Deck Leak Deliverance
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Posted: July 29, 2004
Deck Leak Deliverance
Whether you have a runabout with decks around the sides or a full blown yacht, deck leaks can range from bothersome to extremely dangerous. Here are some special tricks for dealing with and fixing deck leaks.
Finding the Fickle Trickle
If you can’t locate the source of a leak, there is a trick that will almost always find it. All it takes is two people and a hose. First study the overhead layout around the area where the water is coming through below. Check out things like slope of deck around the area where you’re actually seeing the water below decks. Look...... Read More

An "Insider’s" Insight into the Norfolk, VA Bridge Schedule
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Posted: July 29, 2004
An “Insider’s” Insight into the Norfolk, VA Bridge Schedule
Whether you boat in this area or are planning to make a trip south this fall, you’ll find that dealing with the schedules of the bridges can be a real problem. If you don’t catch them right, you could end up out in the ICW in the dark. With the traffic, and in some places tricky shorelines, this isn’t a good thing.
When all the bridges in the Norfolk/Chesapeake, VA area of the AIWW went on a more restrictive weekday rush hour closure schedule in Nov. 2003 (schedule is below), we all thought that t...... Read More

Deck Leak Dodge
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Posted: July 29, 2004
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ICW New Bridge News
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Posted: July 24, 2004
ICW New Bridge News
Many of you cruise in areas where there are no bridges to worry about. They either don’t exist or are high-rise. But in some areas of the east coast, bridges can be a serious problem for boaters, even to those with vessels requiring little vertical clearance. The following recent developments in Florida will be of great importance to those of you heading south this fall, and to those of you living in the area. They also should alert everyone else that, either you’re lucky to boat in an area where you don’t have bridges, or that you’d better be pro-ac...... Read More

Awash In A Sea Of Red Tape - 7/22/04
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Posted: July 22, 2004
A NOTE TO OUR READERS: We're off the boat for the moment, but we'll continue posting stories -- like the one below -- about our previous cruising experiences. We'll be back on board and actively cruising in the fall. Please keep visiting our log in the meantime. -- D&E
Awash in a Sea of Red Tape
July 22, 2004
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Back to the Earth
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Posted: July 15, 2004
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B-Line To P-Town July 15, 2004
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Posted: July 15, 2004
July 15, 2004
Gulf of Maine, under way
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B-Line To P-Town
By Douglas Bernon
It’s with the greatest relief that, on the morning of July 5, after a night sky of fireworks the evening before, we finally saddled up and rode out of Dodge. It’s not that I don’t love Newport in any number of ways. But our refit is pretty much as done as it’s ever going to be, a bunch of kinks have been worked out (though some remain and new ones emerge daily), and the town is filling up with thousands of ice-cream-licking day-trippers shopp...... Read More

7. The Threat
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Posted: July 15, 2004
The Threat
All cockroaches have a few things in common that make them dangerous as well as disgusting on your boat. They eat just about anything, including hoses below the water line and electrical insulation. They can cause short circuits, fires, and even sinkings in the right circumstances. They’ve also been known to bite in the night, and they certainly aren’t sanitary. They multiply in astronomical proportions and they don't die easily (if ever). Compton's Encyclopedia reports that female cockroaches typically lay 16 to 45 eggs at a time which take 4 to 12 weeks to hatch. Their...... Read More

Getting Serious About Groundings
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Posted: July 15, 2004
Getting Serious About Groundings
Here are some tips about how to get off (the bottom) that work. These tips involve grounding in sand or mud, and in settled weather and seas. And if you’re an east coast cruiser, be sure to also read the separate section of SPECIAL EAST COAST TIPS
1. Assess the situation and act quickly. Dropping tide, approaching weather, waves, or wakes from approaching boats can worsen the grounding and/or increase the damage.
2. In assessing the situation, take into consideration the characteristics of the bottom of your boat. Differences such as those between a sai...... Read More

Rule of Twelfths
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Posted: July 13, 2004
Rule of Twelfths
by Mel Neale
When you are cruising most tidal areas of the coast, it is possible to quickly determine approximately how fast the tide is rising or falling and the velocity of the accompanying current by using the “Rule of Twelfths.” The times of high and low tides as well as tidal heights above or below chart datum (the numbers showing depths on your chart) for each day can be determined from a number of sources, such as weather broadcasts, tide tables, navigation programs, some charts, and nautical almanacs like Reed’s or Eldridge’s. Use your own obse...... Read More