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Tropical update - Tropical Depression 9

Date Reported: Oct 22, 2014

Mile: 0.0

Reported by: Mark Malsick


Good Morning,

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Nine late last night. TD 9 is just west of the Yucatan Peninsula over the Bay of Campeche. Good luck trying to find a center of circulation in that mess. More importantly, TD 9 is 1144 miles southwest of Beaufort SC tracking east at 5-6 mph. There is a brief window today in which TD 9 could be upgraded to a tropical storm.  Shear and interaction with land as the storm tracks over the Yucatan will limit any significant intensification.

Models are in decent agreement with TD 9 making a slow eastward slog into the western Caribbean. Given the  sub-tropical jet streak aloft and the strong ridge of high pressure over the eastern US, the model(s) solution(s) passes the initial sanity check and keeps the tape off our windows. The models (ECMWF, GFS, Navy GEM) hint at TD 9 or remnants of TD 9 re-firing over the warm waters of the western Caribbean after a 120 hour soak, then tracking the storm north through the Yucatan Channel into the GoMex next week. That solution may be carved in Jello; yet the Prudent Mariner abides by the weatherglass.

Mark Malsick
Severe Weather Liaison
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
State Climate Office
1000 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29202

Source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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New Waterway Guide 2015 Editions available

Date Reported: Oct 21, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor


DELTAVILLE, VA – October 21, 2014 –Waterway Guide Media, LLC announces the release of four newly updated 2015 editions of the Waterway Guide: Bahamas, Southern, Atlantic ICW and Chesapeake Bay. Updated annually by on-the-water cruising editors and office staff, these resources are the indispensable cruising companions for boaters exploring the Bahamas as far south as the Turks & Caicos to Cape May, NJ, on the northern Chesapeake Bay, and include the Gulf Coast to South Padre Island, TX.

Each guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina listings and locater charts, anchorage information and expanded "Goin' Ashore" articles on ports along the way. Helpful cruising data like GPS waypoints, detailed planning maps, distance charts and tide and bridge tables help get cruisers reach their destinations safely. Flexible spiral binding and heavy laminated covers with bookmarker flaps ensure durability and easy use in the cockpit and at the helm. The Waterway Guide is updated daily at www.waterwayguide.com. While on the website, check out all the latest cruising news, navigational updates, fuel reports and other such resources.

The 2015 editions of the Waterway Guide have been expanded to include hundreds of anchorages, which are shown on the charts and described in the text. The “Skippers Handbook” section has been streamlined and features added, including an article on Automatic Identification Systems and an updated guide to nautical charts. There are more “Goin’ Ashore” sections, offering quick-read features on ports and towns cruisers visit along the way. And, of course, the content has also been updated to reflect changes to the over 3600 marine facilities in our database.

“Perhaps the biggest change from 2014 is the Bahamas edition,” states Jeff Jones, President of Waterway Guide Media, LLC and Publisher of Waterway Guide. “The Goin’ Ashores have been streamlined so cruisers can quickly find the information they need. Our focus this year is quick and easy access, whether looking at a print guide or our developing comprehensive web site. Stay tuned for some exciting changes.”

The Northern and Great Lakes 2015 editions will be available in the spring. Retailing for $39.95, the guides are available from the Waterway Guide web site at www.waterwayguide.com and from marine stores and booksellers in the Bahamas, up and down the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and along the Great Lakes.

Source: WG Staff

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Fred Wehner wins Skipper Bob Award

Date Reported: Oct 21, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

Fred-Wehner-Skipper-Bob-Award.jpgFred Wehner is this year's winner of the "Skipper Bob Award for Making it Better."

A long time cruiser on his beloved Tug 44, he has assisted boaters on the New York waters, particularly the New York Canal System, providing free dockage at his residence, transportation from many locations, and updates on canal status and projects.

"He sends out updates and weather reports that concern the locks and floods in the area, and keeps us all informed about changes in locking times and other things that are important for boaters," said Elaine Reib, co-founder of Skipper Bob Publications and first mate of the late Skipper Bob – Bob Reib.

