Great Claims Service
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Posted: September 29, 2009
Unfortunately I had some boat damage from a wind storm in Southern New Jersey a few weeks ago and I called the BoatUS Insurance 800-number to get claims information. I received a call very swiftly from service rep Jim Vinci. What a great experience that was. In a world where people are so short and rude, Mr Vinci was a master at making me feel like I was being helped. He answered every question I had very courteously, he was very informative, and after we hung up he even called my voice-mail to provide additional information because I did not have a pen and pencil.
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BoatUS Insurance Comes Through for Boaters
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Posted: September 29, 2009

Filing an insurance claim is never pleasurable, but BoatUS made the whole process as painless as possible. From the initial contact to the salvage operation and the paper work that followed, the guidance I received could not have been clearer and I felt I was kept informed at every step of the process. I would rather the storm didn't happen and I still had my boat, but the resolution by Boat US made up for a lot of the loss. Thanks to BoatUS for being there behind all of us boaters.
-- Dave Lees, Maryland

Signaling for Help
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Posted: September 22, 2009

VHF, DSC, EPIRBs, and PLBs -- as Well as Cell Phones and Flares -- Can Save Your Life!
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Its In My Nature
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: September 18, 2009

Whenever someone asks Jim, usually a male friend or new acquaintance, “How does your wife Lisa like living on the boat?” Jim always gets a little smile on his face and usually says… “Well, I think I’m kind of lucky. I’m pretty sure Lisa loves boating even more than I do and that’s saying a lot.” I have heard him say this enough over the years, that now it has become the answer I use to respond when I am asked that same question.
Well it’s true, I do love living, working and playing on the boat. When I sit and think about what brought me ...... Read More

Kick A Poo Joy Juice
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: September 17, 2009

OK, Hold on. I’m going to be talking about something I’m not supposed to be talking about. But you probably already know about it. At least, you do if you have a boat that has a head and head hoses. And if you don’t know about it, consider yourself blessed. But also consider yourself forewarned, because you’re going to know about it soon enough, if you use that boat. If you only use the head a few weekends a summer, you’ve got a period of blissful ignorance ahead of you. Enjoy it while it lasts. But if you’re more into boating than that, then you alre...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Head Hoses (As if you really want to know)
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Posted: September 17, 2009

Use only hoses that are designed for marine sanitation use.
Many older boats have black radiator type hoses. These really cause problems. For example, their interior walls allow the build up quickly, and they permeate odor much more than marine sanitation hoses. Also, if there is wire insert, this is likely to rust and poke a hole through the hose.
The white marine sanitation hoses can be very stiff when you’re trying to get them onto a hose barb or whatever. But if you carefully and evenly heat them, just a very little, they’ll become more pliable until they ge...... Read More

East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale September 17, 2009
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Posted: September 17, 2009
New 802 Bridge Construction Operations: Beaufort, SC:
Due to the construction of the new 802 Bridge over the Beaufort River in Beaufort, SC, Misener Marine Construction (MMCI) will begin installing a temporary work trestle on the East side (Beaufort side) of the channel and extending into the waterway on or about Tuesday, September 8th through Wednesday, September 23, 2009.
On or about Saturday, Saturday 26th through Monday, September 28, 2009, MMCI will be mobilizing their floating equipment, which consists of two barges and a tug boat, to the new 802 Bridge Construct...... Read More

Sailing The Spanish Isles
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Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: September 15, 2009

By Tom Morkin
It has now been seven weeks, three islands and 12 anchorages since our arrival in the Balearic Islands of Spain and the livin’ has been pretty easy. In fact, we’ve changed our original plan of staying one month cruising these isles, to two months. This rather radical agenda change is part and parcel with our “rigid policy of infinite flexibility.”
The Balearic Islands of Mediterranean Spain – Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera – have way too many splendid anchorages surrounded by rugged cliffs of sedimentary rock often pocked by caves...... Read More

Minimize Hurricane Damage: Strap Down Boats
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Posted: September 09, 2009
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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale September 3, 2009
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Posted: September 04, 2009
Grounded Russian Submarine Museum:
Truth is stranger than fiction:* An obsolete Russian submarine, once a floating museum in Providence, RI, has been moved to a waterfront scrapping facility just north of the National Grid LNG tank on the west bank of the Providence River. The submarine is grounded in the bank of the river and is moored to an adjacent spud barge while scrapping operations are conducted. The Russian submarine lies parallel to the west side of the navigable channel. Its bow points north and is just outside the channel at position 41º - 48.2465’ North, 071...... Read More