An Unsuccessful Coast Guard Rescue
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Posted: February 26, 2009
An interesting tale from Peter F. Theis:

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East Coast Alerts Addendum By Mel Neale February 24, 2009
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Posted: February 24, 2009
Figure Eight Island Bridge Opening Schedule Change Proposed:
FEB 24 2009
PUBLIC NOTICE 5-1137
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
SUBJECT: PROPOSED MODIFICATION TO THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING
THE OPERATION OF THE FIGURE EIGHT SWING BRIDGE ACROSS
THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) AT SCOTTS
HILL, NC.
The Coast Guard proposes to change the drawbridge operation regulations of the Figure Eight Swing Bridge, at AIWW mile 278.1 at Scotts Hill, NC. This proposal would allow for the drawbridge to open on signal every hour on the half hour for the passage of pleasure vessels. At all times, the draw wil...... Read More

Royal Clipper Cruise - Feb 2009
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Posted: February 23, 2009
We had another great Star Clipper Experience. We were part of a group of 10 friends and or family. This time I didn't write about it but I did take a lot of photos which you can see here on my Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=66261&id=587671965 and http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=66310&id=587671965

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale February 19, 2009
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Posted: February 19, 2009
Ben Sawyer Bridge, Mile 462.2 Repairs:
This bridge was severely damaged 20 years ago during Hurricane Hugo, and the swing span should have been replaced then. The USCG 7th District LNM 07 announces that the swing span of the Ben Sawyer Bridge will be replaced between March and November, 2009 and there may be slight delays in opening. These delays will be announced in SIBs from Coast Guard Charleston.
The bridge will be closed to navigation on March 6, 2009 from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. for temporary power transfer.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our c...... Read More

Blistering Attack
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1115 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 19, 2009



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Toms Tips on Blisters
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1216 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: February 19, 2009
1. Some blisters are so deep that they have structural significance and boats with problems like this should be avoided.
2. Some don’t appear to be deep but are symptomatic of inherent delamination which you can’t readily see unless you do something like cutting a plug out of the hull. Delamination can make a hull fail catastrophically.
3. While moisture meters are a good tool, you shouldn’t forget that you’re dealing with a hull that’s submerged most of the time. If a guy with a moisture meter is telling you to take draconian steps because your hull i...... Read More

Launch Into Spring!
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Posted In Spring Launch
Posted: February 17, 2009
Have you started planning for fitting out your boat this Spring? If you haven’t, now is the time to start thinking about a complete inspection of your engine, hull and other systems in preparation for launching your boat this season. BoatUS Marine Insurance wants to make sure you’re prepared for the list of tasks with the Seaworthy Spring Fitting Out Safety Checklist.

Fitting out your boat requires planning and some effort on your part. And attention to detail this spring can make the upcoming boating season a lot safer and more enjoyable.
The Safety Checklist includes ins...... Read More

Slow Motion
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 15, 2009
By Jim Favors
Florida’s western coast is a wonderful cruising territory, providing abundant anchorage possibilities, sandy beaches, and unique communities, along with a large variety of marina choices. Lisa and I started our journey on the west coast of Florida with a weeks stay at the City Marina in Tarpon Springs, the sponge capital of the World. Tarpon Springs is a Greek community rich in history and alive with culture dating back well over a hundred years.
Counting the seven days in Tarpon Springs, we spent 23 days working our way down Florida’s coast before reaching Key West ...... Read More

Doing Hard Time in Malta
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
Unlike normal people, for some strange reason Liz and I don’t mind living on our boat while it’s lying high and dry in a boatyard. In fact, elements of boatyard living are downright pleasurable. Take for example our last yards: Boat Lagoon in Thailand and Rebak in Malaysia. Both boatyards were situated in resorts, complete with swimming pools, restaurants, TV room, internet access, and lovely shower facilities. Of course yards like those are exceptions, while the Malta yard, Manoel Island Yacht Yard, is, well, a real boatyard. Yep, no restaurant, no internet, and cert...... Read More

Changing Your Dreams
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 06, 2009



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