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The Office in the Islands
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 358 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: July 07, 2014
In the far gone good ol' days of Bahamas cruising I used to love the fact that I did my work from my boat, not from an office in the US. But I soon realized that even in the Bahamas I had to go to an office. It just wasn't quite the same.
If you had to make a telephone call back in the day you usually had to find a booth on an island or go to what we called a BATELCO office. I preferred the latter, although there were a few problems.
First, the islands didn't have BATELCO offices unless there was also a village on the island. You had to sail to one that did. This was usually easy to figure...... Read More

Pouring the Transom (Finally)
Contributed by clanders - This blog has been viewed 384 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: June 06, 2014
Runabout, by Chris Landers... Read More

The Good Fortune and Tragedy of the Steamship New Orleans
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Posted: June 04, 2014
When we think of the early steamships, we think of the Clermont and even earlier creations. But there was one that fought her way through incredible odds and helped to change our country.
For centuries seamen have spoken of lucky ships and cursed ships. Legend and lore describe sure fire ways to cause one or the other. Changes in name, pursuit by an albatross, and departure on a Friday are but a few of the "bad luck" occurrences. There's one ship that not many have heard about. She had a remarkable life. You be the judge as to whether she was cursed or blessed.
The Steamship New O...... Read More

Making A New Windshield
Contributed by clanders - This blog has been viewed 375 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: May 21, 2014
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Repairing The Transom Part II (Rebuild)
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Posted: May 13, 2014
Runabout By Chris Landers... Read More

Boat Jobs
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 713 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: May 06, 2014
If you’ve done a boat job, no matter what it is, you know the ugly truth. They NEVER go the way you expect them to.
The Day that Mel got 3M 5200 in her hair wasn't a good day. Bad hair day, yes, but I'm not talking about bad hair days. I'm talking about bad boating days — the kind that have nothing to do with the weather, or even paying the boat bills. They're what almost always happens when you take on any boat job to make things "better."
5200 is really interesting stuff. I've been using it for years and I hope I'll be using it for years to come. This stuff redefin...... Read More

Repairing the Transom, Part I (Destruction)
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Posted: April 29, 2014
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The Happiest Day In a Boat Owner’s Life...
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Posted: April 22, 2014
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Aren’t You Afraid of Pirates?
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1008 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: April 03, 2014
People often ask me if we've feared pirates as we've cruised in remote areas. Yes, we have and we still do; but perhaps not the way you'd expect. Piracy comes in many forms.
Pirates aren't Disney cute. They've been responsible for sadistic horrible crimes, often against helpless people. Running around in bars and parties wearing fake hats and yelling "Aargg" doesn't change this fact. Fortunately those of us who cruise don't have to worry so much about the traditional type of pirates, even though there are areas of the world, usually distant from this continent, where it still happe...... Read More

Fire On Boats
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1345 times and there are 0 comments
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Posted: March 04, 2014
Fire on boats has always terrified seamen. But in recent years, with more safety equipment and rescue assets available, there seems to have been less thought about it. Here are some reasons why it's just as serious as ever and why, arguably, we may have more to fear from boat fires in modern times than did seamen of old.
People often think that fire on boats is so bad because you can't just walk out the door and stand in the yard waiting for the fire trucks to come, safe at that distance, even though your house is burning down. That's just a part of it, but it's only the beginning. Following ...... Read More

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