Ticked Off Crabs
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Posted: October 18, 2007





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Tom’s Tips About Bites and Scrapes
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Posted: October 18, 2007
1. Anytime you work under or about the water, you’re extra likely to get bites, cuts or scrapes.
2. The risk of infection and other complications from these is relatively high, and some of the infections can be more than just inconvenient. They can be fatal.
3. Wear heavy duty gloves to protect your hands. I like to wear those with a heavy rubber coating or even heavier protection. Wear dive suits with long legs and arms to protect body parts such as your elbows from scraping against barnacles or other rough surfaces.
4. Remember that as you kick to hold in place there’s a likel...... Read More

When Our Systems Overwhelm Us
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Posted: October 15, 2007
It was April 7, 2007, and there I was in St. Maarten, alone, on the hard, in an armpit of a yard, aboard Shangri La. She’d been out of the water for a year, and the day she got splashed was exciting. Not only was I going to see my recent purchase floating for the first time, see what those lines actually looked like against the water, but I’d be able to use the head and sinks with impunity, run the engine, carry stuff off and onboard across a plank instead of up and down a ladder, really start feeling like I owned a boat and not a tree house.



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Skipjack Capsize at the Turkey Shoot
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Posted: October 04, 2007




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Tom’s Tips About Sailboat Races (for non-participants and observers)
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Posted: October 04, 2007
1. There are fairly specific rules that apply to many sailboat races. Unfortunately some push the rules and the race to the limit and this can result in less fun and sometimes collisions and injury.
2. Sometimes powerboat operators don’t understand that sailboats out on a race are operating under racing rules.
3. Sometimes skippers racing don’t give due consideration to the Rules of the Road.
4. Sometimes those setting out courses for racing (by placement of buoys etc.) don’t consider the fact that they’re arranging the race course across channels that are supposed ...... Read More

Shaking Off The Remoras
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Posted: October 01, 2007
When you plan a trip, you can sit there imagining you’re taking every little detail into account until the cows come home. You can do all your homework, read the magazines and books, attend boat shows and seminars, but no matter how thorough you think you’ve been, once the plans start taking shape, they can also keep changing shape. In fact, they can just keep eluding any shape at all until you finally set off, and then you look back to find the shape for what it ended up being.



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