The Bottom Line
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Posted: February 19, 2010
Advanced designs for the placement of butts at the helm were seldom considered in the not too distant past. But in recent years marine design professionals have been steadily rising to new heights in the art of the lowering of buttocks into practical yet comfortable foundations at the helm.



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Toms Tips About Seating
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Posted: February 19, 2010
1. A helmsman’s seat should be designed and positioned in a manner to minimize back and joint stress and wrist and shoulder stress. This can become a problem for many people on long passages.
2. There’s a tendency on some large fast boats with flying bridges to move the helms seat well aft on that deck so that people can sit (party) in front. NO helms seat should be designed or placed in such a way that you can’t see directly in front of you, including close in to your bow.
3. While comfort is nice, if you’re going to be making long passages, particularly overnight, do...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 18, 2010
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Posted: February 18, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
Mantanzas Inlet AICW Shoaling Again:
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling that extends half-way across the channel in the vicinity of the following aids:
Matanzas River Buoy 81A
Matanzas River Buoy 81B
Matanzas River Buoy 81C
Matanzas River Buoy 81D
Mariners are urged to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 07)
NOTE: This notoriously shoal-prone area is the most often dredged waterway in Florida. The usual pattern that we have observed in the past 26 years of cruising in this area has been that shoaling builds up f...... Read More

Atlantic Crossing Preparations
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Posted: February 15, 2010
There’s nothing like the imminent departure for a 2,800 mile Atlantic passage to focus the mind. Since Liz and I hadn’t done a passage of more than 470 miles in two years, focus is what we had. The thing is, like the hundreds of other Atlantic passage makers, we had a myriad of issues vying for our focus.
These issues I will break down into four groups and briefly discuss how we plan to deal with them to make what will be the longest passage of our circumnavigation, in 24 years of sailing:
1) Weather and Routing
2) The Crew
3) Safety and Communications
4) The Boat
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Chance Encounters
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Posted: February 15, 2010
Lisa and I have recently spent two months exploring the towns and waterways along the eastern coast of the United States, with our friends Louis and Diane Wade, from Morehead City, North Carolina. We’ve had buckets of fun together visiting towns, meeting people, playing games and exploring museums, anchorages and marinas that were new to us. So it was only natural that we were a little sad when, because of different travel plans, Bella Luna and Kismet went our separate ways in early January. As we started to travel by ourselves again, I took some time to reflect on the many people we&rsqu...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 14, 2010
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Posted: February 14, 2010
This announces the Publication of MSIB (13-10) – Ben Sawyer Bridge Safety Zone No Longer in Effect; Bridge Openings Restricted on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/Charleston
MSIB (13-10) – Ben Sawyer Bridge Safety Zone No Longer in Effect; Bridge Openings Restricted
Issued: February 14, 2010/1600 Expires: February 18, 2010/1800
The previously announced safety zone surrounding the replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge will no longer be in effect beginning Sunday February 14, 2010 at 1600. The waterway will be open to all vessels that meet the vertical clearance of ...... Read More

Marina Stories
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Posted: February 04, 2010
There’s nothing like snuggling into a marina slip to relax and escape the dangers of the high seas. You can let your guard down. You can watch those anvil clouds sweeping toward you as you look at those pilings you’re boat is hanging onto and flip a grin up to the dark skies. At least that’s what I like to think. But I also remember some marina experiences that weren’t quite so relaxing.



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Toms Tips About Marina Dock Power
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Posted: February 04, 2010
1. Be particularly careful about power supply in offshore marinas that use generator power. I knew if an island marina, for example, where the operator actually ramped up the generator’s RPMs to help “balance” the load. If you have a good digital volt/ohm meter and a hertz meter, and know how to SAFELY use them, you can check out questionable power before it does damage to some of your sensitive equipment.
2. You can have a panel hertz meter and/or a portable one. These will tell you the frequency of the sine waves, which for most US boats, should be very close to 60. If it&r...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 4, 2010
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Posted: February 04, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
Ben Sawyer AICW Closure Now One Day Later:
This announces the publication of UPDATE to MSIB (63-09) -AICW 10-Day Closure February 4-14, 2010; Ben Sawyer Bridge, SC on Homeport at homeport.uscg.mil/charleston
Due to a scheduled replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge's swing span, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) will be closed to marine traffic from Wednesday, February 4, 2010 at 7 A.M. through Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone around the Ben Sawyer Bridge. The safety zone will encompass the AIC...... Read More

Cruising the Canary Islands
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Posted: February 01, 2010
By Liz Tosoni
Where are all the canaries in the Canary Islands? Well, as it turns out, there never were canaries in the Canaries. The islands were named ‘Fortunate’ by early visitors from Europe, but later, Pliny the Elder (circa AD 60) reported that troops sent by King Juba II of Mauritania (now Morocco) in 60 BC discovered large dogs roaming the islands. They brought two of them back to the king and the name Insulae Canium- Latin for Islands of Dogs- persists today as Islas Canarias. During our month of cruising the islands of Graciosa, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, we saw a few do...... Read More