The Most Common Insurance Claims -- And What You Can Do to Avoid Them
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Posted: March 30, 2009

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Toms Tips About Treacherous Sands
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Posted: March 20, 2009

1. When you’re exploring unfamiliar beaches or shores, be careful to know where you’re stepping.
2. Be especially careful around shoals and beaches and spits jutting into deep water with strong currents around
3. I’ve seen many firm looking sandy beaches along rivers and creeks and other shores even inland. When I stepped on them I found the firm surface to be thin with sucking mud or silt underneath, sometimes with trickles of water running toward the water’s edge. You can sink quickly into the muck. The effect is a little like quick sand, although usually one does...... Read More

Goodwin Sands
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Posted: March 20, 2009



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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale March 19, 2009
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Posted: March 19, 2009
Bridge of Lions Closure, St. Augustine FL, Mile 777.9:
From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project Public Information Office:
Attention Snowbirds: The scheduled closure for the week of March 23-27, 2009 has been cancelled. However, the other closures are on schedule: March 30-April 3, 2009, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with two consecutive openings at 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Channel otherwise closed to all marine traffic with opening for declared emergencies and Coast Guard vessels only.
Further closures: April 20-April 25 and April 27-May 2, 2009 (Mon-Sat), fro...... Read More

Bahama Bound
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Posted: March 15, 2009
One of the big carrots that have been dangling before us, ever since we left Charlevoix in September, is the chance to cross over the Gulf Stream to the Abaco Islands, and soak up some of the warm, tropical sun while letting the cool island breezes caress our bodies and soothe our minds. We first saw this group of islands as we flew over them while returning from a cruise-ship vacation four years ago. The shallow turquoise water and white sand caught our attention and, as we always do when we see an interesting water destination spot, we fantasized about what it would be like to visit these isl...... Read More

That Sinking Feeling
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Posted: March 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
Watching the Pacific Ocean gush through a two-inch hole in the bottom of our boat, after the failure and loss of a two-inch through-hull, ranks right up there with the most traumatic events in our sailing lives. It certainly was the closest we’ve come to sinking our boat and it was only through good luck that Feel Free didn’t end up on the sea floor. Although it happened 10 years ago, the memory is still fresh and the impact it had on us borders on profound.
Like all near-catastrophes with boats, there were a number of valuable lessons learned. The near sinking drama...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale March 5, 2009
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Posted: March 05, 2009
Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine FL, Mile 777.9:
Attention Snowbirds: If you are planning to be in this area of the ICW in late March through early May of 2009, check the Florida Bridge Updates below for information regarding four long periods of channel closure at this bridge. These are the most restrictive closures so far in this bridge rehabilitation project.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Figure Eight Island Bridge Opening Schedule Change Proposed:
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Storm in the Anchorage
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Posted: March 05, 2009



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Toms Tips on Bad Weather Preparation in an Anchorage
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Posted: March 05, 2009

1. Always listen to the weather forecasts. Know what’s coming.
2. Chain anchor rode helps immeasurably. Add stretch with a properly rigged snubbing line.
3. Look at all the other boats around you. Be sure that there is plenty of swinging room AND dragging room. Room for recovery is critical if you or someone else drags. And many boats will drag at least a little.
4. Know the bottom. If you don’t, put down test anchors to be sure that it’s a good bottom. Some, such as rocky bottoms or grassy bottoms may seem to be good holding but may let you loose without warning as ...... Read More

Thailand to Oman: Three Passages, Three Ports
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Posted: March 01, 2009
By Liz Tosoni
We’re still in Malta, busy with Feel Free, getting her ready for the next leg, to Tunisia. In the meantime, if you read the blogs on “Pirate Alley” (January15 and February1, 2009), you were probably wondering what route we took to get there, so I thought I’d fill you in.
We’d spent two years in the Thailand-Malaysia area, visiting the many beautiful island groups and anchorages. Feel Free was in good nick after two haulouts, one in Phuket’s “Boat Lagoon” the first year, and another at Rebak Marina in Langkawi the second year. Her 3...... Read More