A close friend of Skipper Bob, and instrumental in the start of the canal guides, Fred continues to be a contributor. Fred was Elaine Reib’s personal choice for this year's award.

Fred has documented his travels with many interesting stories and photos on his website, tug44.org.

"Thank you, Fred, for all you do and have done to help your fellow boaters throughout your boating years," said Ted Stehle during the presentation of the award at the AGLCA Fall Rendezvous, October 16, 2014, in Rogersville, AL. Stehle is the current editor of the Skipper Bob series of cruising guides.

The Skipper Bob Award, first presented in 2008, is given at the AGLCA Rendezvous to individuals who make extraordinary efforts to assist the recreational boating community, just as Skipper Bob did during his life. The award was created by his widow, Elaine Reib, with the assistance of AGLCA members Ann and Bob Levine. Each recipient is given a signal flag from a set that Skipper Bob flew from his vessel. Fred Wehner is the 14th recipient, and the last. The Skipper Bob Award has now been retired.

"I think it is fitting that Fred be the last one to receive the award, as he was the last person to be in contact with Skipper Bob before his passing," said Elaine Reib. The full list of Skipper Bob Award recipients is available at SkipperBob.net.

Congratulations, Fred – and thanks for your service to the cruising community!

Source: WG Staff

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Ask Steve - monohull vs. catamaran

Date Reported: Oct 16, 2014

Reported by: Steve D'Antonio

ArrowCat32.jpgHowdy Steve,

I would like your thoughts on a subject that seems to have no real answer from the manufactures.

You're a well-traveled boating person and have experienced various boat hulls in your tenure in the marine industry. Would you mind sharing your thoughts on the old debate between ' mono hulls vs. catamaran hulls '. Is cost the driving factor in the choice between the two? For my retirement I have been looking at the 26 ft. to 32 ft. length boats, as a fair weather coastal cruiser between the USA and the islands of the Bahamas.

Henry Schweinbold


Power catamarans have steadily grown in popularity and with good reason; they are stable, comfortable and uncharacteristically spacious for their length. Generally speaking, they also tend to be more fuel efficient than similar size and speed mono-hull vessels. Up to a point, they pierce through rather than ride over waves, affording them an exceptionally smooth ride in choppy conditions. Once the waves progress beyond a given point, however, where they begin to make contact with the center span, that advantage diminishes.

The primary drawbacks to power catamarans are...

To view the rest of the answer and more, please follow this link: http://www.stevedmarineconsulting.com/ask-steve-october-2014 


This is an excerpt from Steve D' Antonio's "Marine Systems Excellence" blog. With nearly 25 years of experience as a marine mechanic, electrician, consultant and boatyard manager, Steve ranks as one of the most knowledgeable boating experts in the country. His ability to explain highly technical information on a wide array of boating topics in a clear, easy to read and easy to use manner has made him one of the most widely read boating writers and lecturers today. Steve's commitment is to strive to improve the safety and reliability of boating products while increasing the confidence and enjoyment boat owners. In short, Steve strives to help bring the fun back to searching for, building, maintaining, repairing and owning a boat. Text by Steve D'Antonio - © 2014

Visit Steve's website for more information.

Source: Contributing Professional

Comment submitted by Rick Johnson - Fri, Oct 17th

As an owner of both hull types and the current owner of my third catamaran, I feel comfortable in commenting on this subject. With the extra room, economical cruising, and much more stable ride (think bad back and knees), the cat is a very viable alternative to a monohull. IN addition, catamarans usually have two engines, set wide apart, for excellent handling. My wife, dog, and I completed the Great Loop in a 26ft Glacier Bay 2690 cat. We currently own a 36ft Endeavour PowerCat. Our boat is 15ft wide, which is the width of many monohulls and easily handled by most travelifts and docked in the same slips. I would recommend a look-see to a cat before purchasing any boat.

