Saying Good Bye
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Posted: September 30, 2012
Tom Morkin
This, our last b/log for BoatUS finds us some 2,500 miles from Feel Free where she lies high and dry in what we call her boat spa- the dry storage boat yard of San Carlos Mexico.

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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 27, 2012
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Posted: September 27, 2012
Gilmerton RR Bridge/AICW Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°), at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening each day, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 9 and on October 11, 2012, to facilitate lift joint replacement work. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d). Mariners should adjust their transits accordi...... Read More

Reflections on Our 27 Year Circumnavigation
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Posted: September 15, 2012
Liz Tosoni
We didn’t plan to sail around the world when we set out from Vancouver aboard Hoki Mai in 1985. Not at all. It was supposed have been a one and a half year sailing adventure.

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Freedom to Discover a Southern Gem
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Posted: September 15, 2012
By Jim Favors
One of the underlying motivations behind having a trailerable trawler is the freedom to choose where, when and how they’re able to go boating. As fairly new trailerable trawler owners, we’d like to share an example of how we tested the flexibility of our current boating lifestyle by changing existing trip plans to include a new destination.
During trip planning late last fall, Lisa and I agreed to alter our initially planned driving route from Key West toward home (Traverse City, MI) to include a minor detour to Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island, Florida). We choose Fe...... Read More

The Allure of the Annapolis Boat Shows
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Posted: September 14, 2012
By Odette Arnold
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 13, 2012
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Posted: September 13, 2012
Attention Snowbirds:
AICW Closure at the Gilmerton Bridge (Mile 5.8) Postponed:
From MSIB: 12/011, Sector Hampton Roads:
The September 5-14, 2012 scheduled closure of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake at the AICW Mile 5.8 for the installation of the new Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) lift span will be postponed until further notice. Updates of the Gilmerton Bridge project will be available at www.GilmertonBridge.org. Comments and questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to LCDR Hector Cintron at (757) 668-5581 or via email at Hector.L.Cintron@uscg.mil*...... Read More

What the Vampires Knew
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Posted: September 05, 2012
The beach was as desolate and isolated as you could find in those parts. It was just a sandy hump of shore rounding out into the Virginia’s York River, cut off from the rest of the world by miles of pine forest and marsh. My friend and I each had a flat bottom wooden skiff. They were around 18 feet long; I’m not sure exactly, because that was back in the 1950s and I’ve had a lot of boats since then. We were excited. We were going camping in the wilderness, and we were going by boat.
We left our town’s beach each loaded to the gunn’les with a big tent, cooking ge...... Read More

Toms Tips About Signs
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Posted: September 05, 2012
Always look for and pay attention to weather signs. They are real time and on scene and can be very helpful. A few examples:
1. Swarms of seagulls in the fields inshore may indicate a very bad storm coming.
2. Old sayings such as the one about “red sky in the morning sailor take warning, red sky at night sailor’s delight” can be very helpful.
3. Little tail descending from a ragged edge of a dark cloud may portend water spouts or tornados.
4. Wind dropping off from a steady predicted breeze may indicate a local event developing, such as a local squall.
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 4, 2012
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Posted: September 04, 2012
AICW Closure at Mile 5.8 Postponed:
From MSIB: 12/011, Sector Hampton Roads:
The September 5-12, 2012 scheduled closure of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake at the AICW Mile 5.8 for the installation of the new Gilmerton Bridge lift span will be postponed until further notice. Updates of the Gilmerton Bridge project will be available at www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/gilmerton_bridge_replacement.asp. Comments and questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to LCDR Hector Cintron at (757) 668-5581 or via email at Hector.L.Cintron@uscg.mil


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Promises
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Posted: September 01, 2012
By Jim Favors
By the time we had loaded our Kismet onto its trailer, we'd been cruising Florida waters for 2.5 months, most recently the Keys. As we left the 33rd Street boat ramp, in Marathon, and pointed our truck north, the realization hit us that we had a 1,740-mile road trip ahead of us before we would arrive home and could splash our Kismet into the fresh, clear blue, waters of the Great Lakes. Before that could happen, I had to make good on a couple of promises I made to Lisa as a compromise for my desire to go to Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, Florida, for a week-long stay during ...... Read More