East Coast Alerts - March 31, 2006
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Posted: March 31, 2006
We received the following on March 31, 2006 in the late afternoon. It is the third change in this schedule of bridge closures.
**** March 31, 2006 ****
New Schedule for Channel Closures
Revised Notice To Mariners:
The channel will be restricted or closed at the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine according to the following schedule:




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Restriction/Closure Times


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March 29 -April 6, 2006
7:00 am...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - March 29, 2006
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Posted: March 29, 2006
Bridge of Lions Closure Schedule Revision, March 29, 2006.
We have been advised of the following information by Laurie Sanderson, Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project, info@FDOTBridgeofLions.com.
The closure schedule for April 17-20 and April 21-28 remain the same.
The revised schedule follows:
On March 29-April 1, 2006:
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Channel restricted to 55 feet wide. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.
April 3, 2006:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Channel closed for 8 hours. Full channel openings with 2 hour no...... Read More

Cruising Florida & The Bahamas In A ...
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Posted: March 28, 2006
CRUISING FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMAS IN A SMALL BOAT -- ALSO COMMUNICATING
From Dan:
I am looking to buy a 25 foot or 28 foot Irwin sailboat, shallow draft 2 1/2 feet with centerboard. Do you think this boat will work in the Keys, Florida Gulf and maybe the Bahamas? Also, how do you communicate out there?
Hi Dan,
We're not personally familiar with smaller Irwin sailboats, but we have a number of friends who own larger Irwins and seem to be satisfied with them. We wouldn't let size be a deterrent one way or another. We know lots of people cruising on boats around 25 feet long, including a family...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - March 24, 2006
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Posted: March 24, 2006
The following is a repeat of the VERY IMPORTANT INFO posted in the March 15 Interim Report:
St Augustine, FL, Bridge of Lions ICW Closure:
The following information has not appeared in any USCG 7th District LNM to date. This is from the Florida DOT and it is happening NOW:
Marine Channel Closures and Restrictions at Bridge of Lions
ST. AUGUSTINE – Marine traffic will be subject to intermittent channel restrictions and closures for approximately six weeks beginning Thursday, March 16, 2006. These restrictions are associated with placement of the vertical lift span for the temporary br...... Read More

Security Aboard
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Posted: March 24, 2006
Security Aboard
laire W of Minneapolis asks us about security on Ithaka and what precautions we take.

From Bernadette: We never leave the boat open when we're ashore. We lock our dinghy to the dock when we go into any town. The outboard, oars and gas can are locked onto the dinghy. On Ithaka, we don't leave much on deck, and we've run a cable through the handles of our jerry cans, which are padlocked in a group to a stanchion. Now that we're in the Rio, where th...... Read More

Getting Organized - 3/23/06
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 23, 2006
Getting Organized
March 23, 2006
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The Nuclear Solution for Boat Theft
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 23, 2006
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Lets Talk Toxins-Lets Talk Paint March
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 15, 2006
March 15, 2006
Cartagena, Colombia
10° 23.35 North
075° 31.54 West
Let's Talk Toxins-Let's Talk Paint
By Douglas Bernon
When you're out cruising, in any given day there's a time for play, and a time for work. And then there comes a time for MAJOR WORK, such as replacement of systems, installation of new gear, and bottom painting. This normally happens once every other year or so. For us, this would happen in Cartagena, and that time was at hand.
Cartagena is a great place to do boat work, and to get work done for you. There are plenty ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - March 15, 2006
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Posted: March 15, 2006
Interim Alerts
St Augustine, FL Bridge of Lions Closure:
Just at the height of Snowbird Season, The ICW will be closed. And it starts March 16. Following is the schedule from the Florida DOT:
Marine Channel Closures and Restrictions at Bridge of Lions
ST. AUGUSTINE – Marine traffic will be subject to intermittent channel restrictions and closures for approximately six weeks beginning Thursday, March 16, 2006. These restrictions are associated with placement of the vertical lift span for the temporary bridge being constructed adjacent to the Bridge of Lions. Once the vertical lift span...... Read More

Modern Day Pirates
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Posted: March 14, 2006
MODERN DAY PIRATES
From Fletcher:
A friend and myself were talking about going on an extended Caribbean cruise (just a dream for now) and he brought up the topic of modern day pirates. Have you guys experienced any problems with such criminals? What precautions do you make to defend yourselves in the event of an altercation?
Hi Fletcher,
Thanks for the note. In eleven years of full time cruising, the only pirates we've encountered have been behind the counters of boatyards and ship's chandleries.
Seriously, acts of piracy do occur in the Caribbean, but they are rare and focussed in just a ...... Read More

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