Storing Our Shiny Red Tug
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Posted: May 31, 2013
By Jim Favors
If Lisa and I aren’t on the water boating, we’re talking and actively planning our next boating adventure. Last fall, we found ourselves in a new situation when we decided to take the winter off of boating, something we haven’t done, by choice, in several years. We made the decision to put our shiny red tug into storage for six months because we plan to head west, mid-summer, for a four-month cruising adventure. We felt we needed to focus on preparing for that trip and, at the same time, catch up on some house projects. The decision was especially hard on Lisa, ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 23, 2013
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Posted: May 23, 2013
Northwest Channel Light, Great Bahama Banks, Destroyed:
Northwest Channel Light in approximate position N25 28.2 W078 09.7, in the vicinity of Chub Cay, Bahamas has been reported destroyed. All that is left is a pole that is barely visible and may be underwater at high tide. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013), NOTE: This is confirmed by Explorer Chartbook website, which also reports that Russell Beacon, another significant marker on the route across the Great Bahama Banks between Gun Cay and the Berry Islands/Nassau, is ...... Read More

Viva La Difference
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Posted: May 13, 2013
By Jim and Lisa Favors
While cruising the Tennessee River last fall, we frequented marinas about a third of the time, spending the balance anchoring out. Clifton Marina in Clifton Tennessee, Grand Harbor in Iuka, Mississippi, just off the Tennessee River and on the Yellow Creek, and finally Joe Wheeler State Park Marina in Rogersville, Alabama were the last of our marina stays during this trip. Each of these marinas have different qualities and personalities, ones that appeal to us, it’s why we chose to stay with them. When you get right down to it, if all marinas were the same, like goi...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May10, 2013
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Posted: May 10, 2013
24 Hour Anchoring Limit to be Enforced in Lake Okeechobee:
The following (in plain text) are excerpts from a March 18, 2013 Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville. To summarize: vessels may not anchor longer than 24 hours in one place in the Okeechobee Waterway, that vessels have to move a day's distance to the next anchorage and that the USACE has authority to regulate and enforce this.
The full text is available at:* www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx
US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Mr. Robert Schn...... Read More

Losing the Monkey
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Posted: May 09, 2013
You hear it every week on the Elite series and the FLW tour. “It’s just so hard to win one of these. You have to take advantage when you get the opportunity.” Although I don’t fish against the level of competition that those guys do, any big tournament that brings out the best bass fishermen on the lake is tough to win. I’ve been very fortunate to have won a few big tournaments. But I haven’t won a larger scale event in several years. As I type out this blog, behind me in my office is a pile of 2nd and 3rd place plaques and trophies. Don’t get me wrong,...... Read More

Why Boats And The Ocean Are "She"
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Posted: May 07, 2013
We've given the sea many names over the millennia. "Mother Ocean" is one that first comes to mind. It makes sense. All life, we're told, came from the sea. Jimmy Buffet really drove the point home because he said two times: "Mother Mother Ocean" in his song, "A Pirate Looks at Forty." The term "Mother of Life" has fit the bill for many of us. Just the word "Ocean" rolls off the tongue perhaps most easily of all. And particularly in the biblical context, I've heard the phrase "the deep" more than I've needed. And then there's "oce...... Read More

Tom’s Tip About Mother Ocean
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Posted: May 07, 2013
1. While it's nice to be a romantic about the Sea, this can obscure the truth and get us into trouble.
2. The Sea is indeed the last frontier on Earth and we know relatively little about it.
3. The Sea is, among other features, a variety of dynamics that we'll probably never truly understand.
4. We will hopefully never come close to creating a power anywhere near equal to the multitude of powers displayed daily by the Sea.
5. We should not allow ourselves to be influenced by the cute marketing hypes that give a false sense of security about being on the water.
6. Getting into boa...... Read More

Apr.18 - Apr. 21 - BASS Elite Series #3
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Posted: May 06, 2013
A short 5 day trip to Table Rock for some R&R and writing was the agenda between Douglas Lake and my next tournament, the Elite Series event at Bull Shoals. I have never been to Bull Shoals prior to this event and I was excited because I typically do well at venues I have never fished. It really just keeps my mind open to fish what is in front of me and not what I have heard I should be doing or checking out. There is a freedom to go with the flow that generally leads to success.
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Swinging Free & Easy
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Posted: May 06, 2013
By Jim & Lisa Favors
Anchoring out is either in your blood or not. I know we talk a lot about our time spent on the hook, so please bear with us as we share our last five nights at anchor on the Tennessee River before we backtrack and tell about the rest of our marina experiences. As we planned our fall trip last summer, Lisa and I discussed how our trip would afford us plenty of opportunities to enjoy one of our favorite boating activities, swinging free and easy at anchor.


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A Boater’s First Mate
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Posted: May 06, 2013
Getting to know the great people at BoatUS Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, it didn’t take long to realize they love boating! They work very hard to protect the rights and safety of boaters and anglers!
I always heard great things about this boating association. Once a buddy had an outboard that blew up 3 times. BoatUS willingly got involved and put pressure on the manufacturer to replace the engine! They did and my buddy was the recipient of a brand new outboard! Less than 3 weeks later, that outboard company filed Chapter 11! Had BoatUS not pushed the company to take action to resolve ...... Read More