My Boats Bathe
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Posted: January 21, 2011
Our kayaks are “sit on top” kayaks. We like that kind because it means they don’t fill up with water when we turn them over or when we use them to surf in the ocean. But that means that you have to sit on top in what I call a Butt Basin. It’s a concave basin into which you demurely settle down. Being on top, any wave or splash can fill it up so that you’re sitting in water. But the kayak industry easily took care of this problem. The butt basin has four holes in it for the water to run out—two holes for each cheek. The problem with this is that water al...... Read More

Toms Tips
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Posted: January 21, 2011
1. When we first began full time cruising we bathed in the ocean using dish washing soap because it would lather even in salt water. We didn’t do this for long.
2. Sea water in anchorages in the Bahamas, Keys and Caribbean isn’t always very clean.
3. It may be clean if a strong current is washing through from the open ocean, but then you may have to worry about getting swept away---or having your bottle of soap getting swept away.
4. We also found that everyday cuts and scratches wouldn’t heal well and would often develop into sores because of the constant immersion i...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 20, 2011
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Posted: January 20, 2011
Attention Snowbirds
North Landing Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised that the S165 (swing) Bridge, at AIWW mile 20.2, across North Landing River at Chesapeake VA will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, January 20, 2011, to facilitate mechanical repairs. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1021. To avoid delays, mariners are advised to plan their trips accordingly. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)*
*Italicized text above a...... Read More

Snowstorms, Snuggies and Somewhere in Texas.
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Posted: January 18, 2011
Last time I blogged -- (that still sounds funny, the Z-train blogging) – anyhow – the last time I blogged, I told you I was headed to a warm water power plant lake in Illinois with Little Johnny VanDam. It was funny, when I first called to invite JVD he thought we were leaving Michigan to fish in some tropical place like Florida. Which would seem logical. But nope! No Sir! We were headed to Illinois – in a snowstorm.
Uh …. not the best idea. Oh, we caught ‘em, as you’ll soon see on “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show” – the water was 66-d...... Read More

The Science of Towing
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Posted: January 14, 2011
By Jim Favors
It’s been over 20 years since Lisa and I have had a trailerable boat, a 20-foot Four Winns runabout. We towed that boat all over northern Michigan looking for and exploring the inland lakes, camping over night while out on the hook… they were fun times. However, as I think back, I can’t recall ever giving much consideration to the vehicle we used to tow the boat with, I guess the boat was light enough that it didn’t make much difference. Well, that will change for us with the purchase of a trailerable trawler, which can weigh as much as 8,000 lbs.
First,...... Read More

Aruban Interlude
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Posted: January 14, 2011

By Liz Tosoni
Latitude 11deg 14 N, Long 74 deg 13 W
Santa Marta, Colombia
Hurricane Tomas lost energy 100 miles north of us and then moved away. Perfect. Now we can get on with the program and set sail for Cartagena, Right? Wrong! All set and ready to go, we looked at the weather picture on the internet only to realize that a low pressure system had formed over Colombia and had the potential to develop into yet another hurricane.
We wanted to be cautious about this particular leg of our journey. The 400 mile stretch between Aruba and Cartagena is well known for the worst weather condi...... Read More

Toms Tips About Racing
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Posted: January 07, 2011

1. I’ve done very little racing for sport, but a lot of racing to escape storms, time an inlet right, pass through a reef while the light is still good and for a lot of other reasons. I’ve seen too many boats and people come to premature ends because they lost that sort of race.
2. I admire those who can tweak everything there is about their boat to make it go as fast as it can on the wind. It’s a skill and an art that transcends the years.
3. But when I’m at sea and I’ve got to make a certain point by a certain time, I forget the purism of sailing unless i...... Read More

I drill holes, but I am not a mechanic
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Posted: January 06, 2011
Here’s a shocker – I have trouble sitting still. So what’s a guy like me do when every inland fishery in southern Michigan is covered in a sheet of ice 12 times thicker than what they skate on at the United Center? Answer: drill holes. Lots of them. For me, drilling fifty or sixty holes in the ice per fishing trip beats the heck out of sitting inside an ice shanty all day.

And through those holes, my twin boys and I have been wearing out the bluegills. It’s common for each of my boys to jerk 25 bluegills through the ice on a single trip. The deal is you gotta know wh...... Read More

The Race
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Posted: January 06, 2011
We just passed through a decade, and as usual we celebrated it on the water, although we had left the boat to spend the evening with some friends in a house on a beach of the Atlantic Ocean. Changing decades was an awesome event, but it reminded me of an even more awesome event. What seems like only a short while ago we changed centuries. Then, too, we were on a beach. We’d left “Chez Nous” at anchor and come in to Staniel Cay in the dinghy. The Cay was, of course, surrounded by beaches with the Exuma Sound (for many practical purposes a part of the Atlantic) to the east and...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 6, 2011
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Posted: January 06, 2011
Attention Snowbirds
Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing Dredging:
Cottrell Dredging will be conducting dredging operations at Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing in the vicinity New River to Cape Fear River Light 153 (LLNR 39720) from 05 January until 08 February, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are ...... Read More