Four Thoughts for 2013
Contributed by MZona - This blog has been viewed 1394 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: January 23, 2013
Look, I know the new year started a couple of weeks of ago, but it’s not too late to share a couple thoughts for the 48 weeks that still await us in 2013.
Mark Zona and Kevin Van Dam... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 17, 2013
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Posted: January 17, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
AICW Dredging, Bear Inlet Crossing:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at the Bear Creek Crossing of the AICW (approximately Mile 238)* (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W) from 16 January until 31 January, 2013. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southeasterly from the dredge site to the Upland Disposal Area 94. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariner...... Read More

The Perfect Ending
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: January 15, 2013
By Jim Favors
Weather is one of the most critical components boaters worry about when cruising; it can make or break a well-planned trip. Dedicating a window of time (like our two-week North Channel cruise) for a boat trip can be somewhat of a crapshoot when it comes to weather. We always hope for the best and try to be optimistic when things go awry, however, we never quite know what will transpire until the dice stop rolling. Because we were towing our tug more than a few miles, from Spanish back to Charlevoix, we had to prepare the boat for a somewhat long-distance trek. The disassembly of ...... Read More

Its SHOW TIME!
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Posted: January 08, 2013
Happy New Year! After a brief break, although I have been able to get on the water a couple of times a week, I am into my physical workout program, treadmill, exercise bike and weights. I like to get outside and jog a bit also to stay acclimated to the elements.
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 4, 2013
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Posted: January 04, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Hazard at Lake Sylvia (Ft. Lauderdale) Entrance Channel:
The Coast Guard received a report of a down concrete marker in approximate position 26°06.612N/80°06.625W. The position is south of New River Daybeacon Light 13 (LLNR 47275) going into Lake Sylvia. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 52/2012)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
AICW Closure for Gilmerton Bridge Construction Resche...... Read More

When There Is No Bottom
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1159 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: January 04, 2013
You're far out in the ocean, far from sight of land, and you jump overboard. Why would you do this? Perhaps a heavy trap line is ensnarled in your running gear. Perhaps a loud BUMP from below made you think you'd better check down there for damage. Perhaps it's just hot, you're becalmed, the sea is inviting and you want to try it.
You float for a bit on your stomach, looking down through your dive mask, into the..well, that's the point. You're accustomed to looking down at the bottom, or at least into murk which you know hides a nearby bottom. But this is very different. You're looking d...... Read More

Tom’s Tips for Snorkeling
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Posted: January 04, 2013
1. Don't do it unless you're a good swimmer and comfortable in the water as well as with using a snorkel. Some people find it very difficult to adjust. Practice wearing a mask and breathing through a snorkel in shallow water before you go into deep water.
2. A wet suit, while not adequate as a PFD, provides a great measure of buoyancy and safety when you snorkel.
3. If you are working on your bottom wear a wet suit with long sleeves. These will help protect you from potentially dangerous cuts from barnacles and other growth.
4. Also wear gloves if appropriate to protect your hands.
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Magical Weather & Mysterious Ports
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: January 01, 2013
By Jim Favors
If was a little gusty when we departed Little Current – several fair weather captains decided to opt for keeping their boats tethered to the dock as the front passed through. After looking at the weather report ourselves, and being assured of a small window in the morning before the winds would kick up further, we decided to continue with our plan to head out as early as possible, past Picnic Island making a starboard turn into Wabuno Channel, then heading north. Our goal was to catch the leeward sides of East Rouse, Bedford, Ame Droz and Clapperton Islands as we slowly mad...... Read More

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