Stay The Course
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1335 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 27, 2013
I always wanted BoatUS Insurance coverage, but they didn’t offer guide coverage. My desire was based on my bass buddy Jim Wrenn’s experience. His outboard had blown a power head three times in 6 months. At the end of his patience he contacted BoatUS. They went to bat for him and the outboard manufacturer stepped up with a new engine. While this was commendable, it happened about 2 weeks before the manufacturer filed for Chapter 11 protection. The engine manufacturer likely was aware of the impending bankruptcy, but with BoatUS looking over their shoulder, they did the right thing. B...... Read More

Great Bridge Lock
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 744 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 26, 2013
By Norfolk District (USACE) Public Affairs
CHESAPEAKE, VA. – The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, reopened the Great Bridge Locks, on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, for normal operations here Nov. 23.
A damaged chamber valve forced closure of the locks Nov. 5.
U.S. Facilities, Inc. based in Philadelphia, Pa., completed the temporary repairs after contract divers performed a limited diagnostic inspection of the lock’s valve system and found that the concrete anchoring the valve had deteriorated.
The width of the Great Bridge lock has been temporary reduc...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 26, 2013
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Posted: November 26, 2013
Special Edition
Some readers have requested an update on problem spots in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). We have put together below some sources for keeping up with the latest details and we are providing a list of some of the continuing problem areas we have observed over our more than 30 years of travelling the AICW. This list does not include all problems, and it does not account for the repeated shoaling and repeated dredging and remarking that periodically correct the problems. Some of these areas are perfectly fine now, but over the years they have been trouble spots over and...... Read More

The Natural
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Posted: November 21, 2013
As we idled out of Lakepoint Resort Marina on Eufaula Lake, I glanced over at the rods strapped down on his front deck. Frogs? Really? It was 2003, my first year fishing the BFL circuit and I was thrilled to have earned a spot fishing on the final day of the regional and a ticket to the All American. I had made the top six in third place using my favorite technique, cranking ledges, and here’s a guy with four frog rods on the deck. I had a good day and finished second. The frog guy and I talked for a while at the weigh-in, his day didn’t go so well, but we chatted briefly and offere...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 21, 2013
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Posted: November 21, 2013
Attention Snowbirds:
Great Bridge Lock Remains Closed, Low Tide Openings Only:
NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded U.S. Facilities, Inc. based in Philadelphia, Pa., a contract modification to isolate and inspect the damaged valve at the Great Bridge Lock (36.723681°-76.247636°) in Chesapeake, Va.
U.S. Facilities, Inc., a longtime U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' contractor that performs maintenance and operational work along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, is fabricating needed parts for the on-site inspection work next week.
According to...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 8, 2013
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Posted: November 08, 2013
Attention Snowbirds:
Great Bridge Lock Closed, Low Tide Openings Only:
The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair the Great Bridge Lock after an underwater valve failed Tuesday.
While Corps officials review a plan to make inspections and repairs, the district will operate the lock in favorable wind conditions and at low tide, when the water levels of the river and canal are even.
According to Betty Waring, Norfolk District's Operations Branch chief, divers performed a limited diagnostic inspection of the lock's valve system Tuesday and foun...... Read More

Take A Friend Fishing
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1081 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 06, 2013
It was an interesting week. While it was slow, things did pick up, but you had to be versatile. Fish were in suspected areas, but you had to work for them. While some soft plastics like tubes and stick worms landed a few fish, the lipless crankbaits were the winners. Size did matter, not to match a bait size, but for ease of snapping out of thick grass. The lighter smaller Lucky Craft LV 100 was perfect. Long casts and holding rods high to keep the bait from going too deep allowed the bait to just barely snag the grass and be snapped free with a controlled fall on semi slack line. Fluorocarbon ...... Read More

Tips For Taking Your Boat Cruising
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1579 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: November 04, 2013
Many of the questions that we get on the BoatUS Ask the Experts site have to do with going to destinations. This is really great, because that's one of the best things that you can do with your boat. Whether your boat is a canoe, a center console, an express cruiser, or large long-range cruiser, it can take you to new places. It can let you go exploring, and it can bring you new and exciting experiences. But typically the questions we get have to do with the concern or even fear of the skipper because he or she is going to a new place. Will the water be deep enough? Will the channels be confusi...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Boating Trips
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1660 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: November 04, 2013
1. When planning a trip to a particular destination, always plan for alternative destinations that are closer and easier.
2. In most boating trips you will be at the mercy of the weather and other factors beyond your control.
3. There is nothing wrong with cutting a trip short or turning around.
4. It may be wise to do this for safety reasons or simply for reasons of comfort and fun.
5. Remember, that's what it's all about. Fun for all aboard!


Boating and water sports involve risk. Any comments herein should be followed at your own risk. You assume all responsibility for ri...... Read More

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