East Coast Alerts - June 30, 2005
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Posted: June 30, 2005
New Format for USCG Local Notices to Mariners, July 20, 2005:
The Coast Guard has announced that it will discontinue the monthly editions of its published Local Notices to Mariners (LNM) on or about July 20, 2005. Instead, all information that is currently listed only in the monthly LNM will be included in each weekly LNM. There will be changes in format, but the information contained will be the same. Comments can be addressed to LTJG Dave Bauer at DBauer@comdt.uscg.mil.
Maine to New Jersey—Red Tide Warning:
The USCG 1st District has announced a Red Tide advisory for shellfish harvest...... Read More

Not In My Backyard - 6/30/05
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Posted: June 30, 2005
Not in My Backyard
June 30, 2005
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The Devil in the Trailer
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East Coast Alerts - June 17, 2005
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Posted: June 17, 2005
Causton Bluff Bridge, GA, Mile 579.9, OPEN:
The Causton Bluff Bridge, closed for repairs since April 18, 2005 following a truck accident, passed a final inspection on June 16, 2005 and is OPEN for both vessel and vehicular traffic as of 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. I just talked to the bridge tender, who said that traffic is flowing and sailboats are waiting in line. With repairs like this, sometimes glitches happen. We’ll let you know.
Chub Cay Club Marina, Bahamas--Closed:
Chub Cay Club Marina is closed for renovations as of now, until March 2006. This Berry Island resort with its ...... Read More

31. Trailering
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Posted: June 16, 2005
Trailering
By Tom Neale
1. Usually you first realize your trailer spring has broken when you look out the side view mirror and see smoke curling up from where your fender is cutting into your tire. Trailer springs frequently show surface rust early in their life, even if you spray them with fresh water and lubrication after each dunking. But inspect them regularly for signs of cracks or breaking or deep rust. Often the most difficult part of replacing them is freeing the rusted bolts. This may require heat which, depending on your skills and equipment, may require a professional.
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My Tool Pool
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Posted: June 16, 2005
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Shortcut - 6/16/05
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Rolling Out the Rainbow Carpet June 15, 2005
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Posted: June 15, 2005
June 15, 2005
Port Antonio, Jamaica
18 ° 10.795 North
076 ° 27.302 West
Rolling Out the Rainbow Carpet
By Douglas Bernon
Port Antonio, a sweet, cul-de-sac-shaped harbor that glaciers once kindly carved out of the Blue Mountains on the northern shore of Jamaica, just 20 miles from the island's most eastern tip. Protection is so good from all directions that some cruisers choose to ride out hurricane seasons here, either at the Port Antonio Marina or on the hard at its shipyard. For us, though, Port Antonio was to be a brief stop on our w...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - June 2, 2005
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Posted: June 04, 2005
Dominion Boulevard Bridge (AKA “Steel Bridge”), ICW Mile 8.8 in Chesapeake VA Proposed Restriction:
A year and a half ago new rush hour weekday restrictions were placed on all the bridges in the Norfolk/Portsmouth/Chesapeake, VA area. While the Jordan and Gilmerton Bridges continued “on request” during the remainder of the day, the Steel Bridge was placed on further restriction, opening once an hour on the half hour during the daytime, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Then there was a temporary test period of that same schedule a few months ago.
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Tom’s Tips About Tools
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Posted: June 02, 2005
1. I don’t ever buy those classy looking suede lined “made for the perfect yachtsman” tool kits. I want tools that suit the jobs on my boat, rather than the tools that suit some marketer’s idea of what will be most likely to sell on a shelf of pretty things.
2. Cheap tools are a bad investment. The can damage components (such as a cheap wrench rounding off a bolt head), damage you (like your knuckles) and break at just the wrong time.
3. Lots of manufacturers seem to be giving a “lifetime warranty” on their tools. This doesn’t do you much good when yo...... Read More