I've collected a lot of hurricane stories. I'm sure you have some of your own. It's fun to share them — when the storm is long gone. Here's one of the experiences I remember, and a lesson that these storms can be flavored with good and bad from the people involved. I remember Hurricane Edouard; at least, I think that's the one. There have been so many the names sometimes run together. It came during one of the summers during which we lived on the hook in Newport Harbor. This was a beautiful place, exciting, and always with the smell of the sea. But it was no place to be in a hurricane. W...... Read More
Going Places Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 129 times and there are 0 comments
Many of the questions that we get on the BoatUS Ask the Experts site have to do with going to destinations. This is really great, because that's one of the best things that you can do with your boat. Whether your boat is a canoe, a center console, an express cruiser, or large long-range cruiser, it can take you to new places. It can let you go exploring, and it can bring you new and exciting experiences. But typically the questions we get have to do with the concern or even fear of the skipper because he or she is going to a new place. Will the water be deep enough? Will the channels be confusi...... Read More
She was a log canoe and I found her lying on the shore of the marsh after a hurricane. It'd been a particularly strong storm and she was washed far in from the water. I knew they hadn't built log canoes for a long time and this must be a very special lady. When I parted the marsh weeds around me and stepped out on the riverbank and saw her, I stared in amazement. Some log canoes were built out of one huge log from one huge ancient tree. But those hadn't been seen for a long time, at least not by many of us. Others had been built by adding logs together after carefully shaping them to fi...... Read More
Several days ago we idled very slowly along one of my favorite rivers. I first knew it around 55 years ago. I had come there in an old wooden skiff that I'd "remodeled" to give it a cabin where I could sleep. I was exploring. This day I was in my old Mako, still exploring, but over familiar yet vastly changed waters. On the shores of the rivers when I first came here were mostly beautiful green trees. Behind the trees there were more trees and farmland. Here and there I could see from the river a farm field, and even less here and there I could see a farm house peeping out from a fore...... Read More
News stories of poor judgment and carelessness in the operation of boats seem to grow worse by the year. But this isn't a recent phenomenon. Here are 2 stories about colossal mistakes at sea, and in the second, even depravity.
What do you think about while you're under water under your boat working on the bottom? I just spent two hours doing just that, sucking air from a compressor up on deck. My boat is in waters that are muddy. There's been a lot of rain so the waters are very muddy. And it's dark — very dark down there, especially under the boat. What do you think about? Is that an eel or a snake? It could be a snake. But do I really want to know?
I've been buying boats for over 50 years, ranging from derelicts to nice large motorsailers. Only a few have been new. Hopefully you'll be doing the same sooner or later. Here are some things I've learned that may help you save money and get a good boat. Take your time and become informed. Spend a lot of time walking the docks, going to boat yards, talking with people who have boats in which you may be interested and looking at owner's chat rooms on owner and other web sites. Try to get boat rides from friends who have boats and from chartering. Nothing can tell you whether it's right for you...... Read More
Femme Fatale Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 565 times and there are 0 comments
We've given the sea many names over the millennia. "Mother Ocean" is one that first comes to mind. It makes sense. All life, we're told, came from the sea. Jimmy Buffet really drove the point home because he said two times: "Mother Mother Ocean" in his song, "A Pirate Looks at Forty." The term "Mother of Life" has fit the bill for many of us. Just the word "Ocean" rolls off the tongue perhaps most easily of all. And particularly in the biblical context, I've heard the phrase "the deep" more than I've needed. And then there's "oce...... Read More
What Turns You On Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1057 times and there are 0 comments
Sea Ray, Bayliner, Mainship, Mako, Carolina Skiff, Post, Buddy Davis, Hatteras, Hunter, Nordhavn, Sabre, Beneteau, Catalina, Marlow, Grady White, Whaler, Hinckley ... . and the beat goes on and on. These boats and many more all have one thing in common. They turn people on. They may not turn you on, but even if they don't, you can be sure they do it for others. One of many things that boats do well is to demonstrate that old adage: There are different strokes for different folks. You may hate one type of boat. You may hate what it looks like, how it performs, hate even the basic mission it was ...... Read More
Metal Rot Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 444 times and there are 0 comments
You'd think that manufacturers of boat equipment would "get it” a little more than they do with some issues. Like the issue of metal rot, for example. When you put dissimilar metals together, or perhaps even close to each other, in a salty environment, look out for trouble. There's nothing new about this. You're creating a sort of battery, in essence, and one metal erodes to the other. One place where I've noticed this a lot is on engines. If they're going to do something stupid, why don't they do it on a cheap pocket knife or fishing lure. But no, that would be too easy o...... Read More