East Coast Alerts - November 21, 2004
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Posted: November 21, 2004
New Ft Lauderdale/Broward County Bridge Schedule Trial
The Coast Guard has announced a test of a new bridge opening schedule for Ft Lauderdale/Broward County bridges. All bridges will open only twice an hour during this period, which begins on Dec. 1, 2004 and ends on Feb. 28, 2005. After the 90 day test the schedule will revert to the one in effect previously. There will then be a period of comments from the public and a final schedule will be announced later in the year, 2005.
The new opening schedule is as follows:
Mile 1055.0: NE 14th Street Bridge: 15 and 45 minutes after the hour
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13. Toms Bird Drop Tips
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Posted: November 18, 2004
Tom's Bird Drop Tips
By Tom Neale
When a marine surveyor has to cut the grass on your decks before he can check them for delamination, you’ve got a problem. For this and other reasons, its best to wage an aggressive campaign against our flying feathered fecal factory friends.
Here are some of our observations, PLEASE send me any ideas you have.
Bird droppings are more than inconvenient. They can be damaging.
If you allow them to remain for more than a few hours on Lexan and other hard plastic windows, the heat generated by the effect of the sun on the dark spots can cause crazing in...... Read More

16. Leave the Cartoon Images Ashore
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Posted: November 18, 2004
Leave the Cartoon Images Ashore
In case you’re wondering about the photo: That’s our daughters and a hammerhead. The time was many years ago. The place was a beach in the Bahamas. The story was that the shark had been frequenting a harbour where many people also swam. It was caught, with great effort, by some guys on a large heavy trawler. When hooked, it pulled that trawler around the harbour much of the night. And yes, it was very dead when our daughters approached it on the beach. We had checked it out. Creatures from the sea can fool you in many ways, and much is being said to...... Read More

November Mike November - 11/18/04
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Posted: November 18, 2004
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November 18, 2004
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Solenoid on Ice November 15, 2004
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Posted: November 15, 2004
November 15, 2004
Beaufort, North Carolina
34° 42.771 North
076° 39.001 West
Solenoid on Ice
By Douglas Bernon
One of the biggest differences between living on land and living on a boat is the consciousness of mechanical expectations—how much you take for granted, on land, that things will work. In our homes I always assumed the fridge would chill, the toilets would flush, the car would start, hot and cold water would gush from the faucet on demand, and electricity—in never-ending supply—would flow through a s...... Read More

Bird Snit
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Posted: November 04, 2004

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All In The Family - 11/4/04
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Posted: November 04, 2004
All In the Family
November 4, 2004
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15. Mounting Depth Finder Transducers ...
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Posted: November 04, 2004
Mounting Depth Finder Transducers Inside the Hull
I’ve very seldom mounted a depth finder transducer through the hull on a fiberglass boat. Instead, I devise some way of having it read through the hull. Although manufacturers’ instructions warn of reduced performance should you do this, it can be done successfully on most solid hull fiberglass boats.
Reduced performance from in-hull mounting (and other causes) is most likely to occur in faster boats because of the greater degree of turbulence under the hull. The reduced performance may be that the unit will be less likely to recog...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - November 3, 2005
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Posted: November 03, 2004
New New River Crossing (Mile 246) Survey Shows Shallower Water:
A new survey taken on September 28, 2005 by the USACE Wilmington shows that 5 ft. MLW is the controlling depth at the Crossing of the New River with the ICW at Mile 246. As I reported in my October 6, 2005 Alerts, a survey from August 4, 2005 gave the controlling depth as 7 ft. The shallow hump between ICW Markers “72A” and “72B” is now shown to be 3.3 ft. at MLW, rather than 4 ft. in the August 4 survey. Waypoints are given for finding 5 ft. (previously 7 ft.) of depth MLW to get through. Conditions may h...... Read More

Swift Boat to Virginia November 1, 2004
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Posted: November 01, 2004
November 1, 2004
Great Bridge, Virginia
36°43.138 North
076° 4.221 West
Swift Boat To Virginia
By Bernadette Bernon
As a march of hurricanes wrecked havoc in Florida and elsewhere, Douglas and I stared at the weather charts and pondered the news coming out of NOAA and The Weather Channel. Sitting in Newport, Rhode Island, we needed to get south, yet we were unwilling to risk going too soon. This had been a violent hurricane season, and we’d been staying put until Jeanne, Ivan, and their trouble-makin...... Read More