The Perfect Ditch Kit For The Perfect Storm
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Posted: October 21, 2005
The Perfect Ditch Kit For The Perfect Storm
My wife Marilyn and I are outfitting our Catalina for some extended cruising down the West Coast of the US to Baja and then into the Sea of Cortez for a year. After that, we may leave the boat and return to work for awhile, or we may really "go for it" and explore the coast of Mexico. We may even head out into the Pacific. Which ever way we go, we're outfitting for The Big Time. How did you decide what to pu...... Read More

Sailors And Sustenance - 10/20/05
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Posted: October 20, 2005
Sailors & Sustenance
October 20, 2005
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East Coast Alerts - October 20, 2005
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Posted: October 20, 2005
Rising (and Fluctuating) Diesel Prices on the ICW:
On October 18, 2005 I called around thirty marinas between Mile 0 in Norfolk and Mile 1090 in Miami to get their prices on diesel fuel. These were marinas where we have fueled up one time or another over the 20 plus years we’ve been cruising the ICW, or ones that were near our fueling stops.
We all know how gas prices have fluctuated on land, sometimes several times a day, and it is the same for diesel prices at marinas. The nice man at Beaufort Docks (NC) summed up the issue when he said he couldn’t give me a price right now bec...... Read More

Cold Fronts
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Posted: October 20, 2005
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Have Ulu, Will Travel October 15, 2005
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Posted: October 15, 2005
October 15, 2005
Yansalidur, Kuna Yala, San Blas, Panama
09° 34.346 North
078° 51.103 West
Have Ulu, Will Travel
By Douglas Bernon
Whenever we’re within a few days on either side of a full moon—and any night when there’s meager breeze and lots of heat, I like to sleep in a hammock in the cockpit. Last night, on the cusp of the full moon, among my rewards, at just after 0300 hours, I watched and heard three Kuna men sail past Ithaka in their wooden ulu. They were talking and laughing. It was too early for them to be lea...... Read More

What Upgrades Are You Making To Ithaka?
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Posted: October 07, 2005
What Upgrades Are You Making To Ithaka?
We just love reading about your cruising adventure as it unfolds. My husband and I are in the process of upgrading our Hylas 44 for a sabbatical cruise just like yours, and we're going through exactly the same emotional challenges as you describe. It's fun to compare notes with you every week. You guys are an inspiration to us, and we feel like we know you. What changes and upgrades do you plan to make to Ithaka, now that...... Read More

Having Fun and Doing Good
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Posted: October 06, 2005
Having Fun and Doing Good
1. There are many opportunities to organize boating events that benefit others.
2. There is a National Hospice Regatta Alliance. You can get information about this and other regattas benefiting this cause at http://www.hospiceregattas.org
3. You can check out the Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta
4. There are also many other good causes that we can benefit while having a good time, such as auctioning used boating “stuff” and even old boats, with proceeds going to charity. This was done in the Northern Neck of Virginia at the Yankee Point Marina. People bough...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - October 6, 2005
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Posted: October 06, 2005
Dredging in the Upper Chesapeake Bay:
Local boaters as well as Snowbirds should look for the Dredge VIRGINIAN, which will be conducting dredging operations in the Upper Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of Grove Point (Sassafras River) and Tolchester Beach between September 23 and December 31, 2005. The marked channel here is narrow and large ships often pass through at high speed. We pleasure vessels should have plenty of room outside the shipping lanes to avoid this dredging operation and the ships. This is a confusing area at night due to the number of lights and ranges, and now dredging equip...... Read More

Storm Warnings - 10/6/05
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Posted: October 06, 2005
Storm Warnings
October 6, 2005
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Turkey Shoot Regatta
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Posted: October 06, 2005










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