Comment submitted by David Doyle - Thu, Oct 16th

I have owned fast mono hulls for years. We have cruised the loop, gone back to Canada for a whole summer, and spent another summer up and down the East coast in a Rinker 270 Express cruiser.
This summer after much reasearch and walking numerous marinas we bought a 34' PDQ powercat. So far all I can say is why did I wait. I was very concerned about the learning curve and still have a lot to learn, but it is scary maneuverable. So far performance has been astounding, cruise at 12 to 14 kts with barely a 4 gal per hour fuel burn. Big wide walk around decks ( the admiral loves this part) and a cabin you can almost get lost in. We see many many happy miles cruising in this boat. Engine access is easy peasy even for a big old fart like me. Catch me doing happy hour up on the spacious bridge and I'll be glad to tell you all about it.

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A ICW essential that most boats don't have?

Date Reported: Oct 15, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

When cruisers come aboard our sailboat, they often comment on one particular accessory installed in our cockpit. Can you guess what it is?

Here’s a few hints:

  • I rarely see one of these “safety devices” in the cockpit of a cruising boat – or most other boats for that matter – and I don’t know why every boat doesn’t have one.
  • This item is commonly installed on boats that are used for a certain sports activity.
  • Even non-boaters know exactly what the device is for, and how to use it.

Give up? Here’s some more hints…

“You can’t water ski behind this boat…what’s the best you can do, 6 or 7 knots?” Forget the water skiing, my incredulous cruising friend – the “6 or 7 knots” is the main reason I have this accessory.

SportFish-Overtaking.jpgAnyone who regularly travels any of the intracoastal waterways understands the challenges of being “in the slow lane.”  The art of being overtaken is often a long, messy lesson learned. For those who are new to the dance, here’s the basic steps:

  • An easy day on the ICW – break out the champagne flutes! I know you’re not going to be traveling open water today, but don’t expect seas to always be flat. You’ll have wakes from ahead and wakes from behind.  Put the breakables away and strap things down as if you’re crossing the Bay in 3 foot seas. Have a plan for the helmsman to warn crew below when a wake is approaching to avoid injury and damage.
  • Have a VHF radio in the cockpit, and turned on, and tuned to channel 16.
  • As you keep a keen watch ahead, you need to also watch behind. Being overtaken by surprise can be very dangerous.
  • Ideally, a vessel approaching you from behind and wishing to overtake your vessel will hail you on the VHF. Of course, if they cannot see or read the name of your vessel, that probably won’t help much. Have your vessel name on your transom in a readable text style, and not blocked by your dinghy or other items – or make a placard you can strap to the davits, dinghy, or other item at your stern where it can be easily seen.
  • Hopefully, the approaching vessel will hail you to ask if they may overtake you. Answer “We are slowing down, you may give us a slow pass.” Although the side they pass you can be negotiated, it is commonplace on the ICW for a vessel to pass you on your port side. You can move over a bit to the starboard side of the channel; however, leave yourself plenty of maneuvering room – do not “pull over” or move too close to the edge of the channel…that may put you in a very dangerous situation. Slow down to around 3 or 4 knots (over water), which will allow the other boat to come completely off of plane and pass without a significant wake. Important: If you maintain even 5 or 6 knots, the overtaking boat would need to go 8 or 9 knots, which is “plowing” speed for many vessels, creating a larger wake than if the boat had stayed on plane. Also, if you slow down too much, you may not be able to maintain steering enough to make an emergency maneuver. (If you use a GPS to measure your speed, make a “speed over water” adjustment by adding or subtracting the current.)
  • If a vessel seems to be approaching fast but not slowing down, be ready…but don’t panic. Many seasoned skippers know how to sit their boat down just off your stern quarter and glide past you with hardly a wake at all. When a boat hails us, I often will say “come right up and sit down…I’m slowing down for a gentle pass.”
  • As a vessel passes, assess the approaching wake. If it is small or moderate, you may simply stay on course and ride a few waves, and then take a slight turn to port to ride one of the troughs to directly behind the other vessel. Getting directly behind the boat will allow it to get back on plane and quickly on its way. Be sure to thank the courteous skipper via VHF for the slow pass. Always call the vessel by name so that other boaters will know it is a friendly passer – or not.
  • If the wake is significant, you can either “attack” or “run.” If your boat doesn’t have a problem getting “pooped” with waves over the stern into the cockpit (and probably down the companionway, since you left it completely open), and you have plenty of good water to starboard, you can turn slightly to starboard and “run” the waves until they pass – but this could take a while. “Attacking” is much faster: After the vessel has passed but before the wake reaches you, take a very sharp turn to port, punch through the wake, and then turn sharply back to starboard to end up behind the vessel. “Attacking” is quick and can be less disruptive than “running” – but you need to be very aware of other boat traffic before making the maneuver.
  • Some skippers of faster vessels are either oblivious, stupid, careless or cruel – or some combination of these traits. You will be passed by one of these yahoos, and you best not be taken by surprise. Warn the crew, make one of the maneuvers to minimize the damage, and then warn other boaters ahead on the VHF, using the offending vessel’s name, description, and location – a “Sécurité” call is definitely warranted in this situation, and you might even prick up the ears of the Coast Guard or Marine Police. Arrests, tickets or fines are extremely unlikely, but you might just save a less attentive boater ahead from serious injury or damage – or you might have shamed the offending captain to be more courteous (OK, that’s a bit of a stretch!).

