Towing with a "Home Team" Advantage
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Posted: November 30, 2011
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Time Flies
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 1231 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 29, 2011
Holy cow... where has the time gone. So much has happened in the last 3 months and it seems like yesterday when I was off to fish Lake Erie in the middle of Aug.
Armed with some more confidence after getting over my beat down on the James River, I took my less practice approach and smoked'em at the next 3 events. I finished 5th at the BASS Northern Open on Lake Erie, 5th at the FLW/BFL Super Tournament on 1000 Islands in the beginning of Sept. and then finished 12th at the final BASS Northern Open on Lake Oneida.
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Boating Fun When Its Cold
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Posted: November 23, 2011
Some of the nicest times we’ve had aboard have been when it was very cold. Everyone talks about storing the boat for the winter. In some places you must. But in many you don’t have to if you can keep a close eye on the boat and do what you need to do to keep it, and more importantly, you, safe. And you can enjoy your boat even more.
Once long ago Mel and I took a trip up a long beautiful river in our Seafair Sedan. This was an 18’ fiberglass outboard boat with a cabin and two bunks. We anchored out in a beautiful still, stark world with temperatures already below freezi...... Read More

Toms Tips About Cold Boating
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 709 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 23, 2011
1. Boating in cold weather requires many extra precautions. Here are but a few.
2. If you go on the water in cold weather understand thoroughly the hazards of hypothermia. Cold water can kill you very quickly. Allowing yourself to get too cold in air alone can rob you of your ability to take care of yourself and lead to death directly or indirectly.
3. If you go in the water, you’ll lose control of your body in moments or less, depending on the temperature of the water, air and wind effects.
4. Wearing life jackets is even more important than usual, but a life jacket won’...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 23, 2011
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Posted: November 23, 2011
Attention Snowbirds:
Gilmerton RR Bridge (Norfolk Southern #7) to Close for Repairs:
Norfolk Southern #7, AICW Mile 5.8, to Close for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge, at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate rail laying work. The following closure periods have been authorized: each day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 28 and 29, 2011. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regu...... Read More

Sharing the Love
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: November 15, 2011
By Lisa Targal Favors
When Jim and I made the decision to downsize from a 40-foot trawler and purchase a Ranger Tug R27, we soon found out that since we were driving out to the Seattle area to pick up the boat, there would be a couple of options to spend some significant time with other Ranger Tug owners. Jim and I had a lot of conversations about how important this would be to our new mode of cruising. Getting to know a few seasoned Ranger Tug owners meant that we could glean information about, for instance, how they outfit their boats and why, how they’ve dealt with limited storage onb...... Read More

Sailing in a Freshwater Paradise
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: November 15, 2011
By Tom Morkin
Covered Portage Cove, North Channel
Ontario, Canada
There are undoubtedly a great many would-be ocean cruising folks who never put any salt water under their keels because of Georgian Bay’s North Channel. In the three summers we’ve spent in the eastern portion of the North Channel I often heard people say that it is the best fresh water cruising grounds in the world and I’ve never heard it refuted. When it comes to the months June through September, this area of the Great Lakes simply has no fresh water equal.

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Smallmouth on my Mind
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Posted: November 10, 2011
Smallmouth on my Mind, and Firecrackers in my Toolbox
The Z Train is headed south to Alabama to shoot a commercial with my buddy, and B.A.S.S. emcee, Dave Mercer. I’m driving all 12 hours alone. It’s actually a good time to get caught up on phone calls, and it gives me plenty of time to just think. I know … that’s scary … me, ‘thinking’ for 12 hours.
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Tips for Small Boat Handling
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1239 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: November 10, 2011
It seems that these days we hear of more and more small boat mishaps and disasters, often deadly. A lot’s been said about small boat handling. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the beast, whatever anyone says is likely to be at least a little bit inappropriate, at least sometimes, depending on the circumstances. I’ve been handling small boats for well over 50 years. I know that whatever I say about the subject will suffer the same infirmities, but here are a few general comments addressing some of the issue I frequently see. There are many more.
1. Keep the boat well ...... Read More

Toms Tips About Learning the Skills
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 694 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 10, 2011
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