Best Diesel Maintenance Course
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Posted: September 23, 2005
Best Diesel Maintenance Course
You said in one of your articles that you took a diesel course. Can you tell us about it? Would you recommend it?

- Ted McCarthy, Boston, Massachusetts

From Bernadette: We took "Diesel Engine Maintenance," a three-day hands-on course taught by engine guru Larry Berlin, head of training at Engine City Tech (the professional mechanics school) in New Jersey. We took the class at Mack Boring in Marlboro, Massach...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - September 22, 2005
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Posted: September 22, 2005
Security Zone for the UN’s 60th Birthday Celebrations:
USCG 1st District Local Notice to Mariners 37 (LNM 37) announces that the Captain of the Port New York has established a Security Zone in the East River in the vicinity of the United Nations. The zone covers all waters of the Western Channel between East 35th Street, Manhattan, and the Queensboro Bridge from 4 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, September 14, daily from 8 am to 7 pm Thursday, September 15 to Friday, September 23, and daily from 8 am to 7 pm Monday, September 26 to Wednesday, September 28. No vessel may enter or move within this...... Read More

35. About Chartering By Tom Neale
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Posted: September 22, 2005
About Chartering By Tom Neale
1. There’s a good way of checking out charter boats and companies that many people never consider when they’re investigating a yacht charter vacation. Often, charter companies are essentially managing boats owned by other people. You buy your boat (perhaps through the charter company) and turn it over to the company which will manage and maintain it, charter it, and at the end of the term return it to you in “good condition.” The “good condition” can easily become an issue, because it usually means the charter company must spend...... Read More

About Deck Ropes (Lines)
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Posted: September 22, 2005
About Deck Ropes (Lines)
1. When you plan to return soon to the same dock, it helps to organize your lines so that, even though you use them in the interim at another dock, you can quickly tell which line you use in which location at your regular slip.
2. One way of organizing is to number them. One wrap of white electrical tape, taped to itself (it won’t stay stuck on the rope) with a number made by a water proof marker such as the Sharpie ™ permanent marker is one way to do this. For example, the number 1 could be assigned to the starboard bow line and so on all the way around. ...... Read More

Staying In The Shadows - 9/22/05
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Posted: September 22, 2005
Staying in the Shadows
September 22, 2005
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The Line on Deck Ropes
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Posted: September 22, 2005
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Time Warps in Kuna Yala September 15, 2005
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Posted: September 15, 2005
September 15, 2005
Waisaladup, Kuna Yala
San Blas, Panama
09° 28.303 North
078° 38.182 West
Time Warps in Kuna Yala
By Douglas Bernon
From the northeast, the wind is blowing 9 knots and Ithaka is riding calm at anchor, just south of the tiny island of Waisaladup. Behind us, due south, is the Panamanian mainland, with its range of peaked green mountains, bright in the morning light. Between Ithaka and the coast is the village island of Wuargandup, where more than 300 people live. You can measure the linear distance between Waisaladup and Wuargandup in miles (2.2) and the metaphysi...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - September 9, 2005
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Posted: September 09, 2005
Weather Info for Caribbean, Bahamas and East Coast:
For the past year we have been receiving the daily email weather reports and forecasts for the above areas from Chris Parker, a fellow cruiser and dedicated student of meteorology. Chris lives aboard his boat, Bel Ami, and cruises full time. He receives a vast array of weather products via email, Internet, satellite, SSB and ham radio, etc. and puts his knowledge and experience together to produce once daily (sometimes more during weather emergencies) email reports and forecasts that have been amazingly helpful throughout the year. Chris also...... Read More

What Wouldnt You Go To Sea Without?
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Posted: September 09, 2005
What Wouldn't You Go To Sea Without?
- Juana deBoyce, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

From Bernadette: I write this in our third month of cruising, so it's a little too early to tell yet what those things would be for us. But I will share with you a list of things that a friend of mine thinks are invaluable for living aboard. Betsy Gooding worked as managing editor of Cruising World, took off with her partner and completed an impressive five-year circumnavigation in a 38-footer, then came bac...... Read More

Not So Lonely - 9/8/05
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Posted: September 08, 2005
Not So Lonely
September 8, 2005
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