Blinded by the Light
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Posted: May 28, 2009



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Toms Tips About Bright Light Blindness
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Posted: May 28, 2009

For this and a million other reasons, it’s good to have a partner with you when you’re running a boat—not just soaking up rays or day dreaming, but keeping up with what’s going on so that he or she can step up to help, quickly, if needed.

Have aboard within immediate reach (should you not be wearing them) a very good pair of polarized sun glasses.

If for some unfortunate reason you don’t have good sunglasses, it sometimes helps to form a light shield with your hand and fingers, making a tiny aperture with your fingers, and peeping t...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale May 28, 2009
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Posted: May 28, 2009
NC ICW Shoaling AGAIN:
There have been many reports from other cruisers, and indeed we noticed these places getting worse again (even though recently dredged) on both our southbound fall trip and again on our northbound trip in the spring. We have observed this same cycle for years: shoaling occurs in certain ICW locations on a regular basis, spot dredging takes care of it for a year or so, the USACE does surveys and gives a zig-zag waypoint course with highest possible controlling depths (but not adequate for any large commercial traffic), the Coast Guard moves or adds markers, sh...... Read More

Alcohol, Guests and Liability
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Posted: May 18, 2009
It’s no secret that if you’ve been drinking heavily and your boat is involved in a serious accident, you could be liable (and in serious trouble). What may not be as apparent is the liability you assume for other people aboard who have been drinking. This is true even if you haven’t had a drop of alcohol and are completely sober.

Seaworthy frequently writes about the effect that alcohol has on a drinker’s balance and perception, which can lead to serious falls. The falls -- on deck, from fly bridges, into open hatches, and down the companionway -- can happen while t...... Read More

Into Africa
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Posted: May 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
This time one year ago, Liz and I were sailing from Turkey through Greece, Sicily, and on to Malta. The spring sailing conditions in the Med were terrible, depression after depression tracked from west to east bringing gale after gale. “Never again will we sail in the Med until May” was the mantra. And there we were in late March in Malta, provisioning, paying the marina bill, clearing with Customs, checking weather websites, saying goodbye to friends we’d made over our five months in Malta. Spring was in the air and we were off to Monastir, Tunisia, 190 miles w...... Read More

Priceless
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Posted: May 15, 2009

We left the West End of the Bahamas at 6 a.m. in total darkness for a 10.5-hour, 97-mile cruise to the Fort Pierce inlet on the east coast of Florida Our timing worked out well as our travel day was the first calm-water day there’d been in over a week, and the window closed down the day after we made our crossing. As Lisa and I whiled-away the hours during our long journey I began to think about the costs associated with boat travel and wondered how much we’ve actually spent during the first seven months of our Great Loop excursion. Do I dare add it all up? Do I really want to kn...... Read More

Fire on the Water
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Posted: May 14, 2009




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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale May 14, 2009
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Posted: May 14, 2009
Dredging NOW at Georgia’s Hell Gate:
Cottrell Contracting Corporation has commenced dredging operations between Raccoon Key Lighted Buoy 87 and Hells Gate Light 92, in the Georgia Intracoastal Waterway. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. All operators should be aware that the dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables, which are attached to anchors some distance from the dredge and pontoons. Buoys area attached to the anchors so that they may be moved as the dredge moves. Submerg...... Read More

Toms Tips for Fire on the Water
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Posted: May 14, 2009

1. We’ve developed a habit of turning on the TV when we’re in range of a local station or the satellite TV (when it is working) and checking briefly the morning, noon and evening local news on a local channel. We’ve gotten much helpful information relevant to our trips over the years from this source. Usually a local TV station will be reporting the “BREAKING NEWS” as quickly as it can and often this news is relevant to boats passing nearby.

2. Most boats can get on the www by one method or another in most areas where we cruise on this continent. On “Ch...... Read More

Toms Tips About Unusual Weather
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Posted: May 01, 2009

If the weather doesn’t “feel right,” trust your instincts and be conservative.

If we remember that weather can be on multi levels, rather than only on our surface level, we can better understand the forces in play.

The Jet Stream is far above us, it seldom reminds us that it is there, it changes course and it is a major maker of weather. Pay attention to what it is doing.

Some features of geography are apt to make weather on the spot and are thus less susceptible to long term forecasts. These include the area off Cape Hatteras, the w...... Read More