East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 30, 2014
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Posted: January 30, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Las Olas Bridge Update, Schedule Change:
The East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is being repaired. The bridge is on the same operating schedule; but there may be short delays when equipment and personnel need to removed from the bridge for an opening. This work is expected to continue until March 1, 2014.
Starting February 5, 2014, Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, the East Las Olas Bridge, mile 1064 at Fort Lauderdale shall open a single-leaf on the quarter-hour on...... Read More

Fish Travels
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Posted: January 21, 2014
What a wild week! In my off-season I travel for shows and fishing trips. Last week I did both. I flew to Raleigh on Friday to emcee the Bass University. We had a super two-day show with Mike Iaconelli, Ott Defoe, Kevin Short, Pete Gluszek, Brandon Palaniuk, and Ish Monroe. Nearly 100 guys took notes as these top bass pros presented Power Point seminars on everything from electronics to using specific lures.
A flight on Monday landed me in Erie, PA for an ice-fishing trip. I had never done this before. It was tough to pack for Raleigh's 70-degree days and Erie's 20-degree days. FLW Kellogg&rsqu...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 16, 2014
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Posted: January 16, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Miami Boat Show Bridge Schedule:
The East Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.790980° -80.152275°) across Miami Beach Channel, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from February 10 through February 18, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show.
The West Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) across Atlantic Intra...... Read More

Made Better By a Knucklehead Like Me
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Posted: January 07, 2014
I do a sweepstakes every year with BoatUS ANGLER, and believe it or not, I actually take it serious.
Look, I’m not the smartest crayon in the box, but I’m wise enough to realize that while I’m fortunate to fish all the time, to the person that wins that trip, there’s a real good chance they only get to fish a few times a year, and it’s likely they’ve never caught a boatload of big smallmouth
That said, it’s a big deal to the sweepstakes winner. And in turn, it’s a big deal to me.
We’ve had three different sweepstakes winners now, and it&r...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 2, 2014
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Posted: January 02, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Shoaling, New USACE Survey:
An ACOE survey conducted 20 December, 2013 indicates shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 46A (LLNR 40223) ((33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) and Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 48A (LLNR 40240). Water depth to 4.0 feet MLW exists on the west side of the channel. Check http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx (5th District LNM Week 53/2013)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. ...... Read More

Boat Emergencies: What To Do When Something Happens Onboard
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1726 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: January 02, 2014
People buy a boat to fulfill a dream. Usually that's what happens. But sometimes the dream can turn into a nightmare in the form of an emergency at sea. Here are a few tips for handling "stuff" when it hits the fan.
Three Key Points
In most emergencies, three things must happen and they must happen very quickly.
1. Someone must make an accurate diagnosis of the problem.
2. Someone must decide the best response.
3. That response must be immediately put into effect and it should always include signaling for help when appropriate.
No Time
Interfering with the execution of all or m...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Emergencies
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Posted: January 02, 2014
1. Give a pre-trip briefing to your passengers before you leave the dock.

2. Even if it's short and very basic, it will probably help should something go wrong.

3. It should instill in them confidence in you and confidence that something can be done to remedy a bad situation.

4. At a minimum, tell them location of life jackets (and how to put them on), location of and how to use fire extinguisher(s), location of flashlights and a few other basics relevant to your boat such as, for example, how to use the VHF, the local USCG appropriate phone number...... Read More

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