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Monday Minute - More Reason to Stop in Southport, NC!

Monday Minute - More Reason to Stop in Southport, NC!

Announcing the start of the highly anticipated Daily Navigation and Weather Briefs at the Dock, conducted each day at Southport Marina, in Southport, North Carolina. This is the fifth year of this well-received briefing about current and forecasted weather, ICW issues and concerns, from experienced professionals specifically for transient cruisers headed south this fall.

ICW - Under Way At Last!

ICW - Under Way At Last!

Under way at last, heading down the Intracoastal Waterway to warm weather for the winter. It is the dream of many, and lots of cruisers and liveaboards make it an annual event.

Some continue on to the Bahamas and the islands.

Monday Minute - The BVIs are Back!

Monday Minute - The BVIs are Back!

The BVI Tourist Board hosted a Friends of the BVI Brunch on Saturday, to lure back the vibrant charter and tourism business the islands lost after the storms of September, 2017. Whether you charter a catamaran or stay at a lovely resort, they want you to come visit the islands.

Their message is clear. Come on back! We are open and welcome you to our lovely BVIs.

ICW - Have A Plan To Not Have A Rigid Plan

ICW - Have A Plan To Not Have A Rigid Plan

Let’s discuss various ways to keep the ICW trip south less tedious, and maybe inject a little fun along the way. But first let’s make sure the waterway is clear!

Monday Minute - Catastrophic Engine Failure and Insurance

Monday Minute - Catastrophic Engine Failure and Insurance

When it comes to an engine failure, where is the line with respect to insurance coverage? If an engine suffers from more than a simple breakdown, and needs an expensive rebuild or replacement, who pays for this?

A marine insurer explains.

ICW - Prepare Your Boat For The Trip

ICW - Prepare Your Boat For The Trip

Preparing your boat for the trip south on the ICW is much the same for preparing for the Great Loop or other extended coastal cruising. The time spent before you leave will pay for itself in less trouble and preventable issues once you leave home waters.

Monday Minute - Who Pays For Debris Damage?

Monday Minute - Who Pays For Debris Damage?

With the storms and heavy rains, we have a lot of debris fields in our waterways. The thumbnail image from WBAL-TV show one of the classic sandbaggers at the National Sailing Hall of Fame, surrounded by wood and floating junk that drifted into Annapolis after they opened the flood gates of the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.

If you have the proper boat insurance, are you covered if you damage your boat? I went to a reliable source to get the answer.

Time to Think About Going South

Time to Think About Going South

It’s an exciting time of year, to begin planning for the fall trip south. So many choices, so many new things to see, it is a wonderful experience.

But let’s get squared away with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence first, which disrupted a lot of territory in both North and Sount Carolina. Thankfully, we don’t need to rely on social media, as the team at Cruisers’ Net has stepped up to the task.

Monday Minute - What A Wild Week!

Monday Minute -  What A Wild Week!

It was a wild crazy week of a storm, world class racing, fake news, and best of all, a Viking ship!

Prepare For The Coming Storms

Prepare For The Coming Storms

Get ready for some nasty storms on the U.S. East Coast. Pam Wall shares some good information about how best to prepare. And take these storms seriously.

Getting Rid of an Old Boat

Getting Rid of an Old Boat

So what is one to do when a boat reaches its end of life? There are some options, but frankly the industry hasn’t really solved this issue in a way that is sustainable.

Monday Minute - Where Do Old Boats Go?

Monday Minute - Where Do Old Boats Go?

I attended the annual boat auction in St Michaels, and wonder about the fate of old boats that no longer have a meaningful purpose.

A New Adventure - Round 2

A New Adventure - Round 2

Turning a fast chase boat into a cruiser is the next goal of world cruisers, Scott and Mary Flanders. They have found the right boat, trucked her to North Carolina, and in a few months begin the modifications necessary to create a highly competent pocket cruiser.

What is Life Beyond Boating?

What is Life Beyond Boating?

At some point, we must think of the future. We are the luckiest generation as we enjoy a longer life span than our parents, generally have better health, and hopefully many active years ahead of us.

How do we get there, by plan or by chance?

Monday Minute - Get That Seating Right

Monday Minute - Get That Seating Right

Inspired from comments made from last week’s post, let’s discuss helm seat options. There is no one solution for comfortable and safe seating at the helm on all boats. It is something designers and builders used to ignore. Today it gets the attention it deserves.

Notice the helm seating when you go to the upcoming boat shows. And can you get around it once it is in position?

The Right Helm for You

The Right Helm for You

Setting up your helm requires some thought as to how best to utilize what is often limited space. Whether you are refitting an older boat or buying a new one, make sure the instrumentation works for you, and critical instruments are where you can see and operate them with a casual glance.

Monday Minute - The Discipline of A Wiring Diagram

Monday Minute - The Discipline of A Wiring Diagram

It takes discipline to keep everything shipshape. That is true on cruising boats, and it is true in life. Always looking just to get it done asap is not usually the best plan. Good enough rarely is.

Doing it right, then updating the documentation, including wiring diagrams, takes discipline but pays off in the end.

A disciplined life is a successful life.

Updating My Digital Chart Table

Updating My Digital Chart Table

As part of my midseason checkup, I reviewed the electronic devices and apps I use. Seems a bunch has happened that I had not really taken into account. Some navigation apps work better than others, and some no longer work at all. Companies consolidate and merge products and technologies in this shifting landscape, much like it did when paper charts were replaced with various formats and digital standards.