The Older You Get The Faster You Go
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Posted: June 24, 2010
The older I get the faster I want to go. The longer I cruise the faster I want to cruise. What’s going on here?
When we first moved aboard full time, back in ’79, we could maybe plug along at around 7 knots if we weren’t being slowed down by something like tide, wind, waves, air in the fuel, nothing in the fuel tank, barnacles on the bottom, crab pots hanging from the rudder, shallow water or a bunch of other things. So we didn’t do 7 knots all the time, even though we went thousands of miles each year. But we’d have to wait sometimes a couple of weeks for a 3 ...... Read More

Toms Tips About Getting More Speed
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Posted: June 24, 2010
1. You can get more speed by tradeoffs, but be sure you want to give up what you’re trading.
2. Many boats are faster for the size, not just because they have more power, but also because they are lighter. A lighter boat may mean that you can’t carry as much water, cruising stores and fuel. It may also mean that you’re going to be more uncomfortable in seas.
3. Hull shape may be another tradeoff. Two examples follow. A true displacement hull is generally not going to go more than its hull speed, which will be relatively slow. But that hull may have certain advantages ove...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 24, 2010
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Posted: June 24, 2010
July Fourth Sewage Discharge Potential in NDZs Where Only Holding Tanks Are Allowed to be Used:
NEW YORK - LONG ISLAND - TEMPORARY SHELLFISHING BAN IN THREE AREAS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate a section of West Harbor (within Oyster Bay Harbor); all of the Sand Hole within Caumsett State Park, on Lloyd Neck; and a section of Port Jefferson Harbor including the area known as the Narrows, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish from sunrise on Saturday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 7, 2010, both dates inclusive. The harve...... Read More

Lets All Do the Rendezvous
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Posted: June 15, 2010
If one day you plan on becoming a “Looper” the very first order of business is to join America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA) and attend at least one of their twice yearly (spring/fall) rendezvous, preferably well in advance of taking off on your cruise. The 2010 Spring Rendezvous was held April 25-28 at the Grand Strand Resort and Marina in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (this facility will probably be used again next year). The Fall Rendezvous (October 24-27 2010), is typically held at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Alabama.


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Cruising St. Vincent
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Posted: June 15, 2010
By Liz Tosoni
I swear. The most dangerous part of sailing around the world is not at sea, it’s on land. Being a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who thinks he’s in the Indy 500, who speeds up steep hills and around hairpin turns, swerving, passing slower vehicles, deeking back into his own lane milliseconds before what appears to be an imminent head-on collision, is far more dangerous. My chest was pounding with the vibrations of the reverberating, pulsing reggae music, my heart was in my throat and my stomach in a knot when we arrived at our destination on St. Vincent Island. ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 10, 2010 - Part I
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Posted: June 11, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
Figure Eight Swing Bridge (AICW Mile 278.1) Schedule Not Changing:
The following is quoted from the USCG 5th District LNM (Week 23):*
AIWW – Figure Eight Swing Bridge – Withdrawal of NPRM sent for signing by District Commander.
Ed. Note: The week before, the Withdrawal of NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) had been sent to legal. It must have passed there. See the last East Coast Alerts, March 27, 2010, for background information.
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied fr...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 10, 2010 - Part II
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Posted: June 11, 2010
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Another New Bridge Proposed for Myrtle Beach Area, the Third Bridge for Socastee:
Special Bridge Notice.
The Coast Guard has issued a public notice regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to construct a new high level fixed bridge (Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge, SC 31 Extension)across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 372.3, near the Town of Socastee (between Surfside and Myrtle Beaches), Horry County, South Carolina. This public notice 3-10 which solici...... Read More

Dark Down Under
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Posted: June 10, 2010
Mel paused a moment as she stepped over onto “Chez Nous.” And she grew very silent. I was running the hose washing off a chain and not paying much attention, but I noticed. A moment later she started talking again. “Well, I just lost my glasses overboard.”
We’ve all been there done that. Sometimes I’ve seen it happened with much worse, like a wallet full of credit cards and cash or an expensive piece of jewelry. So I wasn’t too excited about it—at first. We carry spare glasses aboard that’ll get us through, if not with the very best visio...... Read More

Toms Tips About Going Down
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Posted: June 10, 2010
1. Explore what’s good for you under water. Your physical shape and health will play a big role in this, as well as your experience level.
2. Go to well qualified professionals who give lessons, no matter what you plan to do. Learn carefully.
3. As those teachers will probably tell you, even after you learn all there is in the books, you still have to become accustomed to being under water and comfortable with the situation so that you don’t panic or lose your cool. You need to do this in a pool or some other safe environment, where there is instant help should things go wrong...... Read More

On the Hard
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Posted: June 01, 2010
Lisa and I started writing about our Great Loop boating adventures for Boat US online Cruising Logs in the summer of 2008, just prior to our departure from our homeport of Charlevoix, Michigan. Here it is almost two years later and we have not yet completed the 6,000-mile journey, as a matter of fact we’ve gone somewhat backwards on our route. Kismet made it to the Chesapeake Bay last summer and we liked the area so much we ended up spending five months exploring the “Bay.” When fall arrived we backtracked down the east coast following the warm weather south. First on our itin...... Read More