Have you figured out what we have installed in our cockpit yet? I consider it an essential safety feature in the “slow lane.” It can also help you avoid another common hazard of the waterway – grounding.

Markers-Transit.jpgMany sections of the ICW have a wide expanse of water with a narrow channel. The channel might be dredged to 8 feet or more, but the rest is often just a couple feet deep (and the channels often shoal at the edges). Markers can be thousands of feet from each other, and small inlets create cross-currents which can push you out of the channel very quickly. If you carefully watch your GPS chartplotter as you travel, it will show you that you’re going off course – and you’ll have plenty of time to figure out what happened while you wait for TowBoatUS to pull you back into the channel.

The best way to stay in the channel is by using “transits” to create a range, lining up two or more fixed objects that are a distance apart from each other. If you are on a straight section with markers ahead, some red and some green, the markers further away should appear “inside” of the same color markers that are closer. If there are only reds where reds are marking the right side of the channel, the further ones should appear slightly to the left of the closer ones. If they line up perfectly, then you are probably scraping the edge of the channel. If the further one is to the right of the closer one, you’re probably already aground.

As you approach a turn in the channel, you’ll run out of markers to line up – so, before you pass the closest marker, line up the “last” marker with something fixed on shore. But what if it’s just open water or featureless marshland? You can line up the markers behind you. In fact, some areas of the waterway have ranges set up and marked on the charts, and, depending on which direction you are going, the range could be ahead of or behind you.

The problem when your range is behind you is that you really need to keep your eye on it. If you don’t have someone else to watch ahead, who knows what your bow will run into.

Still don’t know what we have mounted in our cockpit? It helps us stay in the channel, helps us watch for fast boats abaft, and prevents pains in the neck! (Last hint: When you look at it, objects may be closer than they appear.)

Source: WG Staff

Comment submitted by Winston Fowler - Fri, Oct 17th

Great article Mike. We have been sailors and power boaters. We have witnessed about everything mentioned above. Overtaking a vessel requires communication between the two vessels and that just does not happen nearly enough. Your mirror idea is solid. Being prepared is one ingredient to protecting your vessel. Enjoyed reading your article and at point, I must admit, I thought, OMG, Mike carries a pistol....😳

Comment submitted by Capt. Fred - Fri, Oct 17th

Great idea on the mirror!
One different slant I sometimes use (and it supprises the vessel passing me),
is that if they are a lighter displacement boat, I will ask them to throttle up to FULL plane and stay there while they pass. This is much better than so many skippers idea of a "slow pass" . They come by on a half plane which is the ABSOLUTE worst scenario! They often mean well but just dont understand. So if I am in an area that is open enough and they look like a vessel that can really plane, it's the better choice. And I don't have to slow to a crawl either. It usually works.
Thanks for the great service. and Publication.

