Warm and Comfy or Cold and Dead
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Posted: November 29, 2010
We travel thousands of miles each year in “Chez Nous.” Being a closet coward, I try studiously to cut no corners when it comes to our safety. But there’s been one problem that’s been tugging at the back of my psyche for a very long time. It’s not an everyday problem, but it occurs often if you spend a lot of time on the water. The problem has to do with keeping warm while on deck in cold or stormy weather. The problem is akin to grabbing onto the business end of a double edged sword. I don’t like to be cold, and so I wear things to keep me warm. But I also a...... Read More

Toms Tips for Staying Warm
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Posted: November 29, 2010
1. Night watches may be the times when you’re most likely to get too cold. You’re not moving as much, your body may be accustomed to sleeping at the time anyway, and, if course, the ambient temperature is usually colder.
2. Make yourself stand up behind the wheel, at periodic intervals not too far apart. Stomp your feet and clasp your fingers to see how they feel. Numbness is a bad sign.
3. We believe in using good Type 1 offshore life preservers. They’re reasonably comfortable, they provide some warmth, they’ll probably do better floating the extra clothing weigh...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 24, 2010
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Posted: November 24, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
New Schedule for Gilmerton Bridge:
PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The Coast Guard issued a temporary deviation Wednesday from the regulation governing the operation of the Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake.
The changes to the lift schedule, which go into effect 6:30 a.m., Dec. 20 and remain until 6:30 p.m., June 18, 2011 are proposed in efforts to alleviate increased delays to vehicular traffic due to the construction of the Gilmerton Highway Bridge while still allowing passage for maritime traffic.
“Due to the construction of the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, the existing drawbridge...... Read More

Stormy Night Sailing
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Posted: November 15, 2010
By Liz Tosoni

Curacao, ABC Islands Caribbean
“My dream has always been to sail around the world. I would do it if I could but I can’t afford it.” How do you manage to pull it off?” This is a common question we get. Often. Recently I came across an anonymous author’s thoughts on this subject:
“‘I’ve always wanted to sail to the South Seas but I can’t afford it.’ What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the canc...... Read More

Somethings In The Water
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Posted: November 15, 2010
By Jim Favors
On a recent plane trip, I found myself rubber necking out of the small portal window next to my seat as we worked our way south over Lake Michigan along Michigan’s western coastline. I’ve known for a long time that when I’m not on or near the water I find myself yearning to be where I can see or at least smell this often-fragrant element. The pull is so strong that it doesn’t matter if it’s unfamiliar waters I’ve yet to explore, accustomed waters I’ve plied before, walking the docks of a marina or sitting on a beach listening to the water...... Read More

Dropsies
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Posted: November 11, 2010
There are some things that you can’t help dropping on a boat. One of the things I drop the most is the oil filter. I don’t mean the new clean one that I’m getting ready to put on. Yeah, I do manage to drop that one in the bilge sometimes, but that’s not a biggie. I’m talking about the old one that I just took off. The one that’s full of old black oil. There are all sorts of things I do to keep it from slipping out of my hands and to minimize the damage when it does. But none of them work. I wear nitrile gloves to hopefully protect my hands. First I stuff exp...... Read More

Toms Tips About Dropping Things
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Posted: November 11, 2010
1. Never drop over your outboard while it’s running. Shut it down first.
2. Whenever you pick up a wrench to work in the engine room or near the water, first look at it to see what size it is so that you can go buy another one when you drop that one.
3. If you drop a screw driver overboard, don’t entertain much hope of retrieving it with a magnet. Usually they straighten out during descent and go down pointed end first, so that the metal shaft goes straight into the mud, leaving only the plastic handle protruding from the mud. The magnet probably won’t be attracted to...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 11, 2010
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Posted: November 11, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
Live Gunnery Exercises Longboat Pass:
The Coast Guard will be conducting a live fire gunnery exercise 20 NM W of Longboat Pass in position 27-15.5N 082-58.85W from 1630 to 1830 local on 14 November 2010. All mariners are required to keep an 8 NM standoff distance from this position. (7th District LNM 45).
It’s Right Whale Time Again in the Southeast:
From November to April the coastal waters from South Carolina to Central Florida are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Right whales, including females with very young calves, may be enco...... Read More

Sailing In The Sticks
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Posted: November 01, 2010


By Tom Morkin

Killarney, Ont. Canada (at work)
This past summer, while working as Dockmasters at Killarney Mountain Lodge, we met numerous boaters who imagine sailing away in their own boats. Inevitably, they ask the question: Of all the places you’ve sailed to, what is your favorite?
Well, I gotta say, it is a difficult question, but one place that definitely comes to mind is the Riau group of islands in Indonesia.
Straddling the equator between Singapore and the island of Sumatra are 1,000 small islands of the Riau province of Indonesia. A signature of these low lying...... Read More

Our Turn to Relax & Smile
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Posted: November 01, 2010

By Lisa Targal Favors
After reading our last couple of Logs and seeing a few of the photos we’ve shared I’m sure you’d agree that it wouldn’t be hard for a boater to fall in love with the pristine, natural beauty of Canada’s North Channel. Since this cruising ground is so near our homeport of Charlevoix, Michigan, we understand why many of the serious boaters we’ve met over the years feel a compelling need to return to this cruising area every summer for a week or two, a month or maybe all summer. Before we experienced the North Channel ourselves, we...... Read More