ICW Bridge Delays By Mel and Tom Neale
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Posted: October 29, 2004
ICW Bridge Delays
As boats are heading south, many cruisers report that they are encountering unexpected delays caused when bridges do not open on request or as otherwise scheduled. An unexpected bridge closure can range from nuisance to hazard.
There are many reasons for this; a few follow. If, for example, a large tug and barge is unexpectedly told to stop at a bridge, it may be difficult, even impossible, for it to do so safely, particularly in narrow channels with current and/or wind. In order to do so, it may have to obstruct all ICW traffic. Another reason is that pleasure boats that m...... Read More

Going It Alone - 10/28/04
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Posted: October 28, 2004
Going it Alone
October 28, 2004
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Unusual High Tides in Next Few Days ...
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Posted: October 26, 2004
Unusual High Tides in Next Few Days Can Cause Extra Navigation Problems for East Coast Travelers
The conjunction of a full moon (October 27) and a large storm far offshore which has been causing northeasterly wind and swell is creating unusually high tides along much of the east coast. In many areas of the ICW these tides can cause serious problems in several respects.
In many spots the banks, normally visible to help with your orientation and navigation, will be covered at times near high tide. In places where, normally, you might be meandering through marsh, using points and creeks as refe...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale
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Posted: October 21, 2004
North Carolina ICW Shoaling updates:
Lockwood’s Folly: US Army Corps of Engineers dredging of Lockwood’s Folly Inlet Crossing area of the ICW in NC is expected to be completed by Oct. 25, 2004. Boats passing through the area in mid October are still reporting depths of around 5 ft at low tide, but that the dredging is progressing.
Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing: Dredging of this area will take place after the first of the year 2005. Boats passing through in mid October, 2004 report that 6.5 ft (the deepest water) can be found at low tide by favoring the green side (south, or ocean ...... Read More

14. Rum to the Fish
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Posted: October 21, 2004
Rum to the Fish
We use rum to hasten the demise of large fish which we’ve just landed. If you don’t do something, subduing that fish can be a big deal---especially if it’s a cruising boat without a big live well to slide the fish into. If you pour a little rum onto the fish’s gills, it becomes very peaceful very fast, and passes on to fish heaven. Some people hit the fish with a gaff or club. I was never able to do this. I think sharing my rum with the guy who’s going to make my meal is a lot better.
We’ve had several cases of fish bite when we’ve lan...... Read More

Bilge Alarmed
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Posted: October 21, 2004
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Reading The Mail In Newport October 15, 2004
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Posted: October 15, 2004
October 15,2004
Brenton Cove, Newport, Rhode Island
41° 29.325 North
071° 19.319 West
Reading The Mail In Newport
By Douglas Bernon
Soon after we posted on the BoatUS website our log, “A Winter’s Refit Tale, Capitalist Tools and Major Vices” (June 15, 2004), we received our most extraordinary piece of reader email ever. In that log I’d written of my orbital sander, which at Bernadette’s hand, had undergone, and I must quote my article here: “a sex change that included be...... Read More

Trends - 10/14/04
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Posted: October 14, 2004
Trends
October 14, 2004
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Small Boats and Long Journeys
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Posted: October 07, 2004
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Florida Hurricane Update by Mel Neale
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Posted: October 06, 2004
Florida Hurricane Update by Mel Neale

St Augustine:
• Camachee Cove: No damage, all services available
• Conch House Marina and Resort: Some damage, they report that they should begin pumping fuel again “any day now”.
• St Augustine Municipal Marina: Some damage, fuel and dockage available.
Dick Giddings, a former cruiser now active in the SSB “Cruisheimer’s Net” (8.152 USB at 8:30 am local eastern time), has gathered some information for us:
Caribbean Jack’s (formerly English Jim’s), Daytona Beach,
No fuel currently, hope ...... Read More