Conflicted
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 1485 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 25, 2011
A few years back, when I was really getting into tournament fishing, a trout fisherman friend of mine was constantly on my case. He’d come in to work showing pictures of some nice rainbow or brown trout he had caught over the weekend. I’d always reply with, “That’s great. How much money did you win for catching that one?” He’d always reply, “David, when your hobby becomes your occupation, you are conflicted. Pretty soon it’s not going to be fun anymore.”
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Fires Ashore
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 483 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: August 18, 2011
What can a forest fire have to do with cruising? A lot.
A few years ago we were cruising in North Carolina, heading north on our spring trip up the east coast. We turned on the TV to get the news one evening. We’ve found that even out in paradise it’s wise to check in to see what’s going on at the opposite end of the spectrum---on land. You never know how land news can affect you. What we saw that night made us feel very lucky. Forest fires were raging in South Carolina. They were out of control because the weather had been very dry. They were well west of the ICW b...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Keeping Up With Shore News
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 491 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 18, 2011
Tom’s Tips About Keeping Up With Shore News
1. With new HD TV and a mast top antenna that’ll bring it in, we’ve found that it’s much easier to get good news and other info from land based TV stations as we travel up and down the coast. And we get many more stations.
2. We’ve even found that we seldom plug in to cable when we tie at a marina, because we seldom need to with the new HD services.
3. We still have satellite TV capability, and that’s invaluable in exceptionally remote anchorages, particularly in areas such as the Bahamas and even some place...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 18, 2011
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Posted: August 18, 2011
Dismal Swamp Canal Closed:
Boaters are advised that due to the fires in the Great Dismal Swamp, the Dismal Swamp Canal is closed to navigation until further notice. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal is open to navigation and operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and monitors Channel 13. (5th District LNM 33)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
St. Lucie Inlet Warning:
The entrance to St Lucie Inlet is subject to dangerous frequent changes in de...... Read More

TowBoatUS and Being Prepared For Your Trip
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Posted: August 16, 2011
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A Hard Lesson on the Hard and Reflections on Boat Work
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Posted: August 15, 2011
Out of the blue I am handicapped. I had an accident, in a boatyard, while waxing and polishing the hull. I’m ashamed to admit it but I fell off a 50 gallon drum, crashing heavily onto the ground, onto my left shoulder. Whoa......... the pain!!
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Getting Our Ducks in a Row
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: August 15, 2011
While lying in bed, I started to hear it ever so faintly, off in the distance, as if in a dream. What I hear is the familiar sounds of serenading birds, they start their early morning routine just before the sun comes up. I listen intently; amused by their chatter as the day starts to unfold at 5:30 a.m. Lisa states that I must have slept well as I didn’t move all night, which made me wonder how she knew this. So, being the polite, dutiful, husband I am, I asked Lisa how her night’s rest was and she told me she didn’t sleep so well. She went on to tell me she’d been awak...... Read More

East Coast Alert by Mel Neale August 11, 2011
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Posted: August 11, 2011
From the 5th District Bridge Branch:
NORTH CAROLINA - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - DISMAL SWAMP CANAL
1. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP CANAL BRIDGE, AT MILE 28.0, ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN SOUTH MILLS NC WILL BE CLOSED TO VESSELS DUE TO THE FIRE AT THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE REFUGE. MARINERS SHOULD ADJUST THEIR TRANSITS ACCORDINGLY.
Note: The Virigina Cut Route (using the Great Bridge Lock) of the Atlantic ICW between Norfolk and the Albermarle Sound in North Carolina is open.

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Enjoy the Summer!
Contributed by MZona - This blog has been viewed 1171 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: August 09, 2011
Wasn’t it like two hours ago that Kevin VanDam was in New Orleans hoisting another Bassmaster Classic trophy over his head? Of course it wasn’t. That was nearly six months ago, but it sure seems like it was just hours ago. The 2011 Elite Series Season evaporated like dreams of my Bears playing in the Super Bowl last year.
Look man, the Elite Series season officially closes when Toyota All-Star Week ends in Montgomery this week, but the summer season is wide open, and I’m not about to miss a single minute of sharing it with my family and friends.
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More and More Moorings
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 597 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: August 04, 2011
St. Augustine, Florida, has recently installed mooring fields. These fields, by Florida Law, preclude anchoring within the field and nearby. It’s part of a state wide plan purportedly to see what works with regard to Florida’s long standing issues with anchoring and mooring. The mooring field concept is growing in some parts of the country. Depending on how and where you boat, you may like this or strongly disagree. Regardless, it’s important that you be aware of some of the issues.



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