Summer Storms - A Textbook ExampleAugust 13, 2014
Last week we talked about Summer storms and how to use Intellicast to help predict (and avoid) them. As that edition was being finalized last Wednesday, a VERY strong and fast moving Summer storm ripped through Norwalk harbor with wind gusts of 54 MPH and "white out" conditions... Here are the details of that squall and a look at how specific internet websites and technology can help us…Read Summer Storms - A Textbook Example
The "WALK" Train Bridge OPENED!June 18, 2014
Last Saturday, June 14'th, a flotilla of boats that had been "trapped" up the Norwalk River escaped! With an army of almost 50 engineers, mechanics, electricians and laborers, the bridge (which was scheduled to open at 9:00 am), opened at 10:00 am for 30 minutes to allow the small armada passage. The bridge will not likely open for the next three weeks as engineers and consultants troubleshoot…Read The "WALK" Train Bridge OPENED!
NOAA - A Wealth of InformationMay 27, 2014
NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, traces it's roots back to 1807 when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. NOAA encompasses various organizations which mariners should be aware of. There are six main groups: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service National Marine Fisheries…Read NOAA - A Wealth of Information
Boaters make better Lovers?April 30, 2014
When it comes to setting the right mood for an evening of romance, would-be lovers go to all sorts of lengths to woo their mate. But a recent survey found that if you're looking for love, the best preparation might be revving up the engine and heading out on your boat. According to a survey conducted by Discover Boating and Russell Research, boaters expressed a greater…Read Boaters make better Lovers?
Ten common fishing terms explained......April 10, 2014
Catch and Release - A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over it's limit. Hook - (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after he spends…Read Ten common fishing terms explained......
America's Cup: I’m thinking Newport could be in luck….December 20, 2013
By Eric Young, San Francisco Business Times I’m speculating here but I don’t see how the America’s Cup will come back to San Francisco. The numbers coming out today (Dec. 10) showing the level of economic impact and the likely debt the city will incur virtually assure that any talk about bringing the competition back to the bay won’t go too far. It was destined to turn…Read America's Cup: I’m thinking Newport could be in luck….
Top Ten Costliest Boating CasualtiesNovember 7, 2013
Top Ten Costliest Boating Casualties - per an Insurance Company BoatUS Marine Insurance published a list of the 10 costliest casualties in 2005 and recently, based on the amount of money paid out per category between 2008 and 2012. Note that there have been several large storms including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, which could skew the results. The first few made the top…Read Top Ten Costliest Boating Casualties
The End of the Traditional Paper ChartOctober 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 The End of the Traditional Paper Chart
Norwalk Dredging BeginsOctober 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 Norwalk Dredging Begins
Outboard WinterizingOctober 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 Outboard Winterizing