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As usual at this time of year, I start hearing from people asking about where they can keep their boat in south Florida from December onwards, usually until they are ready to head over to the Bahamas.Alas, I have some bad news for you....according to several people who have been looking around, ther
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Ok, just the title alone should tell you that this post is fictional! Writing about sailing is not the way to become rich and famous, I can assure you of that. But, writing about your passion can be very satisfying and, if you'd like some suggestions on how to go about writing a basic blog or magazi
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Well - that last post certainly got some attention - nearly 7000 hits in only four days, and that doesn't count the shares and email reads. It is now my all time blog post leader...you folks seem to have an insatiable appetite for the baloney that Florida throws at us over the anchoring issue, becau
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I've already said this several times publicly and I'm going to repeat myself - the people who negotiated on behalf of we boaters for the new Florida anchoring legislation did an excellent job this year. With very little fanfare, they got new rules put through that permit anchoring in Florida with mi
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It's that time again - I've gotten tired of sewing repairs in my old - but trusty - genoa. I ordered and received a few weeks ago, a 145% Genoa from Sailrite, and last week, I started sewing again.Let me give you an idea of the immensity of this project.This sail is 17 feet on the foot, and over 40
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It never fails. My Facebook group Sailing and Cruising members in the north always get a bit cranky around the end of March. Their posts show it, but in the past few weeks, everyone has calmed down again.It's been a long winter, and all they wanted was to get back on the water and get out sailing. C
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So what's happening with the Florida anchoring situation now? There's good news, and there's bad news - what else is new?This year is the year that the anchoring Pilot Program, begun in 2009, was slated to end. The Pilot Program, you might recall, established five mooring fields around Florida, and
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...the grass is riz, I wonders how, you sailors is!For years, I used to write that phrase in the spring issue of my newspaper. Canadian winters being long, cold and seemingly never-ending, it was like an announcement - the snow is gone! Or at least, going.It's about the same for boaters in the north
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It's been a busy couple of months and, I admit it, I've been careless about keeping up the blog with so many other things to do...like enjoying the warm Florida sunshine...so...A quick recap - after the Sail to the Sun ICW Rally ended in Miami in mid December, I spent a couple of weeks recuperating
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Hi everyone - for those of you attending the Toronto Boat Show, I've appended my speaking schedule below. Hope to meet lots of you while I'm there - please don't be shy about introducing yourself. Neither Aduana nor I bite!If you're planning on doing the ICW this coming fall, don't miss the two hour
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Well, we made it to Miami, those for whom Miami was the goal anyhow, on December 12 as planned. A few of the boats stopped earlier, having reached their winter destinations, or to tie up their boat to go home for Christmas.We then had a great last blast at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in, where el
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Today's blogpost is about what has unexpectedly become one of the highlights of this trip. While planning the Sail to the Sun ICW Rally stops, I began to panic when I came to organizing the Savannah section. It seemed that no marina could take more than five boats, and two told me flat out that they
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