Bailing With a Shovel
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Posted: December 24, 2009
This morning at around 7:30 AM Mel and I were out with a snow shovel. But we weren’t on a sidewalk or a driveway. We were in our 1985 center console Mako bailing out the snow. It was hard work and it was very cold work. It had snowed almost a foot the night before, and it was still snowing. I’d worried all night about how much was accumulating in the Mako, as it bobbed around at the dock. We’d left our “Chez Nous” down south to come to Virginia to experience a cold Christmas, hoping maybe to see a white Christmas for the first time in many decades. (When you’...... Read More

Toms Tips About Bailing With a Shovel
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Posted: December 24, 2009
1. Even if ice on the water is very thin, it can be very sharp. It cut into your bottom paint and take it off. It can also cut into the gel coat. This may not happen at first, but will as the ice begins to melt and wind pushes the sharp sheets against your hull.
2. If you are in winter climes and keep a boat in the water or have a dock, it may a wise move to invest in an “ice eater” device unless you are in a marina which already has one.
3. This type of device not only protects the boat, it protects the dock.
4. These devices are typically either propellers in funneling casings ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 23, 2009
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Posted: December 24, 2009
January 2010 Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions/Closures:
Channel Restrictions/Closures
January 4, 2010--January 8, 2010: Restricted Nightly 8pm to 7am. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered, channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Temporary bridge opens, but channel is restricted.
January 11, 2010--January 15, 2010: Restricted all week except for scheduled full openings. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered, channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Temporary bridge opens but channel is restricted. Full channel width provided during these openings: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p....... Read More

A Friend In Every Port
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Posted: December 15, 2009
When Jim and I began our quest for boating adventures far from our home waters of the Great Lakes, we never could’ve imagined what gems, in terms of social benefits and interactions, awaited us. We rather naively expected to see some beautiful sights while learning more about boating and navigation as we made our way around the eastern part of the United States on our first 6,000-mile Great Loop trip, but the social benefits seemed to escape us at the time. We were so focused on the overall undertaking and preparation there seemed to be little time to comprehend what other advantages lay...... Read More

Two Years Of Mediterranean Sailing
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Posted: December 15, 2009
Two Years Of Mediterranean Sailing: A Critique
By Tom Morkin
Years before we were anywhere close to Africa, we discussed the pros and cons of going south to the African Cape of Good Hope. We listened to sailors wax lyrically of the beauty of South Africa, the African hospitality, the wonderful safaris they took during their non-sailing interludes and the long south-Atlantic passage to the Caribbean reputed to be the most benevolent of ocean passages. Then we’d hear about the increase in crime in the urban centers, the racial strife, stories about hapless mariners who got caught out on S...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 10, 2009 - Part 1
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Posted: December 10, 2009
NOAA Red Snapper Ban:
Beginning January 4, 2010, both recreational and commercial fishing for red snapper in the federal waters off the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas will be banned. The ban will be in effect for six months during spawning season while long term effects are studied, and may be extended. Federal waters off Florida’s Atlantic Coast begin 3.45 miles from shore and extend out around 230 miles. It is permissible to fish for red snapper in state waters, but most of these fish are caught farther offshore. Click here to read the article.*
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Tom’s Tips About Courtesy While Passing
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Posted: December 10, 2009
1. The same boat can make very different wakes in different channels.
2. For example, a narrow channel with steep walls is likely to exaggerate a boat’s wake even though, at the same speed, in wider waters, the boat would create very little wake.
3. If another vessel wants to come around you in the narrow parts of the ICW or other waters, it’ll help both of you if you slow down so that he can get around quicker while moving at a slower speed himself. If there’s enough room, it may help also to move over a bit. But you should communicate with each other and agree first as to...... Read More

No Respect
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Posted: December 10, 2009
If Rodney Dangerfield thought that he got no respect, it’s a good thing he was never on my boat. I “get respect” about as much as a bear gets toilet paper in the woods. Here’s the problem. I cruise on a 53-foot motorsailer. It has a ketch rig and it looks like a big old slow sailboat. I guess part of the problem is that a lot of folks don’t know much about this motorsailer thing. It’s a boat with a big motor which can also sail but, at least with my boat, was built with the idea that the motor will usually be used as the main propulsion with the sails as...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 10, 2009 - Part 2
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Posted: December 10, 2009
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Right Whale Monitoring Buoys:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has deployed two (2) surface buoys moored off the coast of Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.
AID DESCRIPTION AND POSITION:
OFFSHORE: SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
Color: Surlyn Yellow Foam, Height: 100” above water, Depth: 54.7 feet, Position: 31 deg 50.179N 080 deg 41.081W. No watch circle and anchor will be re...... Read More

Love Your Boat? So Does Someone Else!
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Posted: December 10, 2009

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