East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 30, 2012
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Posted: August 30, 2012
General Announcements
AICW Closure at the Gilmerton Bridge:
The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads is establishing a Safety Zone during the Gilmerton Bridge Bascule (36.775082° -76.294999°) spans replacement transit from 05 September at 6 a.m. until 09 September, 2012 (alternate weather dates will be 10 September to 14 September). The Safety Zone will encompass the transportation of the bridge’s new center span from the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River at the Campostella Bridge to the Gilmerton Bridge site on the Southern Branch. The Safety Zone is all waters withi...... Read More

Nothing the Matter with Kids Today!
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Posted: August 28, 2012
July and August are not only hot, but also time for Dad to take their kids fishing! Sometimes the Dad is an avid angler and their offspring has been taught some of the basics. Other times the child has an interest and Dad wants to hire a pro to teach their kid. I really enjoy taking kids out and teaching them how to fish. Not all of the kids are well behaved and not all of the parents are helpful in difficult situations. But, that's part of the job.
I have had a blast with most of the kids this summer. When I asked one kid if his mother was a good cook, he said "No!"...in more descri...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 17, 2012
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Posted: August 17, 2012
General Announcements
Hillsboro Light to go Dark for Testing:
The Coast Guard will be conducting testing on Hillsboro Inlet Entrance Light (LLNR 775) (26.257898°-80.081109°) for several days in August and September. Testing will include extinguishing the light for short periods of time. The tentative dates of testing are: August 13-17; August 27-31; and September 3-7. The exact days are weather dependent and may be changed with little notice. (7th District LNM 32) Note: This is a follow-up to the previously published possible extinguishing of this important navigational light fo...... Read More

Nice to Have Options
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Posted: August 15, 2012
By Jim Favors
Even though it seemed like it was only yesterday, it had been almost three months since we’d launched our Ranger Tug, Kismet, in Tarpon Springs, Florida, to begin our winter cruising season. The time sure flew by, almost as fast as a bright shooting star speeding through a starlit night sky. Our time in Key West, and our winter sojourn’s end, had crept up on us; where did the time go? As we sat in the cockpit of our boat, at our first anchorage in Jewfish Basin, located on the Florida Bay side in the Lower Harbor Keys, ripples were gently lapping against our hull, mad...... Read More

Back to the Sea of Cortez
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Posted: August 15, 2012
By Liz Tosoni
We are back in the Sea of Cortez again, having completed our circumnavigation of the big wide world and in a way, visiting these anchorages and islands we know from previous visits feels like coming home. The main town of La Paz is surprisingly, much like it was back then (13 years ago when we left from Cabo San Lucas with Feel Free), real Mexico, but cleaner now, with a fine new board walk. It’s a city of 215,000 people, yet almost everyone you pass on the street says "buenos dias" or "buenas tardes". It’s as if they are saying "Welcome back!...... Read More

Summer is Here!
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Posted: August 08, 2012
With the winds dropping and the sun high now is the time to stay cool underwater. Many options exist for those willing to explore the largest environment for humans on the planet - water!

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An Island Story
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Posted: August 03, 2012
The ancient island freighter set out from Miami with a load of hope. (Yes, I meant to say, “hope”---as with an “h”, not a “d” ) It carried hope of the farmers that their seed would come dry and that their breeding chickens would come uneaten, hope of the store owner that the cases of canned goods would arrive without rust and the oatmeal without weevils, hope of the bar owner that the bottles would come with seals unbroken and bourbon would not be tea and gin would not be water and scotch would not be….well, you know what scotch looks like…, a...... Read More

Toms Tips About Finding Dinghies
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Posted: August 03, 2012
1. Anytime you find a dinghy or other boat with no one aboard it is critically important to report it to the authorities immediately.
2. Even if there are no numbers or other identification on the boat, it may still indicate someone overboard, a larger boat sinking or some other serious issue.
3. Getting a line aboard may give you certain rights, but these “rights” aren’t as simple as many think and you aren’t necessarily relieved of responsibility with regard to the owner.



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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 3, 2012
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Posted: August 03, 2012
General Announcements
ICW Waterway Restrictions and Closures in Norfolk Area:
The Captain of the Port Hampton Roads advises all local mariners, vessels and facilities to take note of the following consolidated list of the most significant navigable waters restrictions and closures in the Hampton Roads area:
September 5 to 14, 2012: The USCG is proposing to close the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake from the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River to the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°)at the ICW Mile 5.8 for the move and installation of the new Gilmerton ...... Read More

Go West!
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Posted: August 01, 2012
By Jim Favors
Lisa and I desperately strive to get as much as possible out of our current trips and therefore try not to concentrate too much on future cruise planning while in the middle of a trip. As boaters we know there’s a fine line that, if crossed, can often blur the utter enjoyment of “being in the moment.” However, as self-proclaimed adventure nuts, we sometimes have to mentally move ahead while in the middle of a trip to plan a future cruise. With that said, we knew we were stepping out of our MO as we became intrigued by a suggestion made by a friend this winter, s...... Read More