20. Getting the Feel for Your Boat
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Getting the Feel for Your Boat
By Tom Neale
1. If your boat isn’t behaving the way you think she should, try to figure out why. There may be something that you can do about it.
2. The prop(s) may be the wrong pitch or size. Sometimes this can be true even with a new boat.
3. Simple and relatively inexpensive additions may help. An example could be the addition of a splash rail on the hull, forward, above the waterline.
4. She may be loaded improperly, as, for example, too much weight forward, or too much weight altogether.
5. If it’s an outboard, the angle may need adjusting. ...... Read More

21. Beach Bummers
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Posted: January 27, 2005
Beach Bummers
By Tom Neale
1. A beach exploration on one of those small isolated islands in the Bahamas or Caribbean can easily become disastrous.
2. An amazing number of people don’t adequately anchor their boats when they land at a beach and go ashore to explore. When the tide rises, their boat floats away. They are then stranded on a “tropical island,” and it isn’t fun. In isolated places, such as the many small islands in the Bahamas, you can’t call for help because your VHF hand held is in the dinghy that’s gone.
3. If you leave your tender (or prim...... Read More

Hootenanny at Hole in the Wall - 1/27/05
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Hootenanny at Hole in the Wall
January 27, 2005
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Getting to Know Her
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East Coast Alerts - January 27, 2005
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East Coast Alerts
January 27, 2005
By Mel Neale
North Carolina Inlets—Problems OFF the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
The small inlets discussed below are not part of the Intracoastal Waterway, but intersect it at places called “crossings” (except for Oregon Inlet which is nowhere near the waterway).
The following inlet alert is copied directly from the most recent weekly 5th District USCG Local Notice to Mariners, #0504, January 25, 2005:
NC - COASTAL - AIWW - INLET SHOALING
The following inlets have shoaled to less than advertised controlling depths. Aids to navigat...... Read More

Holidays On Zia January 15, 2005
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Miami, Florida
25° 43.544 North
080° 13.984 West
January 15, 2005
Holidays On Zia
By Bernadette Bernon
We wound garland around the stern pulpit, arranged greens and glittering candles on the table, had Elvis serenade us with Christmas carols, and strung teeny lights around the butterfly hatch—a sparkling inboard constellation. This was Christmastime on Ithaka, in Miami.





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Roads and Rivers
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Posted: January 13, 2005
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Life On A Tilt - 1/13/05
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Life on a Tilt
January 13, 2005
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Cut Care
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Posted: January 12, 2005
Cut Care
1. Everybody knows that sometimes soaking an infected area in warm salt water helps. But soaking a wound in salty water from the sea may cause many very serious additional problems.
2. We actually had a nurse in the BVI tell us once to soak an open infected wound in sea water. Some don’t realize that this is not a good thing to do.
3. Sea water has many things in it that you don’t want working on your wound.
4. If you get a laceration or cut, try to keep sea water out. This includes tropical sea water. If you need to soak in salt water, use fresh clean water that you&rs...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - January 12, 2005
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Posted: January 12, 2005
New Jersey Bridges
The Route 13/Lovelandtown Bridge across Point Pleasant Canal at ICW mile 3.9, in Point Pleasant Canal, NJ, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position beginning 8 a.m. on January 3, 2005, through 5 p.m. on March 31, 2005. The bridge is undergoing extensive mechanical rehabilitation. Openings of the bridge will be provided between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday with at least 24 hours advance notice. Call 215-899-9341, 215-416-1235 or 215-239-7659.
Beginning December 13, 2004 until February 18, 2005, the south channel of the Shark River in the vicinity ...... Read More