East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 27, 2009
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Posted: November 27, 2009
Yet ANOTHER Date Change for ICW Closure at Ben Sawyer Bridge:
From USCG Sector Charleston:
MSIB (63-09) –AICW 10-Day Closure December 3-13, 2009; Ben Sawyer Bridge, SC
Update #4 & Issued: November 27, 2009 0900 Expires: December 15, 2009 0600
Due to a scheduled replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge’s swing span, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) will be closed to marine traffic from Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7 A.M. through Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:59 P.M. The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone around the Ben Sawyer Bridge. The safety ...... Read More

The Jinx of Planning On It
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Posted: November 25, 2009
When cruising you’re not supposed to be on a schedule, but most of us usually are--like it or not. Right now, as I write this, we’re headed down the East Coast, dealing with schedules. We first had a schedule imposed by a planned ten day closure of the ICW because of work on the new swing span of the Ben Sawyer Bridge at Charleston. We have another trip schedule of wanting to reach a destination so that we can spend Thanksgiving with our daughters and their husbands. Other years have had other schedules imposed. But traveling on a boat and schedules seldom work. You just can&rsqu...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 25, 2009
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Posted: November 25, 2009
Attention Snowbirds!!
You Can Watch Video Simulation of Ben Sawyer Bridge Closure:
Letter from Ben Sawyer Bridge Rehabilitation Project: *
After showing the contractor’s computerized video simulation of the closure activities at the Sullivan’s Island Town Council and the City of Isle of Palms Council meetings, we received several requests to share it on our website.
Next week will be busy for our project with the closing of the Intracoastal Waterway at the Ben Sawyer planned for 8AM on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.
Have a very happ...... Read More

Toms Tips About Pinpointing Arrival Times
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Posted: November 25, 2009
1. A chart plotter can give you accurate “time to go” only as the crow flies on a calm day. However, people frequently use chart plotters to figure the speed they need to make in order to reach bridges for their scheduled openings. I’ve even seen guide books suggest this. This is usually a mistake. Normally, a “time to go” figure on your GPS should only be considered to be a very rough estimate.
2. In the real world of boating, the ICW and rivers and channels seldom run in a straight line.
3. Also, the currents can and often do change as you cross creek mouths o...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 19, 2009
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Posted: November 19, 2009
New Dates for 10-Day ICW Closure at Ben Sawyer Bridge:
It’s now one day later, but please notice the information in the second paragraph below:*
MSIB (63-09) –AICW 10-Day Closure December 1-11, 2009; Ben Sawyer Bridge, SC
Update #3 & Issued: November 18, 2009 1430 Expires: December 15, 2009 0600
Due to a scheduled replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge’s swing span, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) will be closed to marine traffic from Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:01 A.M. through Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:59 P.M. The Coast Guard will enforc...... Read More

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
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Posted: November 18, 2009
Chesapeake Bay
As Lisa and I pulled out of Solomons Yachting Center, our home base for the summer, I couldn’t help but reminisce about our five-month adventure in the Chesapeake Bay area. It seemed like just yesterday we were arriving when Quinton, our new harbormaster, helped us into our slip for the first time. It was here we began our exploration of the Bay, meeting the locals, taking road trips to Washington, having friends and family visits, immersing ourselves in local events, sampling the food, all the while trying to learn as much about our temporary summer home’s rich hist...... Read More

Leaving The Med
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Posted: November 18, 2009
By Tom Morkin
Cadiz, Spain
36 31 N, 06 15 W
Just by looking at a map of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, you might guess that the Strait of Gibraltar that separates the two would prove to be an interesting body of water for sailors negotiating its 30-mile length. You’d be right.




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Taking the Hassles out of Trailering
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Posted: November 17, 2009
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Reaching The Rock Of Gibraltar Milestone
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Posted: November 13, 2009
By Liz Tosoni
La Linea, Spain
36 09 N, 005 21 W
In just over two years, Feel Free and crew have sailed the wide expanse (more than 2,000 miles), of the Mediterranean, known to the Romans as Mare Nostrum (our sea), that almost tideless, salty, generally shallow sea the size of 30 Lake Superiors. The shores of the Med are populated by Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and hordes of tourists of course. It’s not one place, but many, diverse yet with many features of sameness too. Ours was not a grand tour of Europe. We didn’t venture inland much to take in the great ancient cities, pa...... Read More

A Cult Following
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Posted: November 13, 2009
Crisfield, Maryland
Before we left Michigan in 2005 to begin our first Great Loop, we joined America’s Great Loop Cruising Association (AGLCA) and our close friends Mike and Lynn Borer quickly started referring to our new affiliation as that “cult” we’d joined. Well, as we headed north up the Intracoastal Waterway last spring we made a decision to become members of another faction of the boating community, the Marine Trawler Owner’s Association (MTOA).




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