Hurricane Season is Here: Are You Prepared?
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Posted: July 29, 2009
BoatU.S. CAT (Catastrophe) Team surveyors, who examine boats after they’ve been wrecked by a major storm, weigh-in on what could have been done to save them.



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PWC Do’s and Dont’s
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Posted: July 29, 2009
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Toms Tips on Portholes
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Posted: July 23, 2009

Many portholes have spigots (flanges) that extend out from the side of the cabin, over the deck. These can catch feet and shins and can easily be broken as you move stuff about the deck.

If the porthole is plastic you can trim the spigot back by making a plywood template that fits around the spigot and that is as thick as you want it to extend out. With this in place, you can use an appropriate tool (with which you can safely and accurately work) to cut the spigot evenly.

I prefer to leave this spigot extending, despite the obvious negatives of doing so. This is...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale July 23, 2009 - Part 2
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Posted: July 23, 2009
More Shoaling in St. Lucie Area:
All mariners are advised of continuous shoaling in the St Lucie Inlet, St Lucie River, and St Lucie Canal. Additional shoaling has also been reported west of the crossroads (ICW) in St Lucie on the north side of the channel, (Shoaling extends the entire width of the Channel).
St Lucie Inlet: Between St Lucie Inlet Buoy 6 and St Lucie Inlet Lighted Buoy 7
St Lucie River: Between St Lucie River Inlet Daybeacon 6 and St Lucie River Inlet Daybeacon 8
St Lucie Canal: In the vicinity of St Lucie Canal Daybeacon 38
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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale July 23, 2009 - Part 1
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Posted: July 23, 2009
Cancelled: ICW Closure at New Oak Island Bridge, NC, Mile 316.6:
(From the USCG 5th District Bridge Branch)*
Due to construction problems, the girder erection has been delayed and this temporary safety zone has been cancelled:
NORTH CAROLINA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – OAK ISLAND, SAFETY ZONE/WATERWAY CLOSURE
The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 316.6 (33?-55.63’N, 078?-9.37’W) Oak Island, Brunswick County, North Carolina (CHART 11534). The safety zone is necessary to provide for...... Read More

Death by Portholes
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 23, 2009

I haven’t had a root canal, but I’ve replaced my portholes. I haven’t rebuilt an exploded transmission, but I’ve replaced my portholes. I haven’t walked on the moon, but I’ve replaced my portholes. I haven’t leapt over a tall building with a single bound, but I’ve replaced my portholes.
A friend, hearing me moaning about the project, asked, “Why on earth did you do that?” I replied, “They leaked, you couldn’t see through them, and they wouldn’t open.” “Oh,” he said, and that was the end of the ...... Read More

Midsummer Maintenance
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Posted: July 22, 2009
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On the California Delta
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Posted: July 20, 2009
Paddle Boat World Record holds for Discovery Bay, California
Last weekend a lake community out side of Orlando tried to break the World Record of 186 held by Discovery Bay California, but missed by only 12 boats! The Discovery Bay event would have added at least 80 more to their record but couldn't get eveyone tied together. They were having too much fun!
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The Agony And Ecstasy Of The Tunisian Coast
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
Food poisoned again! It was the “cous cous poulet” in Tunis. Both Liz and I had all the symptoms (which I don’t need to describe). They struck us immediately upon our return to Feel Free from our trip to Tunis. It could’ve been worse, much worse – it could’ve hit us in the train or bus or shared taxi, or just about anywhere in this toilet-deprived country. Or we could’ve been on passage – thoughts too awful to contemplate. Throughout our 36-hour ordeal, we couldn’t stop thinking about our waiter’s comment as he deliver...... Read More

Sights And Sounds Of The Bay
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 15, 2009
One of the pleasant aspects of having a single place to call home for five months is being able to immerse ourselves in the surrounding area by absorbing the local and regional history. Another aspect is the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with an area that is rich in nature and marine culture. With over 150 major rivers, 11,684 miles of shoreline, 64,000 square miles of surface water touching six states and the District of Columbia, Lisa and I are beginning to understand what a wealth of opportunities await us in the months ahead. There’s a lot to see, learn, and do.

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