Tom’s Tips About Speaking Up
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Posted: July 22, 2010
1. Look for announcements of problem issues in East Coast Alerts (http://www.boatus.com/cruising/TomNeale/alert.asp).
2. Keep up with governmental issues at the News/Gov’t Affairs tab at the upper left hand menu on the BoatUS.com home page.
3. Following are some addresses for comment regarding east coast bridge issues.
Mr. Barry Dragon, Chief of Bridge Branch
Commander 7th Coast Guard District (DPB)
909 SE 1st Ave, Room 432
Miami FL 33131
Tel: (305) 415-6743
barry.dragon@uscg.mil
Fifth District Bridge Branch
Waverly Gregory, Chief, B...... Read More

Speaking Up
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 967 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 22, 2010

Far too often, laws and regulations are passed which adversely affect boating. Far too often, these affect not just the pleasurable aspects of boating, but the safety of boating. I don’t know about you, but if I were sitting on some board or in some legislature making laws about mountain climbing, I’d make a mess of things and a complete fool of myself. This wouldn’t be because I would be ill intentioned; it would be because I know very little about mountain climbing. The same is true of the vast majority of law makers regulating boating.




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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 22, 2010
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Posted: July 22, 2010
Construction to Block AICW--Northern Indian River:
Misener Marine Construction, Inc. will begin work early this month to install scour protection at the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) spans and approach spans of the Jay Jay Rail Road Bridge over the Indian River, NASA Parkway Bridge over the Indian River and the Courtenay Parkway Bridge over the Haulover Canal. The scope of the work will require intermittent blockage of the ICW. Activities like placing stone, riprap, and marine mattresses will require two (2) barges positioned side by side at locations that will block vessel traffic thr...... Read More

One Day At A Time
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 15, 2010
One year, that’s the amount of time most cruisers who embark on the Great Loop adventure allocate for this trip of a lifetime. That’s 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 one-day-at-a-time experiences to look forward to. Some people actually take less time; we would encourage more rather than less but for most it’s a year long, 6,000 mile cruise through rivers, lakes, canals, bayous, bays, and the Great Lakes and sounds of the United States and Canada. So when some look at the immensity of the geography one must cover to complete the Loop, or the time it will take traveling by boat instea...... Read More

Then To Bonaire
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 15, 2010
By Liz Tosoni
With no tourists or civilization, only a handful of boats, scores of seabirds for company, fish aplenty for dining and for underwater viewing, our interlude in the remote Los Roques and Las Aves islands of Venezuela was really like “getting away from it all”, in stark contrast to the crowded and fast paced lifestyle of the eastern Caribbean we’d come from. Blissful solitude it was. Alas, our final morning loomed grey and sombre and the big swell that came up in the night, running from the north, was telling us something: time to move on kids.

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Cheap Thrills
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 08, 2010

Discount bungee jumping isn’t the kind of cheap thrill I’m looking for. Budget boating is. I’ve been boating cheap since before the cows started coming home. I can’t say that I’m proud of it, but I can’t say that I’m not, either. I can say it’s the only way I could’ve been on the water all my life. And even though the concept may seem oxymoronic, there are some ways you can actually do it--sometimes.
Some Basics
The first basic is to not kill yourself in the process. Being out on the water is inherently dangerous, notwithstanding certain...... Read More

Toms Tips About Budget Boating
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Posted: July 08, 2010
1. Take advantage of nautical flea markets. Whether they’re for charity, for strictly business, highly organized or just for fun, you may be surprised at what you can get for cheap.
2. Don’t forget your boat in down times.
3. Use your down times, like winter layup, to plan and do projects which will fix existing problems with your boat or improve the boat.
4. If you’re forced to keep the boat in storage for awhile, visit it regularly and invest any spare time you have in improving it. This will be an investment in your asset and in future fun.
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 8, 2010
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Posted: July 08, 2010
Canaveral Lock Closure Postponed:
Canaveral Lock closure for dewatering to install a new Manatee Protection System has been postponed. The dates originally were scheduled for August 3-September 11, 2010 and September 22-October 29, 2010. The new dates are expected to be in January-March, 2011. Canaveral Lock will NOT be closed during hurricane season. (7th District LNM 27)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Its Final--No Change at Figure Eight Swing Bridge! ...... Read More

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 01, 2010
Lisa and I left the AGLCA Spring Rendezvous (see June 15 Log) in South Carolina and headed north, northwest with a destination of 44.75º N / 85.62º W. The difference between the Loopers who left the Rendezvous by boat and ourselves this time was that we were en route, traveling by car, to our hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. The event seminar typically focuses on the water routes that lay ahead of members who are currently traveling north and they also provide some insight to the adventures ahead to both the current Loopers and the future planning members. I couldn’t help bu...... Read More

Cruising Remote Venezuelan Isles
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: July 01, 2010

By Tom Morkin
In the cruising world there are places so often talked about and in such reverent terms they become the holy grails for cruisers. These holy places usually have several similar attributes, at least mine do:
- They have good, safe anchorages in the right season
- They’re uninhabited or very lightly so
- They are pristine, heavily endowed with sea life, some of which is easy to catch and even easier to eat
- They are always between 20 N and 20 S latitude
- It never snows in these places
- There is no rush hour traffic, in fact there is no traffic
- They are islands, ...... Read More