Comment submitted by Al Halpern - Thu, Oct 16th

We just completed a trip to the Chesapeake and back. During the trip I came to the same conclusion, a rear view mirror is an absolute necessity. Installed a water ski mirror at our first opportunity.

Comment submitted by Captain BullDog Thal - Thu, Oct 16th

The mother of civility is the realization that the boat you just screwed over will likely be your dock mate at the next layover. Prepare to get a justifiable earful!

I have seen Canadian sailboats do an interesting maneuver where the channel is wide and deep enough like on the C and D Canal. It leads to a very fast and comfortable pass. The approaching power vessel hails the sailboat on 16. The sailboat or trawler (slower vessel) instructs the faster boat to come up and pass on 2 whistles, overtake the sailboat on its port by passing to the left on plane. The sailboat immediately executes a loop-de-loop or 360 degree turn to starboard away from the passing power boat. The pass is fast, smooth and safe.

Wakes coming up from the stern can be very uncomfortable. A lobsterman taught me this method. As the wake approaches your quarter vigorously steer from one side to the other until the wake passes. Like magic, your boat remains seated like a tank...headed straight and flat.

Comment submitted by Jeremy McGeary - Thu, Oct 16th

If you choose to aim at something by sighting over the bow, you need to be steering from centerline. If you\'re off to one side (as on modern sailboats with side-by-side wheels or when sitting on a coaming) and sighting over the bow, parallax will have you several degrees off your intended course. Bump! You can reduce/remove parallax by tying something to the lifeline forward to create a sight line parallel with the boat\'s centerline.

Comment submitted by Bob McLeran - Thu, Oct 16th

Absolutely, very helpful in navigating and watching out for other boats overtaking you. We installed one of the convex mirrors from an auto-parts store and have positioned it in such a way that the center of view from the steering position is directly behind the boat (through the topside enclosure). Works well!

Comment submitted by Craig - Thu, Oct 16th

Nice article. We have been cruising with our RedWing 21 wood boat. What people do not
Know they are responsible for wake damage from their boat.
I do not understand why we need driver's licenses and we can drive high powered boat with no knowledge what so ever. My wife and I took the Boaters Certificate on line
But the test was so wimpy it real did not test true knowledge.
The item I have on my dash is a satellite based SPOT we use it in car, mountain hike and
On the boat. You can do 911' I'm OK or I need help. Some now you can text. Their
Are other companies that make them. They are inexpensive and don' leave port with one

Comment submitted by Rmanheimer - Thu, Oct 16th

Rear view mirror is the answer

Comment submitted by John Kettlewell - Thu, Oct 16th

Another technique I use to stay in the center part of the channel is to zig zag in long legs by aiming roughly towards a point inside (50 feet or so) of the next marker, whether red or green. This gives you something to aim at, and means you don't wander too far out of the channel to the side away from the marker. It is much easier to aim at something than it is to try to maintain a straight course down the middle. Obviously you can't do this if there is a lot of traffic.

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AGLCA Radio: Selling your 'Looper' boat

Date Reported: Oct 15, 2014

Reported by: Janice Kromer


Editor's Note: The America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association Blog Talk Radio Show airs at 10 a.m. each Friday – but each show is archived so you can listen anytime you want after the air date. From Janice Kromer, Executive Director, AGLCA:

This Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Curtis Stokes, of Admiral Sponsor Curtis Stokes & Associates, will join us to follow up on his show of last week on buying a boat. This week Curtis will fill us in on everything we need to know when it comes time to sell our Looper boat. This is a rebroadcast of a previous show.

