Time to get back to work!
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Posted: February 28, 2012
It's getting close to go time! My 2012 Skeeter has been built and looking for a ride from Texas to Sturgis Marine up the road in Delaware. There it will be water tested and my 250 hp Yamaha SHO will be run through a diagnostic test on a computer. Now comes the final licensing. Got the trailer tag this week with only an hour in the waiting room at the DMV. Next a two hour drive to Richmond to register my boat. I need to get a boat number to pop my Potomac River Fisheries Commission in the mail. In about 5 days I'll have my last license for 2012!

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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 16, 2012
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Posted: February 16, 2012
Attention Snowbirds:
Kingsley Creek Railroad Bridge (AICW Mile 720.7, 5 ft Vertical Clearance) Closure Proposed:
The owner of the Amelia River Railroad Bridge (30°37'42.44"N, 81°29'4.07"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fernandina Beach, Florida has requested permission to close this bridge to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, March 26 through March 30, 2012. The Coast Guard is requesting comments on this proposed bridge closure. Comments should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil or can be faxed to 305-415-6763. The closure request may be change...... Read More

Call it Romance or Mystique
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 15, 2012
By Lisa Targal Favors
I’m not really sure what happened when we picked a beach anchor site in Cottonwood Canyon; the atmosphere and character of our Lake Powell cruise seemed to take a turn. I began to feel a noticeable change in the tone and mood of our trip. Up to this point we were in awe of our surroundings and that aspect seemed to rule the day. I guess you could say we were so entertained by the scenery; it left us stunned and wanting more. However, as we got settled into a private little cove in Cottonwood Canyon, the ambience seemed to evolve and presented us with a quiet, althou...... Read More

Transiting the Panama Canal
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 15, 2012
By Tom Morkin
Don’t ever think a canal is a canal is a canal. It’s not so. Consider the two most important canals in the world. The Suez Canal is really not much more than a ditch in the desert. There are no locks or chambers. Boats never rise above sea level. The French under the leadership of Ferdinand de Lesseps who designed and built the Suez Canal, for the most part had to remove a whole lot of sand to make a ditch from the Gulf of Suez in the northern reaches of the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, a distance of 88 miles. A yacht crew wishing to transit is simply required to she...... Read More

Super Bowl Blog
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Posted: February 08, 2012
There’s 2 minutes left in the half, Brady connects and the Patriots trail by 6 points. Yeah that’s right, I’m taking this opportunity to blog during Super Bowl XLVI. Why? Because I’ve been so busy since returning from a shoot in Florida! This is cram-time in the TV business for fishing show producers. It’s like its the fourth quarter and we need to score four more touchdowns, sort of speak. Truth is we have four more episodes to produce, edit and ship off to Outdoor Channel in time for closed-captioning by the end of the month.
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Special: East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 3, 2012
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Posted: February 03, 2012
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
CANCEL BROADCAST AT 080501Z FEB 2011
SEC NC BNM 079-12
NC - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE
SOUND - SAFETY ZONE
1. THE COAST GUARD IS ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY SAFETY ZONE ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) ADJACENT TO MARINE CORPS BASE (MCB) CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE AICW BETWEEN MILE HAMMOCK BAY AND THE ONSLOW SWING BRIDGE IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY TRAINING OPERATIONS ON FEBRUARY 6TH AND 7TH 2012. THIS ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE FOR THE SAFETY OF MARINERS ON ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 2, 2012
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Posted: February 02, 2012
New in this East Coast Alerts:
Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: xx°xx'xx.xx"N or W. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational ...... Read More

Hose Handling
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: February 02, 2012
Dealing with hose problems on your boat can be a bloody, angering, frustrating disaster. They clog up, they leak where they shouldn’t, they leak where they should, they won’t come off when you need them to and they do come off when you don’t need them to. Hoses are a big deal on a boat.
If your hose is clogged it could be from some piece of trash sucked in from overboard, a piece of trash which went down the sink drain, soap and grease or whatever. Usually these clogs are a fairly straight-forward fix. A clog from a sink, shower or scupper drain can often be fixed with t...... Read More

Tom’s Tips on Hose Clamps
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Posted: February 02, 2012
1. Although hose clamps are set up for use with a straight slot screwdriver, they can also be torqued with a socket wrench.
2. Have a socket wrench, of the correct size, handy when you go to work. The screwdriver may be faster and may require less clearance, but sometimes the socket wrench will do a better job more easily.
3. Avoid over-tightening a hose clamp. There’s a tendency to do this when the connection is seeping. If the clamp isn’t tight enough, usually it takes only a little extra torque. If you tighten too much you’ll deform and maybe break the clamp and poss...... Read More

Winter almost over?
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Posted: February 01, 2012
My "10 Ways to Fish a Senko" tank demos went well and several of my techniques are new for everyone, as I have been playing around with them over the past two seasons. I'll have to write a BoatUS article on them.
Speaking of articles, I have a new one this month about how to add rattles to hooks, like jigs and tube heads. I especially like to add rattles to tube heads, as there aren't many equipped with them. That's in the current BoatUS ANGLER Tacklebox newsletter
This month is going to be busy. I spend a day or so a week on the water and a few days writing. But I'm still preparing...... Read More