Toms Tips About Flashlight Buying
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Posted: October 16, 2009

Even some good lights may, particularly if used in the marine environment, suffer from internal contact corrosion or intermittent contact failure. The latter could be caused, for example, by springs depressed over time or metal contacts becoming askew over time. Better lights have fewer of these problems. These problems can cause dimming, flickering, or failure to turn on. Usually these problems can be remedied by contact cleaning and/or adjustment as a part of a regular maintenance schedule. Read the manual first.

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Now You See It
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 15, 2009

Most of us didn’t know it, but during the past two years something happened that will be very helpful and important to us all. A standard for rating flashlights and spotlights has come into being. Why is that important? How many times have you needed a good light and looked at the absurd claims of millions of candle power on product boxes? So you pick out one with the most millions (and maybe the lowest cost), take it to your boat, try it out and discover that it isn’t worth squat. Sure, you can probably take it back, but that fact didn’t help a bit during the dark nigh...... Read More

Somewhere in Time
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Posted: October 15, 2009
Somewhere in Time,” a movie starring the late Christopher Reeve, takes place in the farthest reaches of northern Michigan, on an island you can only get to by boat. The movie depicts a bygone era (1912) and was filmed at one of our favorite Michigan boating destinations, Mackinac Island and the beautiful Grand Hotel, which was first opened in 1887. Even today, the island’s residents have carefully preserved the charm and uniqueness of the turn of the 20th century. Much like our favorite Michigan port, we recently had the opportunity to discover that Tangier Island, Maryland, has a s...... Read More

Sailing Spains Costa del Sol
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 15, 2009
By Tom Morkin
Our sailing in Spain could easily be classified into three parts: 1) Balearic Islands 2) Costa Blanca 3) Costa del Sol. The last, the Costa del Sol (aka “Costa del Plastico”), has been put behind us. In truth, our nine days on the southernmost coast of Spain were not that bad, especially if you didn’t mind open roadsteads for anchorages, rolling from gunnel to gunnel 50 percent of the time, knowing it would cost $150 a night for a marina berth, being trapped on your boat for fear of taking your dinghy near the surf pounded shore. Not to put too fine a point on i...... Read More

Blocking Ashore: The Right and Wrong Way
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Posted: October 13, 2009
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SOLD! Going to a Boat Auction
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Posted: October 09, 2009
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Why Fiberglass Boats Sometimes Fail
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Posted: October 07, 2009
A Primer on Fiberglass Boat Construction

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Chain Care
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 01, 2009

Have you had to replace your anchor chain lately? If you have, you know it’s a very expensive proposition. I’m not talking about a few feet on the end of a nylon rode. That’s not a very big deal. I’m talking about maybe one or two hundred feet or more on a rode that’s primarily chain. We’ve ridden out hurricanes, tornadoes, prolonged full storms and a lot more at anchor, and I believe that quality chain, if used properly with nylon snubbing lines, is the best way to go, if you can carry the weight. But chain, even the good stuff, rusts, unless it’s...... Read More

Toms Tips About Chain
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Posted: October 01, 2009

If you don’t have enough fresh water to spray your chain, take it out regularly when you’re at dock and spray it thoroughly. Also from time to time wipe salty residue out of your anchor locker with wet towels.
If it’s practical to spray fresh water in there to wash it out, this is better. You can then dry with towels.

When you spray your chain with fresh water, be sure to get the water between the links by pressure and thorough spraying.

Like most other equipment, there are different qualities of chain. Go with a known reputable brand.
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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale Oct 1, 2009
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Posted: October 01, 2009
Moore Haven Lock Open:
A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville dated September 24, 2009 reports that the Moore Haven Lock opened on September 23, 2009. It is now finally possible to cross the State of Florida using the Okeechobee Waterway. *
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Alligator River Bridge, Mile 84.2, to Close for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that due to mechanical repairs the US 64 Swing Bridge at AIWW mile 84.2 across the Alli...... Read More