Happy Trailers To You
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Posted: May 27, 2010
Updated 9/1/2013

What can do more damage to your boat in a couple seconds time than a hurricane? What can do more damage to your day than a 20 pound eel on your line when you thought it was a fish?
What can make you the laughing stock of the day with roadside towers?
What can get you introduced to a room full of plaintiff’s lawyers all smiling at you while they’re sharpening their knives while you’re waiting for your lawyer who hasn’t returned from the trip to the bathroom he made 45 minutes ago?
What can teach you to lie better than all those lawyers put ...... Read More

Toms Tips About Trailer Insurance
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Posted: May 27, 2010
1. There’s a hidden issue with trailers that many aren’t aware of and that can cause big problems. But it’s easy to handle if you know about it.
2. You will probably have an opportunity to cover your trailer in the same policy as that which covers your boat. But this isn’t automatic. Normally you must tell the insurer that you want this coverage and it should be listed on the declarations page.
3. But this usually only covers loss of or damage to the trailer.
4. If your trailer breaks down on the road (as if a spring breaks or you have a flat and no spare or man...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 27, 2010 - Part I
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Posted: May 27, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
Figure Eight Swing Bridge (AICW Mile 278.1) Schedule Not Changing:
The following is quoted from the most recent USCG 5th District LNM (Week 21):*
AIWW – Figure Eight Swing Bridge – Withdrawal of NPRM sent to legal.
Ed. Note: A bit of background on the Figure Eight Swing Bridge Schedule Change Proposal: This bridge currently opens on the hour and half hour, 24/7. The residents of Figure Eight Island who own the bridge requested that the Coast Guard change the regulation to have it open only once an hour on the half hour. This would have cre...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 27, 2010 - Part II
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Posted: May 27, 2010
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Sawpit Creek Shoaling:
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling on the east side of the channel in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek LT 49, TEMP buoy 49A has been established to mark best water. (7th District LNM 21)
Jacksonville Area Dredging:
The Dredge BECHTOLT is conducting dredging operations off the Dames PT Turning Basin on the NE side of the 9A bridge. Dredge operations are scheduled for May 20-June 4, 2010. All mariners are requested to transit the area with cau...... Read More

The Spice Isle
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Posted: May 15, 2010
By Liz Tosoni
Having studied Chris Doyle’s Sailor’s Guide to the Windward Islands before our arrival in Grenada, Tom and I thought we had a pretty good notion about what we were going to find, but were truly taken by surprise at the amazing proliferation of vegetation and the sheer, natural beauty of the place. Feel Free has transported us to countless landfalls and this one definitely ranks high on our list of “memorable” ones.




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Falling in Love With Key West
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Posted: May 15, 2010
Have you ever been somewhere for the first time and wondered why it took you so very long to discover a little gem of a place? It could be a restaurant on the Erie Canal that serves the best calzone you’ve ever had (for us it’s Bosco’s – we’ll compare all future calzones to theirs for the balance of our lives) or, it could be a secluded anchorage on the St. Johns River, which provides great wind protection and an unobstructed sunset view. For Lisa and me one of the places that has recently wowed us is Key West, Florida.



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More Neat Stuff
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Posted: May 13, 2010
Occasionally I tell you about neat stuff we’ve come across while traveling on “Chez Nous.” I don’t tell you about this neat stuff from reading product reviews or advertisements. I only tell you about things that we’ve used, either on our 53 foot motorsailer or on our Mako. We travel thousands of miles a year on “Chez Nous.” We travel considerably fewer miles on the Mako, but at a much greater speed. So there’s opportunity for plenty of real life experience with these products. I’m writing this column as we head up the US east coast on &ldquo...... Read More

Toms Tips About Neat Stuff
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Posted: May 13, 2010
1. Product manufacturers regularly send out press releases about their new and/or improved products. This is very helpful because we all want to know about the new developments that can help to make our boating safer and more fun.
2. I’ve found that many product reviews in magazines are basically a regurgitation of press releases. Magazines need to do that to help get the word out and I consider this to be a service to the reader. But I try not to base my buying decisions solely on this type of releases and reviews.
3. Frequently the person who writes the review either has never had...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 12, 2010
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Posted: May 13, 2010
New Gulf Oil Spill Website from BoatUS:
From a BoatUS Press Release:*
NEW ORLEANS, La., May 10, 2010 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has launched a new online website for recreational boaters affected by the Gulf oil spill which can help them stay informed, safeguard their boats, and assist with recovery efforts.
The new website brings together a range of public and private resources and information for boaters, including how to protect your boat and the environment as well as boat cleanup tips. A unique live “observation map” all...... Read More

To the Grenadines
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Posted: May 01, 2010
By Tom Morkin
Should have been an easy overnight downwind sail of 100 miles from Barbados to Bequia, but a big swell from the northeast had us rolling more than we ever did during our recent Transatlantic passage. Worse yet, we were a crew of two again after being spoiled with four watch keepers for our Canaries to Barbados passage and we whined like “Valley girls” about not getting enough sleep.




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