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Blog Archive :: October 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013

The End of the Traditional Paper Chart

October 23, 2013

  NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, announced yesterday major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of…Read More

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Norwalk Dredging Begins

October 23, 2013

 The Dredge is Here - and it's HUGE The Cashman Dredge"Dale Pyatt" arrived in Norwalk harbor right on schedule and it's imposing silhouette dwarfs the harbor. Call it humongous, or ginormous, it's just REALLY big at 1,500 tons X 185 feet long with a 65 beam.  The new barge - believed to be the largest of its kind in the nation - is equipped with a crane and two mammoth custom clamshell…Read More

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Outboard Winterizing

October 17, 2013

  It used to be as simple as “ear muffs” for running fresh water into an outboard, spraying some fogging agent into the carburetor air intake, clean and grease the prop shaft, change the zincs, change the lower unit gear lube and Presto, it’s done, let’s watch football ! Ok, with an older two cycle engine that may still suffice, but modern four cycle engines need a bit more love and…Read More

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Boating's Next Wave - Introduce Someone to Boating !

October 17, 2013

    Anyone paying attention has noticed a decrease in the number of people boating. Of course the economy has hurt boating as an industry, but there are other serious reasons participation in boating has fallen off in the last decade. Time constraints.  We're just working more, and harder and technology won't let us escape ! So we try to fit everything in less time. This has really hurt…Read More

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Plum Island Update

October 2, 2013

  Boaters have long known to avoid Plum Island, home of the “Plum Island Animal Disease Center”. As young adults, crossing through Plum Gut, we would joke about two headed cattle and the “rule” to hold your breath while passing down wind.  Today the 840 acre island, under the watchful eye of Homeland Security, may be up for sale and the laboratory moved to Manhattan, Kansas. The…Read More

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