East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 27, 2011
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 474 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: October 28, 2011
Attention Snowbirds:
It's Right Whale Time Again:
Right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8M) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. East Coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See "Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule" (available at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/...... Read More

Terror Out of the Night
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 581 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 27, 2011
We lay anchored in the evening, to the east of Gun Cay in the Bimini Chain of the Bahamas. The warm humid spring air sent mixed signals of whether the next day was going to be the good Gulf Stream crossing day we had expected. We'd hastened across the Great Bahamas Banks to make this weather window. We listened to the evening high seas weather on the SSB. We always do this, morning and evening, but we did it this night with concern. It just didn't feel right. And it wasn't.
Out of nowhere, with no previous warning from the weather forecasters, a tropical depression was forming right over ...... Read More

Toms Tips About Boardings
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 556 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: October 27, 2011
Tom’s Tips About Boardings
1. Always be courteous, polite, respectful and professional when government forces are boarding.
2. If you feel that an announced boarding is unsafe because of sea and/or weather conditions, respectfully note your objection and your reasons, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t comply with authorized orders.
3. If you feel that you have been mistreated or that there has been some improper conduct by the boarding party, hold your comments and opinions until you’re back ashore and then make any complaint that you feel may be appropriat...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 27, 2011
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 500 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: October 27, 2011
Attention Snowbirds:
It's Right Whale Time Again:
Right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8M) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. East Coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See "Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule" (available at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/p...... Read More

Drivin’ and Cryin’
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 1485 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: October 26, 2011
If you’ve seriously fished bass tournaments very long, you’ve undoubtedly been faced with this dilemma: stay close and maximize your time with a lure in the water, or make the long run and sacrifice precious time for a limited amount of potentially more productive fishing. Those who know me, know that I’m not afraid of making the run. I regularly fish Kentucky Lake where there are 100+ miles of productive water. Last week I was faced with just such a decision. I fished the southeastern regional for the BASS Weekend Series. The tournament was to launch out of KY Dam Marina on t...... Read More

Cast with a Purpose
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 974 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: October 15, 2011
Often times bass can be very finicky. That's the reason lure manufacturers sell 20 different colors and 10 different sizes in every lure they produce. It's not just because they want to 'catch the fisherman' to purchase more products, but primarily because the fish will react to subtle little differences. They are providing you with the tools to catch fish in a multitude of situations.
If we are able to figure out the perfect bait with the perfect presentation everyday on the water, then we would all be a huge success. Yep there I said it... the reason we have difficulties in catching fish isn...... Read More

First Impressions
Contributed by kismet - This blog has been viewed 1124 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 14, 2011



... Read More

Remarkable Cruisers
Contributed by Feel Free - This blog has been viewed 986 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 14, 2011
By Tom Morkin
Along the way, we have met a lot of extraordinary people.
One Christmas, we were fortunate enough to share an anchorage, and become friends with, one such remarkable pair, the well renowned 2 time circumnavigators Al and Beth Liggett.





... Read More

Who We Are
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 502 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: October 13, 2011
We joined BoatUS in 1978. We'd been into boating since the early 1950s, and in 1978 had a 41 foot Gulfstar Ketch, along with an assortment of dinghies and other craft, some of which floated better than others. When we joined we were primarily interested in the "deals" we could get on boat stuff and in the fact that we wanted to support an organization that lobbied for issues of importance to boaters. It seemed to us, even way back then, that too many people saw boaters as fat cats who were easy targets when anyone needed a scapegoat. It also seemed to us that too many politicians a...... Read More

Kids Fishing Day, Buford Dam Park
Contributed by BCarson - This blog has been viewed 1411 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: October 13, 2011
On Saturday September 24th the Kiwanis and Optimist along with Georgia DNR, Johnsonville, Riverkeepers, Nothin but Fish, Bass Pro, Rainbow Ranch, Trout Unlimited and The Wild Turkey Federation sponsored a Kids Fishing Day at Buford Dam Park. This is one way to “get kids fishing”. DNR stocked 2500 trout with the help of the kids prior to breaking out the rods and reels. I must admit that I have as much fun at these events as the “younger“ kids do. This is my 7th year of being involved and just like the kids…I got hooked.

My favorite thing to do is wear my wa...... Read More