Alligators
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Posted: January 19, 2012
Several years ago we were heading north in early May after a winter in the Bahamas. We anchored in Bull Creek one evening, a favorite spot. This creek stretches away from the Intracoastal Waterway channel, where it follows the great Waccamaw River in South Carolina, and seductively disappears from view around a bend of dense trees. It was wide enough to anchor, but we could see old trees along the shore, their carcasses extending far out into the water. Occasionally a snag drifted down on the current, protruding from the water, giving a telltale sign of a large log or even an entire tree undern...... Read More

Toms Tips On Keeping an Eye Peeled
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 634 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: January 19, 2012
1. Don’t take for granted that police, big brother, fire and rescue, the town council or whomever is watching out for you on the ICW.
2. Much of it is still remote and those areas that aren’t remote often have creatures to which you may be unaccustomed in your home neighborhood.
3. If you’re exploring ashore in a remote wilderness-like area, have with you some sort of legal "weapon," such as, for example, an oar or a strong boathook (although I don’t mean to imply that I know that either of these would discourage an aggressive gator). Use it carefully and...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 19, 2012
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Posted: January 19, 2012
Attention Snowbirds:
Figure Eight Island Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Figure Eight Swing Bridge, at AIWW mile 278.1, across the North Carolina Cut, in Scotts Hill NC, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 to facilitate urgent gear replacement (with a backup date on Wednesday, February 8, 2012). The available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position is approximately 20 feet, above MHW. Also, the vertical clearance in this location is limited to 85 feet, above MHW, by the nearby ove...... Read More

Hardly a Care in the World
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Posted: January 15, 2012
By Jim Favors
When I was a kid, on summer break from school, every day was an adventure. I’d wake up, have breakfast and out the door I went for the day, with hardly a care in the world. I really don’t think I had much concept of time back then, but magically I’d somehow always make it back home by dinnertime each day. By doing so, I knew I’d remain in my mother’s good graces, and I’d be free to go back out to repeat it all over again throughout the long summer. As a child summer seemed to last forever.

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Charter Skipper for a Week
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Posted: January 15, 2012
By Tom Morkin
Get real, do you mean to tell me Festiva Sailing Vacations wants Liz and me to go to the British Virgin Islands to be skipper and chef on a Lagoon 44 catamaran for a week and get paid for it? Really?

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Its SHOW TIME!
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Posted: January 11, 2012
Every new year begins the same way. First I verify that my boat construction date is set. I also need to insure all of the options are ordered. A quick chat with JoAnne at Skeeter and everything is on track. She’ll keep me posted, but usually they are on a tight schedule. Mine will start on Feb 9 and take about 10 working days to complete. Another week or so and it will be shipped to a dealer to check out my Yamaha SHO outboard and I’ll be ready to pick it up and break it in the first week of March.
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Winter has finally made it to the Keys! Not for long!
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Posted: January 09, 2012
This first week of 2012 was a cold one by Keys standards! It lasted all of 3 days! As a resident you have to take advantage of the little moments that Mother Nature offers is secret bounty!
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A New Year, A New Plan
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Posted: January 06, 2012
OK, so it's the fifth day of January, 2012. If you are like most people, you've probably made a few New Year's Resolutions: lose a few pounds, exercise more, spend more time with family, or start a new business venture. Perhaps you have others that are important to you in the New Year.
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Take It When It Comes
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 596 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: January 05, 2012
It was our first winter in the Bahamas. Wed chosen our weather carefully to cross the Gulf Stream from Miami to the Bimini Chain. We entered between Gun and Cat Cays, cleared customs and anchored, overwhelmed by the beauty. You just cant believe it if you havent seen it before. The next day was just as beautiful so we stayed to smell the roses. Thats what its all about isnt it? The next day all hell broke loose.
A cold front ripped across the stream. It was earlier than forecast and it caught us anchored to the east of Gun, in a very exposed area to the northeast winds, with a rocky lee sho...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Good Light
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 699 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: January 05, 2012

1. Never underestimate the importance of having good light when youre making a landfall or even entering a familiar harbor.
2. Good light is important for reading the water in places like the Bahamas and Caribbean.
3. Its also important for helping you to pick out aids to navigation against a back drop of lights ashore from cars, houses, buildings, traffic lights etc.
4. Good light also helps in staying clear of other maritime traffic. Even if you know and recognize the light configurations required by the Rules of the Road, in real life, its often difficult to figure out what that other...... Read More