East Coast Alerts - May 20, 2005
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Posted: May 20, 2005
Miami Beach, FL Seven Day Anchoring Ordinance Passes:
Following is the wording, as reported to us, of the new anchoring ordinance passed by the Miami Beach City Commissioners on May 18, 2005.
The City Commission finds and declares that the proliferation of watercraft in use for residential purposes or otherwise stored in the waters of Biscayne Bay within the boundaries of the City have had and have a deleterious effect upon the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City in that they potentially serve as a source for pollution and contamination through discharge of human waste as...... Read More

29. Steering Gear Tips
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Posted: May 19, 2005
Steering Gear Tips
By Tom Neale
1. All joking aside, poorly working steering gear can be very dangerous. Many recommend that steering cables for outboards should be replaced every few years or sooner if needed. Any time the steering is sluggish, jerky, or abnormal in any other way, check it out and take care of the problem.
2. Lubrication as prescribed by manufacturers is critical, but even this won’t give the steering gear eternal life.
3. Forcing a resisting cable with the wheel may damage the mechanism at the wheel or that end of the cable.
4. A cable may work but may be crinkly i...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - May 19, 2005
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Posted: May 19, 2005
Miami Beach, FL: Seven-Day Liveaboard Anchoring Law Passes:
As discussed in our East Coast Alerts of May 5, 2005, last night, May 18, 2005, was the final reading and vote by the City Commissioners on the seven-day limit for liveaboard boaters anchoring in the waters of the City of Miami Beach, FL. We hear that it passed, but we don’t yet have the details of the final wording of the ordinance. We’ll keep you informed. Look for another posting soon.
Spa Creek Bridge (Annapolis, MD) to Close at Night, July and August:
That busy bridge across Spa Creek, connecting Downtown Annapolis ...... Read More

The Best Laid Schemes - 5/19/05
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Posted: May 19, 2005
The Best Laid Schemes
May 19, 2005
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Fogged In, Closed Out
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Posted: May 19, 2005
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Preventing The Prop May 15, 2005
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Posted: May 15, 2005
May 15, 2005
Port Antonio, Jamaica
18° 10.795 North
076° 27.302 West
Preventing The Prop
By Douglas Bernon
There are events in cruising -- not all that frequent, but often enough -- that prompt sailors to pose the question, "Why on earth are we doing this?" At those moments, we're usually not tethered to the earth at all, but loose at sea. Generally the query is spawned by some creepy combination of darkness, bonehead judgment, ugly weather and, inevitably, broken gear. This was true the time we shredded the spinnaker ...... Read More

28. Fogged In! A Few Tips That May Help
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Posted: May 05, 2005
Fogged In! A Few Tips That May Help
By Tom Neale
1. Fog can occur even where it “never does.” We’ve even experienced it in the Bahamas.
2. You want other boats to know where you are. One method is to use the fog horn, but you can’t rely on that exclusively. Others might not hear if their engines are loud or if they’re within enclosed steering stations. Also many boats may be signaling by horn resulting in confusion compounded by the fact that sounds are difficult to trace as to point of origin in fog.
3. The Rules call for specific sound signals when in fog, ...... Read More

Cruising Up On a Plane
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Posted: May 05, 2005
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Taking A Break - 5/5/05
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Posted: May 05, 2005
Taking a Break
May 05, 2005
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Whining Through Paradise May 1, 2005
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Posted: May 01, 2005
May 1, 2005
Company Point Bay, West Caicos
Turks and Caicos
21° 41.872 North
072° 27.680 West
Whining Through Paradise
By Douglas Bernon
Looking back, going to the Turks and Caicos was a really bum call, and I’ve got to take the rap, because I’d pushed hard to go while Bernadette pleaded from the outset, “Let’s just stay here in the Bahamas awhile longer, then sail south from here. The Turks & Caicos can’t be better than this. Plus, it’s illegal to spear fish there, and it sounds touristy.”...... Read More