You can listen live by going to our website at http://www.GreatLoop.org, clicking on AGLCA Radio in the Free for Everyone section of the top navigation bar, then scrolling down to the Great Loop Radio player. Then, just left click on the arrow below the name of the show to start listening. Be sure not to tune in too far in advance or you will be listening to the show from the prior week.

You can also listen to the show on Blog Talk Radio's website. Just click here, or go to http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com and type AGLCA in the search box. That will take you directly to AGLCA's page where you can listen live, or, check out the archives. The show is also available on iTunes.

Source: AGLCA

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AGLCA Radio: Buying your 'Looper' boat

Date Reported: Oct 09, 2014

Reported by: Janice Kromer


Editor's Note: The America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association Blog Talk Radio Show airs at 10 a.m. each Friday – but each show is archived so you can listen anytime you want after the air date. From Janice Kromer, Executive Director, AGLCA:

Don't forget to listen this Friday, October 10, 2014, to Curtis Stokes, of Admiral Sponsor Curtis Stokes & Associates, discussing the ins and outs of buying your Looper boat. This week at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, Curtis will tell us what to look for in a yacht broker and the pitfalls to avoid.

You can listen live by going to our website at http://www.GreatLoop.org, clicking on AGLCA Radio in the Free for Everyone section of the top navigation bar, then scrolling down to the Great Loop Radio player. Then, just left click on the arrow below the name of the show to start listening. Be sure not to tune in too far in advance or you will be listening to the show from the prior week.

You can also listen to the show on Blog Talk Radio's website. Just click here, or go to http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com and type AGLCA in the search box. That will take you directly to AGLCA's page where you can listen live, or, check out the archives. The show is also available on iTunes.

Source: AGLCA

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Colder water poses risks for paddlers

Date Reported: Oct 08, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

BOATUS-paddlers.jpgHere is a message from BoatUS warning that colder water temperatures can be deadly for paddlers – so prepare for the worst whenever you leave the mothership. One more I'd add: Make sure you have an anchor and rode aboard. A small, compact grapple-hook-type anchor can hold a kayak, canoe or dinghy in place against the current or wind, giving you a chance to rest or wait for help without losing ground or being swept into a more dangerous situation. 

It may be sunny outside with blue skies above, but waters are deceptively cold and unforgiving in the fall. For paddlers with just a few inches of freeboard to spare, getting wet this time of year can have serious consequences, so the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has these seven tips for fall paddlecraft safety.

Know how to re-board: All paddlecraft are different, so before you hit a lonely, remote stretch of river or bay, learn (in a safe place) how to get back in the boat quickly and efficiently as hypothermia is a threat that increases by the minute. Some paddlers add extra floatation inside the boat as it can help reboarding. (Tip: this can be accomplished simply by inflating a beach ball or purchasing aftermarket float bags). If you do ever fall out and can’t get back in, stay with the kayak or canoe – it’s a bigger target for rescuers to see.

Don’t keep it a secret: Tell people where you’re going by filing a float plan. It could be as simple as telling your spouse, in writing, where you are going and what time you plan to return. Writing it down makes it become habit. Be as specific as you can – this isn’t the time to forget to mention you’re heading to your hidden fishing hole two miles off the beaten channel.

Understand the basic rules of navigation: You may not be out there with icebreakers just yet, but there may still be some recreational boating traffic and potential ship traffic. The simple challenge is the smallest boats are hardest to see. One simple tip to help visibility is to spray the tips of your paddles a bright color. Paddlers also can help themselves by understanding some basic rules of navigation.

Don’t leave without a bailer: With low freeboard -- or the distance from the water to the gunwale -- paddlecraft are prone to getting water aboard. Once it starts, it’s only a matter of time before your canoe or kayak becomes ever lower to oncoming waves. Keep water out and buoyancy up by having a bailer ready (Tip: tie one to each seat).

