East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 22, 2010
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Posted: January 22, 2010
Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions & Closures: February 2010:
Published January 22, 2010
Channel Restrictions & Closures:
February 2, 2010--February 5, 2010: Restricted each day 7:30 am until 8:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, except for scheduled full openings. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered - channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Temporary bridge opens, but channel is restricted. Full channel width provided during these openings: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4:30pm, 6pm and 8pm.
February 15, 2010--February 19, 2010: Closed all week (starting Monday evening). Channel ful...... Read More

Peril in Paradise
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Posted: January 21, 2010
The long white beach sparkled in the sunlight and the waves were perfect. My daughters, then still very young, and I were the only ones on the beach. We were far out in the Bahamas, on an island in the Exuma chain. I love to body surf. They do too. We were having an incredibly good time, getting some incredibly good waves. Many years before, a small plane had crashed nearby.




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Toms Tips About Emergencies in Paradise
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Posted: January 21, 2010
1. If you plan to travel to remote areas, you can buy insurance to cover emergency medical evacuations. Google “Medevac insurance” and similar terms to start checking out what’s there. But read the provisions very carefully. Be sure you understand what you’re getting and what you’re not getting. Also call and speak to a live person to further evaluate the service.
2. Your regular health care insurance may not give you the same coverage if you must be treated in another country. Ask before you go.
3. Never travel beyond your means of easy communications. For insta...... Read More

East Coast Alerts, Jan 21, 2010
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Posted: January 21, 2010
SPECIAL NOTICE
News Release
Date: January 07, 2010
Contact: Fifth District Public Affairs
(757) 398-6272
Coast Guard to terminate Loran-C signal
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard Long Range Aids to Navigation-C signal station in Carolina Beach, N.C., is scheduled to stop transmitting after Feb. 8.
As a result of technological advancements during the last 20 years and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System, Loran-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation's security interests, and is used by only a small segment of the population. Pr...... Read More

Out Of Africa
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Posted: January 15, 2010
By Tom Morkin
“I want to go, but I don’t want to go” lamented Sarah of Djarrka, describing her feelings about taking leave of our lovely sanctuary in Sale, Morocco. “I know” said I, “my sentiments exactly”. We’d spent just over one month in Bouregerg Marina, meeting up with old friends we hadn’t seen in two or three years, taking inland trips to the Atlas Mountains to the south and the Rif Mountains to the north, and to some of the imperial cities- Marrakesh and Fez. Rabat, the capital, was right next door so it was easy to regularly explor...... Read More

New Frontiers
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Posted: January 15, 2010
Cruising Florida’s St. Johns River and its tributaries for the first time certainly cannot be compared to some of the world’s great firsts, such as the walk on the moon, climbing Mt Everest, or the discovery of the New World. However, for us the St. Johns represented a new frontier, one that we had not yet explored, one that has all the characteristics for a great adventure. It has abundant wildlife, remote creeks with scenic surroundings for anchoring out, crystal clear springs and the occasional small “Old Florida” town or village with unique “laid back” re...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 9, 2010
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Posted: January 10, 2010
MSIB (63-09) –AICW 10-Day Closure February 3-13, 2009; Ben Sawyer Bridge, SC
Update #6 & Issued: January 8, 2010 1700 Expires: February 13, 2010 2359
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 3, 2010 at 7 A.M. through Saturday, February 13, 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 AICW from 180 yards northwest of the bridge, and 220 yards southwest o...... Read More

Permission to Change Course
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Posted: January 07, 2010
It was December 1999 and Melanie, our oldest daughter, was coming home from college for Christmas. “Coming Home for Christmas” is different when your home is a boat and the boat is underway. This December we were in South Florida. We all knew where we’d like to be for Christmas: the Bahamas. But getting to the Bahamas and then getting to a safe fun harbor for Christmas during that time of the year was often difficult if not dangerous. In the winter come the Northers which turn the Gulf Stream into cascading somersaulting mountains of water. There are periods of respite, when t...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Planning and Cruising
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Posted: January 07, 2010
1. Successful cruising often requires careful planning and scheduling. When exercising your freedom to change plans, it’s important to pay attention to future contingencies.
2. For example, laying over an extra day in a nice spot on the ICW or other inland waterway could lengthen your trip for many days if, for example, a bridge up ahead closes for several days of repair work. You can be better informed about bridge repair schedules by getting the free email of East Coast Alerts or reading them regularly on the BoatUS site: (http://www.boatus.com/cruising/TomNeale/alert.asp)
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 7, 2010
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Posted: January 07, 2010
January 2010 Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions/Closures:
Channel Restrictions/Closures
January 11, 2010--January 15, 2010: Restricted all week except for scheduled full openings. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered, channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Temporary bridge opens but channel is restricted. Full channel width provided during these openings: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
January 18, 2010--January 22, 2010: Restricted daily, 7:30—8:00 p.m. Closed nightly, 8:00 p.m.—7:30 a.m. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered—channel restr...... Read More