Lessons From the Susquehanna
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Posted: September 29, 2011



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Tom’s Tips About Flood Debris
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Posted: September 29, 2011
1. Debris often congregates in debris fields. These can usually be seen from planes and even boats before they reach the fields. Sometimes they can be tracked.
2. Never depend entirely on tracking information as to debris fields. It is the nature of most bodies of water to have eddies and circular flows as well as flows that change direction because of tides, winds, currents from tributaries and bottom characteristics.
3. Also, some debris lurks just below the surface where you can’t see it. Although this may sound improbably, it isn’t unusual.
4. Anytime you’re run...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 29, 2011
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Posted: September 29, 2011
Special Notices
Erie Canal Update:
Erie Canal Locks remaining CLOSED: E8 through E17.
Erie Canal Locks OPEN: E2 through E7, and all locks west of E17
Updated information is available at www.canals.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-4canal4.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Attention Great Lakes Cruisers and Other Boaters Stranded by the Erie Canal Closure:
We have received the following information from Mike Carns who is one of many of the Great Lakes boaters, Great Loopers...... Read More

Special: East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 26, 2011
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Posted: September 26, 2011
Attention Great Lakes Cruisers and Other Boaters Stranded by the Erie Canal Closure:
We have received the following information from Mike Carns who is one of many of the Great Lakes boaters, Great Loopers and others who are unable to pass through the Erie Canal because of its storm related closure. For those interested in taking advantage of this development to ship their boats south via freighter, we forward this information. BoatUS and Mel and Tom Neale neither endorse nor recommend any shipper or shipping company but pass this on to get information out to interested boaters. Check...... Read More

Make That Call!
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Posted: September 22, 2011
I hate phones. There, I said it. And that’s exactly why I’m the first guy that needs to listen closely to the wisdom I’m attempting to scatter across your screen in this blog.
Here’s the deal, when my lunatic lifestyle comes to an end at the conclusion of the Bassmaster Elite Series season, I’m ready for some football. But instead, I go straight into another season of insanity associated with filming several episodes of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show.
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Shark Rant
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Posted: September 15, 2011
I don’t like sharks. I really don’t. And I’m not particularly fond of the voguish pretty folks who go around saying things like, “Oh, they’re wonderful magnificent creatures of nature and really don’t want to eat us. It’s just a mistake when they do and we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.” Or, “Oh, it’s just one rogue shark that ate those people and we’ll get it soon and all the rest of the sharks are really good guys.” Or, “They’re living their lives where they belong and we’re intrud...... Read More

Toms Tips About Sharks
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Posted: September 15, 2011
1. We avoid going in the water in early morning or at dusk. There seem to be more shark sightings and bitings then.
2. The theory is that at early morning they’re more likely to want to feed and/or that in low light they’re less able to see.
3. I don’t know whether either of these theories is right but we don’t take chances.
4. If we ever see a shark, or anything that looks like one, we get out.
5. When diving (we free dive) we turn in circles as we ascend, scanning the underwater out around us, checking for sharks.
6. Shallow water isn’t necessari...... Read More

Getting the Show on the Road
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Posted: September 15, 2011
In the American comedy movie classic, Animal House, John Belushi and company take Flounder’s brothers 1964 Lincoln on a road trip. By the end of the trip the formerly pristine car laid in ruins, smoke billowing from the engine compartment, as it skidded to its final resting place in front of their decrepit fraternity house. Just like in Animal House our road trip has a mission, a purpose if you will, ours being to get back to cruising and not to terrorize the college community or any other. With a little bit of luck and good planning we think the outcome of the first part of our road tr...... Read More

Panama Canal Here We Come
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Posted: September 15, 2011
“I’m looking forward to the prospect of civilization” announced Tom as we sailed away from the San Blas islands en route to Portobelo. After three months of almost ideal weather conditions in that ideal, isolated archipelago, just so we wouldn’t rest on our laurels, Mother Nature slammed us with portentous, charcoal smeared skies, deafening thunder, lightning and torrential rain, curtains of rain (enough to fill our tanks to the brim), three days of it.
We waited patiently for the system to pass and were rewarded with clear skies and 15 knots of northeast breeze for our...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 15, 2011
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Posted: September 15, 2011
Special Notices
Closure of Okeechobee Waterway Locks Postponed:
On September 2, 2001, the USACE Jacksonville District issued another Notice to Navigation Interests regarding the Temporary Closures for the locks in the Okeechobee Waterway. These closures have been postponed until sometime during the summer of 2012. The lock closures for dewatering and re-watering for installation of a Manatee Protection System would have closed the Okeechobee Waterway during most of the busy fall cruising season. Check http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/DOCS...... Read More

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