Thermal up or down: Neoprene gloves, a drysuit or wetsuit tops and hats are the ultimate protection in retaining body heat this time of year. However, have outdoor gear that offers versatility by being able to cool down or warm up when appropriate. Even if it may feel like summer, never leave shore in just a t-shirt and shorts. It only takes just a short change of weather or a dunking to drench you and the hypothermia clock starts ticking. A bright colored rain parka can also be seen at great distances.

Going remote? Go Personal Locator Beacon (PLB): Advances in GPS technology have brought down the cost of personal locator beacons, but if your budget is tight you can still rent a PLB from the BoatUS Foundation for $45 weekly, plus shipping. There are no additional subscriber fees and paddlers going to remote locations can order online at BoatUS.org/epirb or call 888-663-7472 (Tip: mention code “DISC10” for a 10% discount on the weekly PLB rental rate through December 1, 2014).

Keep it secure up top: If you need to get your favorite kayak or stand-up paddleboard to the lake on your car or truck’s roof this fall, go to BoatUS.com/addingpaddlecraft for a quick read on the three basic types of roof rack systems and ways to safely tie down the load. Your kayak has no desire to meet the road or become a hazard for oncoming vehicles.

See more from BoatUS.

Source: BoatUS

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Boats and Shore invites you to enter its photo contest

Date Reported: Oct 08, 2014

Reported by: Mike Ahart, News Editor

In celebration of Boats and Shore's 1-year anniversary, the online boater's marketplace is holding its first annual photo contest. By submitting a boating-related photo before November 7, you will be entered into the contest.

Four winners will be awarded 4 prizes:


Winners will be chosen by the general public, according to the contest announcement:

Boats-and-Shore-Photo-Contest.jpgWe are asking you to vote for the picture you want to win by "liking" the photo of your choice. The 4 photos with the most likes at the end of the contest will be the winners! The winners will be notified via Facebook. There are no restrictions on what type of photo to enter other than it must be boating-related in some way. The photos must be shared directly to the Facebook event. Posting them on our page does not get them entered. If you have any questions on how to post, you can email heather@boatsandshore.com.

The photos must not infringe on any copyright laws. Please don't use the work of someone else. Also, please select tasteful images. Any photos that are within question will be removed and will not be a part of the contest.

We appreciate your help in keeping this a fun and honest competition.

By submitting photos to this contest, you give Boats and Shore the right to edit and use these photos both in web and printed advertisements.

Good luck!


Click this link to view the contest and submit your pictures: https://www.facebook.com/events/836522569714226/ 

Source: BoatsandShore.com

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Who are the new boaters?

Date Reported: Oct 02, 2014

Reported by: Captain BullDog Thal

Capt-BullDog-Packing.jpgWho are the new boaters taking the place of the Baby Boomers?

Well, they are not the Me Generation or the Millenniums. They are the Boomers once again driving the market.

I am finding many older couples who previously had boats, but got rid of them, re-entering the boat market. With these low, low prices it's financially practical again for them to get back into boating. Some older boats that previously sold for $100,000 now sell for $10,000.

Rather than delivering these 1970's vintage boats,  I am working with the owners, spending a day setting up float plans for less than 100 nm-per-day legs, inspecting the boat and equipment,  ordering Waterway Guides and Skipper Bob's, and setting up an Android Tablet with MX Mariner, Active Captain and NOAA charts.

Instead of hiring a delivery captain, they are learning how to safely plan their own delivery from that very same captain they were thinking of hiring. It makes good sense! Instead of spending thousands of dollars on crews they are having the time of their lives, proceeding cautiously and slowly while staying in constant touch with me in case a problem arises – or if they'd like my recommendation on their next restaurant, marina or port of call.

They pay me for 1/2 a day of planning. Phone calls are free. These Boomers are smart.

Remember,  "Better Safe than Lucky"

Captain BullDog Thal USM-M Master Profesional Ship's Captain
Pro Captains Delivery Service
Sail or Power
Entire Eastern Seaboard & Great Lakes
Cell: 203 550 1067
Email: s.thal@snet.net

Source: Cruising Contributor

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