When I began boating as a kid, my 12-foot rowboat fulfilled my ultimate dreams. As I grew older, my ultimate dreams changed a bit. Across the river was not quite as far as I wanted to go.
I'd always wanted to cruise, but the concept had grown from overnight trips with a tent on the bow to a boat that could take me to far distances over weekends, weeks, months and maybe even longer.
Shifting shoals make even the most current navigational data suspect, but it's still a trip worth taking
Some of the worst mistakes newcomers to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway make come from reading the guidebooks. And some of the worst mistakes come from not reading the guidebooks. Too many things change along the ICW to depend on last year's, or maybe even yesterday's, information.
From too little resin to cheaply made hose clamps, pretty boats sometimes can hide ugly problems
You remember that scene from the old jungle movies, where the guy is treading carefully through the dense foliage when suddenly he disappears from the screen - drops off the bottom of it. The camera pans down and he's in a deep hole. He'd walked over an innocent-looking bed of leaves and grass that in reality was a disguised cover for a pit of doom.
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