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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 27, 2014
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 2973 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 27, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Shallotte Inlet AICW Crossing Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at the Shallotte Inlet Crossing (33.907229°-78.383899°) from 20 March until 13 April, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 78. A Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse southwesterly and upland along west shoreline of Shallotte Inlet to the Ocean Isle Fill Placement Area near Shallotte Blvd. Pipeline, vessels and established crossi...... Read More

Guide Guests
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Posted: March 21, 2014
Over the coarse of the past seven seasons, we've had the opportunity to wet a line and explore a wide variety of waters across the country. On occasion, in an effort to locate fish more quickly, we've relied on the local knowledge and expertise of a professional fishing guide, and in some cases invited a select few to join us as a guest on the program. Now in my opinion, and I think many of you will agree, the job of a fishing guide is without doubt one of the most demanding vocations in the outdoors.
Heck, the outright pressure of producing results on a daily basis alone is a challenging task...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 14, 2014
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 2747 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 14, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Okeechobee Waterway, Ft. Denaud Bridge Manual Operation Schedule:
The Fort Denaud Swing Bridge (26.744880° -81.510466°), Ft Denaud, Hendry County, Florida has an equipment failure and is operating manually. Starting 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 through May 15, 2014, the bridge will open once an hour on the top of the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. From 8:01 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. the bridge will open if at least three hours advance notice if given to 863-673-2974. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our c...... Read More

Fire On Boats
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 2736 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: March 04, 2014
Fire on boats has always terrified seamen. But in recent years, with more safety equipment and rescue assets available, there seems to have been less thought about it. Here are some reasons why it's just as serious as ever and why, arguably, we may have more to fear from boat fires in modern times than did seamen of old.
People often think that fire on boats is so bad because you can't just walk out the door and stand in the yard waiting for the fire trucks to come, safe at that distance, even though your house is burning down. That's just a part of it, but it's only the beginning. Following ...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Fire Extinguishers
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 2754 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 04, 2014
1. Fire extinguishers should be rated for marine use and USCG approved.
2. They should be within immediate reach, even in a fire, and mounted with approved brackets.
3. For example a fire extinguisher mounted over a galley stove may be easy to reach if a fire is in the engine space, but impossible to reach if the fire is on the stove.
4. Have enough aboard so that you can have them well distributed for instant easy access. The minimum required by law may be nowhere near enough.
5. Sometimes you may need to place a fire extinguisher where it is somewhat exposed to the elements, as on...... Read More

March Coming in Like a Lion!
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Posted: March 04, 2014
Nasty weather again this week. For a guide, it just means more time to get ready. I think I am now more than ready! I drove to Chesdin Marine in Petersburg last week, while we had a break in the icy weather, to pick up my new Skeeter bass boat for this season. It was ready to roll! Almost that is!
After getting a new boat for every season for the past 18 years, there are a few things I insist on doing myself. I rely on my batteries more than most, especially my deep cycle trolling motor batteries. After several seasons of having to replace failed batteries mid season, I looked into newer bass ...... Read More