The Pretty Color of Winter Blues
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Posted: December 28, 2007




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Tom’s Tips On A Winter Problem
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Posted: December 28, 2007
1. There’s an oft unsuspected danger associated with winter and boats.
2. Depending on where you are when you store your boat for the winter, you may be able to work in it during the cold months, especially inside the boat.
3. Many use electric “space heaters” to provide temporary heat while working aboard.
4. These produce heat by resistance and usually consume, when on high, at least 12 or more amps. This is a lot of amperage for many 120 volt wiring circuits, even though they are supposedly rated for 15 or 20 amp service.
5. Often boats stored in the winter, particularl...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Christmas Cruising
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Posted: December 27, 2007
1. If you go cruising, don’t plan to leave your traditions back ashore.
2. Many feel that the new lifestyle will make family traditions, such as, for example, Christmas and Thanksgiving, less relevant. The opposite is true.
3. Many feel that the new lifestyle makes it very impractical to observe traditions. Not so. You may not be able to have all the trappings you can buy at the malls and have in a house, but you can still do things that help you to remember what’s important. Christmas lights and Thanksgiving turkeys can work on a boat too. Sure, you’ll have to tailor the f...... Read More

Christmas in St. Augustine
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Posted: December 27, 2007





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Last Letter From Vermont
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Posted: December 15, 2007
This is it. My next letter to you, dear reader, will be sent out from the boat I’ll be calling home. The boys and my father will be with me, and we’ll be preparing for our first hop from Curacao to Colombia. All the anticipation, all the talking, all the question answering, all the second guessing, all the worrying will be over, at least in our world up here. The smells, the sounds, the sights, the temperatures will all be different. As the frosty leaves start turning the colors that lure flatland rubberneckers to these hills every year, we’re down to the wire and ready to go,...... Read More

Too Much Water in the ICW
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Posted: December 13, 2007





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Going Aground at High Water
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Posted: December 13, 2007
1. Don’t.
2. If you do, waste no time and do everything you can to get off immediately.
3. If you don’t get off immediately, plan to and prepare to roll over nearly on your side. This includes closing all through hull and cabin and deck openings as the water comes back in. It also includes removing as much weight as possible. Your boat is buoyant, but sometimes suction of the mud along its side will tend to hold it down.
4. Immediately call a tow boat operator and tell him exactly what your situation is and ask for help immediately.
5. Some try to hold themselves upright by ...... Read More

The Final Countdown
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Posted: December 01, 2007
It’s 4:30 a.m. with seven days to go. I never used to wear watches. Clocks are everywhere and other people wear watches, so the answer to the time question has never been too difficult to find. But, lately, I’ve started wearing one. It seems to help make the days more productive when, at the flip of the wrist, you can see how fast the minutes and hours are passing. Time is whizzing by and one week before getting on that plane headed south and boarding the boat headed west, everything is accelerating. I knew it would be like this, knew that in the homestretch, I’d be straight o...... Read More

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