Winter Fishing for Crappie
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Posted: February 23, 2011

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Bird Poop Poll
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 748 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: February 17, 2011
I’m sitting here listening to the pitter patter on my deck and wondering which kind of bird is doing it. In earlier days I’d be running up the companionway to bang on the



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Toms Tips About Bird Watching
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 462 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: February 17, 2011
Tom’s Tips About Bird Watching
1. Bird poop that is left to dry on Lexan windows or hatches can produce patches of surface crazing underneath. While these patches on our boats never cracked completely through, they were unsightly.
2. Bird poop can accelerate deterioration of stitching in canvas products.
3. The discoloration that some bird droppings leave on gelcoat will usually bleach away over time. But if you want to get rid of it fast, there is a product for you--Starbrite’s “Spider and Bird Stain Remover”! (www.starbrite.com)
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 17, 2011
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Posted: February 17, 2011
Attention Snowbirds
Canaveral Lock Closure Update:
A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE in Jacksonville dated February 2, 2011 states that the Canaveral Lock will continue to be closed for dewatering and the installation of a new Manatee Protection System until completion on April 8, 2011. On April 9, 2011 the lock will reopen for all vessels. There will be no three week period of opening of the lock as previously stated.
Check www.saj.usace.army.mil, choose OPERATIONS DIVISION tab and select the NOTICE TO NAVIGATION from the pull down menu, or call USACE: 904 232 2103 (Aa...... Read More

Weighing the Options
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Posted: February 15, 2011
Lisa Targal Favors
As you all know by now we are in between boats, having sold our Fathom 40 a few months ago. We are now actively looking at trailerable trawler models and exploring all of our options. I was initially surprised at all of the new things we would now have to consider when choosing our next boat. We are downsizing not only the size of boat but also, the time we dedicate to staying on the boat. Some of the things I needed in the past, to maintain a functioning household, (or should I say “boathold”) on our old boat will just not be as important as they might have been...... Read More

Cruising the Cape Horn of the Caribbean Part 2
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Posted: February 15, 2011

By Tom Morkin

Cartagena, Colombia
Dawn broke on our second morning at sea on our so far delightful trip from Aruba to Cartagena. Our delight was immediately transformed to despair while listening to the morning weather forecast on our long distance radio. Chris Parker of the Caribbean Weather Center broke the bad news. The expected developing low pressure system over Colombia was developing faster than expected. Our hopes of reaching Cartagena before the affects of the system kicked in died a fast death.
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February Trailering and Water Music
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Posted: February 14, 2011
Hello,
While I must agree with your selections of water music, “The River” and “Sailing”, I felt the need to write. Kenny Chesney’s “Boats” hits it out of the park to the feelings one has owning, captaining, as well as life on the water.

Thank you for your informative and fun-read magazine!

Cape May YES!
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Posted: February 11, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed the article on Cape May in the February issue. I was stationed at the Coast Guard base there for boot camp in the summer of 1957. It is a beautiful area and I would love to boat there sometime.

BoatUS Trailering is a great magazine for boaters. I moved from North East Alabama to Wilmington, NC last year and the article on checking out the boat trailer was excellent. I did what I could and had the rest done professionally where necessary. The 600 mile trip was smooth as silk!

Many thanks,

Doug Tounsley
Wilmington, NC

February Trailering Issue and Navigation
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Posted: February 11, 2011
Just a note to say what a fine issue this is. As a trailerboater myself, I'm always on the lookout for good, practical information. (And as a frequent visitor to Cape May, I especially enjoyed your piece on that town.)
One mild suggestion: If you're approaching another boat nose-to-nose, a horn signal is most likely to elicit one of two reactions. A friendly skipper will just wave and smile; most will give you an interdigital gesture that translates to "Who you beepin' at, Jack?"
Better to swing your bow 45 degrees to starboard or port, slow down, and wait for the other boat to re...... Read More

First a Super Bowl, Now a Classic.
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Posted: February 10, 2011
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