East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 28, 2010
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Posted: October 28, 2010
New Schedule for Canaveral Lock Closure:
1. Canaveral lock Closure - Canaveral Lock will be closed for dewatering to install a new Manatee Protection System beginning 27 December 2010. The new system being installed is to replace an existing, unreliable system which is required by state law to be operational during the gate operation process. A previous notice had been issued on 11 June 2010 indicating closure on both the east and west gates would not be accomplished until January 2011. The work is planned to proceed on 27 December 2010, one week earlier than the January 2011 start date previo...... Read More

Toms Tips About Avoiding Reef
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Posted: October 28, 2010

1. There’s far too much reliance today on GPS chart plotters when it comes to navigating reefs in the Bahamas, Caribbean and other areas.
2. As good as chart plotters are, they can't be any better than cartography installed in the unit.
3. Unless the location of a reef outcropping, each twist and turn in a passage through a reef, and each brain coral, is derived from an accurate modern GPS fix ON SITE, the locations may be off "just a hair," and that's all it takes.
4. It's not good to approach a reef when the light is poor and you can't see it through the water. It's bes...... Read More

On The Reef
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Posted: October 28, 2010

Surreal is hardly the word to describe what it’s like when a fiberglass boat goes onto an ocean reef. I’ve seen it far too many times. And I’ve seen what it’s like afterwards.
At first, there is usually (but not always) the negligence or lack of navigational skills. Someone tries to negotiate an inlet in poor light instead of waiting for good daylight. Or someone reads a range wrong or gets confused by markers. Or someone underestimates the break of the sea and the surge of the current. There are many reasons, but the result is usually the same.

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Safety, Security and Circumnavigating with some tips on how to stay safe
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Posted: October 15, 2010
By Tom Morkin
Killarney, Ont.
Have you ever been attacked by pirates, or have you ever felt threatened while cruising?
These are two questions Liz and I are often asked when people learn how long and far we’ve sailed. To which we answer ‘no’ to the former and ‘yes’ to the latter.



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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 15, 2010
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Posted: October 15, 2010
Attention Snowbirds
Sunset Beach Bridge:
Following are excerpts from emails sent to us by the 5th District Bridge Branch, Dated October 6, 2010:*
The new bridge will be open in about one month yes, but the pontoon bridge will remain in operation only as needed by the contractor to de-mobilize equipment, and materials during clean up efforts. This will probably go on no longer than a few weeks.
See condition #6 in Subject Bridge Permit, which states that in part that "All parts of the existing to-be-replaced bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 337.9, except a 105-foo...... Read More

Gem in the Rough
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Posted: October 15, 2010



By Jim Favors
Halfway between Canada’s Little Current and Gore Bay, both on Manitoulin Island, sits a small group of islands called the Benjamin’s. Like Elvis, Beyonce, Cher, Oprah and other one-named celebrities the Benjamin’s carry the same allure with North Channel cruisers, probably more! The main islands consist of North Benjamin, South Benjamin and Croker Island. All are equally beautiful with their rugged rocky hills; Barney Rubble sized boulders and well protected anchorages. Our anchoring “Gem in the Rough” favorite is off Croker Island; it&r...... Read More

Toms Tips About Fathoming the Wind
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Posted: October 15, 2010

1. Figuring out what the wind is going to do in large areas is often easier than figuring it out in local areas. Learning basic weather principals about phenomena such as highs, lows, heating and cooling helps with this.
2. Localized wind often depends on local factors. For example, difference in temperature between land surface and the air and air over water, and the air over land, can cause a localized breeze for a while. It may not last long, but it can be very helpful or the reverse. This heat/cool effect can occur easily on a clear day.
3. On cloudy days, a cloud bank moving acr...... Read More

The Godspeed and the Turkey Shoot
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Posted: October 14, 2010






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Feel Free Transits The Suez Canal
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Posted: October 04, 2010

By Tom Morkin
Liz relayed our sail through the Red Sea so now it’s my turn to fill you in on our transit through the Suez Canal.





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Whats Your Favorite Place on the Loop?
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Posted: October 01, 2010
The thrill of the adventure is what drew Lisa and me to undertake the challenge of embarking on the 6,000-mile Great Loop boat trip. Going places we’d never been, making new acquaintances, learning first hand the history of our great country and taking in the beauty of our vast North American continent from the vantage point of the rivers, lakes, canals, bayous and bays from the Mississippi River east to the Atlantic Ocean and from Florida to Canada’s stunning North Channel. We experienced countless first time events like the school of dolphins playfully swimming in the crystal clea...... Read More