Best Cruising Boats
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Posted: July 29, 2005
Best Cruising Boats
We're a couple hoping to retire next year, we've been following your story online, and we're looking for a boat for extended cruising, too. What are the boats you looked at seriously before you bought Ithaka?

- Caryn Melvin, Hopkins, South Carolina

From Bernadette: Looking back on it, it feels as though we looked at every boat under the sun. But in reality, here are the boats we were truly serious about: We looked at aluminum boats and steel boats, and definitely would have bought a metal bo...... Read More

34. Grilling
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Posted: July 28, 2005
Grilling
By Tom Neale
1. A cardinal rule for eating on dock or deck: NEVER FEED THE BIRDS. If you see some misguided soul doing this, tell them that you see some droppings in their hair and that you’re just wondering if they knew it was there.
2. If you use propane to grill on board, store the canisters where leaking gas can not settle into the boat.
3. When we store charcoal aboard, we prefer to not keep it in the lazarette or any other confined area where the charcoal dust could settle into the boat. We prefer to keep it (in it’s original bag) in a heavy duty garbage bag (not ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - July 28, 2005
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Posted: July 28, 2005
NJ ICW, Manasquan River Rt. 35 Bridge Closures Planned:
From the USCG Fifth District, LNM 05/30 dated July 26, 2005: The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the regulations that govern the operation of the Route 35 Bridge, at ICW mile 1.1, across Manasquan River, at Brielle, NJ. The proposal would maintain the bridge in the closed-to-navigation position on three four-month closure periods beginning from 8 a.m. on November 1, 2006 until 5 p.m. on March 1, 2007; from 8 a.m. on November 1, 2007 until 5 p.m. on March 1, 2008; and from 8 a.m. on November 1, 2008 until 5 p.m. on March 1, 2009...... Read More

Dead Mans Cay
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Posted: July 28, 2005
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Radar Love July 15, 2005
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Posted: July 15, 2005
July 15, 2005
Port Antonio, Jamaica
18° 10.795 North
076° 27.302 West
Radar Love
By Bernadette Bernon
"Dear Bernadette, We're sorry for the trouble you're having with your radar. We understand that it's only three years old, and even though it's past the two-year warranty period, we agree the problem is totally our responsibility, and we've fixed it free of charge. We realize that you had to disassemble and carry the entire radar display, scanner, and cable back to the United States from Jamaica, and that you'll have to br...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Pumps and Alarms
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Posted: July 14, 2005
1. One of the most critical factors in dealing with water coming in is to know about it immediately. The sooner you know, the more likely you’ll be able to handle the problem.
2. Multiple bilge alarms, which sound off where you can hear them, are important. An alarm for the float switch for each pump is good. Additional independently wired alarm(s) to dedicated float switch(s) are better.
3. If there are sections of the bilge that will hold water separately from other sections, there should be not only pumps, but alarms for each.
4. Follow instructions when installing pumps and alarms....... Read More

Revival at the Gunnels
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Posted: July 14, 2005
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East Coast Alerts - July 14, 2005
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Posted: July 14, 2005
Block Island Sound - Port Access Route Study:
On any summer weekend this can be one busy piece of ocean, but we sometimes forget that it’s ocean until the wind blows hard. Large ships, commercial fishing boats, ocean liners and submarines share the waters with all those pleasure boats. And it is New England, so it does get fog, sometimes for days at a time.
The USCG 1st District (LNM 01/27 on July 5, 2005) announces that the Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study to evaluate the applicability of and the need for modifications to current vessel routing measures in the approa...... Read More

Freeloading - 7/14/05
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Posted: July 14, 2005
Freeloading
July 14, 2005
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Mail Call - 7/28/05
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Posted: July 08, 2005
Mail Call
July 28, 2005
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