. If you’re wading, even in clear water, you may not see it. If you step on it or otherwise upset it the ray may get you with his tail. This happened to Captain John Smith as he was wading in the Chesapeake Bay. The pain was so severe he thought he was going to die and had his men dig his grave. He survived.
2. In the Bahamas we’ve seen hammerhead shark foraging into very shallow waters, where we and other people were wading. They were after rays hiding in the sand.
3. Steve Irwin, the TV personality and nature lover, ni...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 5, 2010
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Posted: August 05, 2010
Ben Sawyer Repair Work:
PCL Civil Constructions, Inc. will begin repair work on the Ben Sawyer Bridge on August 12, 2010. The bridge will closed for vessel traffic from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Please contact Mr. Bennett at (843) 540-1138 for more information. For questions regarding Coast Guard matters please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 68-19, USCG Charleston)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sou...... Read More

"Low Bridge, Everybody Down"
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Posted: August 01, 2010
The Erie Canal is famous in song and story. This great canal links the waters of the mighty Hudson River (east) and Lake Erie (west) and includes an alternate, shorter route to Oswego on Lake Ontario. An engineering marvel in its day, many referred to it as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Planning for the canal first started in 1808 and was completed in 1825. The Erie Canal unlocked the interior of North America and within 15 years of its opening became the busiest port in America. Immigrants found work along the canal and settled in the many towns, which sprouted along its path. ...... Read More